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.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Image from Facebook)
Rocky Mountain House store bars vaccinated customers

‘No proof the vax works and no proof it does not shed’

Bloc Québécois MP Sebastien Lemire rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, March 12, 2021. A Bloc Québécois MP has apologized for taking a screen shot of a Liberal MP who inadvertently appeared nude during virtual proceedings in the House of Commons last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Bloc Québécois MP apologizes for taking nude photo of Liberal MP William Amos

‘I have no idea how that photo made its way into the media’

FILE - This Sunday, June 25, 2017, file photo shows TK Holdings Inc. headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. A driver in South Carolina is the latest person to be killed by an exploding Takata air bag inflator. Honda says that a faulty driver’s air bag blew apart in a crash involving a 2002 Honda Accord in Lancaster County, South Carolina. The company wouldn’t give details of the Jan. 9, 2021, crash near Charlotte, North Carolina, nor would it identify the person who was killed. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
South Carolina driver killed by exploding air bag inflator

Drivers can check to see if their vehicles have been recalled

Hospital staff shift the body of a COVID-19 patient on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance at a specialized COVID-19 hospital in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Low on beds, oxygen, India adds global high 314K virus cases

Government rushing oxygen tankers to replenish hospital supplies

A traveler wearing a protective mask, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, walks through the nearly empty JetBlue terminal at Logan Airport in Boston, Friday, May 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Charles Krupa
JetBlue expanding wings with service to Vancouver from New York and Boston

JetBlue will have to compete with Canadian airlines

Westerner Park’s Exhibition Hall was used as a vaccination clinic on Wednesday. A steady stream of people came to get their COVID-19 shots either by appointment or as walk-ins. Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff
No long lineups at walk-in vaccination site in Red Deer

A steady stream of people walked into Westerner Park on Wednesday to… Continue reading

A Blanding’s turtle (Gabrielle Fortin/Contributed)
Earth Day: Finding hope in an old sweater

During the pandemic, many of us have spent several months at home.… Continue reading

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says 1.7 million reusable masks have been ordered at a cost of $4.2 million.” (Advocate file photo).
Alberta teachers and education minister swap accusations of politicizing curriculum

EDMONTON — Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says the group representing Alberta teachers… Continue reading

FILE - In this March 19, 2021, file photo, people take pictures of the Olympic rings installed by the Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo. The vaccine rollout in Japan has been very slow with less than 1% vaccinated. This of course is spilling over to concerns about the postponed Tokyo Olympics that open in just over three months.(AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File)
Olympic bodies launch competitive series in virtual sports

Olympic body hopes to reach more young people

Linda Tomlinson
Gardening: Leave the lawn until the soil is dry

Spring is arriving, Alberta style with warm days, cold days and snow.… Continue reading

Silent protests were held recently in response to Red Deer Public Schools’ decision to reject a Pride Week in favour of a Diversity Week. Some former employees at Red Deer Public are saying the decision is misguided. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Letter: School board silencing Pride Week concern

While it has been our practice to not comment on matters arising… Continue reading

Most Read