Apparently two Alberta opposition parties say they’re being shortchanged in the legislature. Stop and think about this for a minute, what are the rules regarding official party status? The last time I checked you were required to have four MLA's in the Legislature to achieve official party status.
Those of you who follow my blog know I am absolutely a supporter of the Wildrose, but I will also give the criticism when it is due. The Alberta NDP have enjoyed special status since 1997 when Ralph Klein made the provision after they dropped below the required four. Does this mean that this should continue? With all of the cuts and fiscal responsibilities being tossed around, how responsible is it to fund these two parties that simply do not meet the criteria? Ken Kowalski has been in the legislature for 30 years as a PC, do you really think he cares if you call him partisan? Is 30 years maybe enough time that everyone realizes this? Lets get to Guy Boutillier, the independent that was removed from the PC caucus for speaking out. Should he receive the funding and get special status as well? Why not, he is only one member behind the NDP, I am sure he could use the funding and research money as well. Why does he only get a question a week? Fair is fair.
It is time for the Alberta Government to get a backbone and follow the rules of the Legislative Assembly. Remove all special privilege and status, and spend our tax dollars on things they were meant to be spent on. My hope is that the Wildrose will be a different opposition party than the status quo, although with the joining of the NDP and their habitual bitching I don't know that we will be. I realize how important this funding and questions are to the Wildrose, but in party principle we need to practice what we preach and wasting more tax dollars is not the what we claim. Democratic reform is also preached so how is demanding special treatment democratic?
In short to Mr. Kowalski I would like to thank you for recognizing the Wildrose as an official party even though we are not. Thank you for being non-partisan and allowing 1-2 questions per day (time permitting) when we are only entitled to as many per week. You could have played the partisan card easily here and you rose above the fray, a reason you have been in the Legislature for the past 30 years. (Update: I know this was over the top, it was to make a point!!)
To my friends at the Wildrose please don't turn into the standard opposition party, stick to your roots. Use your time wisely to make Alberta a better place. Change the old habits of government and give us the refreshing change we expect from you, it may hurt in the short term but in the long run it will come back ten fold! By sticking to your principles now, you define the party so no one else can define it for you.
Update: Wildrose News Release
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