is ted morton the first victim of a harper government?

One of the things we’ve been pondering in the week since the Federal Election delivered us the election of a Conservative Government, is the effects it may have on the current Alberta PC Leadership Race.

Though the race to replace Ralph Klein as leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Association has been on for sometime, the election of a Calgary-based Conservative Prime Minister throws a new dynamic into the race.

For instance, Dr. Ted Morton, the MLA for Foothills-Rockyview, Alberta segregationist, and darkhorse in the race has used every opportunity to promote his leadership campaign through vehement and slobberingly rabid attacks on our Federal Liberal overlords in Ottawa.

Running on the slogan “More Alberta, Less Ottawa,” Morton struck fear into Alberta‘s Tory elite by winning a hotly contested Tory nomination for the 2004 election. He was elected.

But will his supporters still be enthralled and mesmerized with attacks against a Calgary-based Conservative Ottawa? Can Morton shift the focus of his campaign against Ottawa or has Dr. Morton revealed himself to be a one-trick pony?

Does he actually have the substance to carry a “real” issues-based campaign? One only has to look at Dr. Morton’s maiden speech to the Alberta Legislature to wonder if he has the ability to run a campaign based on “real issues” (ie: Health Care, Post-Secondary Education, the Environment, Agriculture, etc).

Though we’re sure the change in government in Ottawa will have a major effect on the efforts of the ConnecTed group, we’re undecided about its effect on the other leadership candidates: Paul Mar…er.. Jim Dinning, Ed Stelmach, Lyle Oberg, Dave Hancock, and Mark Norris.

The major question we’re asking is: if the “West is in now” as Prime Minister-Elect Stephen Harper announced in the late hours of January 23, is Ted Morton now out?

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