Coming Elections

Our provincial election is a week away.  The long reigning Right party has split into two.  Normally I would be thrilled about this since the Right had only one option while the Left had 3.  Now it is:

Far Right Soc Cons who want to pass legislation that would allow interracial marriages to be refused, but have  “hot” leader (imagine a brilliant Sarah Palin)

Middle Right Dynasty that has a new leader (imagine young Hilary Clinton) and trying to change but held back by ties to the resource extraction sector and a history of breaking electoral laws

Unknown Center Party

Middle Left Party led by a medical Dr. who got kicked out of MR Dynasty for revealing government bullying doctors

Middle Left Party led by quiet person who can’t get a word in edgewise in debates

 

If you believe the newspapers and non CBC radio, the Far Right are the favourites.  Why?  I don’t know.  They want to privatize health care, ban abortion,  repeal homosexual rights, and take money away from long-term care homes, schools, shelters, and infrastructure to keep taxes low.  We already have the lowest taxes in the country.  We do not have enough long-term care homes, schools or shelters.

I know we are supposed to be mini-Texas, but really?  They tried this stuff already and its not working.

Candidates from Far Right Crazies include a former white-supremacist and  man who is trying to get rid of anti-bullying campaigns in schools.  Each candidate has to pay $1000 damage deposit that will be returned to them after the election if they don’t say anything too stupid.  Only their ‘hot’ leader is meeting with the press.  Other candidates are even refusing to talk to people they meet on the street.

I know that our city’s major newspaper has strong ties to the Far Right leader and am hoping that they are incorrect.  Our city’s mayor is a young Muslim professor (of economics) who led our Pride parade.  I refuse to believe that people who vote for someone like him will turn around and vote for someone who believes homophobic bullying should be protected by law.

 

7 thoughts on “Coming Elections

  1. Kirstin says:

    We’re supporting the “unknown center party.” They’ve got a lot going for them…but not enough time to convince voters that they’re a viable alternative to right, further right or the Unknown Scary Left. If you have an Alberta Party candidate in your riding, check the party out.

  2. The Wise Fool says:

    I’m not sure which is worse/better; a brilliant Sarah Palin or the side-show Sarah Palin we have.

    Based off of your descriptions, I would vote for the quiet guy, because I am a quiet guy. And because you know that he seems to be a patient listener. Never underestimate a listener. 🙂

  3. Quince says:

    I’m an Alberta Party members, bought a PC membership to vote in Alison Redford, and always helped/voted to re-elect my amazing Liberal MLA. This time it might not go in any way I can try to vote ‘strategically’. It might just go all wrong.

  4. Cognitive Dissenter says:

    Of course, we’re dealing with similarly crazy far right candidates here. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that some people will actually vote for candidates who are (essentially) running on the promise to widen the chasm between rich and poor. Oh, and they complain about big government yet they want government to strip women of their reproductive rights and to declare homosexuals are not real people.

    I could go on and on and on. It’s mind-boggling.

  5. Lorena says:

    Why would the far right be way ahead?

    Because you live in the Canadian Bible Belt, eh?

    • prairienymph says:

      Kirstin & Quince, I really respect the Alberta Party (unknown center)and am considering becoming a member. I too voted for Alison Redford (PC) whom I respect even if I can’t respect her party. I am leaning towards the NDP (quiet listener) leader of our riding as she has the most comprehensive and clear platform. However, the Liberals (other Left) had 30% of the vote last election. Ahh. At least I’ve got some good options to choose from. It could be worse.

      WF- a brilliant and beautiful (slightly) psychopathic leader is always more dangerous and less entertaining.

      CD & Lorena – I think fundamentalism has way too much influence in politics as it gives people someone to rally together against (homosexuals and poor people) and makes the outright contradictions of their beliefs easier to ignore. Encouragingly, the CBC (our national radio that keeps getting its budget slashed by our George Bush wannabee Prime Minister) keeps doing documentaries of people who are leaving fundamentalist religious groups.

  6. ... Zoe ~ says:

    What a nightmare. I can’t look. (Picture Zoe with her hands over her eyes.)

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