Al­ber•a Par•y •ou•s mid­dle ground

The Drumheller Mail - - DRUMHELLERWORKS.COM - Pa•rick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

While the state of Al­berta pol­i­tics con­tin­ues to be in flux, the Al­berta Party is hop­ing to stake out some mid­dle ground.

The po­lar­iza­tion of pol­i­tics con­tin­ues in the prov­ince as the par­ties on the right look to merge to de­feat the left­lean­ing NDP gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Marc Savoie, who is help­ing to or­ga­nize an evening of po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sion at Top Rocker in Rosedale on May 31, there is room to grow in the fer­tile mid­dle ground.

“Be­cause the Al­berta Party is cen­trist, we are able to ap­proach ideas from both the left and the right spec­trum of pol­i­tics,” he ex­plains. “Th e Al­berta Party is so­cially pro­gres­sive and fi­nan­cially re­spon­si­ble.”

He says there are many right now in Al­berta look­ing for a po­lit­i­cal home.

‘ We are tak­ing in a lot of PCs who are pro­gres­sive and don’t want to be in this united party,” he said.

“I think the ma­jor­ity of Al­berta come from a cen­tral place in pol­i­tics. They might be a little left lean­ing or right lean­ing, but they are still cen­trist. The Al­berta Party is a big tent party with hard walls.”

Savoie is a new mem­ber of the party, and it came about when he took a good look at his val­ues.

“I was a fan of Ralph Klein and Stephen Harper, but as I started read­ing into it, I not as far right as I thought, and I am ac­tu­ally very cen­tral,” he said.

The Drumheller Cen­tre Get To­gether is this Wed­nes­day, May 31 from 7-9 p.m. at Top Rocker. The Al­berta Party Cen­tral Re­gional or­ga­nizer Kevin Hughes will at­tend.

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