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Even sheep can think for themselves occasionally…

..which is more then I can say for the voters in the province of Alberta, who despite having a Premier who ran a pretty lackadaisical campaign and was under criticism from all sides still managed to come close to Ralph Klein type numbers in a resounding election win last night. The one caveat to all this is that the voter turnout was a woeful 41%. which meant that 21.5% of eligible voters in Alberta voted for the PC’s, which gave them 88% of the seats; this despite a large plurality of Albertans saying they desired change. It was apparent that the Conservative base came out, while a majority of Albertans couldn’t be bothered.

Voter apathy out there will certainly not convince the Alberta PC’s they need to rein in tarsand development, to the detriment of not only the world’s and Canada’s environment, but their own province’s. Greenhouse gases are not the only thing of concern, but the razing of land and the massive use of water that these oil companies use. There was some hope that some segment of the Alberta populace would recognize that, but apparently, many don’t care.

UPDATE: A further thought to that, I am now starting a campaign to convince Dan Arnold (aka CalgaryGrit) to remain in Ontario

9 comments to Even sheep can think for themselves occasionally…

  • mike h

    Scott…if the albertans al voted liberal for the last 15 years would they be sheep in your eyes? no..that because they would be voting the way YOU want them too..lets face it…the will of the people was to stay with the government that best suits thier needs..and that is the conservatives.

  • eh

    I agree with Wheatsheaf, like it or not Alberta is going to play a huge role in deciding whether or not Canada reduces its GHG emissions in the long run. If Harper has its way, Canada is going grow increasingly dependent on the Alberta’s oil and gas resources for economic security. We need young, progressive-minded people to work towards revitalizing democracy this province. No matter how thankless that job may be.

    Public opinion poll after public opinion poll indicate that Albertans rank the environment as a top two issue and the vast majority have indicated they want a slow down in tar sands growth. Someone has to figure out how to translate these values into votes for an alternative party.

  • annie

    The Wild Rose/ Alliance did not do too well, not as good as the Liberals, The Conservatives out there,  are Progressive Conservatives, not Harper’s gang

  • So much for Alberta being a bunch of individualistic, independent-minded mavericks.  Baaaaa…

    Oh, and I refuse to endorse your campaign to keep Dan Arnold here in Ontario.  We need more like him in Alberta if there is ever any hope of change. 

  • Joseph Angolano

    Two comments:

    1) Do you honestly think that the results would have changed if voter turnout would have been higher? I don’t.

    2) The irregularities in the selection of returning officers really cast the neutrality of this election into doubt. If this had happened in a third world country, the opposition forces would have hit the streets in protest. The fact that people did not react to this problem, concerns me.

  • >>which is more then I can say for the voters in the province of Alberta, who despite having a Premier who ran a pretty lackadaisical campaign and was under criticism from all sides still managed to come close to Ralph Klein type numbers in a resounding election win last night.<<

    At which point is it the Liberal’s fault? Voters aren’t going to come out unless there’s a reason to. While apathy sucks, I think there’s great wisdom in the phrase "the wisdom of the voters." I think that if there was a once in a generation chance to upstage the PC’s and it didn’t happen and the leader was as lacklustre as Eddie Stelmach, Liberals in Alberty need to take a damned hard look at themselves in the mirror and ask, "what are we doing wrong…"

  • Leny Vilekoskytch

    I don’t much like when particular opinions are attributed to a population (e.g. "Canadians don’t want a Conservative majority"…I’m guessing that a big chunk of the people who voted for the Conservatives would have been perfectly happy with that and a big chunk of other voters would have been just as happy to see the Conservatives relegated to fifth party status)…but with that said, and with 60% of voters not doing the one thing that allows them to be described as voters, I have to think that this was an example of Albertans thinking that they have a pretty good thing going and not wanting to rock the boat or leave the confines of their residences.

    The environmental impact of the tarsands is neither immediate nor close enough to most Albertans as to be placed ahead of a desire to continue to enjoy the economic advantages that the tarsands provide.

    And one note about sheep.  While sheep may very well be able to think for themselves occasionally (I don’t know, I’m not a sheep whisperer), they certainly cannot vote in Parliament.  However, that did not prevent them from casting only seven votes fewer than the Liberals did for their own budget amendment.

  • Let me know when the Nanticoke plant finally closes, dearest. 

  • ALW

    If the Alberta Liberals would just renamed themselves the Something Else Party, they would easily get another 10% of the vote.  It’s strictly a brand problem in Alberta.

    Also, no argument that the lack of political competition in Alberta is extremely unhealthy and has resulted in a "conservative" party that spends more per capita than any other government in Canada.

    All that said, big caution about calling voters sheep.  Funny how faith in voters seems to be all too often linked to whether not the "sheep" vote the way you’d like them to.

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