Building a citizen’s movement into a successful political party is a long journey, and last night the Alberta Party brought a close to the first chapter of our story. Two years ago we didn’t exist as a provincial organization, and last night 38 Albertans completed their first campaigns as Alberta Party candidates.
In our first election we set out to do two things. First, we worked to introduce ourselves and our vision for a prosperous, sustainable, transparent and engaged government to as many Albertans as possible. Second, we wanted to run a positive, constructive and forward-looking campaign. We have accomplished both goals.
While not winning a seat is disappointing we are extremely proud that over 17,000 Albertans cast their ballots for our candidates.
Many thousands more were introduced to the Party, and we have a much higher profile than we did before the writ was dropped. We are building for the future, and the past month has seen us taking significant steps toward the general election in 2016. The challenge of building a successful grassroots organization into a provincial contender doesn’t get any smaller, but we have laid a solid foundation for the future. We will continue to work hard and model the change we wish to see in Alberta.
I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of our candidates and volunteers, and my appreciation to all the Albertans of every political stripe who worked and voted in this election. Our province is richer for your engagement.
Leader, Alberta Party
We did meet all kinds of people who now have heard of us, met us, and while they seem to have said “not yet”, as long as we are keep to the mission, we should continue to make progress towards our goals.
We just have to be accepting that it is a journey, not a hike.
I remain excited by the level of enthusiasm within our group; we just have to expand it abit.
I think a lot of us got caught up in the excitement and so hoped for more. The election results served to remind us (or maybe just remind me) of a couple of things, things we are always so quick to forget:
1. There is no such thing as an overnight success.
2. “Build it and they will come” is a misquoted line from a baseball movie, not a marketing strategy.
Real change takes a long time and a lot of work.
Congratulations to everyone that worked so hard. To my wife, Anne: Your dedication was inspiring.