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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

alberta green goes progress.

Following up on Trevor Scott Howell's piece at the Weekly Albertan on the new Green Party Executive's push to change the party name to the 'Alberta Progress Party,' Trish Audette posted a media release from Green Deputy Leader Edwin Erickson. In the 2008 provincial election, Erickson placed second with 19% of the vote in Drayton Valley-Calmar, but now he's leaving the Greens to help form the Alberta Progress Party.

Here's the release:

Alberta Green Party Deputy Leader Leaves to Start New Party

BUCK LAKE, AB- February 25, 2009 – “Over the strong objections from the newly elected leader Joe Anglin and party executive, I have tendered my resignation as deputy leader from the Green Party of Alberta and withdrew my membership in the Alberta Greens today.”

“I have very high regard for Joe Anglin and the new executive. This group has both the capacity and the ambition to really get things done, and that is something that has certainly been lacking in the past. In fact, I would have resigned last year, if it hadn’t been for Anglin’s insistent encouragement that I stay on and help “fix the Green party”. Even after the ridiculous outcome of the September 27 AGM, I stayed on, hoping to help clean up old baggage and move forward.”

“But, the situation only seems to get worse. Aside from continued attempts by members of the old guard to undermine the new leadership, it has now come to my attention that important financial information from last year has been either withheld or is not made available, making it impossible for the new executive to file a year-end report. To make matters even worse, and I state this without prejudice, it looks as though certain members of the former party executive may have self-approved illegal loans to the Party, in what can only be viewed as an attempt to profit from tax-deductible donations intended for the party.”

“It is now totally obvious to me that there is no political future with the Alberta Greens – I think it’s a ship that’s about to capsize. I admire the efforts of Anglin and the new executive to patch things up, but I’ve had enough. ”

“I have argued since last spring that this province needs a strong centrist party that can truly be an effective and electable political force, one that is prepared to serve the interest of Albertans. I don’t believe we’ve had a government in this province that gave a damn about Albertans since the early days of Peter Lougheed. I’m leaving the Alberta Greens in order to lead the effort to register a new political party called the Alberta Progress Party. I am now in the process of organizing the collection of signatures as required by Elections Alberta and in the recruitment of new members. I intend to do everything in my power to bring members from various political backgrounds into the fold, people who truly want to make a positive political change in this province."



Anonymous said...

And people worry about the P.C. party shenanigans, sheesh no wonder people have little interest in politics.

rc said...

He did read the requirements to form a political party in Alberta before he left, right? Hope so. They're a touch on the steep side.

natasha said...
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Jane Morgan said...

RC, define steep....

By my calculations it is now somewhere between 6850-7050 signatures; depending on which figure they take as official total eligible voters.

rc said...

According to Elections Alberta, it's north of 7,000 signatures. And, I'd guess, there's plus or minus a margin for error... for duplicates and fakes.

And it has to be done within a pretty limited time-frame. That's probably why the few efforts to register new parties in recent years - which has been domain of the right-wing side of the spectrum, for the most part - pretty much all flamed out.

Anonymous said...

This is a shame. I was hoping a rebranded Green party with both Anglin and Erickson could begin to form the centrist alternative that both rural and urban Alberta have been waiting for.

Now with their efforts divided, it seems they will suffer the same fate as so many other splinter parties. Why can't the politically active types in Alberta, outside of the PCs, see the tremendous value in setting aside minor disputes and working together towards victory?

It's really that ability to maintain a very "big tent" that allows the PCs to remain in power. A party that can accomodate both Ted Morton and David Hancock is obviously not tied to any one ideology. Their flexibility is their strength. But they are still a tired and spent force that desperately needs a time out of government to recharge their policy ideas.

Anonymous said...

That's not a media release, it is a personal rant. One giant quote. Hope the new "Progress Party" is a tad more professional and a tad less egocentric, but I doubt it will be.

rc said...

"Why can't the politically active types in Alberta, outside of the PCs, see the tremendous value in setting aside minor disputes and working together towards victory?"

Because, too often, these splinter groups have a lot of people who fancy themselves as having a hand on the proverbial boat's tiller - and not enough people willing to do the heavy rowing needed to get anywhere.