What is Alberta Can’t Wait?

Alberta Can’t Wait is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organization concerned about the future of Alberta.  Our mission is to unify all Alberta conservatives behind a principled, competent, united alternative to the NDP government prior to the next Alberta election.

Are you forming a new political party?

At our meeting in Red Deer on April 30, 2016, everyday Albertans from across the province made it clear that they do not support having multiple conservative political parties on the ballot in the next election.  They clearly expressed their desire to end vote-splitting and unite all conservative voters behind a single option.  There are several options being considered for how to unite conservatives, including uniting behind one of the existing political parties, merging the existing political parties, or creating a new political party.  Our goal is to unify all Alberta conservatives behind a principled, competent, united alternative to the NDP government prior to the next Alberta election.

What was decided at your April 30th meeting?

At the Alberta Can’t Wait event on April 30th in Red Deer, everyday Albertans met to discuss the issue of conservative vote-splitting.  Attendees heard from a number of experienced individuals who laid out the challenges and opportunities for creating a competent, principled, united alternative to the NDP government.  At the end of the meeting, the attendees were asked to vote on a resolution to create an unincorporated association that would help organize and coordinate the activities of Alberta Can’t Wait to help achieve its mission of creating a competent, principled, united alternative to the NDP government.

What is this new association?

The association will pursue the goal of uniting all Alberta conservatives behind a principled, competent, united alternative to the NDP government.  It will look at all of the options available, including uniting behind one of the existing parties, merging the parties, or creating a new political party and determine which is the most achievable path forward for ending conservative vote-splitting in Alberta.  It will also sell memberships and build a base of conservative supporters – PC supporters, Wildrose supporters, and those who haven’t previously backed either party – who are committed to uniting Alberta conservatives.  It will reach out to existing political parties and convince them of the importance of ending vote-splitting before the next election.  It will also promote other options in the near term, including Caucus-level cooperation, constituency-level cooperation, and other forms of cooperation that will help to unite conservatives against the NDP government.

What about the straw vote that was taken at the April 30th meeting?

As part of the meeting in Red Deer, attendees were asked about their opinions regarding some of the options for uniting Albertans behind a principled, competent, united alternative to the NDP government.  These options included uniting behind one of the existing political parties, uniting behind a new political party, or staying with the status quo.  A straw vote was taken in which it was clear that the majority of those in attendance were in favour of uniting behind a new political party.  This is an important message to both the PC Party and Wildrose that, at present, neither party is seen by a substantial number of Alberta conservatives as being able to represent all conservatives in the province.  Alberta Can’t Wait believes that no political party is more important than our province, and that both parties need to unite to create a principled, competent, united alternative to the NDP government before the next election.

Both the PC Party and Wildrose have said they believe they can win the next election without uniting – are they right?

Depending on the poll (and we are still several years out from an election) Wildrose tends to be the preferred choice for conservatives living in rural Alberta.  The PC Party is presently the leading choice for conservatives living in Calgary and Edmonton.  While it is possible that either Wildrose or the PC Party might be able to win the next election without uniting, the likeliest outcome of an Alberta provincial election under the present circumstances is a minority government.  Such a minority government risks that the NDP could remain in power, or have a powerful say in how Alberta is governed.  Future elections would also face the risk of electing (or re-electing) an NDP government while conservative votes remain divided between two political parties.  Allowing this to continue is too much of a threat to Alberta’s political and economic future.  That is why Alberta Can’t Wait is committed to uniting conservatives behind a principled, competent, united alternative to the NDP government before the next Alberta election.