September 24, 2015

Wildrose courts the conservative youth vote at University of Calgary

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

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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commented 2015-09-27 21:09:05 -0400
Ironically 40yrs of PC control and no memorable criminal charges, outstanding record I must admit! Something stinks! Robbery of private sector,theft of freedoms and private property,Retiree’s unable to keep their homes, 30th place in world education and third world healthcare and it’s about to get worse! Welcome to 1760 enjoy.
commented 2015-09-27 16:26:01 -0400
The de facto minimum wage in Calgary is already above 15 dollars an hour, it’s probably that rather than any sort of legislation behind the automated kiosks at McD’s. Has it occurred to these young proselytizers that perhaps the kiosks are there because the workers don’t need the jobs? Alberta has long struggled with crippling labour shortages and the kiosks are there because anybody that actually wants a job, is already working somewhere better.
commented 2015-09-25 15:23:00 -0400
Wildrose and conservative mess up put us the Albertans into this situation. But this does not mean that we will commit to the NDP’s whos is destroying our economy now here in Alberta. My proposal is why don’t Wildrose and Conservative works together to be united so as not to divide the vote again. That is the cause fo NDP’s winning not by Albertans vote but by self destruction of Wildrose and Conservative! Wake up Citizen of Canada and Alberta! Let us be one to demolish the NDP’s who are making havoc to our good province!
commented 2015-09-25 07:46:47 -0400
Socialists have been working within the educational system for decades to brainwash the next generation into big gewmermint does all. All of the socialist pig strategies are predicated on “controlled flow” of information.

The end of socialist dominance was the start of the internet. As more information flows to the masses, unedited and without some douche bag celebrity attached to the message, the masses will see things as they really are and their votes will reflect it.

But not before the planet goes through an economic crash, far worse and much longer lasting than 1929 and through the “dirty 30s”..
commented 2015-09-24 23:42:46 -0400
Kenneth said, “…which knows that it’s ‘conclusions’ run counter to the evidence that there is no global warming.”

But that was because those mean old oceans stole all that heat for just that 18 year period only just to mess up the IPCC’s Global Warming theory! Those oceans … such cruel pranksters!
commented 2015-09-24 23:37:05 -0400
As Albertans who want a future for themselves and their children clamor for Notley’s government of economy wreckers, job killers and life destroyers to resign, expect Notley and company to ratchet up phony AGW alarmist rhetoric to justify their existence. They will paint global warming doom scenarios based on nothing but previous propaganda put out by the IPCC, which knows that it’s ‘conclusions’ run counter to the evidence that there is no global warming. What there is, is data that has been manipulated, by progressively removing cooler temperature stations around the world, that makes it appear that there is warming when in fact there is not, or when in fact the world is actually cooling. It’s a gigantic scam. Frankly, I don’t think Notley and company know this, because they do have a sense of morality. They think they are saving the world. But the truth is that they are utterly deluded, taken in by the biggest scam the world has even known. To learn how the scam works, do a search of “Call it the mystery of the missing thermometers” and try to find a complete copy of the article. There were a number of them around on different websites, but MSM sites have been removing them, not surprisingly, as their real function nowadays is not to inform, but to misinform the public according to the AGW socialist agenda.
commented 2015-09-24 21:02:16 -0400
Good on you Brian, you will be well prepared for the next election, where the WR will win big! I and many other Albertans, are counting the days, until we can kick that fraud Notley and her children’s club to the curb! They are doing some serious damage to our economy, which will certainly affect those provinces who are dependent upon us, in the west, for a good portion of their operating budgets. Tighten your belts folks, this is going to be a wild ride!