This just in:
Chandler quits Conservative Party
According to the brief story, Chandler has quit the party. I'm not sure if this means it was a mutual decision, an ultimatum, or something else.
As I had said earlier, there was going to be a firestorm surrounding whatever decision was made today. I suspect that to be the case in the coming days.
From the perspective of an ardent supporter of the party, I believe this was the right call.
I don't want to get into anything that could be viewed as slanderous lest this humble blogger be included in a potential lawsuit. I just simply feel that Craig was a poor fit for our party. His views and his style are welcome in parties like the Alliance, i'm sure, but I don't think they jive very well with PC Alberta.
As for the (short) string of Chandler-related resignations within the party, I wouldn't take much stock in them. These folks are like the David Orchards of the far-right... they claim to have a proper place in a political organization, but make no effort to adapt to it and leave in a huff when they don't get their way.
However this decision came about, I applaud the Premier for it. He was placed in a difficult position, under a great deal of pressure, and came up what most party members will view as the correct solution.
The biggest lesson in all of this, however, should be to the people who run the party... both full-time in the office and the elected volunteer party executive.
The Premier should not have ever had to get involved in this. Political organizations have staffs and executives who should be well-aware of potential troubles on the ground. They have a responsibility to their members and their Leader to neutralize these threats before they ever reach the level we have seen in Calgary Egmont.
This freight train should have been seen miles away. Those who had the power to stop this early on chose to be complacent.
It is a mistake they, hopefully, will not make again.