There is something vibrating in the political air in Alberta these days. It’s not as astonishing as the discovery of gravitational waves. But there are major ripples of change happening in the political culture of Alberta.
The last time this happened was back in 2009. Reboot Alberta emerged then as a citizen-based movement to rethink the political culture of Alberta.
It started as the end of the Stelmach government was approaching. The discontent of Albertans with the current PC regime was strong. The rise of a radical right social conservative Wildrose alternate was unnerving. Then there was a general despairing at the desolate situation of Liberal and NDP opposition at the time.
There was a clear sense of a need for change from the current political situation. What was not clear was a kind of change would be needed to move Alberta forward. Reboot was the place for that conversation to be shared.
There were results of the Reboot Alberta initiative. One was the establishment of the Alberta Party. It caused progressives in other political parties and civil-society organizations to reaffirm a desire to progressively influence the direction their own organizations. It engaged and re-engaged those Alberta citizens who attended to become more informed and active on issues that interested them.
A lot has happened in Alberta and to Albertans since then. Unfortunately not much of it is very positive. We have dramatically rejected the inept, entitled and pretentious long-running reign of the PC Party.
We have suddenly and surprisingly elected a large majority NDP government. We left the Liberals with one seat. It is held by the interim leader with a party elite showing little interest in actively finding his replacement. We have given the upstart Alberta Party a toe-hold in the politics of the time by electing its leader.
The time are tough. Our economy is turbulent and uncertain with low oil prices uncovering a lot of Alberta’s problems with competitiveness, productivity and innovation shortcomings. The solutions to our recession is mostly beyond our control as OPEC and private-sector big oil play chicken over sustaining market share.
Some Alberta citizens are once again thinking it is time to rethink the political, economic, environmental and social culture of their province. They are talking about revival the spirit of Reboot Alberta.
That means taking back Control of our democracy, create an Alternative to the outdated Left versus Right political paradigm and Delete the destructive hyper-partisan politics that disengages the rest of us.
So if this revival happens, watch for this blog to reawaken from its extended dormancy. It will become a place for comment and commentary and sharing ideas about moving Alberta forward, not just left or right.
We have changed our government but we still need to transform our governance.
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