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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:20 pm    Post subject: Wildrose Alliance AGM coverage Reply with quote

News articles:


Party membership has tripled since January and fundraising efforts are going well - though the party won't reveal numbers. But last year, it collected $755,000 in donations.


Danielle Smith and Mark Dyrholm, both of Calgary, made their intentions known yesterday at the annual general meeting of the upstart right-wing party.

couple more:



Blog coverage from me, my husband and a two other members.




http://briandell.blogspot.com/.....art-i.html (Part 1)

http://briandell.blogspot.com/.....rt-ii.html (Part 2)
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wrote Monte urging him to run today. The party needs a credible leader to be a credible party.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Craig wrote:
I wrote Monte urging him to run today. The party needs a credible leader to be a credible party.

It's early in the contest, so I don't know much about Mark Dyrholm ... but I'd urge you to contact Danielle Smith yourself with any questions or concerns. I'm quite impressed with her body of work, and her speech on Saturday was easily the best of of the weekend, despite very strong performances from Paul Hinman and others.

I remain open minded, but Saturday afternoon left no doubt in my mind about Smith's credibility as a politician and public speaker.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went to a Wildrose Alliance meeting here in Medicine Hat and was impressed by what I heard. Hopefully the party can make a breakthrough in the coming Calgary by-election.
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Wildrose Alliance Charts an Exciting Path Forward.

For Immediate Release

Calgary- Monday, June 8, 2009 - The Wildrose Alliance Party comes out of its annual general meeting ready to fight for the Alberta Advantage that's being destroyed by the Ed Stelmach regime.

"We've experienced a year of outstanding growth since being formed just before the last provincial election," says Wildrose Alliance Party president Jeff Callaway, who was given a second term by the members during the party's election, "and with our AGM completed, new policies in place and a leadership contest under way we see plenty of momentum building. Our membership has tripled well into the four figures since the new year, our fundraising rivaled that of the Stelmach PC’s during last year’s Election, and it continues strongly this year with the party having raised well into the six figures."

At the weekend meeting held in Calgary, over 200 members debated and passed a slate of common sense policies dealing with issues ranging from enshrining private property rights into law, saving health care through innovation and targeted spending, enhancing public safety and the justice system, and restoring the province's credibility with the job creators and corporate tax contributors who are being driven away by the current provincial government and its flailing policies.

To help put the issues - and potential solutions - into perspective, Wildrose Alliance members were also treated to expert presentations on the challenges and opportunities for saving health care, the increasingly important issue of freedom of speech and expression in an age of "human rights" commissions running roughshod over private citizens, and the state of the energy industry going forward now that prices are down and companies are fleeing the province to escape Stelmach's unfair and incompetent policies that tear up contracts entered into in good faith and threaten to penalize future success.

AGM attendees also heard addresses from the first two Wildrose Alliance Party members to throw their hats into the leadership contest ring, Danielle Smith and Mark Dyrholm, both of whom outlined their visions for rebuilding the Alberta Advantage and restoring the province to greatness so coming generations are left with a strong and vibrant province.

The keynote address was given by U of C Professor Tom Flanagan, Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute and National Campaign Manager for the Canadian Alliance & Conservative Parties. Flanagan spoke of the many victories achieved by the conservative movement in the past 30 years and the influence true conservatism has had on society at large. He outlined some of the challenges facing real conservatives in the current political climate in which failed and obsolete big government solutions are being clutched at by politicians who seem blind to the lessons of history. He also disclosed he bought a membership that day given the position and progress the Wildrose Alliance is making.

All the presentations fit in well with Wildrose Alliance members' philosophy of smaller, less intrusive government, more freedom for individuals, and common sense solutions to the challenges we face as Albertans. "The energy coming out of this weekend is unbelievable," says interim leader Paul Hinman, who stepped down officially as the party's first leader and also announced plans to contest the nomination for an eventual Calgary-Glenmore by-election. "We had a spirited debate and enacted some excellent policies that promise to bring much-needed innovation, common sense, freedom and prosperity back to Alberta."

Hinman put the Stelmach Progressive Conservatives on notice that truly conservative Albertans have an alternative to their big spending and big pandering ways. "The Wildrose Alliance is working to offer an alternative that stands for truly conservative values and policies designed to do what's right for Albertans, not just what's right for a particular political party."

For more information contact:
Paul Hinman, Wildrose Alliance Interim leader
Phone: 403 393-2003, or

Jeff Callaway, Wildrose Alliance president
Phone: 403-540-2408


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Craig wrote:
I wrote Monte urging him to run today. The party needs a credible leader to be a credible party.

Haha! I wrote him several weeks ago and he replied within an hour stating that he appreciates the support but isn't interested.
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