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Hey folks,

It is election day here in Alberta, and I need all of my followers and friends to get out there and participate in the democratic process.  All the election information you need can be found at the Elections Alberta Website.

Remember, you need to vote to prevent some darn potato from doubling the efficiency of their dullard vote in your riding.  We must keep the damp squibs at bay.  :)

 


 

Now for the partisan section.  Alberta, can we please not return to the conservative horror show that is the already corruption ridden United Conservative Party?  I’m not quite done with feeling the more people first attitude of the current NDP government and would like people in power that do not automatically bend a knee to big oil interests in our province.

So yah, I’m still with Rachel Notley and would be very happy to give her and the NDP 5 more years of governance in Alberta.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to reporters about her first cabinet meeting in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, May 27, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

 

Is the writing on the wall?  Rick certainly seems to think so.

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Go vote! Or don’t! The FPP system will probably scuttle your intentions anyways. I hear spitting into the wind or pissing up a rope are fine substitutes for exercising the barest of minimums required for participatory democracy.

The getting out the vote campaigns are heroic and all that stuff, encouraging all those young whipper-snippers to exercise the merest formality in participating in a democratic like system.  But really, young people…oh you sad sack millennials,  you’re fucked.  Generation X is now in the demographic that tends to vote often and is catered to by the political class – did you hear all the campaign promises about lowering tuition and making going to university/college easier – I didn’t either.  Have a nice future pouring my coffee and lackadaisically ‘helping’ me at retail locations.

What I heard a lot of during this overly long election cycle (thank you Conservative gerrymandering squad) was economy, jobs, and then niqab.  None of these topics have been ‘tailored’…ooo… I guess the word for it now is ‘curated’ for your easy consumption and understanding.  Did you tune out and start that really important twitter conversation about the Blue Jays?  You did?   Good for you!  We’ll see you in line, eagerly waiting to express your ‘individuality’ by purchasing the next mass produced shiny over-hyped bauble at the Apple store.   Because what you buy defines you.  (Not your actions, not your commitments to others, not your responsibilities – just your *stuff*, honest.)

Conspicuous consumption, they have an app for that…

The political leaders, during the election cycle, have talked, emoted and generally performed fairly well; all of them selling their shiny political promises and filled with rainbow farting unicorns and free bonbons for all.  A series of turgid farts strained through a dirty burlap sack would have just about as much relevance and importance to the decision Canadians are making on the 19th of October.

What is really at stake here is the continued march of Neo-liberalism and the decimation of the social fabric of our society.  Corporations are not people, nor should they have the right to sue our governments for protecting our people (and businesses) from predatory capitalism.  The TPP is NAFTA all over again.  Do you like having domestic industry?  Unions?  Society run for the benefit of the people living in said society?  The TPP is the enema-bag filled with hydrochloric acid poised to flush all those nasty things I mentioned out of Canadian Society.

I could care less who gets into power as long as this latest shit-swirl in the ice cream of trans-national capitalism is strangled in the crib, because combating Neo-liberalism is the big picture now because if NL wins democracy doesn’t matter anymore.    Is our country for Canadians or Corporations?  Profit or People?

ndpNow I voted NDP because my MP is one kickass woman (Linda Duncan) who regularly kicks ass and takes names in Parliament, she responds to mail and makes me think briefly that representative democracy might not be bag-of-rats I think it is (that feeling passes quickly).

The 10 week slow motion seppuku that was the NDP national campaign was about as inspiring as being hit repeatedly in the head with a dirty sweat-sock filled with cold spunk.   I just need the names of the NDP campaign-brain trust who somehow thought that throwing all the ham at all the walls by going centrist was the best-est idea evar?  The salty-tears of socialist jebus are leaking out of the dark hall-closet you mung-gargling-arseholes tossed him in for this election.  Pandering to the centre and abandoning core democratic-socialist principles… who would of thunk that was a recipe for getting ass-whipped in the election…

Hello NDP your political base is calling wondering where the hell you are and why there are smexy middle of the road blonde hairs on your damn overcoat.

So anyhow, happy election day Canada.  We’ll get the government we deserve today.   I’ll see you, fair readers, tomorrow as I have a date with TIO and the good Captain Morgan.

OrangeCrushLet’s be honest folks, this election win by Rachel Notley and the NDP was completely unexpected here in what has been fortress Tory Alberta for the last 44 years.  I watched the election write itself out with trepidation for the first hour and a half, because one can never forget, this is Alberta, and for the longest time you could elect a half a bag of stale nacho chips here as long it sported the Tory Blue colours.

And then it happened.  The seat count exploded for the NDP and the Orange Crush never looked back.  No Tory Minority, No NDP Minority but… damn son…  an NDP Majority government.  The missus and I, around 9:30, broke out the Honey-Jack and toasted Rachel Notley and the new political future of Alberta.

I am very glad that we have a new government as of today, the old PC’s by now could be nothing but rife with patronage, cronyism and corruption.  Out with the old corruption and all that; hopefully we’ll have a nice long window of reasonable governance before the new wave of graft starts.

It is important for the NDP in Alberta to make good on their promises to the people of Alberta.  For the record here are the highlights

Notley campaigned on having the wealthy pay more to fund better health care and education. She’s promised:

  • A Resource Owners Rights Commission to review the royalties oil companies pay to the province.

  • A boost in the corporate tax rate to 12 per cent from 10 per cent. Increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018. Current wage is $10.20.

  • More tax brackets for high earners than the Tories are proposing: a 12 per cent rate on income between $125,000 and $150,000; 13 per cent on income between $150,000 and $200,000; 14 per cent between $200,000 and $300,000 and 15 per cent over $300,000. NDP would also roll back the Tory health levy.

  • The creation of 2,000 long-term care spaces over four years.

  • A ban on corporate and union donations to political parties.

    Well there we go. Let’s hope that we see movement on these issues as early as the new budget that will be coming up

 

Another thought does occur to me, as I am still processing this NDP win in Alberta: How does this affect the prospects for the upcoming federal election?  Is there enough momentum to carry the Orange Crush to the next level – and in Harper’s hometown to boot.    I’m thinking the political landscape has become a lot more volatile, not only in Alberta, but in Canada as well.

  For once, the polls in Alberta were right.

For once, the polls in Alberta were right.

Time for a change in Alberta.  Let’s give Ms. Notley a chance.

Crush-Conservatives

A link here to the official Elections Alberta site. I’m looking at you younger crowd, ‘unbusy’ yourself and vote this time to make a difference.

The NDP seeing the traction that the fifteen dollar minimum wage is getting in the US has made it part of their platform.

“NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says he will put the idea of a $15 an hour minimum wage to a vote in Parliament when it resumes next week.

“Household debt in Canada is skyrocketing right now, families are having more and more trouble getting by. The good middle class jobs that people used to be able to rely on just aren’t there any more,” Mulcair said, speaking in Vancouver on Saturday.”

It is time to start distributing the profits a little more equally here in Canada, and raising the minimum wage is great place to start.

[Source:cbc.ca]

minimumwageCan

I’m with Mr.Broadbent on this one.  Forget about changing the name.  Spend the time and the effort to reach more Canadians with the NDP’s message.  Let us focus on getting  Harper out of power and a NDP/Liberal coalition in.  The conservatives actively destroy Canada’s social programs, while the Liberals tend to do it piecemeal and quietly.  We need to reestablish the idea that the government works for the People of Canada as a opposed to the just the corporate elite of Canada.

Surprisingly I found this on the global website.  The full article is behind the link.

Ed Broadbent fires up NDP convention

Richard Foot, Canwest News Service: Friday, August 14, 2009
Former NDP Leader Ed Broadbent in a file picture.

Former NDP Leader Ed Broadbent in a file picture.
Photo Credit: Brent Foster, Windsor Star

HALIFAX — Twenty years after he left the helm of the federal NDP, a greyer, more stooped, but no less feisty Ed Broadbent was back in front of his party on Friday, unleashing an angry attack on the Liberals and Conservatives and blaming them squarely for the current recession.

In an opening speech at the NDP’s national convention in Halifax, Broadbent said “the disastrous consequences” of two decades of budget cutting, tax cutting and of slashing social programs in Ottawa — accompanied by similar policies in other western countries — led directly to “last fall’s economic crisis.”

He also said Canadians should not delude themselves in perceiving a difference between the economic stewardship of recent Liberal or Conservative governments.

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