My advice to Albertans would be ‘be careful’. Ms Smith may not be a relsoccon herself, but what about the other members of her party? New Zealand had an outfit called United Future on the centre-right with a moderate leader but lunatic fundie caucus…
So a bit like our Tories possibly ?
On the off-chance that her party does form the next Alberta government, there is no legal way she could touch equal marriage or abortion as both of these are areas of federal jurisdiction. As for civil servants opting out, legal precedent has been set time and again that they are obligated to obey the law of the land, period.
This is strictly a provincial party (the wild rose is the province’s floral emblem) and is not reflective of Canadian politics in general. Admittedly, we do have our share of far-right and far-left politicians here and there throughout the country.
“Smith, who has previously expressed support for the idea of delisting abortion, dodged questions about whether she still holds that view…” http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/04/06/danielle-smith-denies-wildrose-would-de-list-abortion-as-alberta-election-delves-further-into-conscience-rights-battles/
Health care is a provincial jurisdiction so – like physiotherapists – Alberta could de-list abortions or restrict the number of reimbursed abortions to one for the entire province. Although an abortion could be performed in neighbouring provinces, the woman would have to pay and get no reimbursement from Alberta. Similarly, Alberta could practically abolish marriage equality by enacting “conscience” legislation then firing any marriage commissioner who failed to exercise their conscience not to perform gay or lesbian marriages. She’s denying all these platforms of her party to get elected; her tune will change when the dinosaurs are elected.
Sounds very unlikely. And how could they fire someone for that reason, total balderdash.
my guess is, you don’t know Alberta
Glad she supports marriage and abortion.
Too bad she cant abort the rights of some churches to demonize gay kids and help drive them to suicide.
Who are they – the evangelicals and the vatican.
Evans justified slavery as per the bible. Vatican’s hatred of Jews for a millenia was at the root of the holocaust and
One would think that Bennedict could do better then below………….
Thankfully somebody in politics has a brain for once
Now only if everybody in politics could be pro gay and pro choice
I don’t like conservative politics, but to hold the views they stated in this article are commendable
The next election will be between them and the Provincial Conservatives. I just moved back to Alberta after living in London England for 15 years. The Conservatives have been in power for nearly 45 years. It is time for a change and a shake up. I am gay, I am proud and I know that the other parties cannot form a government so I am going to give the Wild Rose Party A chance
A lurch to the extreme right is never good news for minorities.
“If I am elected premier, a Wildrose government will not be legislating in areas of morality”. It’s refreshing to hear a conservative party say this.
Politicians have occasionally been known to lie. But what are their policies anyway?
Whether she stand by these pro-equal marriage views if elected remains to be seen!
The Wildrose Party was formed from those conservatives that did not think the Progressive Conservatives were conservative enough. Smith’s support is largely rural which tends to be ultra conservative. She has also made it clear that she would consider the “opting out” class that allows provinces to go against federal legislation. So, if you ask me if I believe her latest statement the answer is NO NO NO NO NO
A gay Albertan