The pundits say Ms Redford will be confirmed as PC party leader. They’re right, but not for the reasons they think. Here’s why:
The party cannot endure another leadership campaign. True, the skirmish between PC leadership candidates (he’s an idiot, no she’s an idiot) would present the Opposition with useful fodder to bludgeon the PC government over the remaining two years of their term.
There are no credible leadership alternatives. Not true. There are a number of credible leadership candidates starting with former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel and ending with the (less credible) premier-in-waiting, Thomas Lucaszuk. So why hasn’t one of these potential candidates presented himself/herself for consideration?
The Wikipedia factor: Only an idiot would wrest the steering wheel from Ms Redford as she drives her party over the cliff. Who would risk going down in history as the second Harry Strom, leader of the Social Credit, a party that had been in power for 36 years before being erased from the political landscape by Peter Lougheed.
The PC party may in disarray but its members are nothing if not practical. So brace yourselves for two more years with Ms Redford at the wheel. It’s going to be a very bumpy ride.