Alberta Party leader tries to lure Liberal supporters

Greg Clark, leader of the Alberta Party, speaks after being elected Saturday, September 21, 2013. Global News

EDMONTON – The leader of the Alberta Party posted an open letter to Alberta Liberal supporters on Thursday, trying to sway them to join the fledgling party.

“Ask yourself honestly if you think there is a realistic chance the Alberta Liberals will form government in the next election, or the one after that, or any time in the foreseeable future,” writes Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark.

“More importantly, ask any Albertan whether they feel the Alberta Liberals can ever form government.”

Clark argues they can’t.

“Progressive Albertans need a new, energetic choice, and that’s what we’re offering them,” he said in an interview with Global News on Thursday.

“We want them to be aware of the Alberta Party, have a look at us, and I think they’ll find that our values are very close and that there’s a good fit for them here.”

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Click here to read the letter in its entirety. 

Clark said he has not reached out to Liberal Leader Raj Sherman, and doesn’t have plans to do so.

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He explains the open letter is an attempt to attract Albertans to the Alberta Party, including those who supported other parties in the past.

“The Alberta Party is a party for those who feel they don’t have a political home.

“We’re a moderate political option in the middle of the spectrum that I think gives progressive Albertans that may have supported Alison Redford in the past – hoping the PC party represented their values, found out they didn’t – we’re giving them a choice. That includes PCs, Liberals, plenty of NDs and even some folks who’ve supported Wildrose in the past are joining us.”

On March 17, Clark posted an open letter to PC supporters, appealing to them for support.

The leader says his party is gaining momentum, and has a plan to elect MLAs in 2016 and form government by 2020. The Alberta Party was founded in 1985, but currently holds no seats in the legislature.

“It’s always difficult to be a Liberal in Alberta, and I think that’s always been a real challenge for the party. But, more than that, I think the attitude and the mindset is oppositional in the Liberals: we know what they’re against and we’re not always sure what they’re for.

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“I think Albertans want a political party that reflects the optimism that Albertans have, the love that Albertans have for this place.”

The letter states that, for a limited time, the party is offering Alberta Liberal members the chance to exchange their membership for one with the Alberta Party.

Clark says there are a number of great people in the Liberal Party and among their supporters.

“I’m not trying to run anyone down here. I really just want to give people an option and a choice to move forward with those progressive values and give people something to vote for in the 2016 election.”

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