Moments ago, Jim Prentice, future Saint of Alberta, announced his intentions to run for Progressive-Conservative party leadership after the downfall of Alison “Nanny-on-a-plane” Redford.
The first 10 or so minutes of his campaign livestream was a shot of a ceiling. There were some camera shakes, microphone tests, guys yelling at each other, and more shaky cameras. There was some low-budget rock music playing for a few minutes, then it transitioned to “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac. Those of you who follow American politics will remember that the song is famously tied to Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns. What does this mean? Who knows.
Then came Mr. Prentice, the star of the show. As he sauntered towards the stage, he was greeted lovingly by one dude and another elderly gentleman who tried to take a selfie with him.
It was time to get down to business. Jim Prentice was going to tell Albertans exactly what he intended to do as Premier. Jobs, the economy, more jobs, and growth. He called Alberta “his place” a couple of times, perhaps hinting at the launch of a new Alberta separatist movement. (Jim, if you need any advice on how to not botch a separatist movement, don’t talk to Pauline Marois).
Mr. Prentice reaffirmed his commitment to making Alberta the most prosperous and innovative province in the country. Has he taken a look at the competition?
He has met farmers and rural Albertans, therefore he has unlimited knowledge about their life and concerns. Similarly, he understands that Alberta’s resource wealth is integral to forming a stable foundation that our children, and their children, and their children’s children, and their children’s children’s children could excel in. The environment is pretty cool, too.
We have heard much today about what Jim Prentice will do. Now we must wait to hear what other Progressive-Conservatives say they will pledge to do. Then we may pretend that we know who we would like to be the unelected Premier of Alberta. Let’s ignore for a second that there are no other candidates officially registered for this ‘leadership race’ since that would belittle Prentice’s dramatic announcement. When there are candidates to run against, it should be an exciting race.
This will be fantastic.