April 30, 2015

The Alberta election calls for some strategic voting

Ezra LevantRebel Blogger

Like the filthy Augean Stables in the myth of Hercules, Alberta’s Legislature hasn’t been mucked out in more than 40 years. New polls today suggest that could change with a thunderclap next week — all showing the NDP with a double-digit lead over both the PC and Wildrose parties. 

Polls are a measurement in a particular moment in time, not a prediction of the future. And the NDP vote may not be “efficient” — winning Edmonton seats by high margins won’t help in Calgary or the rural parts. But if Albertans don’t blink, they’re looking at an NDP minority government — the first time ever for Alberta. 

It’s possible that Albertans will pull back from the brink. That’s what Kim Campbell hoped in 1993 — the PC slogan for the final days of that disastrous campaign was “think twice.” As in, two PCs: electing only Jean Charest from Quebec and Elsie Wayne from New Brunswick. 

Earlier this week I took at look at some of the filler candidates that the NDP pressed into service weeks or months ago when their chances of winning were considered negligible — joke candidates, students, place-holders  Now many of them will have to drop out of school to be MLAs or even cabinet ministers. Get ready for more accidental legislators, like lucky Ruth-Ellen Brosseau, aka Vegas.

The disgust with the PC party isn’t limited to the most wasteful, high-taxing, high-deficit budget in Alberta history. It’s also the corruption and trickery. Look at this video, and tell me that Alberta isn’t run by an insider clique of back-scratchers.

Jim Prentice was always a Red Tory federally, but his budget contains more than 50 tax hikes. Really — would the NDP do any worse? They almost certainly couldn’t be as complacent and entitled.

Last night I tweeted my true feelings: if my two choices were between the NDP and the PCs, hand to God I’d vote NDP. Between the honest socialists and the corrupt socialists, I’ll go for the honest socialists. 

That tweet was met with glee by NDPers, who were convinced it was a sign of the Apocalypse — if an Alberta chauvinist like me endorsed the NDP, surely their time had come!

Sorry to disappoint, but no. Because there is another choice: the Wildrose Party. Prentice and Danielle Smith tried to kill it and leave it for dead, but under Brian Jean’s surprising leadership, it has stabilized and run a respectable campaign. 

Albertans want change — many enough to toy with socialists who would threaten the Alberta Advantage. But in the Wildrose Party they can find both: the ability to throw the bums out, but not to throw out the economic miracle of Alberta at the same time.


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commented 2015-05-03 22:00:09 -0400
I can spend my money better than the PCs or the dippers. I’ll be voting Wildrose.
commented 2015-05-02 19:05:56 -0400
One thought about the NDP taking power, when we become a have not province we will stop having to support the long term have nots, who are have not only because they chose to be. Then the citizens of Alberta that are here for pure economic convenience from other parts of Canada and spend their time denigrating us will desert to BC or Sask, and the province will return to the nice quiet province that existed 50 years ago. With the exception that we now get equalization payments. I’m all for it, go NDP I’m tired of the RoC ingrates!!!!
commented 2015-04-30 18:57:21 -0400
Voting PC or NDP is almost a toss up. They both want big government financed with higher taxes.
The only rational alternative is the WR party.
commented 2015-04-30 18:50:22 -0400
Electing the NDP party in alberta at this point in time would trully be a case of throwing out the baby with the bathwater. The PC’s have become arrogant and corrupt and have to go but placing the provinces economy in the hands of Nanny NDP will be as disastrous as it was for Saskatchewan all those years in the past, and as much a disaster og the Manitoba Nanny NDP. There is another choice, the Wildrose party, now that they have cleansed themselves of Danielle and Preston. Good Luck!