Social Credit leader says his party is the only social conservative one

The leader of the Social Credit Party says it is the only social conservative party left in Alberta. “We now have four liberal parties: the Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, Wildrose and Alberta Party, and one socialist party (NDP), and the only one true social conservative party is the Social Credit,” said party leader Len Skowronski.

The leader of the Social Credit Party says it is the only social conservative party left in Alberta.

“We now have four liberal parties: the Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, Wildrose and Alberta Party, and one socialist party (NDP), and the only one true social conservative party is the Social Credit,” said party leader Len Skowronski.

He pointed to the Wildrose Party’s recent annual general meeting and the fact it shed some social conservative policies during that meeting.

“We see an opportunity there to get some of these people to come back to Social Credit.

“We are now the only social conservative party in Alberta.”

Despite the uninviting weather, enough people showed up for a quorum at the Social Credit Party’s annual general meeting on Saturday. In Innisfail, the party of Earnest Manning and ‘Bible Bill’ Aberhart discussed its platform and Social Credit’s future.

Although there were no resolutions — the policy convention is held in the spring — there was policy discussion, including how to deal with natural disasters like this year’s flooding.

“We really do need insurance against this,” said Skowronski.

“Of course, the private insurers really don’t want to do that, so we’re thinking of working on a resolution that would stipulate the government should have a home insurance Crown corporation that would provide this kind of insurance to people in the flood plains.”

He said the cost of the insurance would be substantial, but if someone does not want to be covered then the government would not bail them out in the event of a flood.

The floods were a key topic at the meeting.

“They (the Conservative government) really didn’t seem to be prepared for such a disaster and some of their response was overwhelming when you consider the cost,” said Skowronski.

“I live in Calgary and we’ve had a peak in high-end housing purchases because a lot of the people along the Elbow River and Bow River had multimillion-dollar houses and the government is paying the whole shot for them to move to other places.

“It’s nice to help people, but I think there should be some responsibility for people building or owning houses in flood plains.”

Oil and gas revenues were also highlight for Skowronski, who said the province is not taking enough advantage of its wealth of resources.

“We’re losing more than $34 million a day by not upgrading the bitumen we’re exporting,” said Skowronski.

“We wouldn’t have to be cutting back, they say they want to cut back 177 nurses and so on. We could afford to have lots of nurses and doctors. They’re cutting back education and we shouldn’t have to.”

mcrawford@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Businessman and volunteer named 2019 Citizen of the Year

John Donald’s parents and sister were each honoured previously

School leader named Red Deer Young Citizen of the Year

Leading by example at Hunting Hills High School

Suspects shot at pursuing police during crime spree

No police officers were injured in May 17 shooting

Mental health survey looks at children and youth in Red Deer

Parent and guardians experiences accessing services for children

Respect Day in Red Deer

Sexual Violence Awareness Month in Red Deer

B.C.’s fight to regulate bitumen through pipelines to go to Canada’s top court

BC Appeal Court judges found B.C. cannot restrict bitumen flow along Trans Mountain pipeline

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

College Beat: Convocation celebrates success and future possibilities

On June 7, at our Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, we… Continue reading

Veer: Public safety is council’s top priority

The number one question that City Council continues to hear from our… Continue reading

Padres knock off Blue Jays 6-3

Padres 6, Blue Jays 3 TORONTO — Hunter Renfroe hit a tiebreaking… Continue reading

Scholarship named in honour of young Lacombe crash victim

Scholarship given to committed Grade 12 teen mentors in the community

O Canada: Hockey hotbed now produces tennis players, too

ROME — It’s typically Canadian that Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca… Continue reading

Proctor back chasing running records after cross-Canada speed attempt

CALGARY — Dave Proctors’ attempted speed record across Canada last summer was… Continue reading

Big names headed to New Mexico to film ‘The Comeback Trail’

SANTA FE, N.M. — Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones… Continue reading

Most Read