Like Hyenas around the bloated corpse of a water-buffalo, Alberta's right-wing fringe parties have turned from Ed Stelmach's hapless Conservatives and fallen upon one another. The newly founded Wildrose Party of Alberta is trying to poach members of the Alberta Alliance, and they are making use of a contact list appropriated in an immoral and unethical fashion from the AA itself! In fact, Wildrose party Members Eleanor Maroes, Marilyn Burns, and Phil Gamache identify themselves as "former Members" of the AA in their introduction letter, thus making it appear that the latter party is promoting the former.
As a result, raging heck has broken out on the Project Alberta Forum, and AA president Randy Thorsteinson has lashed out:
I have been inundated with messages from outraged members of the Alberta Alliance over an e-mail that they received from Eleanor Maroes, Marilyn Burns and Phil Gamache earlier today. I would like to state categorically that all three of them left the Alberta Alliance Party several months ago to join a rival political party. Their e-mail was unauthorized and done totally without our knowledge. In fact, they deliberately tried to hide their actions from the Alberta Alliance. Additionally, they purposefully hid their current roles on the rival political party Executive as Treasurer, Secretary and Northern Director.
I apologize that they sent you the e-mail, rest assured they did not get your e-mail address from the Alberta Alliance Party but rather from former candidates. It appears the rival party has been given your e-mail address from either Marilyn Burns or Eleanor Maroes. Each received a confidential Alliance membership list during the Alliance leadership election in 2005. Both Marilyn Burns and Eleanor Maroes were given a membership list under strict conditions of confidentiality and by divulging this list they broke their personal word to respect the confidential nature of the list. You have a right to your privacy and I am absolutely sick that these three people have betrayed that right. Unfortunately I don’t know what other information they have shared with the rival party.
Once again I apologize that they have given your information to a rival political party. I thought that they would honour their commitment to respect your privacy, but unfortunately they won’t.
I will do everything I can to remedy this situation.
Best Regards, Randy Thorsteinson
This battle will affect literally dozens of Albertans! Let the bunfight begin.
h/t to The Wildrose Report.