2015-04-28 01:35:08 UTC
No reason to fear a Wildrose or Alberta NDP majority, Danielle Smith says
Danielle Smith expects another PC majority government – albeit a much slimmer
one – but says if the Wildrose or NDP manage to take power in the May 5
election, it wouldn’t lead to the “chaos” some predict.
“I would not be the least bit concerned about changing government,” the former
Wildrose leader turned PC MLA turned author said Sunday, speaking as part of
the final panel discussion of the weekend’s Spur Calgary festival.
Her fellow panelist, Mount Royal University professor Duane Bratt, painted a
different picture of a hypothetical NDP or Wildrose majority.
“We will be in chaos in this province,” Bratt said. “You’re going to have an
inexperienced group show up to power and they’re going to believe that the
senior public sector is all closely tied to the PCs.”
Smith disagreed strongly, however, saying “there is a level of intellectual
depth in all political parties” and adding that the parliamentary system is
“designed to have stability” when the government changes.
“The bureaucracy is very professional,” Smith said. “They design all the
briefing books with change of government in mind.”
Brian Singh, a data scientist and campaign strategist and third member of the
panel, offered yet a different view.
Singh is from Trinidad and Tobago, which, he noted, had an oil-dependent
economy and the same party in power for 30 years before it finally got voted
out in 1986, leading to both negative and positive changes, in his view.
“Yes, chaos did ensue, but there was a lot more accountability in government,”