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Morton wants to merge Alberta Tories with Wildrose Alliance

Provincial finance minister steps down, announces leadership bid


 

Ted Morton has announced he is stepping down as Alberta’s finance minister to launch a bid to lead Alberta’s Conservatives following the sudden resignation of Premier Ed Stelmach this week. Should he be elected party leader, Morton said he would attempt to merge the Progressive Conservative “mothership,” with the upstart Wildrose Alliance party. Wildrose Alliance leader Danielle Smith immediately rejected the proposal as “highly optimistic and a little patronizing.” Morton’s chances of winning are reportedly slim, having lost most of his supporters to the Wildrose Alliance, and given his rift with Stelmach over the provincial budget, which almost compelled Morton to resign in protest. Lloyd Snelgrove will replace Morton as finance minister.

The Globe and Mail


 
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Morton wants to merge Alberta Tories with Wildrose Alliance

  1. Anything else will split the vote.

  2. Anything else will split the vote.

    • It won't split the vote. Morton is scared of loosing the vote, not having it split. He knows that if the Wildrose is allowed to continue to gain momentum that the writing is on the wall and the only way to stay in power is to try to bring the Wildrose into the PC party…. never going to happen.

  3. As a Wildrose supporter, all I can say is, "Yecch." Somewhere around seventy MLA's slyly sheathe their daggers and whisper, "Okay it's time to unite with Raj Sherman – we got caught." Enough to make you want to disgorge your lunch.

  4. As a Wildrose supporter, all I can say is, "Yecch." Somewhere around seventy MLA's slyly sheathe their daggers and whisper, "Okay it's time to unite with Raj Sherman – we got caught." Enough to make you want to disgorge your lunch.

  5. Yeay our very own GOP/teaparty feud… pass the chips.

  6. Agreed, it will be fun to watch!

  7. Agreed, it will be fun to watch!

  8. I do not think so. The tories are afraid that they are going to get swept just like the Reform swept the Conservatives when Kim Campbell was at the helm of the PCs. Alberta has a history of dumping parties. People are not only disenchanted, they are angry…all of those rural voters who were loyal to the tories have seen their healthcare dismantled as well – they can't get into see specialists and the cancer hospitals in the major centres are over-flowing. Not to mention the refusal to build nursing homes for seniors. Then there are the dirty tricks – against their own deputy health minister…Ted Morton is a smart guy. He knows they are headed for a fall.

  9. I'm just happy that there will be some excitement at election time for once. Win or lose, the WRP is making politics in Alberta interesting again.

  10. I'm just happy that there will be some excitement at election time for once. Win or lose, the WRP is making politics in Alberta interesting again.

    • That`s for sure, I just hope that Smith is not all talk!

  11. First Harper coddles up to the NDP for the budget support.
    Now his party coddles up to Wild Rose.
    Doing something similar in Quebec for a new arena.
    Is this a sign of good politics or a sign of an authoritarian politician (Harper) who will do anything to stay in power and control his opposition?
    I prefer the latter.

  12. First Harper coddles up to the NDP for the budget support.
    Now his party coddles up to Wild Rose.
    Doing something similar in Quebec for a new arena.
    Is this a sign of good politics or a sign of an authoritarian politician (Harper) who will do anything to stay in power and control his opposition?
    I prefer the latter.

  13. It won't split the vote. Morton is scared of loosing the vote, not having it split. He knows that if the Wildrose is allowed to continue to gain momentum that the writing is on the wall and the only way to stay in power is to try to bring the Wildrose into the PC party…. never going to happen.

  14. Good luck with that health care under the WRA ( Western Rifle Association)…. can't balance the budget and continue to find healthcare. How do other provinces do it? with premiums and or a sales tax.

  15. Good luck with that health care under the WRA ( Western Rifle Association)…. can't balance the budget and continue to find healthcare. How do other provinces do it? with premiums and or a sales tax.

    • PCguy – Maybe you do not live in Edmonton or Calgary so I will forgive you for not knowing that the Alberta tory party has already dismantled our health care there. They have not funded it adequately. They brought in a health minister (Mr. Liepert) who said there were too many educated people working in the hospitals….the emergency units are in "catestrophic collapse" as reported in the major newspapers. I am willing to take my chances with the WildRose Alliance Party. Things are already so bad in healthcare, the only way they could get worse is if they actually shut the doors to the hospitals.

      • I will support Wildrose too but I have some hesitation, just hope they don't let us down!

  16. PCguy – Maybe you do not live in Edmonton or Calgary so I will forgive you for not knowing that the Alberta tory party has already dismantled our health care there. They have not funded it adequately. They brought in a health minister (Mr. Liepert) who said there were too many educated people working in the hospitals….the emergency units are in "catestrophic collapse" as reported in the major newspapers. I am willing to take my chances with the WildRose Alliance Party. Things are already so bad in healthcare, the only way they could get worse is if they actually shut the doors to the hospitals.

  17. That`s for sure, I just hope that Smith is not all talk!

  18. I will support Wildrose too but I have some hesitation, just hope they don't let us down!

  19. The WRA party won't merge with the Tories, when the WRA and Albertans know that the WRA will form the next government in Alberta. The WRA and Albertans know that the Tories have become an albatross/millstone around everyones' neck.

  20. The WRA party won't merge with the Tories, when the WRA and Albertans know that the WRA will form the next government in Alberta. The WRA and Albertans know that the Tories have become an albatross/millstone around everyones' neck.

  21. Of course Danielle Smith is against a merger; she stands to lose influence over the Party. But she is not the Party, and if the Parties wants to merge, it will happen.

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