It is quite remarkable to me that those who would advocate the abolition or reduction of government use government to advocate for such a position. I would advise caution when evaluating such an approach.
I absolutely do not for a moment advocate "rule" but I do advocate for governance. Accountable and effective, it empowers and equips the bureaucracy to embrace efficiency and effectiveness, thereby truly supporting its citizens. Such an approach will not support systemic waste. It will not support mediocrity. It will not support "politicizing" as none of those things are truly capable of coexisting within the governance model I propose.
Fundamentally supported by the power of an engaged electorate, political leaders then must act to execute with courage and commitment the mandate given to them. Those who have ensured their election expect their leaders to serve their communities. It is in my view highly cynical that that same electorate is simply electing the candidate so that they can advocate for the termination of the very system that they would lead you to believe that they support.
Cutting government, cutting services, cutting open, constructive and courageous dialogue with all sectors of "The Alberta Partnership" is quite frankly a simpler, quicker and less accountable approach than the governance model. We have seen the disastrous effects of lack of corporate governance. We wag our collective finger at the corruption in the system. And yet with, in my mind, far more valuable matters - our health, children, seniors, families and communities - some are prepared to allow a market model to replace governance because we have been convinced it doesn't work. I disagree. It is in fact the very inattention to the system which has led to its disrepair and the fact that those inside it no longer feel empowered or equipped to work within it.
Easy answer - get rid of it, and allow an individual and corporate competitiveness model to be the "new system". Courageous answer - and the one I feel the majority of Albertans want and need from their political leaders is to fix the system by addressing its inherent redundancy, waste and in some cases mismanagement, thereby empowering and equipping the individuals within it to meet the needs of Albertans for generations to come.