Despite the stereotype that university campuses are full of socialists waiting to suck at the government teat, there’s a core group of conservative students who believe that hard work, not hand-outs, paves the road to prosperity.
And the Wildrose Party wants their vote.
Eleven MLAs showed up at the Wildrose on Campus (WROC) event at the University of Calgary on September 23 to talk about the party’s future, as well as issues facing Albertans right now.
Pat Kelly, Conservative Party of Canada candidate for Rocky Ridge, also attended.
The event was hosted by President Jenn Galandy and executive members of WROC. Vice President of Events Brian Bateson told me it’s important to have these political gatherings at the university because they encourage students to get involved with the conservative movement and, eventually, to vote. He also believes the Wildrose Party can best address students’ concerns about uncertainty in Alberta’s job market.
Official opposition leader Brian Jean spoke to attendees about the future of the party and the socialist agenda of the NDP:
Jean quickly put talk of working with the Progressive Conservatives to start a new party to rest: “The way to consolidate conservatives in Alberta is to buy a Wildrose membership.”
Turning to federal politics, Jean had a special message for Canadians: "Please vote for Stephen Harper."
Wes Taylor, MLA for Battle River–Wainwright spoke to me about accessible education, explaining that keeping tuition fees on par with inflation will make future hikes more predictable and manageable. He also said that Alberta’s forthcoming $15 an hour minimum wage increase is already hurting youth employment, pointing to the automated kiosks replacing low-wage employees at places like McDonald’s.
Alex, a business student in the university’s supply chain management program, expressed a sentiment shared by many: He’s now worried about job security after enrolling in a program that he once thought would provide him with viable options in good times and bad. He thinks that Wildrose has greater confidence in Albertans’ ability to achieve economic prowess and ultimately create jobs.
Leela Aheer, Shadow Minister for Energy, stated that the lack of optimism coming from the NDP government is making it difficult to foresee when and how the job market will improve.
She says that unlike the NDP, Wildrose wants to diversify the oil and gas industry to get people back to work.
As of 2014, 30,201 students attend the University of Calgary, and many of them have the same concerns expressed by other Albertans. “WROC” is just one example of a trend, appealing to students who oppose socialism after experiencing the after effects of voting in an NDP majority government.
Despite what critics may say, the youth vote does matter. Through campus events like this one, the Wildrose Party is hoping to show these students that conservatives aren’t all “old white guys.”
You can follow "Wildrose on Campus" on Twitter at @WROC_UofC and visit their Facebook page here. ().
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