In the wake of being shuffled out of his cabinet post as Alberta’s Solicitor General, Stony Plain MLA Fred Lindsay is reevaluating his plans for the future. He’s considering a number of options weighing from staying with the Progressive Conservative Party to joining the Wildrose Alliance to leaving politics altogether.
Lindsay’s taking a “wait and see” approach to his future.
“I received a pretty good kick in the guts when I got removed from cabinet,” Lindsay explained. “I don’t support the premier’s decision on that.”
Lindsay’s primary concern is that he may not serve his consituents very well as a private member.
“I have seen other ministers who have stepped down from being a minister and they haven’t been all that effective in caucus and that’s a concern of mine,” Lindsay said, but that doesn’t mean that he’s planning to change party allegiances to make an impact. “The concern that I have is that I was elected by the people of Stony Plain to represent their voice. I was elected as a Conservative MLA and I plan to continue serving as a Conservative MLA.”
“As long as I can effectively represent these constituents as a Conservative MLA, I will continue to do so,” he continued. “If that does not become the case then I have options I have to look at and one of them obviously would be to step down and have a by-election.”
“In a by-election I would have to be convinced in my mind that I could not represent these constituents to the best of my ability. I would have a decision to make either to retire or force a by-election and to run in that by-election or to let someone else run who could represent these people more effectively and the same thing would apply to the next election. I’ll weigh all the pros and cons and try to do what’s best for myself and for the great people that support me in this constituency.”
While Lindsay didn’t outright dismiss joining the Wildrose Alliance as an option, he suggested that it doesn’t seem to be a very strong one, given what he seems to consider to be a questionable commitment to policy.
Being a fiscal conservative party simply isn’t enough to spark Lindsay’s interest.
“I’m not prepared to join a party when I don’t understand what they talk about,” he mused. “I’m a fiscal conservative and always have been.”
Considering his clearly-disgruntled status, it should be of little surprise to Lindsay’s constituents should they discover the Alliance is attempting to lure his loyalties. He’s not nearly ready to make a decision about that — or anything else — just yet, but his constituents will find out quickly when he does.