It's enough to make your blood boil. Alberta Conservatives are bent on meddling in British Columbia's upcoming provincial election. They're running a campaign to raise Alberta donations to support Christy Clark and her faux Liberals.
Rod Love, the chief of staff to former premier Ralph Klein, and Allan
Hallman, who ran Jim Dinning’s 2006 Alberta Conservative leadership
campaign, asked Calgary’s business elite to pay $125 each to help out
the Liberals — British Columbia Liberals, that is.
“If your company or organization does business in British Columbia (or
perhaps if you or your family own property in B.C.), you should be
concerned about the risks posed by the election of a New Democratic
Party government in the upcoming election in May of 2013,” reads a
fundraising letter issued by Hallman.
“Alberta’s fortunes are inextricably linked to those of British
Columbia. While we may joke that the election of an NDP government in
B.C. would be good for Alberta business, we all know that jokes aside,
it would be bad for those doing business or owning property in B.C., and
it would be bad for Canada.
“This is an important event — the ‘free enterprise coalition’ next door must be sustained. Please join us.”
But this surprising altruism begins to make sense when you realize B.C.
Liberals are not really Liberals; they’re Conservatives in Liberal
clothing. And for all of Clark’s sabre-rattling over Northern Gateway,
she is still viewed as more business-friendly than the NDP, a party that
has rejected the pipeline under any conditions.
Hallman and Love, who have both worked with the B.C. Liberals in the
past, admit it’s a bit of an uphill fight to convince Alberta
Conservatives to support Clark’s Liberals. But they say the B.C.
Liberals are still better than the alternative.
They also see the fundraiser as a way to build bridges with that government.
“We’ve got to educate Christy more on the benefits for Western Canada
and Canada as a whole on the Gateway project,” Hallman says.
Could it be plainer? They're trying to buy Christy Clark's support for the Northern Gateway pipeline and there are plenty of British Columbians who don't need much convincing to believe she can be bought.
Well the Tories have certainly bought my vote. Only it won't be for Christy Clark.