It’s that elephant in the room that nobody in the Wildrose Party of Alberta wants to talk about, and it’s the main reason why most members want to join the United Conservatives. Care to take a guess? Here’s a hint. Well, for openers, that elephant happens to be pink.

Although Alberta’s official flower is the wild rose, party faithful can’t seem to get over the fact that it’s been adopted as part of the organization’s logo, especially the colour.

“You know, when the party started, we warmed up to the idea of calling it Wildrose,” confessed one party insider. “We really liked the ‘wild’ part of it. But pink? A lot of us kept our mouths shut over that, but now that we’re aiming to merge with the Tories, we’ll be glad to go for something that makes a stronger statement, colour-wise, especially blue!”

Another insider claimed that from the start, hardline right-wingers felt the pink rose carried the wrong political message. “Pink, to me, means only one thing!” he said. “It’s reflective of pinkos, and especially with a pinko party in power right now, I’ve said to folks that we need something to distance ourselves way from those godless pinkos!”

“Pink is gayer than gay,” stated a rural party volunteer. “And flowers are hardly masculine. The only time I give flowers any attention is when I have to rush to the local Sobey’s to get a bouquet for Mother’s Day.”

Still, those clamoring to hook up with the Tories to form the United Conservative party this fall want to make one change from the colour scheme that the progressive Conservatives currently use.

“I like the blue, but that orange has got to go,” said a wildrose caucus member. “Cripes, why should we have the same shade as those socialist NDP folks?”

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