PCs keep putting party before needs of the public

I have a concern with where our province is going politically. Currently we have an unelected premier being sworn in, and a cabinet containing more unelected officials being assigned positions of significant power and influence.

I have a concern with where our province is going politically. Currently we have an unelected premier being sworn in, and a cabinet containing more unelected officials being assigned positions of significant power and influence.

I’m no political scientist or historian, but this just seems so very wrong. I’m sure that at some point we’ll hear about byelections opening up to get these folks elected, but in the meantime I see them as operating without a mandate from Albertans.

Additionally, if these individuals fail to get elected, does this invalidate every policy they may have introduced or voted on while occupying these positions?

I was disappointed that things had slid so far with Progressive Conservative MLAs being discovered in scandal after scandal, revealing a level of corruption (entitlement) that should never be tolerated in government. Public officials should be held to a higher standard, not provided the legal means to avoid any kind of responsibility.

With that, I understand that there were choices for the PC Party of how to proceed after the resignation of the former premier. Were none of these choices able to accommodate an election and allow the voters to have some say in the future of our province? Why is it that what is best for the party is considered before what is best for Albertans?

I believe that we’ve just seen another demonstration of PC Party ethics getting even worse. How politics is just a game to them, and to secure and maintain power by any means possible is all that matters to the PCs.

I would like to think that serving as an MLA should be a noble occupation, a level of public service that exceeds the ordinary, and earns respect. Not just a position to be used for personal advantage, or that of your party supporters.

Perhaps I’m just an idealist?

Norman Wiebe

Red Deer

Just Posted

Trudeau’s cabinet choices have domino effect on House of Commons work

OTTAWA — As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau settles on his choices for… Continue reading

Protesters say Alberta bill would make it harder to access some medical services

EDMONTON — Opponents of a private member’s bill that calls for more… Continue reading

Freeland’s imprint of foreign affairs remains even if she’s shuffled: analysts

OTTAWA — Whether or not Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffles her to… Continue reading

Saskatchewan government considers funding first supervised consumption site

SASKATOON — Saskatchewan’s health minister says the government will consider whether to… Continue reading

Thousands fill City Hall Park for Red Deer Lights the Night

With the flip of a switch, downtown Red Deer was filled with… Continue reading

Central Albertans help families during holidays with Christmas Wish Breakfast

It takes a community to help a community. And Sunday morning at… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Nov. 19 The Mountview Sunnybrook Community Association will hold its AGM at… Continue reading

‘Ford v Ferrari’ speeds to No. 1; ‘Charlie’s Angels’ fizzles

NEW YORK — “Ford v Ferrari” put its competition in the rearview,… Continue reading

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

WINNIPEG — A terminally ill cancer patient who recorded a video from… Continue reading

Five things to watch for when Trudeau shuffles his cabinet this week

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to unveil his new… Continue reading

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

VANCOUVER — A framed iconic photo in Dr. Brian Day’s office shows… Continue reading

Rowing Canada, university investigate celebrated coach for harassment, abuse

VANCOUVER — Lily Copeland felt she had found her purpose in life… Continue reading

MacKinnon scores OT winner, Avs recover from blowing late lead to beat Canucks

VANCOUVER — Nathan MacKinnon scored his second goal of the game 27… Continue reading

White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation

WASHINGTON — The White House is ramping up its push to get… Continue reading

Most Read