Posted by: edwinerickson | November 14, 2010

Moving right along, then…

When I made my initial attempt at breaking into the blogosphere over eight months ago, I never dreamed that I would only be at post #3 by November!  But, I’d like to think that my excuses for faltering have been good ones…

Indeed, work as leader of the Alberta Party has been both challenging and rewarding since starting this blog back in February. However, looking back, much has been accomplished with limited resources in a very short period of time. Membership in the party has over quintupled since then, and many extremely talented individuals have come aboard. The BIG Listen project can only be described as a huge success, through which the Alberta Party has begun to develop a whole new culture of politics in this province – a culture in which true vision and creative thinking supersede worn-out labels and attitudes.

We have recently conducted our first AGM under the new regime, where nearly 260 members were represented. A new Board of Directors and a new constitution were adopted, and the kick-off of the discernment process for the BIG Listen was well-attended and very productive. The ultimate fruits of those arduous and committed efforts were savoured at the Policy Convention on November 13-14 in Red Deer. A healthy serving of policy resolutions were passed that many Albertans have been waiting for, for a long time.

On Saturday at the policy convention, I stepped down as leader of the party, to help pave the way for a leadership race early in 2011. As we have grown, so has the mandate for the party leader. Now, with still more exceptional talent on the Board and among the membership, it seems only reasonable to reassess the leadership, as well. To truly attain our vision and to fully respect the value of the democratic process, we must be continually willing and prepared to adapt.

The past 16 months of helping to build the Alberta Party have been joyful ones. Working with highly motivated and capable people instills that kind of joy. But, most of all, I am encouraged by the efforts and abilities of an enviable number of members and participants who are still in the early decades of their lives. Throughout my political experience, my biggest concern has consistently been for my children, grandchildren and their grandchildren, and their peers. To actually see rapidly growing numbers of active youthful participants stepping up to the plate on behalf of their province and fellow citizens casts an incredibly warm and sunny glow on my departure as leader.

My most heartfelt thanks to all I have had the privilege of working with in the past months. What an incredible start – I can’t begin to imagine how the Alberta Party will look at this time next year, now that the ball is really beginning to roll!

Edwin Erickson, Outgoing Leader

Alberta Party



  1. Thank YOU Edwin! I don’t think that this process would’ve been possible without your leadership. It was a pleasure to meet you in person, and I look forward to meeting again on the dusty campaign trail in the years ahead.

  2. Thank you, Edwin. Jordan has said it well.

  3. Thank you for your service Edwin! While I have only known you a short time – since ReBoot 1.0 in November of 2009 – I must tell you how much I admire your spirit, your commitment and your leadership.

    Looking forward to the next few decades while we explore this new Alberta Potential.

    – Glenn

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