This is for all of you political "what-if" speculators...
No room for Reds in Morton's ToriesOlsen continues...
Tom Olsen, Calgary Herald
Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2006
If you're worried about the state of democracy in Alberta, elect Ted Morton. Not because he has a package of refreshing democratic reforms -- all the contenders in the Tory leadership race have that.
Nope, elect Ted because if Morton wins the race to lead Alberta's Progressive Conservatives, there will be a Red Tory exodus from the party.
The constituency which Morton derides as "liberal lite" will look for another political home. They'll find it, maybe, in a new centrist conservative party, or perhaps with Kevin Taft's Alberta Liberals, who will make themselves more palatable by tightening up on the fiscal restraint.
Liberal boss Taft, by contrast, says a win for Morton is a victory for Alberta's Grits.
"There would be a larger opposition in the legislature, absolutely," said Taft. "And it would be led by Ted Morton."