Alberta Liberal and Federal Liberal Cooperation? Lets Go.
I was talking to one of my friends around the the university the other day and I brought up Raj Sherman’s interview in the Calgary Herald on some form of cooperation between the two Liberal parties in Alberta. It was an off-hand comment and I didn’t really expect a conversation to come of it. He cocked his eyebrow and asked, “Wait, there are two separate parties?” and, at that point, it cemented everything I thought about the two parties in the last five years of my involvement.
It has reinforced a set of objectives I’ve had since day one of my involvement.
It’s incomprehensible as to why these two organizations trip over each other when their principles are so often aligned.
As Raj noted in his CalgaryLiberal.com leadership survey almost two years ago,
16. Do you believe that the separation between the federal and provincial Liberals should continue? Why?
We must not let the failures of the past determine our future. Where there are wounds, we must heal them. Where there are divisions, we must mend them. There is more that unites us than divides us. Let’s seek common ground, not just between our political parties, but individually and collectively as well.
The problem in Alberta today is not P.E.T. or the N.E.P., it’s the PCs.
The issue that divided the two parties in the 1970s has melted from memory for many people. What split the federal and provincial parties was the policy of the National Energy Policy which caused the provincial Liberals to sever their links with the federal party.
To people of my generation — I was born almost 15 years after the NEP was implemented — the programs of the elder Trudeau are irrelevant. I’m worried about how I’ll pay for tuition in the fall, the inflation that’s driving up housing and food costs with little change in wages, and the infrastructure deficit that’s harming the province as a whole. Never mind the ongoing crisis in K-12 education, post-secondary education, and the massive PC-lead inefficiencies in healthcare. Or the ongoing failure of the PCs to be held accountable. Or Katz’s $450,000 skirting of Alberta’s election finance laws. And so much more.
So let’s go.
Let’s go advocate on those problems that need fixing, on common programs that find alignment between these two parties, and create a better sense of a Liberal future in Alberta.