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REALITY CHECK: PCs Have Short Memory On Direct Democracy

The point, though, is a party only fears direct democracy when it mistrusts the people, when it worries voters are too ignorant to be trusted with important decisions. - Lorne Gunther, Citizens' democracy frightens Redford, April 11, 2012 

(http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/straighttalk/archives/2012/04/20120411-120258.html) In recent days Alison Redford and her PC campaign manager Susan Elliott have been telling Albertans that they cannot be trusted to make responsible decisions by themselves as a part of their campaign of fear. Elliott went as far as to suggest that all women and minorities would be under a threat by a citizen initiated referendum and supported comments by PC senior advisor Tom Olson that suggested others are bigots and regressive for thinking otherwise (http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/straighttalk/archives/2012/04/20120410-072322.html).  Redford echoed this position sending the message that she believes Alberta voters cannot be trusted (http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/04/10/bell-redford-and-the-fear-factorBut as the Director of Election Readiness and Strategy for the Progressive Conservative party of Canada in 2002, Elliot published a report that in fact embraces the idea of citizen referenda saying, “This malaise [in voter turnout] would be partly corrected by increased use of government-sponsored referenda as well by allowing citizens themselves to initiate referenda on matters enjoying broad public support… we believe that Canadian voters are capable of making informed, thoughtful choices.”  (http://archive.wildrose.ca/media/2012/04/Democratic-Reform-Report-Final.pdf) Why do the PCs believe that everyone else except for Albertans can be trusted? Whether it is with hard-earned taxpayer dollars or holding the government accountable, the Redford PCs think they know how to make better decisions than Albertans. Wildrose believes Albertans are intelligent and capable; that they make wise decisions every day, and that they should play a direct role in upholding the democratic principles we are so fortunate to have. The Wildrose Alberta Accountability Act is another new idea, that put’s Albertans first. For more information on the Wildrose Pledge, please visit www.wildrose.ca/pledge Wildrose stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom, and democracy.