The Alberta Progressive Conservative Party under Premier Alison Redford and the Wildrose Party under Opposition Leader Danielle Smith plan to schedule an initial meeting on "reuniting the right" sometime this summer.
The parties are said to have agreed the time to reunite Alberta's right is now, before Alberta faces the prospect of an NDP takeover like those anticipated later this year in British Columbia and Ontario.
"We are all neoconservatives with an austerity agenda designed to benefit the super rich, after all," said a senior party strategist whose identity must remain known only to your blogger for the moment.
"Plus, the Americans are getting really antsy about having to deal with Danielle or Alison every time one of them pops up in Washington lobbying for the Keystone XL Pipeline," said the strategist, who is the sole anonymous source for this story. "They can't tell which one is the governor."
"Anyway, you don’t want to leave this sort of thing too long or you could end up with Rachel Notley as premier and Raj Sherman as minister of health, and we'd be cooked in canola oil forever if it turned out Raj really could fix health care in 18 months like he says he can," said the senior neocon strategist, who is close to the leadership of both parties but who can’t be named because he wasn't authorized to speak on behalf of either leader or either party, at least for the time being, if you take my meaning.
"Look," said the strategist, "everybody knows I had a little problem there for a while and everybody knows it's over now because they can't afford to live without me and the Globe and Mail likes to quote me. There are just a few details to be straightened out before I'm running the campaign again. Anyway, I told them I didn't say anything wrong and I promised them I wouldn't say it again."
Once the details of the planned reunion are ironed out, the formal merger is expected to take place in 2014 before the next provincial election is scheduled to occur in 2015.
"We need a slogan, something that starts with an R and means 'reunion' but doesn't have the word 'union' in it," said the anonymous strategist. "If anyone thinks of anything, drop me an email. I'm in the campus directory."
One potential hurdle standing in the way of a reunion is who will lead the party, since Redford and Smith are well known to be unable to be in the same room as the other one at the same time for more than a few seconds.
Officials of the two parties are said to be seriously considering drafting Joan Crockatt, who is currently the Member of Parliament for the federal Wildrose Party for Calgary-Centre, to lead the new amalgamated party.
Crockatt is thought to combine Redford's diplomacy and human touch dealing with subordinates with Smith's deep intellectual rigour and strong commitment to public services. Moreover, it's thought to be unlikely Crockatt can be re-elected to Parliament in her riding because of all the Liberal voters there who have finally figured out the difference between red and green.
Both Wildrose and PC officials are also thought to be in agreement that whatever happens, it is essential Rob Anderson never gets to be leader of anything bigger than his Mormon Stake's scout troop in Airdrie.
Since the talks have not yet begun, discussion has only turned informally to what to call the reunited party. Ideas are said to include the Conservative Wildrose Alliance Party (CWAP) and the Wild Rosehip Alberta Tea Party (WRATP, which is likely to be pronounced "rat pee").
Alright, everybody, settle down! It’s April 1. This is a gag. Perfesser Dave just made it all up, including the quotes, and forced me to put it in my blog. The Alberta Conservatives and Wildrosers won’t actually be talking reunion for at least three more years. This post also appears on David Climenhaga's blog, Alberta Diary.
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