Questions raised by resignation
Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 11:03 am
We had mixed feelings about Premier Alison Redford announcing her resignation on March 19.
We agree it is better to take your leave if you no longer believe in the position or if your caucus no longer backs you, than to try and continue leading because you are stubborn or for selfish reasons.
However, the second resignation of the province’s premier in just three years raises a lot of questions.
Was Redford just too out of touch with what the “regular” Albertan wanted?
Did the $45,000 it cost taxpayers to send Redford to South America for Nelson Mandella’s funeral break the camel’s back?
Is it a sign that the PCs have been in power too long?
What does it say about the PCs that they will be looking for a new leader again? How can they get anything done with so much change and unrest in the caucus?
The ruling Progressive Conservative (PC) Party constitution requires that a new premier be selected within six months of a leader’s resignation.
We tend to agree with official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith when she said in a statement: “So for six months everything is on hold while the PCs sort out their internal bickering and I think it’s unfortunate for Albertans (that) the business of the province is not getting done.”
Although we agree that Redford should have resigned if she couldn’t get the job done, stirring the party into another flurry of unrest just takes the attention off of the real job of the government, which is to take care of the people of Alberta and protect their interests.