In three days Albertans go to the polls. Here’s how that’s looking as of yesterday according to 308:
As part of his election platform, Calgary-Klein Green Party candidate Noel Keough made a great case for raising corporate taxes in Alberta — the lowest in the country – by just 2% in order to raise $12-billion annually for Alberta’s decimated public coffers:
An environmental design prof at the University of Calgary, he also put forward solid policy on fossil fuels and advocates a PropRep voting system replacing first-past-the post — the better to more fairly represent Albertans.
But then he looked at the very close polling for his riding, and at an all-candidates debate in Calgary two days ago, Keough announced his decision to step out of the race and support his NDP rival rather than split the vote. Notable that he referred to this decision as a party decision. Keough: [bold:mine]
So, with a heavy heart, but a firm conviction in my decision I am stepping out of the race immediately and putting my full support behind the New Democratic Party and their candidate Craig Coolihan. The policies of the NDP are not in perfect alignment with The Green Party but they are the most closely aligned. A win for the NDP in Calgary-Klein will advance Green principles and will make Alberta a better place to live.”
Putting your constituency and province ahead of the party system — what a novel idea.
People have said the Greens couldn’t have won the seat anyway. Not the point. Keough did the one thing he could within his power to help voters avoid splitting the vote by trying to guess how they should vote strategically.
Well, federal NDP, Libs, and Greens? We’re waiting for a sign you plan to follow Keough’s example here.
As for the rest of us, support for Prop Rep should be the line-in-the-sand litmus test for whether we support a local candidate. Between election fraud and Stephen Harper the Economist’s disastrously incompetent corporate-driven fiscal policies, we just can’t afford another unrestrained and poisonous first-past-the-post 24% minority misrule.
FairVoteCanada is soliciting citizens in all ridings across Canada to get local candidates of all parties to sign a pledge to support PropRep so we’ll know who we can afford to vote for before the next election. Go. Sign up to do it.
Meanwhile, a Globe and Mail editorial from the very paper which has endorsed Harper in every election since 2006 is now shilling for Prentice : For Alberta, Jim Prentice is the best choice.
I only mention this entirely unsurprising endorsement so you can enjoy the thorough shellacking they get for it in comments.
The Edmonton Journal editorial:
In this election, we are picking a CEO for the province makes the same mistake and gets a similar shellacking.
And then there’s the threat from five CEOs in the Edmonton Sun: Corporate business leaders warn of risks to Alberta NDP government: “We won’t make donations to charities.”
Think the commenters under that threat aren’t pissed?
“In response, NDP leader Rachel Notley pointed out the donations of the five businessmen to the PCs in the past five years have topped $86,000 collectively.”
ObligaTory shot of then Minister Jim Prentice with PMO fraudster and “special adviser to Minister Prentice” Bruce Carson above.