The “old boys” just got their pants pulled down–by a cracker jack plain speaking female politician.
How did she do it? By embarking on a risky political strategy–speaking the truth about the tired old self serving PC political process and promising change. Many non-PCs didn’t think she’d make it to the second round. Surely the old boys would link arms and frog march her off the political stage.
But her message of change resonated with the rest of us, we perked up and started to pay attention.*
We put aside party affiliations and asked ourselves: What’s best for Alberta? Can Alison carry this off? Here’s an idea…let’s ask her.
Citizen action groups like the Whitemud Citizens for Public Health and the PIA Seniors Task Force contacted Alison and asked for a meeting–and she showed up. She responded to their concerns about the privatization of healthcare and the lack of services for seniors. She made sense and we were prepared to give her a chance. So we plunked down $5 and bought party memberships (shudder), we fought our way past the Go Gary buses and voted for Alison as premier.
And she won!
So now comes the hard part. Alison made two concrete promises in her campaign: (1) she promised to restore the $107 million shortfall in education funding within 10 days of becoming premier and (2) she promised to hold a judicial inquiry into allegations of political interference in the healthcare system. These are actionable promises–binary to use the language of engineers–either she’ll do it or she won’t.
The non-PC’s took a gigantic leap of faith in voting for Alison. Now it’s up to Premier Redford to deliver for all Albertans.
Oh and Messrs Mar, Morton, Griffiths, Hancock, Liepert and Zwozdesky, say hello to your new boss.
*See A Distant View for a discussion of how I got there.