As Alberta heads closer to a general election that is shaping up to be a battle of the province’s two right-of-centre parties – the 40-year-dynasty Progressive Conservatives and the upstart Wild Rose – the Alberta Blue Committee is taking a hiatus from commenting on the political landscape.
“Our goal as a committee is to influence public policy and urge political unity on the right, it is not to take sides during an election,” said Alberta Blue spokesperson Morten Paulsen, noting that the hiatus will allow committee members to take part in the election process without being in a conflict of interest with the goals of the Committee.
The Alberta Blue Committee will come back together following Alberta’s spring election to re-evaluate its mandate and if there continues to be a need for the organization.
“Depending on the outcome of the election, there may be a decreased need for our committee, or we may need to resume our call for a united right with renewed vigour,” Paulsen said.
“Our final comment prior to the election is that we hope the two sides focus on policies and not personal attacks during the election. Personal attacks will only further fragment the movement and distract from a positive debate on meaningful public policy. We urge both parties to keep it clean.”