$100,000 penalty suggested to stop Wildrose floor crossing

The three candidates in the race to lead the Wildrose Party debated the issues on CBC Radio's alberta@noon on Tuesday with host Donna McElligott.

Just one of the more memorable ideas floated at Wildrose leadership debate on alberta@noon

There are three candidates running for the Wildrose Party leadership: Brian Jean, left, Linda Osinchuk and Drew Barnes. (CBC)

There are just five Wildrose members holding the Tory government to account — and holding the party together. ​Voting is underway to choose the new leader for Alberta's official opposition. 

The three candidates are Brian JeanLinda Osinchuk and Drew Barnes. They tackled the big issues in a special hour-long forum Tuesday on alberta@noon.​

Here are some of the most memorable quotes from the debate.

Brian Jean

  • "If I was elected as Wildrose leader, I would immediately enter into a contract between myself and the Wildrose party for $100,000 in liquidated damages if I crossed the floor."
  • "The Wildrose is the only thing standing between Albertans and a very huge tax increase."

Linda Osinchuk 

  • "Alberta politics and government need a good cleansing, like a colonoscopy."
  • "We should be looking at selling bonds, Alberta bonds. And we can actually use this to create revenue."
  • "It's about moving from fakers and takers to the makers, and I want to be there."

Drew Barnes

  • "The PC government of Alberta has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. We have the highest per capita spending in all of Canada. We have the most expensive government. Jim Prentice and the PCs do not need another dime of our money." 
  • "I think the Wildrose should have a discussion among our members about leading by example and that leading being: not to accept a floor-crosser."


  • An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Jean proposed a $100,000 deposit. In fact he said he would contract to pay $100,000 in liquidated damages if he crossed the floor.
    Mar 26, 2015 10:35 AM MT


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