Thursday, February 28, 2008

Dr. Daft's Roadshow

Professor Kevin came out today with a proposal to have the Legislative Assembly of Alberta meet in various locales around Alberta.

As part of his ongoing assertion that democracy doesn't really exist in Alberta (mainly because his party never wins), Taft suggests that a travelling roadshow of all 83 MLAs will help reconnect Albertans with their government.

The idea of bringing government closer to the people is a noble one, i'll admit. But we don't need to keep reaching into what the Liberals seem to believe is an endless pit of money to do it.

The Legislative Assembly of Alberta entails some pretty pricey operations. Moving 83 MLAs, their support staffs, all of the necessary parliamentary clerks, etc. will be a massive undertaking both logistically and financially.

What's even more puzzling is that, in the Journal story, Taft has a quote that explains why this is unnecessary when he talks about the "age of instant communications and conventions attended by hundreds".

The fact that the province is more connected than ever means we need to do a better job of making it easier for Albertans to plug in to what's happening in the Capital. Better and more user-friendly access to Legislative proceedings and a dedicated communications budget for MLAs to communicate with constituents (like Ottawa has) are just a few improvements that would be much cheaper and far more effective than a travelling legislature.

If we still want to get MLAs out from under the dome (again, a noble idea), why not have the newly-formed all-party committees take their meetings around the province? This again has far fewer budgetary concerns attached and would allow communities to hear more focused proceedings about issues that are more relevant to their area.

Personally, I think this proposal is entirely politically motivated. Taft made the announcement in Lethbridge and went to great lengths to assert that Lethbridge would be the first stop on the roadshow. This strikes me as nothing more than an attempt (and a weak one, at that) to try and shore up support to hang on to a Liberal seat that's in jeopardy.


In other news...

Brian Mason has brought in former BC Premier Dave Barrett to trumpet the idea of Public Auto Insurance. If having the most disastrous BC Premier in modern history as its spokesperson doesn't convince you that this is a bad policy move, I don't know what will.

Speaking of the NDP, the Liberals have finally taken their lead and spent some of their debt on TV ads. They miss the mark, though.

If hearing Kevin Taft speak hasn't motivated Albertans to Liberal yet, what makes them think that more of the same will change people's minds? They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

And finally (and most importantly), tomorrow is it.

After nearly two years of my life in British Columbia, I am finally returning home to my motherland, Alberta.

I said when I left that living in BC would mean my identity would be much less about where i'm from.

I was wrong.

I have been blessed with opportunities that took me to every corner of our great province. No matter where I was, be it in my hometown or a place I was visiting for the first time, I ALWAYS felt at home in Alberta. I have learned that those feelings, at least in my case, don't (and will never) change.

We live in a great country and i'm glad that i've had the opportunity to spend some time living in a different part of it. I will look back on my time on the coast with fondness for the people I have met and the things I have learned.

The most important thing I have learned, though, is about home.

My home is 661,848 square kilometers of mountains and prairies, of forests, rivers and lakes, of proud communities big and small, and of the kindest, hardest working people one could ever hope to meet. She is beautiful in every sense of the word.

And I can't wait to see her again tomorrow.


  1. Don O'BeirneFebruary 29, 2008

    In anticipation of your imminent return, welcome home pal.

  2. Nice cheapshot with the Dr. Daft remark. At least he's sober and shows up at all the meetings.

    Your opposition to holding legislature meeting outside the legislature is a little weird. Not that you oppose democracy but that you would go on and on and on about a proposal that is so benign.

    "I think this proposal is entirely politically motivated." Golly you figured that one out. Seriously dude, its the last week of the campaign. A leader would have to be retarded to not make politically motivated proposal at this stage of the game. Your pal bumbler Ed has made politicall motivated proposals too. Duh.

  3. The reason Taft is so paranoid of losing Lethbridge is because the former MLA for Lethbridge East, and former Liberal Leader Ken Nicol is not only a HUGE Ed Stelmach supporter, but he almost ran for the PC nomination in Lethbridge West. Can you imagine how much redder Taft's face would have gotten had the former leader of his own party ran against the Taft led party? priceless.

  4. Politically motivated announcements during an election campaign? In the city would benefit most from them?

    Damn those Liberals!

  5. Blake: Welcome home.

    But stay out of Egmont - I'm the Alpha Blogger in this part of town! ;)

    (just kidding - rent's cheap here, come on in! Always room for one more...)