Webster’s Dictionary defines integrity as sincerity, honesty, an uncompromising adherence to a code of moral values; avoidance of deception, expediency, artificiality, or shallowness of any kind.
So how do our politicians stack up?
Federally, we have Trudeau’s ballooning deficit, vanity trip to India, and deliberate destruction of Alberta’s oil and gas industry, not to mention his arrogance because “Quebecers are just better” than any other Canadians.
We have tried to pin our hopes on the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) but then watched Andrew Scheer sell out the grassroots to the Dairy cartel, even before their Halifax Convention.
His attempt to find favour with the mainstream media by banning theRebel has really backfired now that Unifor has announced they will be against the CPC.
No integrity here!
Provincially we have been on a downhill slide since the days of Ralph Klein.
A preferential ballot brought us Ed Stelmach and Sky Palace Redford. Danielle Smith could have been premier but crossed the floor to join Jim Prentice.
The continued arrogance and wasteful spending of the Progressive Conservatives (PCs) led to the current NDP government, which in one term is miring Alberta in debt for generations.
The recently fired Kris Wells of Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Club infamy boasted that he was the first to have a meeting with Jim Prentice.
Current Education Minister Eggen has carried on from Bill 10 to add Bill 24 pushing to undermine parental rights and bully teachers and our children into secretly accepting his sexual values.
No integrity here!
Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party (UCP) was our great white hope.
A year ago, I would have predicted an easy win for UCP in 2019.
However, now we hear of rumours of problems with nominations because candidates were not of the “right” gender, ethnicity or age.
In our own Drumheller-Stettler riding, the shenanigans of the UCP Hanna Annual General Meeting have been followed by more irregularities that have turned the “white hope” into a dismal grey.
For example, at the time of the nomination, the chairman of the UCP Nominating Committee was also a Director of the Alberta Party, another new party of old PC backroom boys.
The grassroots of the UCP, as well as the party structure, has been taken over by former PCs and their relatives!
Was this Jason Kenney’s plan all along? This doesn’t look like integrity either!
Is integrity an impossible standard?
Allen West said, “A politician tells you what you want to hear; a statesman tells you what you need to hear.”
Voting is both a privilege and a serious responsibility, but for whom can we cast our vote in 2019?
Is there someone who is not tainted by floor crossing and backroom deal-making?
Is there someone with integrity for whom I can vote?