Redford reflects on leadership
Published Tuesday, October 2, 2012 5:36PM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 2, 2012 6:53PM MDT
One year ago today, the Alberta political landscape changed after a hotly contested leadership race finally came to an end and an underdog became premier.
When the final votes were cast 12 months ago, Alberta had a new premier that few were expecting.
Six months later, Alison Redford pulled off another come-from-behind victory, leading the PC's to another majority.
“I think for me the highlight was a very personal one with my daughter the night of the provincial election, we saw the results come in and they came in so quickly, we were having a debate about whether she could stay up and watch the results and she is ten years old and she looked at me and said mommy I’m so proud of you, that was pretty special,” said Redford.
Redford came to power on promises of big change; boosting funding for education, toughening up drunk driving laws, and getting rid of government's sense of entitlement.
Her colleagues say they've never been busier.
“The pace of work within government is phenomenal I always thought we were busy and we always had lots of things on the go compared to what is happening right now it is night and day,” said MLA Thomas Lakaszuk.
Critics say Redford has gone halfway on many things from public inquires with a narrow focus, to promises of financial transparency.
“On one hand there are attempts at changing the political culture in Edmonton, we saw that with the creation of the major commission to look at MLA salaries, the inquiries into health care and expense claims. I think there has been a real effort there, at the same time it has not been as good as some would want,” said Duane Bratt from Mount Royal University.
A year into the job and the reviews of Redford's performance are mixed.
“I think she is really trying to change that party from the top and that can be a difficult process,” said Bratt. “It takes a while to turn around a ship but I think it's way too early to say how she has performed because there is a lot of movement on things but not completion.”
The Premier says her biggest surprise since taking the job is realizing how nice Albertans are when meeting her and how much trust they put in her office.
She says the toughest part of her first year, was not having her biggest fan.
“For me the greatest regret also is very personal was that my mom passed away during the leadership campaign so she didn't get to see me as Premier,” said Redford.
Redford says there's still more to accomplish and she hopes to hold the job for a long time.