Vote-splitting has been a hot topic since the NDP won power in 2015.
I’ve had the opportunity to perform my own detailed analysis, as well as talk with Albertans across the province since the NDP took power. The view is that the conservatives split the vote and the NDP went up the middle. But after a further look, what we see is that the vote was more of an anti-PC vote than vote splitting.
There is a common misconception that somehow the PC party and the Wildrose “split” the vote in the 2015 election. Analytics will show you that though that may have been the case in a few ridings – too few to matter in the long run. The PC party did not lose in 2015 because of vote splitting with the Wildrose, we lost because our vote abandoned us for what Albertan’s believed at the time was a moderate centrist Party, the NDP.
Albertans had a choice, and they overwhelmingly chose the NDP. At the time, the NDP were viewed as the moderate, centrist choice over the Wildrose. Of course, we now know the NDP have stayed true to their ideologically left roots that has damaged Alberta’s free-enterprise spirit.
I believe that the Unite the Right plan of Jason Kenney will result in a far right, social conservative party. Kenney’s plan will leave Albertans vulnerable to the NDP who will attempt to occupy the vacuum left at the centre of the political spectrum.
In my plan for our path to victory for 2019, it’s essential that our PC party preserves the centre-right in Alberta. People in our province want their government to reflect modern conservative values that are important to them – fiscal responsibility while ensuring we take care of our most vulnerable.
The PC Party will maintain the centre-right that the majority support under my leadership. I will continue to fight for the voices of Alberta’s modern conservatives as our party continues to work towards earning the trust of Albertans.
PCAA Leadership Candidate