Monday, November 06, 2006

Could I Have A Side Of Policy With That?

Here we are, less than 20 days from our opportunity to choose the next Premier. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a decision making feel to it as much as it’s got a Canadian Idol, high school student council election feel to it, with a dash of a Seinfeld episode for posterity and dissolution. I can understand how it can be frustrating for some…

The more I read the newspapers and columnist’s opinions on Alberta’s leadership race the more it becomes clear that there is no end in sight to the rainbows and teddy bears. As an example, on the weekend the Edmonton Journal reported on each Candidates favourite/least favourite food… as much as I want to know that Jim Dinning loves ice cream but dislikes brussels sprouts, or that Dave Hancock and Mark Norris couldn’t share dinner because cheeseburgers and filet mignon don’t go together that well, I would much rather hear their remedy for Alberta’s spiraling health care budget, or how they plan to fix the employment disaster so that we can get the “service” back in the service industry.

One of the main arguments I keep hearing to rationalize the lack of policy has something to do with the mindset that because we’re not in a general election policy isn’t necessary. Well then, when will policy be necessary? Once we convince party members to just roll the dice on who they think has the most appropriate appetite… someone told me that Martha and Henry really enjoy a good moose sausage, so I guess they be voting for Lyle Oberg?

How is anyone supposed to take the process seriously if they have nothing to believe in? A leader is supposed to lead, whether it’s a general election or a leadership election, throw us a bone, give us something to follow.

Some will argue that it’s best to be a little of everything to everyone. I’m more of the mindset that it’s best to stand for inspired ideals fraught with passion… you’d be surprised who would follow that.

We are less than 20 days away from deciding the next leader of the most prosperous jurisdiction in Canada, I expected more inspiration and ideas and a lot less rainbows and teddy bears.


At 5:54 PM, November 08, 2006, Blogger Simpsonite said...

The problem with this whole thing is these guys all sound the same so coming up with nothing is a bad idea. There needs to be something for people to decide on. I don't want to hear, "We are going to be protectors of the environment!!!" Yes we know that, but exactly HOW are you going to protect my environment? Are you going to hurt the industry that brings us wealth or are you going to put oodles of money into the research and development of green energy? What are you going to do? All of you. Some have given specifics and I can appreciate that they can't go too deep but it is time.

Because I believe that without policies to talk about, we are going to start talking about other, less desirable things.

At 12:13 PM, November 09, 2006, Blogger Hasty said...

Not that this is news to you guys, and not to be too cynical about it, but in a way do you blame them? You win or lose a leadership based on memberships and GOTV, not based on policies. Putting policies out there, especially juicy ones, is just an opening to take heat. This is unfortunate, and I'm not sure what a solution to it is.

At 1:10 PM, November 09, 2006, Blogger Danson said...

Very true hasty, very true.

At 5:50 PM, November 09, 2006, Blogger Dome Disease said...

What? Not enought policy? Go to Oberg's or Norris' site. They both put out massive documents on just about every issue of importance and Norris has been adding announcements to supplement almost every other day. Fine, Jim has policy that says nothing, Ed has no policy and Ted said 2 things about this and that.

The same media critics who said there is no plan, no ideas a year ago are complaining now that there is no focus and how these guys out too much policy to digest. Perhaps if we actually believed what these guys say is true we'd pay attention. But when you have everybody making grandiose promises to win votes it's hard to know who's right and who's "left". Just like they all promised to release their financial backers. Wouldn't a good leader and good government begin with being honest and open about who's pulling the strings?

At 8:39 PM, November 09, 2006, Blogger albertablue said...

policy, schmolicy, its all about the numbers.

At 11:38 AM, November 15, 2006, Blogger Chanandler said...

You have to remember as well Danson that we're choosing a leader of the party and the government, we aren't electing a government here. This leadership is about direction, it's not about policy. Do you honestly think the government will follow all of Oberg's or Morton's policies?

PC's choose our leader, Albertans decide on the government.

Let's elect a leader who will lead us into the next election so we can win it. Let's elect a leader who will develop policy WITH our government, not tell them what to do.


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