As a strategy guy, I have taken an interest in how the post-flood recovery is being handled in Alberta and I have come to a realization.
The flooding may be the best thing that ever happened to Danielle Smith and the Wildrose Party.
While the party would deny that they are taking advantage of the situation on the backs of citizens who got wiped out, any political strategist would call them foolhardy for not taking advantage of the situation. That’s the way the game is played and historically, the common man has always born on their own backs the burden of those in power, whether it be a local event or a global war.
In a time of fiscal challenge in Alberta, Ms. Smith is walking the difficult walk of demanding that the government not spend money it doesn’t have while simultaneously insisting that citizens demand the right to be relocated by the government at the government’s expense.
Watching her in action at a town hall, it could be debated whether she is merely supporting the anger and frustration being experienced by the citizens or if she is actually fuelling it. Anger is a very useful tool as I wrote about here Anger: Setting Yourself Up For Manipulation.
However, her seemingly two-faced strategy is strategically brilliant and demands an equally brilliant response from the current government.
To influence the mind, one must touch (or torch) the heart.
Is Ms. Smith ….
…. a hypocrite or a hero?
…. astute or asinine?
…. politically savvy, politically stupid or politically suicidal?
We will only know upon historical reflection.
The history books are written by the victors and within those pages, it will be revealed for whom the disaster really was the best thing …. or the worst.
In service and servanthood,
Addendum – July 29, 2013
A few readers reached out to me privately and asked if my comment “history books are written by the victors” was a veiled reference to Wildrose Party Press Secretary Vitor (Victor) Marciano and a future victory for the Wildrose Party.
I don’t make veiled references. Nice try, though! :-)