The big news in provincial politics today: Calgary-Currie MLA Dave Taylor, who ditched the Alberta Liberal Party in a foot-stomping, take-my-ball-home huff last April to sit as an independent, has joined the upstart Alberta Party.
It's a bit of a coup for the Alberta Party, which with Taylor, now has one sitting member in the legislature. And we really mean "a bit." While some try to make Taylor out to be some sort of political powerhouse, consider his record since leaving the Liberals: Tabling an anti-idling bill. That's about it.
Enlisting Taylor also presents a problem for the Alberta Party's branding efforts, which continually professes putting an end to politics-as-usual in this province. Why? Here's what Taylor told Fast Forward Weekly back in April:
"If I were to make a decision that I thought I would want to run as a member of some other party, then I would wait until the next election or resign and go through a byelection," he said. "Nobody voted for Dave Taylor as a candidate for another party."
No Dave. No they didn't. Sounds like politics-as-usual to us.