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Alberta Premier Alison Redford Delivers Final Address.

A Sage Farewell

(SNN) - Two days after the Alberta Premier announced she is stepping down as the leader of the Province and the Progressive Conservative Party, Alison Redford delivered her final address as Premier.

“Two years ago the people of this wonderful province gave me and our Progressive Conservative government a mandate for change," advised Redford, “Quite frankly, too much time has been spent over the last few weeks on questions of loyalty, allegiances and character.” Redford ended her address and political grip with a “Good Nite.”

Ms Redford will go down in history as the first woman to become the Premier of Alberta and the first politician in the province to really take flight.

The resignation comes on the heels of problems that escalated last week when she announced she was paying back the entire $45,000 she spent on first-class tickets and a government plane to travel to South Africa for a memorial service for Nelson Mandela. With a sense of entitlement Redford had refused to pay back the funds back in December when the abuse of the provincial resource was first discovered.

Following her announcement, a Calgary-Foothills MLA stepped down from the PC caucus and the party allegiances began to crumble.

For the record, The Sage would like to acknowledge some of the high points of Alison Redford's tenure in office:

  • October 7th, 2011 - Redford is sworn in as the Premier of Alberta.
  • October 1st, 2012 - Redford meets with B.C. Premier Christy Clark over the Northern Gateway Pipeline project and although the media reports that the two ladies got along famously, Redford reports the meeting was “Frosty”. To date no headway has been made.
  • November 19th, 2012 - Redford 's sister, Lynn Redford, attended a Progressive Conservative party event at the public's expense and helped organize an annual Tory barbeque.
  • November 28th, 2012 - Redford is accused of a “Conflict of Interest” while she held the office of Justice Minister when she appointed her ex-husband's firm in a contract potentially worth tens of millions of dollars.
  • January 7th, 2013 - Redford was investigated by the Alberta's ethics commissioner on whether it was a conflict of interest when she chose her ex-husband's law firm for a $10-billion tobacco lawsuit while she was justice minister. She was cleared eleven months later.
  • February 10th, 2014 - Redford apologized for the high cost of her trip to attend Nelson Mandela's service, but says she will not be paying any of the $45,000.00 back.
  • March 3rd, 2014 - Redford was discovered to have spent taxpayers’ money to fly her daughter’s friends around on government aircraft to the tune of $3,100.00. She cited the need for her daughter to be entertained while she tagged along on government business. The news prompted Redford to pledge a repayment of the tab for her daughter's friend.
  • March 12, 2014 - Redford loses to Calgary MLA Len Webber when he abandoned his party to sit as an Independent in protest against  her leadership.
  • March 17th, 2014 - Redford weakens her government when she loses another caucus member. Junior cabinet minister Donna Kennedy-Glans resigns.
  • March 17th, 2014 - Redford's tenuous grip on power and her party is revealed when a group of ten Alberta Progressive Conservative MLAs gathered ahead of a caucus meeting to express lack of confidence with Premier Alison Redford’s leadership and consider leaving the party and sit as independents.
  • March 19th, 2014 - Redford resigns.

Keeping with the current status quo, Redford will most likely receive a hefty six-figure severance package. At least she will have enough cash to pay Alberta back for some of her reported indulgences.

To Ms. Redford, The Sage says, “Good Nite, can we drop you off anywhere?”

Photo: "Got Turkey Vulture?" by Jen Goellnitz flickr photostream, The Sage nor the article endorsed. The original image can be found here.

DISCLAIMER: The above article is OPINION.The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the authors of The Sage Opinion and forum participants on this web site do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the The Sage News Network or the official policies of the The Sage News.
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