Just wondering what the take on the Alberta Election is, in the rest of the country.
This year I discussed it with my 13 year old. Told her that since she is really the one who will have to live with the result of my vote that she would make the decisiion.
I voted her choice and it's been interesting watching her reactions to the poll results coming in right now. I think that there are more than a few parents of her classmates that turned out this time due to interest and pressure from their children.
It is interesting to note that all of the new opposition members be they Liberal or NDP are from either Calgary or Edmonton, with one lone exception, my home, St. Albert.
Every single rural constituency save one voted in a PC, the exception being one lone Alberta Alliance MLA in the far south. A pretty amazing result when you consider all of the ills faced by the agriculture industry here. Bottom line as they apparently see it is, "we don't trust the federal Liberals to help us, so we are sticking with the provincial Tories."
St. Albert, my constituency, due to low voter turnout, allowed a Liberal to sneak in and mark us as the only city in Alberta outside Calgary or Edmonton to elect a Liberal. That is what happens when people assume the Tories will win and don't bother to vote.
So once again, we can call the capital "Redmonton" and urban versus rural folks becomes the problem again.
Carex, St. Albert voted Liberal by a slim margin, but my point was only two metro cities in the province elected Liberals, those being Edmonton and Calgary.
St. Albert, is Alberta's fifth largest city and the only one outside Edmonton or Calgary that went Liberal. As well, all the other bedroom communities around Edmonton went PC and are considered "rural", including Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, Leduc and Fort Saskatchewan who are all on the very edge of Edmonton, just like we are.
St. Albert is also a very affluent and upscale community, not blue collar like Edmonton which is why it is a surprise it went Liberal. I am awaiting the voter turnout results this morning, but my bet is that PCs thought Ralph was a shoe in and didn't bother voting, and the Liberals got their vote out.