Opposition’s role as watchdog lost with Wildrose defections

When Danielle Smith states, “To be the official Opposition leader, you have to really want to take down the government and premier,” she has it all wrong!

When Danielle Smith states, “To be the official Opposition leader, you have to really want to take down the government and premier,” she has it all wrong!

To be the Opposition, one should be doing what is best for Albertans whether it is opposing legislation or voting in favour of said legislation! Government should be proposing legislation that is beneficial to Albertans, not the party.

The Red Deer Advocate printed quotes from Smith on Nov. 26 — “There will be no more floor crossings” — but further investigations show that negotiations were going on while the Wildrose general meeting was in progress!

When Kerry Towle was a Wildrose MLA, her voice was a constant pain in the side of government on health and seniors care. Since she has become part of government, we have not heard a word of dissent. Red Deer still has the longest wait times in Alberta and Alberta is still spending 19 per cent less per capita than the national average on seniors care!

Bruce McAllister was constantly raising the problems of the lack of school funding for adequate funding for schools or teachers. Now suddenly there is no problem?

It seems strange that one of the most knowledgeable people in Alberta on electrical production and transmission — Joe Anglin — is estranged by this party just prior to their own exodus.

The “torment” proclaimed by some of these floor-crossers is ludicrous. I am still waiting to hear of any of the constituencies getting to vote for any floor-crossing.

So much for honesty, reliability, trustworthiness, and dependability in government. Looking up these words in the dictionary, I find pictures of the “floor-crossers” beside the words such as opportune, sly, insidious, insincere, insecure or insensible.

This is the time of the year for change so. …

Dear Santa. …

Ed Powell

Red Deer