PC Con­stituency As­so­ci­a­tion re-en­gag­ing mem­ber­ship

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

It has been a dy­namic year in Al­berta Pol­i­tics, and while the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Party took a beat­ing at the polls, los­ing 60 seats, they have not been knocked out.

This is ev­i­dent in the three way race in the by-elec­tion in Cal­gary-Green­way which con­cluded on Tues­day, re­sults not avail­able at press time.

In Drumheller-Stet­tler, the PC heart keeps beat­ing. Mark Nikota of Hanna is its cur­rent Con­stituency As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent and says the party is ac­tive. He is ac­tive at the party level, work­ing on re-en­gage­ment. He is also in­volved in the po­lices and prin­ci­ples com­mit­tee.

“We are work­ing on a lot of stuff to get the house in or­der,” said Nikota.

While the NDP was suc­cess­ful at the last gen­eral elec­tion, Nikota says their poli­cies are not near as pop­u­lar.

“At the last elec­tion, when peo­ple wanted to bail on the PCs they went left. Now peo­ple are see­ing the re­sults of that de­ci­sion but they still don’t want to go all the way to the right,” ex­plains Nikota. “So you are see­ing that three way race; peo­ple on the left who were there his­tor­i­cally, peo­ple on the right, and peo­ple think­ing they don’t want to go all the way to the right, but we cer­tainly don’t like what hap­pened.”

While there has been much talk about the pos­si­bil­ity of unit­ing par­ties on the right side of the political spec­trum, he be­lieves this pres­sure is com­ing from the Wil­drose.

“The Wil­drose is push­ing that right now be­cause they know they can­not win in the cities,” he said. “That doesn’t guar­an­tee vic­tory. Peo­ple who didn’t go to the right be­fore aren’t nec­es­sar­ily go­ing to go there if you merge.”

He has been look­ing at the NDP po­lices in his cur­rent stud­ies, and is un­der­stand­ing their short­falls. “All their poli­cies are very ide­o­log­i­cal, and that is great. Ideas are good, but they have to meet com­mon sense and their time­lines and their plan­ning is where they are run­ning into prob­lems,” said Nikota.

Lo­cally he says the Con­stituency As­so­ci­a­tion still has a strong mem­ber­ship, and are meet­ing reg­u­larly. They are stag­ing their meet­ings in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties through­out the rid­ing to en­gage more res­i­dents.

“Peo­ple have come out of the wood­work, who had drifted away from us be­fore be­cause of the past, but they are com­ing back. That says we re­ally need to come up with a solid al­ter­na­tive to what is go­ing on be­cause this bick­er­ing back and forth isn’t work­ing,’ said Nikota.

“Just like on the pro­vin­cial level, lo­cally we are try­ing to re-en­gage the con­stituents and go from there. We are at the be­gin­ning stages but we’re get­ting our feet un­der us.” Here’s hop­ing they can put to­gether a vi­able al­ter­na­tive. “So many peo­ple said they wanted change for the sake of change, but they didn’t re­search what that change was go­ing to look like,” he said.

The next Con­stituency As­so­ci­a­tion meet­ing is on April 10 at 2 p.m. in Drumheller. The as­so­ci­a­tion main­tains the “Drumheller Stet­tler PC As­so­ci­a­tion” Face­book page.

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