It’s odd watching a political trickle become a waterfall.
With the abrupt resignation of Alberta Premier Alison Redford on Wednesday after less than three years in the job, we are again taught the lesson that what comes up must go down.
It seems like yesterday that she was scoring astonishingly high popularity ratings in a province where her party has been in power since 1971. (To put that in context, there have been 11 elections in Saskatchewan in that time with seven NDP governments and two for each the Conservatives and the Sask. Party.)
Redford made what has become the cardinal sin in Canadian politics in recent years; she appeared to be wasteful and possessing an aura of self-titlement.
By spending $45,000 to go to the funeral of Nelson Mandela and making some other questionable financial decisions with the public purse, she lost the upper hand in her own party.
You can be considered aloof and rude by your peers until you make a mistake but it’s important to remember that those same people will pounce as soon as they smell blood or weakness.
To her credit, Redford chose to resign rather than drag down the Conservative franchise in Alberta. With potentially a couple of years until the people of Alberta head back to the polls, it will give the party much needed time to get their issues sorted out as the Wildrose Party increasingly looks like a valid challenger.
In the meantime, Redford’s departure will serve as another example to Canadian politicians that they have to guard every nickel they’re entitled with by taxpayers.
Prince Albert Daily Herald