Don Braid: A massive and historic vote for conservative unity

RED DEER – “Enjoy your temporary jobs.”

That was Brian Jean’s instant slam at the NDP after his Wildrose Party voted 95 per cent to merge with the Progressive Conservatives into a new entity, the United Conservative Party.

Two hours later, the PCs announced their own unity landslide, with the identical majority 95 per cent.

Some people might find the number too creepily coincidental to be legitimate. They shouldn’t be diverted. The twin votes reflect a massive consensus to end the internecine conservative warfare that helped the NDP win the 2015 election.

At the Wildrose event in Red Deer, the enthusiasm was loud and genuine. I haven’t seen conservatives of any stripe so ecstatic since the PCs thought Jim Prentice would rescue them from their own history.