This is the anniversary of the NDP victory in Alberta. This is what I wrote in my personal diary one year ago today.
“Well, the sun rose, and I am now calm, but deeply ashamed and disappointed. Alberta exceptionalism is over. The right wing myth is shattered, and it was always a myth. Higher per capita government spending and corporatism, a history of left wing or statist thinking masking as conservatism. Done like a steak, put a fork in it.”
One year later, do I still feel this way or was this a reaction of the moment?
I do not feel this way. I think that there is great truth in what I wrote one year ago today, but I am more enthused and infused with a desire to push, cajole, move, and persuade my fellow Albertans that we can become exceptional, and that a good way to become exceptional is to go back to the future and restore our finances to a Debt Free and Prudent Spending level.
We are Albertan; we can be exceptional. We are Calgarians; we can be better.
Our hallmarks are prudence and thrift, leaving people alone and helping anyone who needs a hand (such help characterized with prudence, thrift, and love).