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Thu May 7, 2015, 08:55 AM

An interesting fact on the socialist Left's major win in the Alberta election

An interesting fact on the socialist Left's major win in the Alberta election

All the major papers endorsed the conservative party that lost and not one endorsed the left parties.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberta_general_election,_2015#Endorsements

The socialist democratic party that won

The Alberta New Democratic Party or Alberta NDP is a social-democratic political party in Alberta, Canada, which succeeded the Alberta section of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberta_New_Democratic_Party

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Reply An interesting fact on the socialist Left's major win in the Alberta election (Original post)
Ichingcarpenter May 2015 OP
TBF May 2015 #1
Ichingcarpenter May 2015 #2
daleanime May 2015 #3
socialist_n_TN May 2015 #4
eridani May 2015 #5

Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2015, 09:45 AM

1. I was reading about it last night -

an area that is resource-heavy (oil) and generally thought to be very conservative. And yet the left prevailed. Perhaps we can pull it off here too?

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Thu May 7, 2015, 09:50 AM

2. Well it at least shows that newspaper endorsements don't mean shit these days

I'm curious on their whole campaign now and how they overcome the odds since the newspaper media was against them. I wonder how much the internet played into their win?

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2015, 09:53 AM

3. Let's start rolling these wins up!

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Sat May 9, 2015, 09:59 AM

4. To me the most interesting factoid in elections nowdays.........

all over the world is the polarization involved. Socialist, or maybe I should say "socialish" winners in France, Greece, in Alberta, probably in Spain this summer and hard right winners in the US, GB, Germany. The world seems to be rapidly dividing into two camps.

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Sun May 10, 2015, 03:11 AM

5. The Nation: Social Democracy on the Prairie: Canadians Teach Us How to Beat Austerity

http://www.thenation.com/blog/206609/social-democracy-prairie-canadians-teach-us-how-beat-austerity

Local factors—corruption scandals associated with the outgoing conservative government, turbulence in the energy industry and growing concern about damage done to the environment by pipeline projects—all shaped a historic result. But nothing did more to steer the province leftward than frustration with what the NDP condemned as “deeper austerity measures and budget cuts.”

The same penchant for balancing budgets by attacking public employees and public services that has been seen in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin and Sam Brownback’s Kansas has been on display in Alberta. And as the election approached, the governing Progressive Conservative party proposed more cuts.

Ripping the conservatives for targeting education and healthcare, Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley positioned herself the NDP as the alternative to austerity cuts. The Alberta NDP’s manifesto called for investments in public services paid for by hiking corporate tax rates, for a review of the royalties oil companies pay to the province with an eye toward assuring that the people get their fair share, and for a ban on corporate contributions to political parties. That willingness to challenge corporate hegemony even extended to criticizing particular pipeline projects.

Notley said during the campaign that she would no longer lobby—as previous premiers of Alberta have—for US approval of the controversial KeystoneXL pipeline. She also said she would withdraw provincial support for the equally controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project because “there’s genuine concerns by the indigenous communities” and because “I think from an environmental point of view, it’s a problem.”

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