Not exactly the resume for a blazing champion for change, is it? That's okay - we're not exactly in an awful spot, and many party members might think change is not the way we want to go anyhow.
Hancock's platform is quite detailed - he's probably second only to Lyle Oberg in that regard. If you want to know EXACTLY what will happen if Hancock is named leader, just look it up on his website - he's quite clear on the changes he'll make and, surprisingly considering he's the "establishment candidate" - there are quite a few changes in his platform.
Hancock wants to encourage private investment in the K-12 education system, and wants to open up 60,000 more post-secondary spaces. He'll eliminate Health Care Premiums, and offer tax incentives for healthy choices (gym memberships, etc.). He supports a province-wide smoking ban in all public places (EXCELLENT idea), wants to raise the so-called "sin taxes" (cigarettes, alcohol, and tobacco), and increase penalties for drunk driving (long overdue).
Dave wants to make life easier for community groups by offering government-funded background checks on volunteers, and taking the liability off of the community groups and letting the province shoulder the load. He'll increase and stabilize funding for the arts and recreation, promote energy-smart practices, and also supports the high-speed rail link between Calgary and Edmonton, which he thinks is best built as a P3. Environmentally, he's pretty solid, with support for the Water for Life Strategy and an Integrated Land Use Strategy.
A Hancock government proposes lowering taxes and making it easier for small business to get ahead. He has several Democratic Renewal stances, including fixed election dates, and has committed to serving no more than 10 years if elected Premier.
There are a lot of detailed plans here - unfortunately for Dave, he didn't get many of these ideas across in the only televised debate. Many (if not most) of the party members expecting to vote this Saturday aren't going to have gone to his website and read his policies - they'll just remember he was angry and talking a bit too fast on t.v. Hancock has solid policy behind him. If he relaxes a bit and gets that policy out into the public sphere, he's got a shot at this thing. He just needs to let a few more examples of that sense of humour shine through - when he does, he sounds like an average Albertan, which makes him much more electable. His line at the conclusion of the debate -
"If you haven’t heard of me, it’s because I haven’t screwed up"- is still for me the highlight of the debate.
Dave Hancock is a strong candidate for this leadership, and if you haven't considered him yet, I'd encourage you to go to his website and take a look at the policies in more depth than I've offered here. I don't expect a first ballot winner, and hope that Dave sticks around for the second vote, and uses the week in between to hammer home his ideas, which I think most party members would embrace if they knew of them.
Dave Hancock's website is www.davehancock.ca/go/