CALGARY — The leader of the party siphoning support from Alberta’s governing Tories is warning that an election could come as soon as they choose a new premier.
Danielle Smith of the Wildrose Alliance says Ed Stelmach’s decision to quit in the next few months doesn’t change things one bit for her party.
She says in a message to Wildrose faithful that the Progressive Conservatives are in “complete disarray” and could move up a vote Stelmach had promised by March 2012.
Smith is urging members to get more involved in Wildrose activities and to consider making a donation for lawn signs, mailouts and advertising.
The next election in Alberta doesn’t have to be held until March 2013.
Smith became leader in October 2009 and her party has steadily climbed in polls since then.
“Over the next few months, while PC cabinet ministers travel Alberta on the taxpayers’ tab campaigning for the leadership, it is more important than ever for Wildrose to present a calm, confident, and capable alternative,” Smith says.
“You know as well as I do that changing the leader won’t change the direction of this PC government. Every cabinet minister and every member of caucus had their say in all the bad decisions this government has made.
“Swapping in one of them for Premier Stelmach isn’t going to change a thing.”
So far, no one has officially stepped forward as a candidate to replace Stelmach.