The Western Canadian province of Alberta has embarked on a provincial election that is arguably the most important one since Ernest Manning – Canada’s greatest ever premier – won his first election and took Alberta down a quarter century long fiscally conservative path.
Not since 1976, when René Lévesque won his first mandate in Québec, has there been as an important an election in Canada. The Wildrose Party, led by Danielle Smith, is the reason why.
With the April 23rd, 2012 election date quickly approaching, the Wildrose campaign will have three themes that – if properly framed and communicated – can deliver the party a stunning majority.
But first, here are a couple of observations on the Alberta body politic: