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Wildrose Conservative merger manifesto clear indication Jim Prentice is out of touch with modern Alberta values

Posted on December 17, 2014 by Katherine Taylor

The merger manifesto agreed to by the Wildrose and Conservative parties is the first actual policy we’ve seen from Jim Prentice, and it’s not good news.

“Jim Prentice misled Albertans about his core values,” said Alberta Party leader Greg Clark. “This document proves he’s out of touch with modern Alberta.”

Clark said he’s surprised by the scale of the floor-crossing, but not that Wildrose and the Conservatives have come together.

“Prentice has been targeting social conservatives from the start of his leadership in an effort to bring Wildrose social conservatives back into the Conservative party fold,” said Clark. “Bill 10 is the clearest indication of the kind of policy Albertans can expect from the Wildrose Conservatives.”

Clark said he feels for the thousands of people who gave their time and money to Wildrose.

“Many well-intentioned Albertans now feel that their hard work, donations and votes in support of the Wildrose Party have been cast aside for the political gain of a few individual politicians,” said Clark.

“There are Wildrose members that share the Alberta Party’s vision for a fiscally responsible, socially moderate province. If their values align with ours they are welcome in the Alberta Party.”

Alberta’s democracy is at risk with a greatly weakened opposition, said Clark.

“Monopoly is bad for markets and political dynasty is bad for democracy,” said Clark. “The Alberta Party is the only party that’s growing and the only party that can one day govern from the centre.”

“Albertans need a government that’s able to save money in the good times to prepare for the bad. A government that puts and the environment ahead of political self-interest, and a government that will enhance democracy by giving Albertans a real, moderate, electable alternative.”

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