— Drew Barnes MLA (@DrewBarnesMLA) August 3, 2017
Alberta is being “taken back” apparently in a fight by the newly minted United Conservative Party.
But, who took it to start with?
The answer frankly, is nobody. Alberta has been here all along. Alberta doesn’t belong to anyone, except for it’s people. The people who democratically elected an NDP Government, because the culture of ownership and entitlement in the PC dynasty had become too much to bear for the citizens.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m working vigorously to ensure that the NDP doesn’t get elected to a second term. Their approach to finances (particularly debt and deficit spending to finance operations) are dangerous in the long run. They’ve also been severely disappointing in a lot of manners when it comes to social policy (enforcing GSAs, PDD/PWD funding, child intervention). But, I digress.
As a government, and a politician, you are elected to serve and to lead. Not for taxpayers. Not for your supporters. Not for special interest groups like unions or corporations. For Albertans.
There is no ownership or divine right to govern in Alberta. That all ended on May 5, 2015.
And that’s why the right is so fighting mad. Because for the first time in many of their lives, they weren’t in charge. Didn’t own the power. Didn’t have control of decisions and people’s lives. Weren’t there for their corporate buddies when they needed them.
But let us not forget why the NDP won. It was because of a sense of entitlement, arrogance, and feeling that PCs perceived they were anointed to rule.
And it was in May of 2015, just like in August of 1971 when Albertans took back Alberta from the SoCreds. For themselves. Not for a political party, a movement, or an ideology.
Don’t be hoodwinked into thinking that Alberta can be taken back. It’s yours already, and you have the power to keep it that way.