As the dust settled after the 2015 Alberta election, and as the NDP government began down a series of destructive policy paths, a number of groups in Alberta emerged to work towards creating a "united alternative" to the NDP.
While it was positive to see many Albertans focused around the same cause, it was clear that before a "united alternative" could be created, groups calling for it should first unify.
Alberta Can’t Wait (ACW) is a coalition of five previously independent organizations.
The five organizations that now make up the steering committee of ACW are United Alberta (from Peace River Country) Alberta Can't Wait (Calgary) the Alberta Conservative Movement (Calgary), Blueprint for Alberta (a project of the Manning Centre), the February 19 Group (Edmonton), the Future of Alberta (Calgary) and the Concerned Conservative Youth (Calgary). These groups contain a mix of activists from both the PC and Wildrose parties.
Alberta Can’t Wait is comprised of people who are concerned about the economic and political future of our province. ACW wants to develop strategies and tactics to help forge a small ‘c’ conservative path forward for Alberta. We want to unify and motivate conservative Albertans under one political voice.
In the next provincial election, ACW would like to see one principled conservative candidate standing for election in each constituency.
If you’re concerned about Alberta’s future, we encourage you to get involved and help us get Alberta back on the right track.
What are the principles driving ACW?
The election of the New Democrat government in May 2015 signified a pivot away from what we believe are the fundamentals for building a prosperous province. Many Albertans are deeply concerned about widespread borrowing, out of control spending, and ever-increasing taxation. Investor confidence has been eroded by sudden changes in fiscal regimes (or threats thereof), increasing government debt, and wasteful spending.
While the Wildrose party was a necessary vehicle for renewal of the conservative movement in Alberta, and while the PCs created one of the lowest-tax and most prosperous jurisdiction in North America, neither party has gained the trust of a majority of Albertans. We feel, however, there are many shared values between activists and grassroots members of both parties.
The combined vote of the PCs and the Wildrose in Election 2015 falls hundreds of thousands short of the ballots cast by Albertans for Stephen Harper’s low-tax plan for jobs and the economy that same year.
Alberta Can’t Wait wants to make sure every one of those Conservative voters has a single clear conservative choice on their ballots next election.
What differentiates ACW from the other “unite the right” groups out there?
ACW is made up of volunteers who believe in the values and principles of conservatism – we’re not looking for a quick return to the halls of power. We are excited to work with a variety of like-minded groups who share our values and goals in order to ensure the Alberta Advantage is restored. We are focused on creating a principled, competent, united alternative to the NDP government.