Making sense of Wildrose defections

There are many strange things about Danielle Smith quitting her post as leader of the opposition in Alberta, defecting to the governing Progressive Conservatives, and effectively dissolving the province’s first real opposition party in a generation.

But the strangest is Smith’s excuse for it — that the low price of oil means that “all conservatives have to come together.” That line seems to have come from Preston Manning, who met secretly with Wildrose MLAs as they considered defecting.