April 07, 2012
Reality Check: PCs In Disarray - Who Is Running The PC Show?
Reports have surfaced again this morning on Twitter that Campaign Strategist and former Redford Chief of Staff Stephen Carter has been fired from the Redford PC campaign. So, who is running the PC show? Albertans are rightly concerned that the governing party of Alberta is apparently lurching from event to event, announcing policies on the fly which were not presented - or costed - in last month’s PC Budget, passed mere days before the campaign began.
Albertans are coming to the inescapable conclusion that far from having a campaign plan, the PCs are just making it up as they go along. In fact, a PC MLA running for re-election, under the promise of anonymity, said: “Why did she [Redford] insist on passing the budget?” asks one Tory MLA. “We’re not even running on the budget. She’s making it up as she goes along.” (http://www.calgaryherald.com/) The PCs are so out of touch that they think no one will notice they’ve resorted to stealing popular Wildrose policy ideas. The PCs “new” Child Activity Tax Credit is actually a Wildrose policy (Wildrose’s Child Culture, Arts, and Sports Tax Credit) that Danielle Smith proudly announced last week. If the PCs were planning all along to announce a tax credit, then why were they so quick to criticize Wildrose’s Child Tax Credit? "It's irrelevant for the people who have money and it's meaningless for people who don't," said PC campaign strategist Stephen Carter, Redford's former chief of staff. (http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=9bb7ddb3-6a73-4419-8046-af11c2d71f24) "It's too small to make an impact on low-income families, and if you're able to afford it, it doesn't make any sense at all." (http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=9bb7ddb3-6a73-4419-8046-af11c2d71f24) Faced with polling numbers in free-fall, it is obvious the Redford PCs are scrambling. The PCs have failed to release a platform document and frequently fail to cost out their dreamed-up policy-du-jour (to date, the PCs have made well over $6 billion in un-costed campaign promises). The PCs know that Wildrose has responsibly costed out each part of the Wildrose platform, which is all publically available at www.wildrose.ca/pledge. The PC campaign is in complete disarray. This is in clear contrast to Wildrose. The Wildrose Pledge is an affordable, responsible, and concrete plan which has new ideas that put Albertans first. Wildrose stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom, and democracy.