Over this past weekend Danielle Smith had her caucus over to her house. Nothing strange about that. It’s the Christmas season and why wouldn’t work colleagues get together for some holiday fun?
This Christmas party was a little different. Mainly because the
point of the party wasn’t to celebrate the birth of Jesus or jolly old St. Nick.
Nope. This party was Smith’s attempt to beg the Wildrose MLAs to cross the floor to the PCs.
Wildrose insiders have seen a disturbing trend with Smith. She’s been having closed door meetings with PC and Alberta Party stalwarts like Stephen Carter in order to facilitate Smith becoming a PC. Her floor crossing plans are the worst kept secret in the Legislature.
Now, she’s finally come out and openly asked her caucus to cross with her. I guess if they all go together it won’t break her “no more floor crossing” promise.
Rob Anderson, the natural successor to Smith once she’s no longer leader couldn’t be happier. He’s wanted to go back to being a PC for a long time. He’s missed the perks of power.
The real surprise here is that Danielle Smith didn’t cross earlier.
Smith has always been PC. In fact she’s only been Wildrose for a little more than a sneeze in her political career. She was president of the federal PC party after Reform had come to prominence in Alberta. She already had aspirations of political power in university.
In 2008 she was waiting in the wings to run for the PCs provincially. In 2009 she finally left the party when it was crumbling under Stelmach. Less than a year later she was running for the Wildrose Leadership.
She’s never held Wildrose values. She’s always just wanted to hold onto some sort of power and she’s been terrible at it since the beginning of her career. She couldn’t run the school board she was elected to. Gordon Dirks had to come in and save it. She snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the 2012 provincial election and she’s driven Wildrose into the ground with whatever momentum they had for the next election.
I will say this about her. That kind of political failure is special. To take a party that was supposed to win the last election and the upcoming election and suicide it so completely, that takes talent.
So, Danielle Smith and power hungry Wildrose MLAs will cross the floor around Christmas so the news is drowned out by the chorus of “O’ Holy Night”. She’ll probably be the Deputy Premier, or Prentice’s poodle as I will call her. And then, at Prentice’s earliest convenience he will slit their collective throats in the nominations.
Never suffer a traitor in your numbers. And that will be it for the Wildrose and the real conservatives in Alberta will take back the party that they began.
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