Alberta premier Alison Redford’s decline in support amongst Albertans may mean an opportunity for the Wildrose Party and its leader, Danielle Smith. Redford’s support has dropped from 55% in August to 29% by late March, according to an Angus Reid poll. The poll was taken after the provincial budget which was more like a Ralph Klein budget of 1993-4 which is not what the people voted for, says Mount Royal University political scientist Keith Brownsey. Historically, “it’s very difficult to come back from those numbers”, says Brownsey. Contrarily, Danielle Smith, the leader of the Wildrose Party—which nearly won the last election, and stands as the official opposition—has an approval rating of 53%. Currently the premier is championing the cause of the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington. Although realistically out of the premier’s hands, if the pipeline were to be approved, her polls may fare better, but if it is not, she will likely take the blame. Meanwhile, the Wildrose Party is mulling over erasing some of its core policies so as to become more popular. The party is concerned with these “legacy policies”, as Ms Redford calls them, as they can make the party appear extreme, and prevent the party from forming a government.


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Rachel Emery is a graduate of Political Science and an avid news-reader. She enjoys writing pieces on political analysis and world events, as well as environmental issues. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, walking by the water, and rowing.

One Comment to: Alberta premier’s decline in polls may spell opportunity for Wildrose Party

  1. April 13th, 2013

    Big changes rushing towards us in politics. The petroleum industry (not local producers) has meddled themselves into a corner. Their tampering in Alberta politics is extreme.

    The Alberta Liberals have succomed to the oil Gold. They are fast becoming a favored party as an alternative to the Wild Rose Extreme policies.

    At the time of the debt and the payment of it (as announced by Honorable Kevin Taft) Raj Sherman was a sitting Conservative and not making donations to the Liberal Party.

    The Liberals were given the gist of the post and asked for conversations which were not granted before the post went up. Knowing in advance with my opinion none of them would survive the next election they chose not to answer.

    Now there is only 1 party in Alberta who is not owned and operated by oil that is the NDP!. They have meddled us into a drastic corner which we must face if we want change.


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