ALBERTA VOTES 2008

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March 3, 2008 | 08:00 PM

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Comments: (585)

Karan Van Patter (Tuscany_Calgary_Alberta) wrote:

I voted in the last provincial election and my address had not changed so I was surprised that my name was not on the voting list for Monday, March 23. I stood in line while several people in front of me had to fill out the correct forms and then to my surprise had to complete these same forms. There were a large number of people waiting to vote and the line up was out the door and into the parking lot. Anyone who was hesitant to take the time to cast their ballot would have turned around and gone home without voting after seeing these line ups. This was at the Tuscany Community centre and it was a real mess.

Posted March 9, 2008 07:05 PM

Cynthia (Calgary) wrote:

As a newcomer to Alberta I was looking forward to voting. Since I was going to be out of town on election day, and because no advice of advanced polling stations was provided to me on the elections card (standard practice in other parts of this country) I had the joy of trying to track down the location of the advanced station via the web site. I couldn't believe how convoluted the process was, and I felt like I was living in some backwater where voting is discouraged in order to ensure the ruling party maintains their power. The election results confirmed my assessment.

Posted March 9, 2008 10:21 AM

Debbie (Edmonton) wrote:

I asked my cousin who she voted for and her response was "well we're Diffenbaker people".

Unfortunately, I believe too many people in Alberta are stuck in a similar rut.

Posted March 7, 2008 07:23 PM

sean chief moon (cardston) wrote:

maybe it's times that all party start thinking about the original people in southern alberta. No representation in provinical and federal levels. I asked Mr paul on first nation issue and never got a reponse from him. TreaTy Number was signed in 1877 and this provines was formed in 1905 on Canada National Policy of United States invasion but forget about the founders of the North America and all the blackfoot confederacy tribes in Southern Alberta.

Posted March 7, 2008 04:29 PM

Lin (Edmonton) wrote:

I missed the vote since I went a wrong poll spot to vote. The map I got from mail was not clear enough to where I should go. I went the closest poll place and line-up there for almost a half hour. And finally I was told I got wrong place. It was so frustrated since there was no enough time for me to walk to the right place anymore. I just though P.C., which I was going to vote, gonna win anyway. So I gave up to vote this time.

Posted March 7, 2008 11:08 AM

Rylan Kozak (Fredericton_NB) wrote:

First off, I don't think that it is fair to say that, by not voting, people are showing support for the PC party. Secondly, I do not believe that 41% of potential voters can possibly, accurately represent the voice of the people.
If people do not vote, it should be taken as a vote of non-confidence for any party. Democracy needs participation to function properly... full participation should be of the utmost concern to the election process.

Maybe so few voted because, after 10 years of PC rule, non-PC voters no longer feel engaged in political decisions.

I know i don't have the answers, but we must not simply accept what has taken place without scrutinizing the validity of the election in regards to actual democratic practice.

Posted March 7, 2008 09:05 AM

Hugh McLean (Edmonton) wrote:

One reason voter turnout was so low may be that many Albertans realize that in this province, as across Canada, elections are a SHAM.

The PCs didn't win a landslide - barely half of Alberta voters supported them.

On the basis of actual voter support, the new legislature should show

44 PC seats,
22 seats going to the Liberals,
7 to the NDP,
6 to Wild Rose Alliance and
4 to the Greens.

Instead, if you divide the actual number of votes received by each party by the number of seats they received, you find that it took about

6,700 votes to elect a PC MLA,
27,000 to elect a Liberal
and over 39,000 to elect an NDP.

Over 100,000 Alliance and Green voters have no voice at all.

The media may mention all this as a side issue, and most voters don't even know what the initials PR stand for.

But if CBC wants to ruffle a few feathers the next time they interview the new premier, why don't they ask HIM whether he thinks the biggest threat to Alberta democracy comes from those who DON'T vote - or a system that totally misrepresents the choices of those who DO.

Posted March 6, 2008 09:49 PM

Horst Fergel (Calgary_Alberta) wrote:

In Alberta Hitler would have had a field day. This province is composed of voting lemmings who always have a herd mentality that votes as one herd, and then there are the many who never vote and never say anything. The latter are waiting for the former to develop an absolute dictatorship. Albertans should be taught about democracy in their schools so that they would have democracy in their government.

Posted March 6, 2008 09:19 PM

Rico (Vancouver_Canada) wrote:

I noted the day after the election, that several CBC (national) Newsworld commentators, and those being interviewed, described this as a "landslide" victory. A distorted description that is also commonly used over here, post elections, on the wet coast by the Bourgeois press when political parties win a majority of seats, but actually quite often have less than half of the popular vote. In this most recent election in Alberta it's stretching it by quite a bit to describe, or allow interviewees to describe the election win as a "landslide", when less than half the population voted and the winning party only received 50 percent of the popular vote! And where was the National coverage of Alberta election issues pre-election? C'mon CBC, clean up your act!

Posted March 6, 2008 09:12 PM

Linette (Calgary) wrote:

Most of the non-voters I talked to chose not to vote due to lack of reasonable choice (yes there were five parties in most areas but were the choices really resonable?). They exercised their democratic right to abstain; I exercised my democratic right to merely vote for the lesser of five evils. The others that didn't vote chose not to because they simply didn't care. That's the sad part - and those are the people that must be appealed to.

During the Calgary civic election the advanced polls were open to anyone and from all geographic areas - made it really handy to vote as I was able to vote where and when it was conveneint for me. Maybe a similar system might help make things more convenient for voters in provincial elections - ?

Posted March 6, 2008 01:25 PM

Jim (Warburg) wrote:

THIS IS FOR ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WON'T EXCEPT RESPONSIBILITY (ENJOY)

Once upon a time there were four people named everybody, somebody, nobody and anybody... when there was an important job to do, everybody was sure somebody would do it... anybody could of done it, but nobody did it ... everybody thought that somebody would do it, but realized nobody would it ... SO it ended up that everybody blamed somebody when nobody did what anybody could of done in the first place. : )

Posted March 6, 2008 12:29 PM

Matt (Red_Deer) wrote:

To Dan in Calgary:

I should not have needed to get a newspaper to find out where to vote, as Elections Alberta advertised for weeks prior to the election that polling stations could be found easily on their website or by calling in. Neither turned out to be easy.

I studied up on the candidates and, as a result, I even switched parties and didn't vote conservative, like I typically do.

I prepared in advance to vote, with the exception of checking to see where my polling station was, because I assumed, naturally, that the polling station would be in the same location as the last provincial election; it wasn't. If Elections Alberta plans to advertise that their website and phone system will be convenient for people who are looking for a polling station, then they should actually follow through and make it convenient. When I used the website, it hadn't crashed, it just wasn't created properly and did not function as it was intended to. Furthermore, I did not wait until the last minute to vote, as I voted right in the early afternoon.

I had no significant issues with voting. However, people wonder why there was a low voter turnout: the answer is that people will not do anything unless it is convenient. Being forced to travel an hour and a half out of your way isn't particularly convenient.

Matt

Posted March 6, 2008 11:31 AM

Jorge Crovetto (Edmonton_Alberta) wrote:

In light of the lowest ever voter turnout,
It would be interesting if someone(the CBC maybe?)would take the time and play out a senario where each vote counts proportionally (like they do in Germany.)
The results would be very intersting to say the least and would maybe spark reform in the electoral process Nationwide.

Posted March 6, 2008 10:21 AM

keith chiefmoon (Standoff_Alberta) wrote:

Alberta is applying APARTHEID!

The first nations communities weren't allowed to vote. Alberta has a short memory, it was us the first nations that allowed Alberta to become a province (1905), we allowed the immigrants to prosper from our lands, minerals and all the natural resources.

The first nations people weren't greedy and selfish we shared our resources and what do we get in return.

Keith Chiefmoon

P.S. Perhaps it is time we reclaim our traditional territories.

Posted March 6, 2008 10:08 AM

Dorothy (Alberta) wrote:

after reading what Dan from Calgary had said, I do not need to post much of my comments because he has said it all.
QUIT BEING A COMPLAINER AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
It is a wonderful priviledge to be able to vote and as a Canadian citizen, our right to do so. If you want change, do something about it.

Posted March 6, 2008 08:34 AM

Helen Mcmenamin (Lethbridge) wrote:

An out of town friend called me from the location of her usual voting station (Granum Community Hall) - she's lived on the same farm for over 30 years – which she found locked and empty.
I checked on the Elections ALberta website - which required her legal land description. She was directed to a polling station in Twin Butte, about an hour and a half drive away.
My friend's land location is W of 4th meridian. I'm pretty sure Twin Butte is W of 5th.
I couldn't see any other way to find the right polling station.
In the city, I received my voting card in the mail about a week before voting day.

Sincerely,

Helen McMenamin

Posted March 6, 2008 08:28 AM

Emma (Sylvan) wrote:

Im 15. and i cant wait till i turn 18 to vote. People need to educate themselves in order for proper change to present itself, or at least the opportunities. If all we are doing is going with whats been done, where are we going to end up. Definitly not anything far off from where we are today.

Posted March 6, 2008 08:04 AM

Marie (Thorsby) wrote:

Vote? how can a person vote when you cannot find out where to vote. We live in a small town and checked every place and there wasn't a sign of any polling staion anywhere. It is most destressing to be given an email address to check and cannot access the information because they ask for a postal code and when entered it is not recognized! To me there was no information which was of any use to us - no one coming to the door or any info on polling stations - so all you with your comments on people not voting - get some facts first!!!

Posted March 6, 2008 06:53 AM

Karren Brown (Edmonton) wrote:

To Dan in Calgary
There are actually 12 of us Greens :) If we really got our proportion to represent the 43,000 Green supporters that voted for us (6% of the voters) we would have 4 seats. The first past the post system that we use in Canada is not used in most democracies in the world. (Yes, the world is bigger than North America.) These countries use a form of proportional representation. At one time Alberta did as well. www.fairvotecanada.ca

Posted March 5, 2008 09:11 PM

a.c. (London_UK) wrote:

What a huge disappointment.

All I've got to say about the outcome of this election is it makes me happier than ever that I left Alberta when I did... this has basically futhered my resolve to never, ever return to Alberta as a resident.

To the anyone-but-PC voters: I'm sorry you have to put up with a few more years of PC rubbish.

To the PC voters: enjoy your sinking ship of a province while you can... its growth and environmental destruction is only going to get more mismanaged and out of control, and it'll be your undoing in the end.

love,
a.c.

Posted March 5, 2008 07:31 PM

Colin (Calgary) wrote:

The recent provincial election showed us that the electorate system in Canada is in dire need of change. Voting needs to be more convenient for one thing, as many comments have suggested. Also, why not have voting on Sundays when people are not working or even over the course of an entire weekend. Could we not implement an online system of voting? The issue of sercurity arises but surely if banking is done securely than voting could be as well. If I were a PC supporter I would have a hard time calling this a victory when really only 30% of Albertans voted for PC, any test score of 30% is a terrible failure!

Posted March 5, 2008 04:56 PM

James (Edmonton) wrote:

I didn't vote, and many of my friends and work colleagues didn't vote either. It was because of lack of time or because voting wasn't convenient. It was simply because none of us saw anyone worth voting for.

None of us are fans of the Stelmach PCs, but what taft and Mason were offering was way worse.

If someone presents me with something credible that looks better than the Tories, then I'll vote for it. Until then, I'll stay home. I think there were lots of people like me and my friends.

Posted March 5, 2008 03:36 PM

Dan in Calgary (Calgary_Alberta_Canada) wrote:

I simply cannot fathom the number of lazy and piteous whiners and snivelers posting on this site, complaining over how hard it is to vote in Alberta or over the outcome of the election!

You all need to do time in a country like Pakistan, or Russia (and there are worse places than these!) to get an inkling of real challenges to one's right to vote.

So a website crashes - big deal! get off your left-wing duff and get a newspaper. Besides, people who want to vote usually don't wait to the last minute to figure out where the polling station is or who the candidates are.

"Negative attitude" on the part of bureaucrats?? Try voter intimidation in the places I cited. Again, the elections officers were being bombarded with tons of calls from idiots like you, waiting to the last minute - the campaign was on for weeks for you to find things out.

And choice? Last time I looked, there were five parties, each with candidates in most ridings. And they all had plenty of different and diverse things to say. All you all had to do was listen and read.

The lopsided result? Well, just look at the 60% who is posting to this website, all staying home and then having the gall to snivel about one party getting so much of the vote - you didn't make your vote count, that's why!

If you cannot be bothered to overcome these minor hurdles to get out and vote, no one should be bothered to hear you complain about government.

Make differences, not excuses.

Dan in Calgary

Posted March 5, 2008 02:09 PM

AB Rose (AB) wrote:

Totally agree with Matt. From what I have been hearing, polling stations were complete disasters. Do you think anybody in government will listen?

Posted March 5, 2008 01:13 PM

Matt (Red_Deer) wrote:

If they want a higher voter turnout, they need to make voting more convenient. In Red Deer, during the federal election, there were polling stations in nearly every community in the city. It was easy to stop in and vote on your way to or from work, when you just had to walk across the street to vote.

In this Alberta election, there was one polling station for all of North Red Deer and one polling station for all of South Red Deer (from what I understand). The polling stations were not located in convenient locations and the one I had to vote at was quite difficult to find. It was advertised that you could go to the Elections Alberta website to find the location; however, the site was unable to recognize every address in my neighborhood. I finally called the Elections Alberta office to find out where to vote and was on hold for 20 minutes, before woman impolitely took my call and finally gave me the location of the polling station, along with plenty of negative attitude.

I can understand why only 30% of North Red Deer voted. It was tough to find the polling station, tough to find an address on the website, and just as tough to get ahold of someone on the phone who could help.

I agree that without at least a 50% voter turnout, the election should not be valid. It is rediculous that Stelmach is proud of his "huge majority" when the majority of voters did not bother to vote.

Make things easier and people will vote.

If it is, somehow, possible in future years to securely have voting conducted online, I would expect we'd see a massive increase in voter turnout.

Matt
Red Deer

Posted March 5, 2008 12:49 PM

John Griffiths (Hinton) wrote:

I organized a "Student Vote 2008" election simulation in Harry Collinge High School where I teach math and science. Here are the results: The green party won by a landslide (207 votes), Liberals 79, ND 63, Conservative 54, Wildrose Alliance 11 and Social Credit 9, 13 rejected ballots and three spoiled.My Polling Clerks went to each classroom and got out the vote, so we had 78.5% participation.

Posted March 5, 2008 12:46 PM

Dave (Edmonton) wrote:

The only thing I can say is... the only way a new government will be elected in Alberta is if the PCs mess things up ROYALLY. I mean, they'd have to be George Bush bad for the small towns to vote them out. They'd have to declare war on Saskatchewan for people to shake their heads a bit and vote a different way.

The fortunate thing is I think Eddie is just the man to do it (Ok, maybe not that war thing, that's a little far fetched).

Posted March 5, 2008 11:53 AM

Joe Byciuk (Blackfalds_Alta) wrote:

NOT MUCH CHOICE

An elderly couple explained the low voter turnout as follows:

They did not like any of the 3 major political party's policies.

They knew almost nothing about the
Wildrose Alliance Party.

Result, they voted for the Conservative candidate because they thought he was the
"BEST OF THE WORST"
They almost did not go to vote at all and I think many did not vote for the same reasons.

Being 79 and 77 years old they still wonder why they are paying school taxes in the richest province in Canada showing billions in annual surpluses.
This couple are born and raised Albertans and he calls himself a "Redneck" and is asking:

"WHERE IS THE BEEF" AND THE ALBERTA ADVANTAGE?

Posted March 5, 2008 10:07 AM

asraa (calgary_Alberta) wrote:

I do not think Ed stelmach should of won NO plan

Posted March 5, 2008 08:38 AM

Dale (Edmonton) wrote:

To all those that somehow beleive the prosperity in this province is somehow related to the PC party, you need to give your head a shake. The reason for the prosperity has absolutely nothing to do with the PC's. Take a hard look at reality. We Albertans have the huge fortune of being blessed so many years ago with a mound of decaying organic material that ended up turning into various petroleum products. Was that because of the PC's? Don't forget to look at the drawing of the Alberta and Saskatchewan borders in 1905. Was that because of the Alberta PC's? What about the huge rise in the price of oil internationally? Was that because of the Alberta PC's? A drunk baboon running this province would have would still reap the benefits of all of these planets aligning. The PC's? Sure. It was ALLLLLLLL because of them. You want ignorance, believe that.

Posted March 5, 2008 08:07 AM

chrysanthemum D (Alberta) wrote:

As a long time Albertan though not by age, but by homesteader family line, I just do not get it. My parents and ancestors came here for a better life than dominance and oppression they met up with in old dear Ireland. They wanted an opportunity to make their life fairly and voice heard as much as the voices of the British ruling LORDS and such were heard. They would be shaking in their graves now to hear how the people of the land they first furrowed follow like sheep to a distant drummer only to be POPULAR.


This past election results seem so much to me like the stupid barbie and ken dolls in high school voting for what they think will make them popular rather than looking at the issues and political platforms to make an informed decision.

Ralph referrred to ordinary Albertans in his day as Martha and Henry-in this election I think the term would be Barbie and Ken (mattel incorporated).

So lets forget about rugged individualism and call Alberta voters-the BARBIE AND KEN of the PC party and oil companies and call it good

Following the sheep to the PC party is not going to help our province become democratic

Posted March 5, 2008 12:38 AM

Brian (Edmonton) wrote:

I think it's fitting to use a movie quote in light of this election result:

"So this how democracy dies.... with thunderous applause."

Posted March 5, 2008 12:34 AM

Dan (Malahat) wrote:

This is why my father and I moved to British Columbia. Alberta's voters are too resistant to change and creatures of habit. Nuff said!

Posted March 4, 2008 11:40 PM

Scott Fenwick (Edmonton) wrote:

To Dan in Calgary:

I doubt Stephane Dion dictates to Kevin Taft what to campaign on.

This notion is just as outragous as thinking that Brian Mulroney dictated to Don Getty, or that Preston Manning, Joe Clark, or Stockwell Day dictated to Ralph Klein. As well, it is commonly cited that the Manitoba NDP win their elections because they moved their party to the political center. I doubt Jack Layton is a centerist or approved of that.

Provincial parties are almost always different in operation from their federal counterparts.

Posted March 4, 2008 09:49 PM

Wes King (Edmonton_AB) wrote:

REVOTE REQUIRED!

If only one person voted in the whole province, does that mean his party would win automatically? I believe 50% of the voting public should have to cast a ballot in order for any party to win. How can it be a democracy if less than half the population use their voice?

This shows a problem with our voting system. One person's vote should mean something, but outside his voting area it means nothing. If 10 people vote Party 1 and 9 people vote Party 2 in a riding we say that Party 1 wins - yet almost half of those people stood behind a Party 2 government. Is that really a win? Wouldn’t it make a difference if all the votes were added up province wide (or nation wide in a federal election), with seats being appointed by the percentage of total votes for each party?

Nobody likes politics because you can't vote for who you like - you only vote for one party because you don't like the other party more. Our party choices are so limited because who wants to waste a vote on a small party with a big idea, because they'll never win - but if a single vote did actually count - that little party's influence in parliament could actually make a difference!

Posted March 4, 2008 09:18 PM

Kelsey (St_Albert) wrote:

To those Albertan who continue to say that the majority of Albertans support the PC's lets check the numbers from this election:

1. Only 41% of eligible Albertans voted. That means 59% didn't. Which means that the majority of eligible Albertans didn't vote.

2. Of that 41% who voted, 52% voted PC. 41 x 0.52 = 21.32% which means that of 100% of eligble voters only 1/5 support the PC's. The last time I checked you needed 50% + 1 in order to claim a majority.

Since when have we considered the above scenario a democracy??

Posted March 4, 2008 09:03 PM

Doug (Edmonton) wrote:

First of all, if you didn't vote, SHUT UP!

Also, I'm tired of being told by everyone that people voted without putting a lot of thought into it. Those comments are not only an insult to the candidates but they are also an insult to those of us who took the time to make an informed choice. I seriously considered voting Liberal but, after listening to Kevin Taft for the whole of the leaders' debate, I just couldn't do it. Why couldn't he answer the questions? Why did he have to tell us what a wonderful place Alberta is when asked about his ability to lead? At the end, why didn't he sum up his position, like the rest of the leaders did? Why, instead, did he have to just make a smug remark about greating him on the street if one were to him. What a fool he made of himself. All three other leaders were impressive that night - Kevin Taft lost my vote.

Posted March 4, 2008 07:28 PM

Karen (Westlock) wrote:

It concerns me that Steady Eddie is saying that he won such a large majority because "Albertans" are content with the way things are. Not so Eddie - you promised change and the sheeple believed you.

Clearly, the 41% that turned out were largely the conservatives who didn't turn out last election. They got scared so they got off their redneck arses and voted.

Another reason for the sweep is that the conservatives are the devil that we know. Taft thinks he ran a good campaign, but the truth is neither the liberals nor the NDP put forth anything that the liberal MAJORITY of Albertans could believe in.

Get real Ed. This is not a measure of your popularity at all. Of the 3 candidates, you are just simply the least incapable.

Posted March 4, 2008 07:18 PM

Linda (Edmonton) wrote:

The election results remind me of a movie I've watched many times - "Forest Gump". I remember Forest's mother saying to him in regards to choices - "Stupid is what stupid does". The PC's know we have plenty of stupid in Alberta. What a "shoe-in"!

Posted March 4, 2008 07:15 PM

Ron (Calgary) wrote:

Can anyone of the so called political pundits answer why Calgary and Edmonton have only 48% of the ridings in Alberta despite being home to 66% of the polulation??? Tory Corruption goes far beyond buying votes.....it denies citizens their fundamental right just because they live in Edmonton and Calgary. We all know why they broke up the federal riding of Calgary-centre before Liberals were almost poised to win it.

Posted March 4, 2008 07:11 PM

Curtis (lethbridge) wrote:

I am still stunned... so I guess we should just get back to the grind, stop questioning politics for the next four years, watch the further deterioration of our province, and wait for the OTHER half to wake up (hopefully democracy still exists then and resource wealth is not too concentrated)..

if anyone at all is paying attention:
watch "refugees of the blue planet"
--> did you know Alberta has the highest rates of MS in the WORLD?

Posted March 4, 2008 06:36 PM

Connor (lethy) wrote:

to the eprson who said stuff abotu failed pension plans. Its all you oldies that are causing the failed pernsion plans. and its also boosting eveyr other price too. i mean,who cares about pension if you cant even pay for schooling

Posted March 4, 2008 05:19 PM

MOTHER EARTH (planet_earth) wrote:

I weep...

Posted March 4, 2008 04:59 PM

Rick (Edmonton) wrote:

Welcome to Putin's Alberta!

Posted March 4, 2008 04:34 PM

Debra L. Jones (Looserville_Alberta) wrote:

Tell you what. The day the Alberta Government changes Parties, I'll quit smoking! I'd rather die that way then get to senior-hood and tossed away like garbage, due to a failed pension plan!

Posted March 4, 2008 04:05 PM

D.L.J. I'm moving East! (Calgary) wrote:

You know the American statement is true. The way Alberta is, valuing only money and power. If it's always going to be the same, why not just sell out Alberta to the States? We already have poor health care, and sky high insurance that covers nothing. Like them the only ones worthy to live are the rich, and if you can't afford to pay for everything you get shoved out onto the street. Alberta is hardly Canadian. Since when have Canadians chosen such a dictatorship G\government? Oh wait, most of the votes don't count unless they're bought and paid for!

Posted March 4, 2008 03:54 PM

Dan in Calgary (Calgary_Alberta_Canada) wrote:

A few comments:

Ed's win was less a victory on his part and more a decision by Liberal supporters who, secure in the belief that Ed won't lurch things too far to the right, preferred to stays home instead of voting for the Nutty Professor.

If a truly inspirational leader were to arise, would the 60% of voters who did not turn out make a huge difference then? Too bad they did not want to, this time.

Liberal true-believers think that we normal voting Albertans won't vote Liberal because we think that the Nutty Professor takes marching orders from the federal leader, Mr. Dion. Actually, not only are both irrelevant to each other, both are irrelevant to us.

Time to adjourn to the University library, Kevin Taft!

To Brian Mason: you've gotten pretty rotund from your years of high salaried membership in the Legislature, while not doing much of anything to grow the party. You didn't get anywhere near that fat while sitting and driving a bus - time for you to re-fit your transit jacket, install the heavy-duty drivers' seat on that Flyer, and drive the #9 to nowhere!

To Albertans who support the Green Party: would all eleven of you please pipe down and take a Valium; you're getting more "proportion" than you deserve!

Posted March 4, 2008 03:36 PM

BJ McCrae (Blue_Calgary) wrote:

I am so sick of people electing governments that preach about change in a province that claims to be "conservative". Since when was a fitting campaign slogan for the PCs: "Change that works for Albertans"?!? This does not work for me, nor should it be tolerated by constituents. The slogan should have been: "Hypocrisy that works for ignorant Albertans". My fellow voters have disappointed me considerably. We need actual CHANGE, not supposed "change". Why can't the other parties find a platform that works? I want a government that will act on promises, not just make them.

How can we label 40 years of Conservative power the result of "democracy" rather than a firmly entrenched aristocracy? How has a government that has only benefitted the upper class been able to retain such a stranglehold on Alberta politics? The main quality of Albertans that has kept this irresponsible government in power is ignorance - of the dangers of keeping a tired horse going, of allowing the interests of the few to overshadow those of the many, of overlooking a lengthy period of unclear planning in favour of accepting last-ditch campaign promises, and of accepting that the "everything seems okay" mentality will carry us through the rough patches.

As Stelmach and his cronies sit up in Edmonton in their easy-chairs, average Albertans can be comfortable knowing that the same pattern we have tolerated of lacklustre leadership will be around for another interminable length of time.

Open your eyes, Alberta, and see the Conservatives for what they truly are: industry-hungry power-mongers and underachievers content with escaping criticism by doing the bare minimum. If they were students in a high school, they would most certainly be given the label of "slackers". Oh, well - if those are the people many of us want in power, I guess the rest of us just have to grin and bear the pain as our best interests are continually ignored by an unsympathetic government.

Posted March 4, 2008 03:28 PM

Scott Fenwick (Edmonton) wrote:

Brian, I'm not so sure that Monday's result was because "most Albertans enjoy living in a province with no sales tax, booming economy and a more conservative attitude."

If that was the case, the Wildrose Alliance party would actually get MLAs.

And as an aside, I don't think the political left has a desire to kill the economy or reinstate a sales tax.

Posted March 4, 2008 03:27 PM

Gary Woj (Calgary) wrote:

The Alberta election was boring and there was a real danger that Conservatives would stay home and not even bother to vote.

The Liberals blanketed Calagry with posters and that woke us up, we saw RED! And that is what got out the conservative vote!

Imagine how embarassing it would be to have Liberals in charge of Alberta! It would be humiliating, shameful, a black eye to the province!

So the Conservatives won, because the Liberals exisit. If it wasn't for Liberals then there would be a opportunity for a opposition party like the Wild Rose Alliance to win some seats.

Posted March 4, 2008 03:25 PM

Anne (Edmonton) wrote:

It's the battered wife syndrome: "He's sorry, and he's promised to change. And look at all the nice stuff he said he's going to buy." So back we go.

Posted March 4, 2008 03:20 PM

Marc McLean (Edmonton) wrote:

Well, I figure that the people in this province are happy with the way it is going.
Because most Albertans didn't vote they must feel that this gov't should continue with the way it is going.

Posted March 4, 2008 02:49 PM

Bill (Grande_Prairie) wrote:

After reading the comments here I have two things to add:

1. Please, let's clarify that the people who voted in the huge PC majority are more than simply "Albertans". For example: "Albertans are more conservative" or "Albertans are sheep." ...they are "VOTING Albertans" (for better or worse. It's obvious, based on the 41% turn out that the majority of Albertans haven't actually indicated a preference.

2. On the low turnout...does anyone else think that part of the reason the turn out was so low is because so many people are new to the province since the last election? I don't think these people have had a chance to really make Alberta home. When you don't feel somewhere is home then you likely won't choose to get involved in "local affairs". Until some of the "new people" choose to take ownership of their province I suspect they will stay at home during elections and turn out will remain low.

Posted March 4, 2008 02:40 PM

Brian (Calgary) wrote:

Dear the left wing...maybe, just maybe...most Albertans enjoy living in a province with no sales tax, booming economy and a more conservative attitude. That is the reason the PC's have been elected again.

Posted March 4, 2008 02:28 PM

J.P. Michaels (Fort_McMurray) wrote:

Allright, there is the change, kicking out some Liberal, NDP and WAP MLA's and replacing them PC MLA's. What an election, never mind the lowest turn out for a long time. I guess all the speeches and commercials from "steady Eddy" did the rest. The last 37 years weren't so bad after all, or didn't the other Parties do a good job on catching the votes of Albertans? But now the most important question, what is the change gonna be???

Changing the Liberal Leader on one side? Changing some PC MLA's from one job to another?

Changing the pace from slow motion infrastructure improvements to reverse gear?

I hope that Mr. Stelmach enjoyed the ride in his Bus to Fort McMurray about two and half weeks ago, and we see some change on Highway 63 coming our way pretty soon.

Posted March 4, 2008 02:12 PM

Fred (Edmonton) wrote:

The one good thing about Ed Stelmach's big win is that those of us in Northern Alberta who don't vote for the Tories can rest easy knowing that Jim Dinning (read the gang in waiting from Calgary, God forbid) won't be running the show anytime soon. Hey, I am just trying to look on the bright side of things here. It could be worse. At least Ed can be counted as "one of us", I hope.

Posted March 4, 2008 02:11 PM

Petra (Edmonton_Riverview) wrote:

Could the low voter turnout be related to our electoral system? With the current approach a high percentage of voters have no voice and are never represented.

Germany, for example, has a system of proportional representation. Under this system any party that gets at least 5% of the vote, gets 5% of the seats. With this approach we would even have a Green Party representative and overall a lot more opposition members than the current undemocratic system has given us.

It is time for a real change in Alberta and we have to start with the electoral system!

Posted March 4, 2008 02:03 PM

Rob (St_Albert) wrote:

There is a biblical concept at play with regards to the low voter turnout in Alberta, and that is simply where the people are fat and happy there is complacency. And that is what we have in Alberta right now.

Everyone who can work is working or should be, and there is lots of money flowing, so the people are not concerned with political things. That, I think, is the real reason that voter turnout is so low.

I'm amazed that all the academics and political persons who have been interviewed today see so much more into this issue.

Posted March 4, 2008 01:55 PM

Sarah (Grimshaw) wrote:

To the person who suggested boycotting the vote, a boycott will accomplish absolutely nothing. People have already been boycotting for years, to the point where 60% aren't voting. Who really thinks the PCs are going to look at that turnout and say, "Hey, we should have more proportional representation?" I don't think so.

I've been voting NDP, checking the riding results online, and noticing a steady increase in NDP voters in my riding. Sure, they're still way behind, but if the trend continues, you never know. A slim chance of a non-PC win is better than a zero chance, which is why it's important to vote. If the NDP or Liberals were elected, I believe whatever shortcomings they would have would be overcome with experience. They'll never get that experience unless people start voting for them.

There's no good excuse for not voting. No alternative? The alternatives are right there - look them up. Politicians can't be counted on to keep their promises? That's politics, get used to it and pick the ones who keep the most promises. Too busy to get to the polls? Ask early for a special ballot and vote by mail. It's hard for me to believe so many people live in Alberta and show they don't care about it by not voting.

Posted March 4, 2008 01:09 PM

Robyn (Edmonton_Centre) wrote:

I realize that it must be very difficult to create a system of democracy that accounts accurately and evenly for each person in the province, but when 53% of the vote wins 87% of the total seats, something is very wrong.

Last night left many of us with very disappointing results. But let us continue to remain knowledgable in what our government is doing, support our prefferred party, and voice our opinions so that next election, when change is called for, change is successfully invoked.

And make sure that every single person you know votes next time.

Posted March 4, 2008 12:16 PM

Lisa (Strathcona) wrote:

1. Albertans are sheep (with apologies to sheep, because who wants to be compared to an Albertan?). The more rural or Calgarian they are, the more like sheep they are. BAAAAAHHHH. No one with more than two brain cells to rub together votes in the same tired old hacks for four decades.

2.Therefore, the people of the province got the government they deserved.

In the end, I can only hope that this stinking province will be forced to change by pressures put upon it by the outside world (which is already happening, you PC ostriches!) because we are completely incapable of making changes on our own.

Posted March 4, 2008 12:04 PM

P.Sykes (Hythe_Alta__T0H_2C0) wrote:

Provide healthy living standards while remaining fiscally responsible,debt free.Municipalities to also maintain these standards.

Posted March 4, 2008 12:01 PM

Voter (Edmonton_Alberta) wrote:

Of the 254,635 people that voted in Edmonton
yesterday, 113,644(45%) of the them voted for PC.
The remaining majority of 140,991 (55%) of the people in Edmonton voted against PC.
Interesting isn't it? Maybe Alberta should
become a 2 party province.

Posted March 4, 2008 11:56 AM

Scott (Edmonton) wrote:

Robbie: As you said, this is a democracy. People are allowed to complain if they feel like it.

Also, I don't think that it takes much imagination to think that the people complaining on this board voted. Obviously, if you care enough to complain, you probably cared enough to vote.

I should also add that people less involved in politics are biased toward the PCs because of the good times most people have in this province. The status quo always wins out when there's an economic boom. It's quite a stretch to think that people who complain about the state of politics in Alberta are apapthetic.

Lastly, I'm sure that many of the people that didn't vote Monday don't really care about the result. If they cared about the result, they would have voted.

Posted March 4, 2008 11:34 AM

AN (Cardston) wrote:

The people spoke, loudly. Stop thinking that you know better than the voters. If you are truly unhappy - move.

Posted March 4, 2008 11:05 AM

Debbie (Edmonton) wrote:

To everyone that voted, thank you, no matter how you voted. At least you care about democracy enough to get out and participate.

To the 60% that didn't bother, shame on you! Given that 60% of Albertans wanted change we can guarantee that many of you never bothered. I know you'll have all kinds of excuses: no one came to your door, there was a lack of vision, the Liberals are just like the federal Liberals, the NDP have no chance and on and on it goes.

As a citizen of a democratic society it is your responsibility to be educated about the choices and to make an informed decision. The CBC and Edmonton Journal did a great job of providing election coverage. Anyone with the internet could go to the party websites and find out about there policies. There is absolutely no excuse for not voting.

So to those 60% that didn't show-up at the polls and helped deliver another PC majority -just shut-up you have no right to complain and have gotten the government you deserve.

For the rest of us, let's start today in working on those 60%. Some how we have to get those people out.

P.S. I'm a baby boomer that has only voted once for the PCs and that was during the Lougheed days. Peter looks left wing these days.

Posted March 4, 2008 10:43 AM

Robbie (London_On) wrote:

Couple of things today:

1. Liberals: quiet up. More of you didn't vote more than anyone else. If you wanted change, too bad. That's what you get for being lazy and apathetic. Stop blaming others for your problems.
2. This is a democracy. You can't not call it a democracy because people don't vote. At least we have that chance. If you don't like it, go find some social programs out East to make you feel better. It's not my fault or problem other people couldn't be bothered.


Posted March 4, 2008 10:33 AM

Andrew Clarke (Parkland_County_rural) wrote:

I big surprise on the margin of victory and the incredibly low voter turnout. If the Tories think that this is anything close to a "mandate" to govern, they should think again. The vast majority of Albertans chose not to vote. Therefore their so-called mandate is an incredibly low percentage of Albertans.
For someone who has voted since he was 18, I think that now I have voted in my last Provincial election. Really, what's the point? No one cares; at least the majority of Albertans don't. And again really, the Tories are going to win anyways, so why bother?
I would have liked to see the opposition increase to keep the ruling party to account, but now not even that's going to happen. The NDP have lost their official party status, and the Liberals have shown that they're effectively a "no-choice" for Albertans.
By the way, I voted Tory. But I'm not happy with this ridiculous majority. Albertans deserve more in these times of incredible hardship (read: boom times).

Posted March 4, 2008 10:30 AM

blah (blah) wrote:

blahh

Posted March 4, 2008 10:16 AM

Lunden (Deathbridge) wrote:

This is a lame turn out.
Yay money, boo government and pollution.

Posted March 4, 2008 10:11 AM

Daniel Yu (Calgary) wrote:

I hope I get some Stelmach dollars =)

Posted March 4, 2008 10:10 AM

Trenton (Lethbridge) wrote:

I wish that more liberals had been elected SOLELY for the fact that Stelmach has been riding on the political empire built by Klein, and hasn't had the pressure of a Liberal scare from Albertan's to clearly define himself as a leader. If he had this pressure, then maybe he would clean up the parties act, and get something constructive done.

Posted March 4, 2008 10:01 AM

BJ (Saskatoon) wrote:

Information from Statistics Canada
In 1991 the Conservatives introduced the
Farm Income Protection Act which states:
“ the program should encourage the long-term social and economic sustainability
of farm families and communities; “.
The reduced decline under the Conservatives:
In Canada for the period 1991 to 1996
> decline in the number of farms-3,495
> decline in the farm population-14,490
> decline in the rural population-5,808

Canada under the Liberals from 1996 to 2001
>decline in the number of farms- 29,625
> decline in the farm population-124,275
> decline in the rural population-282,758
Total decline in farms 1986 to 2006-63,716
Why the Liberals have declined in the West. The Liberals want to increase the GST again which they used to pay down the Liberal created deficits (metric, french/english, obsulete tanks, cancelled the needed helicopters and lost the deposit, etc.).

Posted March 4, 2008 09:57 AM

P. Grotzki (Edmonton_Alberta) wrote:

March 4, 2008

Dear Sir:

I am disgusted with the way information on voting locations for yesterday’s election was handled. It is hard to understand how people who are being paid good money and who are supposedly qualified for their jobs could have made such a complete bollix of yesterday’s election.

What is the matter with Elections Alberta that they can’t even make a website operate properly? And where were the back-ups for this system? Why didn’t the Edmonton Journal publish any maps or information on polling times and locations on Sunday or Monday? Why didn’t our household receive notification showing our polling station and the times?

Those of us who wanted to vote managed to fight through the mess to get our information. But for others who may have had limited access to telephones or internet or who were already lukewarm about voting, the lack of information may well have kept them away from the polls.

Personally, I would question the validity of the election results, given Elections Alberta’s inability to get proper information to the public.

Yours truly,

P. Grotzki

Posted March 4, 2008 09:56 AM

Jordan Dyck (Lethbridge) wrote:

I'm to young to vote

Posted March 4, 2008 09:56 AM

Leon (Calgary) wrote:

I get so tired of the complaints that the PCs have made no attempts to fix the infrastructure deficit.

They increased funding to education by 14%, and the teachers went on stike, took EVERY penny, and now complain that there was no money money to fix the schools.

There were 700 beds added to the Foothills BEFORE the General was destroyed. We had a NET GAIN in beds.

There is a new hospital being built in south Calgary, and expansions on the other 3 hospitals.

The cost ofeducation as a percentage of expected income after recieving it, has not changed in 50 years.

Rents were far below inflation adjusted prices for years. They are now about 10% above inflation (averaged over 20 years). Where was all the concern for rentORS when they could not charge enough to cover the mortgage?

Posted March 4, 2008 09:53 AM

Andrea (Edmonton) wrote:

John L of Calgary hit the nail on the head. In the same way PC voters hopefully one day feel the effects of environment, health and educational blunders made by the party they put in power. We're all going to feel it no matter how much comfort we think we have right now.

Posted March 4, 2008 09:46 AM

Drew (Edmonton) wrote:

I've never understood the Canadian philosophy of "We cherish diversity... so long as we're all socialists." So what if Alberta is more conservative in nature? If you're THAT frustrated by the results of a democratic election, there are nine other provinces and three territories that you can live in if your existence here is too distressing. Hell, move to Cuba. The weather's great, and there are a lot of really cool, vintage cars. That's not an attempt to be rude and show anyone the door, it's just a suggestion, as I don't think you'll be any less frustrated in the near future. Personally, I'd encourage you to stay, because, despite any disappointment you may feel today, life here is still pretty good, and there is plenty of freedom and opportunity to make it even better. However you may, personally, define "better". I understand why people are bitter, but that's democracy. It's the worst system in existence--except for everything else.

What IS rude is this insulting myth that Albertans are somehow "less compassionate" human beings because of their party preference. Albertans are community minded, charitable, concerned citizens, and anyone sanctimonious enough to claim all of humanity's "compassion" for the Liberals and New Democrats really needs to step back and examine their own life.

Here's a thought: instead of waiting in front of your computer for the "evil" conservatives to be thrown out of office, why don't you try and effect change on an individual basis, as a private citizen? If you want to change the world, try doing it through your daily actions, one situation, one human being, at a time. The abdication of all responsibility to politicians to sculpt your utopian society will ensure nothing but a long wait... and severe disappointment.

Posted March 4, 2008 09:32 AM

Werner Patels (Calgary_AB) wrote:

It boggles the mind how Albertans can ask for change but then elect more of the same old.

I didn't vote Tory because that brand simply doesn't cut it anymore, not in view of the problems that require solutions in the province today and tomorrow.

I am not surprised that the Liberals lost, though. As NDP leader Brian Mason said, the Alberta Liberals are Tories too by a different name.

The best leader to become premier would have been Brian Mason. He is the only one with well thought-out plans for Alberta's future, whereas the other leaders were just coasting.

It's a shame that Albertans made such a colossal mistake yesterday.

Posted March 4, 2008 09:20 AM

Leon (Calgary) wrote:

We had parties to choose from:

1 was disorganised.
1 wanted to take more money from the oil patch (read: shut a bunch of companies down)
1 wanted to take More money from the oil patch
1 wanted to shut down business
1 wanted to shut down the oilpatch

Seems we chose the lesser of 4 evils, because there was no ther alternative. This was DESPITE a lot of TORY support staying home, as they could not support ANY of the choices.

It will be harder for the Libs, NDP next time:

All the hospital expansions will be completed.
The increased training capacity for doctors and nurses will be in place.
Most of the LRT expansion will be done.
Action WILL have been take to start reducing CO2.

Most of their thunder will be gone.

Posted March 4, 2008 09:18 AM

Ray (Sherwood_Park) wrote:

The Conservative Party landslide was well deserved. Opposition parties must realize they will be assimilated for their resistance is futile. The Alberta way is the conservative way.

Posted March 4, 2008 09:12 AM

John (Ponoka) wrote:

41% turnout?

This is what democracy looks like when it is broken. 37 years of one party rule? Those of you who bemoaned Chretien being in power for three terms could teach him something about a "dictatorship". It's bloody depressing! The Conservatives have repeatedly kicked Albertans in the wallet and nether regions for over ten years, created a huge environemental mess up north, sent insurance and energy prices through the roof etc etc and YOU vote them in again??? a majority????

BAhhhhh Bahhhh ....

Posted March 4, 2008 09:11 AM

Ian (Edmonton) wrote:

My 2 cents about last night's result. I am a long term Conservative supporter (i.e. voter - not politically active); like many Albertans I am naturally inclined to vote for prudence.

However, I cast a protest vote in 2004 because I was absolutely DISGUSTED with Ralph Klein's arrogance, lack of vision, unearned sense of entitlement, and the way he portrayed Alberta to the rest of the country.

I would suggest that last night's result conveys Albertans' sense of relief that we have a leader in place now who is a 100% polar opposite to Klein.

Having said this, I think the PC party really needs to pull up their socks and do some proper / prudent management of the province's resources and develop some new long term vision.

Among other things, there is a huge infrastructure deficit; I am disappointed (for example) that we will be building out the remaining portions of Anthony Henday Drive at probably about 2-3x the cost of what it would have been if they had taken a proactive approach and done it in advance of the need. (They're doing it at a time when there are all these other infrastructure projects going on; consequently there is huge construction inflation.) That's not good financial management.

I would suggest that this government has one term to turn things around else they will face a serious problem at the polls next time. I for one will probably not give them another free ride.

Posted March 4, 2008 08:53 AM

Joe Byciuk (Blackfalds_Alta) wrote:

UNDECIDED VOTERS STAYED HOME

With a vote turnout of only 41%,therefore 59% of the eligible voters stayed home.

My own guess would be there are still many undecided voters so they decided not cast their ballots.

Some people I talked too, said there was not a good choice of candidates, so why try to fix something and make things worse by electing different political party.

Over the next 3 to 4 years will tell the story as to which party the voters will endorse in the next election.

Posted March 4, 2008 08:36 AM

Dale (Edmonton) wrote:

Two words: Alberta sheep.

Posted March 4, 2008 08:23 AM

Jason (Fairview) wrote:

When I was listening to CBC Radio on 102.5 here in Fairview since the election was called I really thought the NDP would be the new government, man on the street interviews, sound bites, the doom and gloom about the end of the boom all signalled an end to the Conservatives.

Did the NDP miss election day because this is a Leap Year?

Posted March 4, 2008 08:21 AM

Hans (Calgary_Shaw) wrote:

Albertans are Irresponsible !
Firstly Such a Poor turn out is mind blowing and just pure irresponsible, so for those who did not exercise their right to vote, please don't go about complaining about anything because by abstaining from casting your vote
you also give away your voice in the decision making process.
And for all those who did cast a vote, perhaps we need to look at changing our form of government from a democracy to a monarchy.
Any goverment works much better by
even electing a majority government
but are we being irresponsible by not having a reasonable level of balance in what is supposed to be
a representational democracy ?
Are we so comfortable to fool ourselves in thinking that the the goods times will roll indefinitly ??

Posted March 4, 2008 08:19 AM

John D. Lund (Edmonton) wrote:

A 41% turn out at the polls is simply sad. I want to say to all those who didn't vote you get what you deserve but if the choices are that unimpressive or after 40 years of PC rule the result is a given maybe it is time for proportional representation.

The PC received 88% of the seats with 53% of the popular vote. The math does not add up. With proportional representiation not only would the Green Party be represented the Wild Rose Alliance Party would be represented.

With proportional representation not only would it be more likely for the voter to have a say at the table through their representative, the elections themselves would be livelier.

Posted March 4, 2008 08:14 AM

Clara (calgary) wrote:

As people on here are complaining about all of us PC supporters being sheep, can anyone point out on firm policy any of the other parties offered up as a viable alternative? The Liberals were all over the map, and started off the campain by saying they would put a firm cap on oil. Not a good way to start out in a province that is supported by oil. How did they expect to pay for all the social programs they were maybe promising with lower royalties coming in. As for all of the talk of health care needed to be fixed and all the money alberta has, so why are we not fixing it? Alberta already spends the most per capita on health care, and it is getting worse. I was looking for a party to come out with a different plan than just spending more and more money. You are calling Albertas sheep for continuing to support the PC party, but aren't you sheep for continuing to believe that the only answer to the health care problem is more money. If anything Alberta should be a sign for the whole country that this is not a workable solution.
I am worried about the lack of oppostion that our province has, but also believe that it may be worse to have an oppostion party that doesn't seem to know where it stands on anything, and ran a campain based on Albertans wanted change, and then fail to tell us how they will change it. So I don't put the PC victory in the hands of voters, I put it in the hands of the Liberal party, because while watching election coverage Taft had multipy opportunities to hit the PC party hard, and failed to materialize on any of them.

Posted March 4, 2008 08:02 AM

Dr Mark Furze (Edmonton) wrote:

Once again the Albertan electorate has demonstrated its mole-eyed moronic short sightedness and chosen to bury its collective head in the oil sands. It seems that as long as we’re fed an insipid diet of hockey, reality TV and pockets full of petrodollars, the old Roman axiom of bread and games holds true. But to call this farce a landslide when only 41% of the populous bothers to drag themselves off their sofas is to misrepresent what is in reality a great failure for democracy in this province.
The world is a rapidly changing place with global issues facing us the likes of which have never before been face by humanity. But, by re-electing the oxymoronic Progressive Conservatives, we have negligently voted for the morally corrupt petrocapitalist business-as-usual model of environmental rape and social disregard. We could have been world leaders, at the forefront of adaptive solutions to the new millennium. Instead we are doomed, by our own self-centred arrogance and ignorance, to be fossils like the fuels we produce.

Posted March 4, 2008 08:01 AM

Negima (Alberta) wrote:

All of you PC cheerleaders - you may think the PC government won the majority. It is not. I see now that only little over 41% voted their ballots. That as bad - if not THE worst turnout! I don't think any of other province can ever go that low. Don't know of provinces' voting history...but I think Alberta is the lowest of all!

That say something's seroiusly wrong here in Alberta. It's sad things will contiune to go downhill - all for the love of money and greed and PC contiune to be in bed with oil barons.

Four years later, next election - maybe 30 -35% will brother to vote? I can pretty much see that coming for real!

Posted March 4, 2008 07:53 AM

Joe Byciuk (Blackfalds_Alberta) wrote:

P.C's. WIN BIG IN ALBERTA

Mr Stelmach has a big job on his hands.
He has made many promises which could haunt him if he is unable to deliver.

I have always believed Mr Stelmach is an honest and a hardworking man but no one is certain of his management capabilities.
The next few years will tell the truth.

Mr Stelmach had no real opposition because Mr Taft(Liberal) and Mr Mason (NDP)are out to lunch with their policies.

WildroseAlliance party is new and not well known and in my opinion, is the only true "Conservative Party of Alberta".
I will admit, I am a bit "old fashioned".

I am certain that over the next 3 to 4 years, Albertans will learn where the Conservative Party of Alberta is going.

Posted March 4, 2008 07:36 AM

Wayne Coady (Cole_Harbour_Nova_Scotia_) wrote:

Well I think the taxpayers are finally catching on to this monster called democracy and elections.

Every election we see fewer and fewer voting and anyone who cannot understand why, must be dead. Think about it, 41% of potential voters turned out in the Alberta election and 59% of that 41% belong to a controlled political party and they call this a democracy, really!

What we have here is an oligarchie.

The myth of Democracy is that the individual is in control of his government.

The myth is that your vote counts.

The myth is that political parties and their reps are there for you, first and foremost.

The myth is that you can change THEM with your votes .

The facts are that the whole bloody process is a sham, a myth, another LIE.

Cheers Wayne Coady

Posted March 4, 2008 07:36 AM

Scott McAnsh (Edmonton) wrote:

I am currently listening to Edmonton AM and have heard terms like "landslide" and "whopper" and although the number of seats may be such, let us recall that the PC garnered a huge 53% majority of the vote last night. Where was the discontent? you ask. It was at the polls. It would be great if we could mention that nearly half the Albertans who chose to vote DO NOT want this government. The real story should be how our current voting system has once again undermined our democracy.

Posted March 4, 2008 07:35 AM

Ray (Fairview) wrote:

The electorate is an abused spouse, wanting the abuse to stop but afraid of the unknown and somehow still believing the promises to change. "I'm sorry baby. I'll do better. I really do care. Give me another chance."
And so we did. But they never change.

Posted March 4, 2008 07:30 AM

Dave (Grande_Prairie) wrote:

I don't understand the comments about voter turnout. When polls are conducted on a thousand people or so they state that the results are accurate within 2-3%. A lot more than a thousand people voted so why would the results not be MORE accurate?

Posted March 4, 2008 07:30 AM

Sandra (Edmonton) wrote:

I agree with the person who said it might finally be time to leave this province. I am completely disgusted with the results, though it is important to note that of the 40% of people who turned out to vote, only about half of those voted Tory. This does not make me feel better, but it does point out how bad our electoral system is, and how skewed it is in favour of rural voters, who seem perpetually satisfied with the status quo even when it is not actually good for them. How mystifying. In any case, I've had it with this province and hope to leave it when the opportunity arises. The next time I hear an Albertan complain about a federal party being in power too long or make a comment about democracy, I would advise them to take a long look at the pathetic track record of this province and its completely shameful voting practices.

Posted March 4, 2008 07:18 AM

Ken Loo (Edmonton) wrote:

The opposition parties lost because they ran on the wrong platform. Rather than advocating change, they should had promoted "more of the same." What a mentally lazy, self absorbed province we live in.

In my lifetime, every province in our great country has changed parties at least once. Except for Alberta. What drives me nuts is the large number who didn't vote. Whom I suspect are the very same people who like to whine about the PCs and very eagerly attend rallies. But for some inexplicable reason can't take 10 minutes out of their self absorbed lives every 4 years to vote.

No reason is excusable in light of the struggles going on around the world for the fight for fair elections. Do you think Kenyans and Pakistanians would treat their voting rights so cavalieraly?

Shame on the 59% who didn't bother showing up. For the next 4 years at least, you've given up your right to complain about the Alberta government.

Posted March 4, 2008 07:16 AM

Dave (Sherwood_Park) wrote:

Democracy is a wonderful thing regardless who wins. We must continue to support it or else we will become a socilist state. To those who did not vote, shame on you, you have lost the right to complain.
To the NDP, inspite of the significant waste of Union members money in smear campains you regressed.

Posted March 4, 2008 07:14 AM

Pam Brierley (Edmonton) wrote:

I am deeply disappointed with the results of last night's election, but more than the results I am stunned at the voter turnout. Can we really call this a sweeping victory when so few Albertans voted? Voting in Canada is not a right, it is a civic responsibility. I think the leadership of all the parties need to look long and hard at who these 59% of the population are and find out why they didn't vote. We can't blame the politicians for running lacklustre campaigns. I wasn't impressed by any of the candidates in this election and I still chose to vote. You can't blame the other guy for what you chose not to do. Seats or no seats, this is not a majority government when only a silver of your electorate put you there.

Posted March 4, 2008 07:12 AM

Alex (Calgary) wrote:

I have never been so embarrassed to be an Albertan. It's bad enough that the people here blew their chance for actual change, they did so by virtually voting in a provincial dictatorship. But I'm even more embarrassed at the low turnout. As far as I'm concerned, then, the majority of the people in this province have lost the right to complain as Stelmach's cronies run rampant over the next half-decade. Put up and shut up because you had your chance and you blew it. If the PCs had won like this with 60-70% voter turnout, then it would be the case of majority rule and I'd be the one to have to put up and shut up.

Posted March 4, 2008 07:11 AM

Jason (Edmonton) wrote:

I didn't expect the Liberals to win the election nor did I expect the NDP. What I did expect was a little balance in the vote. Albertians have a very old fashioned out look on politics and "change" in general. I recently had the misfortune of visiting the Emergency department at University hospital edmonton, We waited along with 25-30 other poor soles for nine hours before our 5 year old son was looked at by a doctor. How can a province be proud of thier goverment for stock piling money (to the credit of the oil in the ground only)when their hospitals are like that of a third worl country? It realy shames me to no end. Alberta needs to stop living like a retired senior citizen. it is great that we are fortunate to have a vast amount of oil and along with that comes royalties and economic spin off but very little of this can be attributed to the goverment no matter the flag they are flying. I think that in order to run for any elected position in goverment the canidate must have lived in another part of the country for a while. I trully belive that most albertians do not realize how backward thinking the majority of this province is.

Posted March 4, 2008 06:52 AM

Paul Armstrong (Calgary) wrote:

Well, I guess it's true. You can dress up a chimpanzee in a blue suit, run him as a Tory and he'll win. (Apologies to the chimp!) This election was about change, except that no one enunciated what change was and how we would go about it. The Big Blue Tory Corporate machine ran over everyone from the left. Time to dust off the SS uniform. We are definetley living in a fascist state..look it up in the dictionary if you think I'm full of hyperbole. Taft and Mason are going to be retired. Now we start all over again, meanwhile, the poor still suffer, infrastructure is second rate, hospitals still fail patients and the corporate agenda is writ large. Welcome to America!!

Posted March 4, 2008 06:33 AM

Paulette (Edmonton) wrote:

I travel in Alberta a great deal for my job that is oil and gas related. I have seen the problems of poverty throughout Alberta. When I see people living in cardboard boxes downtown in the cities, I decided not to vote for a govenment that used the oil and gas industry as a platform. I am concerned when I see my grandchildren attending the same old schools we went to when I was young. Also hiring more judges to send violent young offenders to house arrest is not going to cut it either. I am not looking forward to 4 more years of a dominate Tory government.

Posted March 4, 2008 06:27 AM

Bill Sandison (St_Thomas_Ontario) wrote:

Well done Ed!
Too bad the socialist sponges in Ontario think a Conservative brand of prosperity and good management are 'scary'.
We've got Dalton McSquinty and Alberta has no debt, no PST and lots of jobs.
Go figure.

Posted March 4, 2008 05:54 AM

Jason (Brooks) wrote:

I'm shock at how many people hypocritical in this forum how can not all of you but some of you sit there and say I'm ashamed at the PC's win!!!How and what gives you the right to say anything expecially if you didn't vote!!!I'm sorry I'm provincial PC and federal as I'm sure many are but I always will be thats fact!!!No Taft,Dion of the Liberal party or Jack,Mason of the NDP ever sway my vote NEVER!!!!Thats Alberta and I'm sorry live with it or quite frankly hush!!!Really can you actually see any of the opposition in power know thats truelly a joke LOL!!Dion votes against the budget but supports it we'll let it pass WHAT IS HE ACTUALLY SAYING frankly I hit the floor thats hilarious!!!!You can't say your against it and support!!!Sorry but Dion will never ever get my vote!!Then there's Jack know heres a real comedian!!!I don't trust either as far as I would through them let alone run my country!!Facts are fact not oe of the biggest majorities and soon to be the longest running regime in Canada take it or leave it get over it already!!!P.S.Taft please resign you lost 8 seats he thinks they have a chance I give the communist party more legitimate support then the Liberals ever lol!!!Communist party when I seen that party I just about hit the floor!!!LOL well good luck and like I said once you have to have a party in more then one term to see real change thats fact!!Hint (Ontario)!!!

Posted March 4, 2008 03:08 AM

brenda krawczyk (spruce_grove_AB) wrote:

How do other provinces recognize the majority of Albertans?

They have and S branded on there forhead and that doesn't stand for Stelmach either. LOL


How do you distinguish between an Alberta PC MP and all other Alberta MP's?

The PC MP has on a PC dunce cap and stands in the corner and everyone votes for him(her).
LOL

Posted March 4, 2008 01:16 AM

Rob (Calgary) wrote:

It took 20 minutes out of my day to vote and I had an opportunity to pick among 5 different candidates for MLA. Anyone who has lived in Alberta for six months and is 18 or over had that same opportunity too. That's democracy. The person I voted for did not win, and nor did his party. I do not complain because in my heart of hearts I know I did all I could to let my voice be heard. To those unhappy about the result, it's a little presumtious to assume that the 60% that did not bother to cast a ballot would have agreed with your choice and even if they did they clearly didn't feel strong enough about it to take those 20 minutes themselves anyway. There must be a winner and there must be losers; the people have spoken and please let's respect that decision and stop denouncing the election as being 'Undemocratic' just because you have sour grapes.

Posted March 4, 2008 01:12 AM

Chris W. (Edmonton) wrote:

Sad.

Never has a government done so little with so much...and then nobody turns up to vote them out. Don't go crying to Ontario when the oil runs out. I think it might finally be time to leave this place.

Posted March 4, 2008 01:12 AM

Scott (Edmonton) wrote:

I find it very strange how some people still based their vote tonight on the National Energy Program. I'm 19 years old. I wasn't even born yet when the NEP was introduced! None of the party leaders were even in provincial politics when the NEP was introduced! It was an entirely different political generation. And yet, people still base their vote on it? Why?

It's not like this generation of the provincial edition of the Liberals would repeat the same mistake.

It's also worth noting that the Alberta Liberals aren't that connected to the Liberal Party of Canada (I doubt Stephan Dion dictates what Kevin Taft does). Not only that, there's bigger issues to deal with today!

Posted March 4, 2008 01:01 AM

John L (calgary) wrote:

not to be cruel, but I hope each and every PC voter finds their spouse with an agonizing condition that is easily curable with prompt treatment from a trip to the local emergency room.

As you sit there and wait for 6 hours with your loved one in extreme pain, as I did, perhaps you will take that opportunity to think yet again on your voting choice.

Posted March 4, 2008 12:58 AM

Doug Pier (Calgary) wrote:

Albertan = bumpkin = fear = stick to what you think you know (and this only represents the 40% of dumb asses that bothered to vote)

What a joke Alberta is!

Posted March 4, 2008 12:58 AM

Scott (Edmonton) wrote:

Just in response to Jeff's comments about the name "Liberal" in "Alberta Liberal"

It was discussed tonight that the possibility is open of renaming the party the "Alberta Party," like the Saskatchewan Party in Saskatchewan. Although it's essentially the same supporters, it will require house-cleaning, thus putting an end to Taft.

Posted March 4, 2008 12:49 AM

Brian (Edmonton) wrote:

Mr. Taft:

You have the leftist movement of Alberta down. Your lacklustre, even horrible, campaign lacked substance, orginality and concrete and appealing solutions to the Conservatives. During the duration of your campaign, you and your party did nothing but raise the metaphorical banners and bang the metaphorical gongs for "change." But change for what? To what? You left these questions unanswered, and therefore, the people of Alberta turned away from you and your party and went back to the blue fold.

Where was your hammering of the issues that was constant, even effective before the writ was dropped? Where was the "pith and substance" of your party's platform?

It is no wonder that your party fared so poorly in this election and suffered an utmost humiliating defeat. And you and your party rightly deserved it for running a horrible, incoherent campaign that was out of touch with Albertans on either side of the political spectrum. Your "vision" appealed the utopians and the naive and you failed.

The abysmal showing of your party in this election is revealing of your leadership capabilities. You no longer deserve to be leader of the Liberal Party in Alberta. Step aside now and the leftist movement in Alberta recover from your horrendous stewardship.

Posted March 4, 2008 12:42 AM

mike (Grande_Prairie) wrote:

If i hear "Alberta is open for business" one more time i think i might die. Yes, it is open for business, but no one is minding the store. Have you been up to the north of the province lately? Even as far as Grande Prairie? It is an armpit up here: Infrastructure is non existent, housing is a mess, social services are worthless, and the environment is being buried in the name of "business." Business can take care of itself, and if it can't, then it isn't a viable business. How about watching out for the people, and for the land? I hope the PCs are still in power when the Athabasca dries up, so that they can try and talk their way out of that one...although they would probably still win a majority. This province is now well poised to become the foremost player in the world environmental axis of evil, and we are a blight on the face of Canada, regardless of how much money we dump into the federal reserves.

Posted March 4, 2008 12:41 AM

Kelly S. (Calgary) wrote:

I've never lived in a place where people are so apathetic to an election. These things shape your future - ignoring them will not make the problems go away! It seems that the campaign by the PC's over the last 35 years to crush all opposition and drive them from the polls has been a major success. 20% of eligible voters takes 80% of the seats, seems our brand of democracy is as ineffectual as Steady Eddy.
Having said that, I harbour no real resentment to those who voted PC. At least they got up off their couches and did something about what they believed in - as misguided as I think it is. For those 60% who did not vote, I am truly disappointed and sickened - you can make a difference despite what you've been told for the past generation.
Aren't you all tired of having those you've entrusted to take care of things like health-care, pollution, and general public safety hold them hostage in order to coerce your vote?

Posted March 4, 2008 12:29 AM

Dave (Edmonton) wrote:

I calculate voter turnout less than 40%.

So only about 20% of Albertans actually voted for the conservatives.

You can be the mainstream media won't report this, instead gushing about Stelmach's "huge" victory.

Posted March 4, 2008 12:02 AM

Shane Fraser (Edmonton_AB) wrote:

I cannot figure out why everyone is so upset with the voter turn out and election results. Other than a few well placed signs and flyers stuck in the door, you would not have even noticed there ever was an election. What were the party platforms? Where could the prior government improve? How were the parties going to improve the province's future?

Maybe the leaders of all the parties should have tried a little bit harder to drive home the issues, and made people want to vote. It is a shame that the NDP and Liberals did not use this chance to balance out the legislature by capturing more seats. Instead they lost them!

Ralph retired, maybe it is time for Mr. Taft and Mr. Mason to join him? Clearly they were unable to maintain the status quo, let alone make the gains required to balance the province's government. I'm not so sure Ed Stelmach won today, but I know Mr. Taft and Mr. Mason lost.

Posted March 4, 2008 12:01 AM

dan onischuk (edmonton) wrote:

It is good to see so many care enough to write tonight - how many of you donated time & money to NDP-Liberals for your beliefs ? Help the Liberals & NDP keep viable for next election. Write to convince NDP-Liberal leaders to stop running candidates that split the vote! Thank you for caring so much about the environment, healthcare & education (which should be free).
Work to make your dreams reality ...

Posted March 3, 2008 11:52 PM

Jeff (Calgary) wrote:

I mentioned this to my friends on Facebook. I said back in high school over 7 years ago, "The Liberals will never win in Alberta as long as they fly under the Liberal banner."

Now, with the PC's at their supposedly weakest hour they pull off a near record number of seats (73) with King Ed at the helm.

Why is it that I could see this nearly a decade ago, but the Liberal party's leaders and thinkers could not? They have done nothing to challenge the PC party and are quite frankly embarrassing!

Alberta equates the word "Liberal" to Trudeau, NEP, Chretien, GST, Martin, gross corruption, and western isolation.

How can the Liberals defeat the PC? ... simply put, THEY CANT!

What then to do? Solution...
Disband the party!
Get a new name! No more red anywhere (we think of the national Liberals when we see red)!
Get a new leader that will connect with the people!

Until that happens Alberta better get ready to see blue for many more years to come.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:47 PM

mlisa (bowvalley) wrote:

To the person who said, get working and quit whining. Most people I know work hard, very hard. And you say, do we know how good we've got it here in Alberta? I say, yes, this is what this election is all about---those who have, holding on to it even harder, because they know that eventually it will burst---either our economy, our environment or health care system. And the reason we have it so good here in Alberta has nothing to do with this tired old visionless government--it has to do with the fact that we sit on a huge reservoir of oil, that we have abundant resources. Anyone could balance a budget here---heck Ralph Klein did a great job of it . So sad to call myself an Albertan today. In our riding, the incumbent PC took quite a bit less than half the vote because a lot of people voted Liberal and Green. And yes about 38% of eligible voters cast a ballot in this riding. So is this an overwhelming vote of confidence---no, it's a split opposition. Tally up the total opposition numbers in the province--something like 48% of votes and 12% of seats for the total opposition.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:40 PM

Bill (Vancouver) wrote:

Wow, I would of thought PC's would have less seats, you know change, but PC's do rule in Alberta. I lived in Calgary, but had to move to Vancouver after a year because simply put, the mentality of the city is very backwards. Its true, on average you make more in this province, but the extra money I would make, I would have to pay a psychiatrist because quality of life (QOL) ain't that good.

Sure a strong economy affects a population's QOL, but if the money isn't invested into the welfare of the community, whats the point. I'm not talking about $400 checks so you can buy TV's but investment into a sustainable environment, hospitals, libraries, recycling programs, public transit, arts and culture. Check out CalgaryVitalSigns.ca as an example, local residents gave a poor grade for all these issues. I live in Vancouver now, and it ain't perfect (house prices, gangs) but at least people press politicians enough to actually fix issues like the environment so my kids can grow up in a healthy landscape. I'm sure Ed will be very capable, but like many have said, if you didn't vote, don't complain.

Well theres my opinion, I now wait for some Albertan to tell me they're glad some lefty loonie no longer lives in their province.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:39 PM

Daryl Peters (Sundre_Alberta) wrote:

Since when did we need a degree in political science to vote? BTW, The welder is probably making more of a real contribution to the economy of Alberta than 90% of most college graduates, especially political scientists.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:38 PM

Jason (Calgary) wrote:

To John Wright:

I did not write anything about the NEP. I don't disagree with the comment about the environment either-something has to be done, but a new party is not necessarily the answer. I wasn't addressing those issues. I was addressing the irony of my confusion on how they vote and their confusion on how we vote. That is all my comments address. I picked this comment for that reason. He was not impressed with our voting the PC government back in, like I was not impressed at Ontario's continuous support for the Federal Liberal party when they blew Billions of the taxpayers money.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:34 PM

Brent (Sherwood_Park) wrote:

Instead of complaining on a comment board, when your parties lose, maybe next time get off your couch and vote. Talk to your friends, and convince them to vote. I did. See the results.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:33 PM

Big D (Alberta) wrote:

I always get a kick out of people from outside Alberta whining and crying about thier lot in life and how Albertans have it so good. If you don't like the way things are going out there in Gopher Hill, MB,or Dirt Lump(insert province here) then move. We have lots of jobs, lots of opportunity for worthwhile people with a wee bit of work ethic. Alberta is getting what it gets because we have drawn a province of people that actually get off thier ass and do something. We have a stable government, rather than changing political parties like you change your shorts. Business can count on the political climate. Alberta is open for business. Its a land of opportunity for anyone who wants to contribute.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:32 PM

dan onischuk (edmonton) wrote:

Make it easier to vote - www.securevote.biz
vote by internet, phone, mail (without revealing your name as Alberta mail in ballots do now).
Website study from 2004 shows we could save hundreds of millions across canada and give voters traceable, anonymous ballots for online verification of processing accuracy.

Alberta Govt should support independent innovation, not just take my patent pending design ideas.

dan onischuk edmonton

Posted March 3, 2008 11:31 PM

Hank (Calgary) wrote:

Yes...41% is not a high voter turn out. But the election is still democratic as the 59% chose to forfeit their rights and let the 41% choose it for them. Even if no party is of your liking, a protest vote that would not give vote to any party would still be part of the voter count. Clearly, they did not even bother. I am disappointed in poor showing of Wildrose Alliance but the election result is acceptable.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:31 PM

Billy (Calgary) wrote:

This result is a disaster for the province.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:30 PM

Fred (Edmonton) wrote:

When every party leader is dull, and no party has an inspiring platform, we will settle for what we know. What do you expect Liberals? If you want to see a change of government, offer a platform with substance, rather than just "we're better than them". Enough talking about a democratic deficit, let's address the deficit of vision in Alberta's parties.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:29 PM

Velma (Edmonton) wrote:

Sigh......~40% voter turnout....this makes me so sad. It seems ridiculous to call this a "Democracy". I have also had enough of hearing that it was a "lack luster" campaign....I'm sorry...I cast my vote on past performance and platforms NOT arm waving and stuttering. There was plenty at stake to get me to vote.

In fact I don't think I have missed an opportunity to exercise my right and to uphold my civic duty.I don't really care how unassuming someone may appear(Steady Eddy). Steadily inactive in the many hats he's worn during his years of politics. Where was his "Plan" when he was minister of infrastructure. If he is such a popular guy with farmers why is he so quick to give over to large scale industrial farms when I watch farmers that I grew up around not able to hang on to there family farms.

Seriously people if we don't watch it and start encouraging people to vote and care we really may not need to have an election. Worked for Hitler...remember him...all the people afterwards said they had no idea....BTW, due to the many claw backs guess what I make in this boom province for delivering day programs to seniors with Alzheimer and other medical concerns. A wopping $13/hour!! WOOOOOO.

Some boom.

(OH and Ed how about giving back some of the money taken by Klein from the seniors programs like your buddy Klein promised after the debt he was so proud to have gotten rid of????)

I'm not fooled one bit by your "unassuming charm". This province's politics makes me ashamed to be Albertan. Mark my words Alberta will be on the map...the satelite map with our oil sands. I really don't understand why people think it's a bad idea to get our fair share. Just keep bending over Alberta...and the legacy you leave your children will be a huge expensive mess.

I wonder if everyone that was so apathetic about voting actually did (that is if they even know who the premier was/is)what the vote would have looked like....that would be democracy.


Disappointed but determined

Posted March 3, 2008 11:28 PM

Peter (calgary) wrote:

I guess the only alternative is to join the Conservative Party and work for change from the inside.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:28 PM

Sam (Edmonton) wrote:

"All you people are scaring me....I thank God I live in Alberta everyday...and not Quebec or Ontario..Have you ever been in business?...do you know how hard it is to make a profit?...Do you know the difference between a debit and a credit?...Do you know what oppertunity cost is?... Do you know what a defecit is?....Get real! Get to work!...and quit your whining!..."
-Bronc

I love that you added "quit your whining!" on the end of that. Any one else finding that to be somewhat humourous? Come on depressed Albertans! Lighten up! The Conservative supporters are doing the best they can to amuse us

:P

Posted March 3, 2008 11:26 PM

Damo (Calgary) wrote:

Dear United States of America,

While we Canadians generally covet said California - it's beaches, coast line, hippies, and bikinis - we do have some reservations about some of its residents. In particular Barbara Streisand, Tom Cruise, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, to name but a few. We also have little interest in yet another frozen barren wasteland.

As a counter offer, would you perhaps consider accepting Alberta in exchange for Alberta if the aforementioned list of celebrities could be relocated to Alaska which you will retain ownership of. The full list of celebrities will be mutually agreed upon at a later date.

If this is acceptable to you, please contact Stephen Harper and mention that you are willing to extend him a million dollar insurance policy in the event that Alberta leaves Canada in exchange for his pushing this legislation through the house.

All the best,

Canada

Posted March 3, 2008 11:25 PM

Connor (lethbridge) wrote:

I dont understand this. Most comments on this forum/blog what ever you want to call it are saying how bad the PC's have been. Now not being legal voting age i cant vote but 40% is horrible i thought canadians in general cared about stuff like this (i know i do). but only 40% actually voted, that is a joke. and by the number of people that are saying how bad the PC's are i bet if everybody actually voted there would be quite a different result. i mean (and i know alot fo other people have said this) but how can u base a democratic (majority rules) government if the majority of people didn't vote

Posted March 3, 2008 11:25 PM

virginia (Victoria) wrote:

I have been watching the Alberta elections and very disappointed that the PC are running Alberta again. We know as individuals voters it must be a corrupt electoral system.Why would hard working Albertans elect a politician who does not represent the hard working people. It is clear he works for big oil.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:21 PM

Keeran (Calgary) wrote:

Calgary - Elbow
A prime example of a riding being bought and lied to win. We elected in last year's byelection a great representitive who provided some good ideas and held the governement to task over years of inaction on key riding issues, mainly the ring-road. And deciet and money was used at all costs to "win back" Ralph's riding. And once again stamp out any voice of differing opinion. Thanks Craig for a year of good service to our community and province - Alberta's loss in many ways.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:17 PM

Richard (Edmonton) wrote:

I actually thought there was an international revolution back to a morally conscious ideology that supports socialized healthcare, and a strong envrionment. Just look at elections around the world, and the momentous support for Obama in the USA. So I guess our country and provience is still in the Stone Age with a sicking ideology that supports making money at ALL costs. I really wonder if my grandchildern will ask me why I let our air pollution, homelessnes, healthcare, and education get so bad, guess I'm one of the few that thinks this way. Sorry Ed Stelmach but I haven't seen any real plans that make me think other wise.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:17 PM

Comrade Ostapowich (Republic_of_Alberta) wrote:

To of those winey Liberals Reds, Commie NDPers and migrates from Eastern Canada, stop whining & crying. Can't you get it through your thick skulls that Alberta simply rejects the "Big Red Machine" and still has not forgotten about Pierre Trudeau's economic and political discriminatory polices. The only alternative is a Separatist Government. Alberta does not need Canada. Let's get ready for the next election tomorrow! Together we can create a "Republic of Alberta!"

Posted March 3, 2008 11:17 PM

Natasha Peters (Calgary) wrote:

Due to the fact that I am seventeen, I was unable to cast a vote in the Alberta election. However, this does not make me to young to realize that there was only one key message communicated by the results. This message was that Alberta is in need of serious electoral reform. Our current first past the post electoral system insures that those of the popular Albertan view are drastically over represented, while those with slightly different values are left in the dark. The Tories percentage of the vote went up by 6%, yet their number of seats climbed by an obscene 20%. Meanwhile, the Liberals and NDP went down 3% and 1% in the popular vote, while their number of seats plummeted by 53% and 50%, respectively. Albertans are clearly not being fairly represented in their government with the current electoral system. Furthermore, a form of proportional representation would aid in boosting the ailing voter turnout, which was at an all time low, by empowering the 60% of our population that did not exercise their right to vote, thorough guaranteeing that their vote would make a difference. It is time Alberta looks towards proportional representation or multi member representation to ensure a healthy, fair, and prosperous future for all.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:10 PM

Tom (Edmonton) wrote:

The same government for the past 40 years? It is clear that the Conservative's have a lock on the Baby Boomer vote. What about the younger generations - the people who are starting families now, trying to find affordable housing, and care for the environment? A society's greatest crime is to lose its young people, and here in Alberta I fear a mass exodus. Sure there is work, but unlike the generation before us, money is not everything. For people who are conscience of the footprint our lifestyle has on the environment, there is clearly no room for us in Alberta. I was born and raised in Alberta and know feel so utterly embarrassed - when will we abandon our ignorance and be a leader for a change. See ya.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:09 PM

J.Gibson (Edmonton) wrote:

To Tom in (Edmonton):

The question is how do we get to such reforms?


Next election don't vote -- instead of election rallies, let us have boycott rallies.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:08 PM

jeff kuby (Edmonton) wrote:

This is what happens when the majority of Albertans learned political science in welding school... that's probably because they couldn't afford university.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:08 PM

United States of America (South) wrote:

Dear Canada,
We thought that after your last Albertan provincial election you may like to consider a trade... let me explain.

It has become quite obvious that the voting residents in Alberta have little to nothing in common with the rest of Canada. They value wealth, luxury, and so many of the other things that we pride ourselves on down here in the good old US of A.
Also, your Albertan residents have taken to the same sort of democratic elections that that we run down here. They demand change, then re-elect the same government to offer them another chance to perform that change. So very kind and considerate.
The American style that you use to promote your elections in Alberta has made us quite jealous. While we have managed to drive our voter percentages down to 54%, your 40% turn out is remarkably better for profits.
So here is what we propose: We take Alberta, you take California. The rest of the States tend view California as a bunch of left wing hippies, in the same way that the rest of Canada views Alberta as a bunch of right wing nut jobs. Trading the two off would make both countries much happier.
Now I understand, some people might be upset, but think of all of the gorgeous coast line you will pick up. Trips to the beach for Saskatchewan residents are now viable weekend journeys. Not to mention that you will now be avoiding the inevitable future invasion for your oil. Just think of all the time and energy we will save.
Ponder it over and get back to us. If it will sweeten the deal, we can even throw in Alaska (It makes no sense as to how we got a chunk of land on the other side of your country.).
Cheers,
The United States of America

Posted March 3, 2008 11:06 PM

Bryce (Spruce_Grove) wrote:

Good job Alberta! This is the political leadership that has made Alberta the envy of North America...why would we want to get rid of it? I also want to challenge Albertans to help those around us in need. We already have low taxes and will soon have healthcare premiums eliminated, so lets use this benefit for good. Individual Albertans can do way more for society than big government ever can.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:04 PM

Stuart (Calgary) wrote:

So the vote was down and the P.C.s increased their majority. In the last 20 years of living in Alberta I've heard more and more people say "why bother voting, the Tories always win" I'm afraid it is going to take a very dynamic, personable and quick witted leader to defeat the juggernaut of the P.C. party. This time there wasn't one

Posted March 3, 2008 11:04 PM

Todd (Calgary) wrote:

Too bad only 40% of voters turned out to vote today. Also, too bad that the media got the whole thing so wrong. It'd be nice to see democracy in action instead of where little more than 22% of the population elects a government to 73 of 83 seats. Great apathetic Alberta shines again.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:04 PM

Daisy Kaiser (Edmonton) wrote:

I have a new idea for this government. How about giving us a voting process that is really represenative of the citizens of Alberta. Would that be so frightening.
I am so tired of my vote meaning nothing.
Thank you to Thomas Edwards from Calgary for doing the math for us.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:02 PM

kent (headin_out_of_calgary_soon) wrote:

How can we call it a democracy when we get about 40% voter turnout and a party that wins about 50% of that gets 90% of the seats and never has to worry about the voice of opposition.

Time for electoral reform, right? Wrong, not with this dictatorship that we sadly keep voting in.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:02 PM

Bronc (Edmonton) wrote:

All you people are scaring me....I thank God I live in Alberta everyday...and not Quebec or Ontario..Have you ever been in business?...do you know how hard it is to make a profit?...Do you know the difference between a debit and a credit?...Do you know what oppertunity cost is?... Do you know what a defecit is?....Get real! Get to work!...and quit your whining!...

Posted March 3, 2008 11:02 PM

James Stovin (Drayton_Valley) wrote:

In response to Tim from Calgary, I know That only 27% of Albertans voted for the Conservatives, but if you dont vote, you arent part of the statistics. The voting public IS the people. The non-voters had their chance for change, they didnt take it. By the way, im only 15

Posted March 3, 2008 11:02 PM

Claire (Calgary_Alberta) wrote:

To have a low turnout rate for all parties is sad and troubling. The people have spoken? Indifference does not communicate strength, vision and leadership. How can we as a people forge ahead and build stronger communities, businesses, and foster and maintain a healthy environment for ourselves and future generations, when we are happy to fed on the riches of our provinces resources with no desire or drive to participate in its stewardship? It’s not about voting PC or Liberal. It’s about voting and participating. The Pakistan election headlines are still in our recycling (garbage) bins. Canadian soldiers are putting their lives on the line to fight for freedom. However, the majority of Albertans couldn’t spare one evening to show reflection and consideration on their province’s direction, nor appreciation and respect to the liberty and privilege they enjoy.

Posted March 3, 2008 11:01 PM

trevor (central_alberta) wrote:

I am absolutly appalled by the results . I am born and raised in alberta and have yet to see a piece of the alberta advantage , nor am I expecting it now . The people of this province must be sheep to have voted the way they did . The conservitaqves have done nothing but sell this province out for the last 10 years and now we can look forward to another 4 . don't people realise that the level of growth we have experienced cannot keep up , so without pacing it , we are heading straight for a ressession . I personally can't wait , because in my career , a recession won't hurt me and then maybe I will get a piece of the advantage . At least I will be able to aford to buy a house !!!!

Posted March 3, 2008 11:00 PM

John wright (calgary) wrote:

I'm disgusted at the CBC coverage. Its getting progressively worse as the night goes by.

For example Ms. Liu(or whoever gave her the comments) picked one comment of a guy evidently a die hard PC supporter takinga jibe at a person commneting from Toronto about our electing the same government again, the commentator who was worried about the lack of action on the environmental front.

Jason (Calgary) wrote:

I find it interesting to read some of the comments from the east (Ontario) because we voted PC again.

There were tons of comments from Albertans and also from BC with far worse commentary on the Alberta PC's. Why did you pick this ONE comment, because it bashes Ontarians??? also you did mention a comment about the NEP before, why??? is that an issue or has it ever been in the last two decades? Albetra has been voting conservative even long before the NEP came along and long before Liberals started winning in ON, remember PC's were in power in ON for majority of the time for the last 3 decades and Ontario had wild swings between tories and liberals in the 80's and 90's show me a parallel in Alberta politics?? also many ON voters did wait for the gomery inquiry and eventually did vote in a conservative minority, unlike Albertans who don't even know why they are voting for the same party for the last 40 years, no matter who the leader is and no matter what the issues are in any given election.

Another point here is that only 40% of the eligible voters voted today, this is not a MAJORITY. Tories getting 55% of the vote is more like 21% of the eligible voters. Political process in Alberta is dead for another decade and a half. Find me another one party jurisdiction in North America. Can the CBC find one? maybe include the answer to increase the knowledge of your viewers who seem to be utterly clueless about what a real political process is???

Posted March 3, 2008 11:00 PM

Peter (Texas) wrote:

Thanks to all the Liberals for coming out,you can whine and complain all you want,but the simple fact remains, Kevin Taft and the rest of the Alberta Liberals got blown out of the water tonight. No matter what voting system you use, the PC's would have won cleanly. I can't wait to make it 12 in a row in a few years WHOOP!

Posted March 3, 2008 11:00 PM

Bhupinder (Calgary) wrote:

Wildrose Alliance party just handed PCs the biggest win in Alberta history and they handed it on diamond encrusted gold platter. They split the non PC votes even further. How's that saying goes.. The road to hell is paved with good intentions!

Posted March 3, 2008 11:00 PM

Diane (Calgary) wrote:

Steve Earle said it best: "if you don't vote, don't bitch." Our ability to vote and speak freely is something people are dying for in other countries and I can't believe that people can't be bothered to do something more than not vote, even if they're dissatisfied. Even spoiled ballots say more than nothing. So that is the thing that bothers me most about this election is that people didn't vote...that is SHAMEFUL. Shameful! It's like allowing abuse to continue, like allowing bullies to dominate. I cannot believe how apathetic this province is. Above all else, we have a DUTY to vote - it is a duty of living in a democracy and to keep the democracy alive. Being apathetic allows it to stagnate. And stagnant is how I would describe Alberta's society and I don't use JUST the economy to describe the health of a society, unlike some people.

Kevin Taft is done. The Liberals need to get their act together AND get another leader. I didn't vote PC or Liberal, but anyone can see the Liberals were useless. Most Albertans will vote PC until the bitter end; it's going to get a lot worse in this province before things will change, mark my works. But I also believe the Greens will start growing more -- if they get THEIR act together - and they might since they showed more life than the Liberals.

I don't mind Ed so much, but the PC party needed a kick in the pants for failing the common people - not EVERYONE works in the oil biz and not everyone can afford these rents nor does everyone want to be in debt the rest of their lives. The quality of life in this province - the attitudes, the greed, the uncaring, the lack of foresight, growing crime, preponderance of drugs, the cost, the growing pollution - does not make it worth it. If I find a decent job elsewhere, I'm out of here.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:59 PM

Tavis (deadmonton) wrote:

the PC party likes to spend alot right before an election to "buy" your votes then they tighten the purse strings for 4 years until they need to "buy" their way back into power. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely!!! THIS GOVERNMENT DOESNT HAVE TO ANSWER TO ANYONE!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:58 PM

Steve (Red_DeerAB) wrote:

A 40% Voter turnout is sickening, it is not the voice of the "Majority" of Albertans and people should really smarten the hell up!!

Writing in Absolute disgust. Albertans have proven once again to be greedy and arrogant. The history of the PC's in this Province have been held so high with complete disregard for the social programs, Health care, Education, etc. that have been short-funded, ignored, and thrown on the "back-burner" in order to build our today's dangerously fragile Infrastructure, Economically unsound, and socially neglected Province. Ralph Klein left a huge social deficit that needs to be cleaned up in order to restore "BALANCE IN ALBERTA". Ed Stelmach and his Tories have yet to show any respect, or initiative for our Province or its people, in working towards the "Big Picture" for Alberta, Albertans, and their families. I am frankly disgusted with the turnout!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:58 PM

Rhianne (Edmonton) wrote:

I find it interesting that when asked just now, Stelmach had no response as to what his number one priority is now that the PC's have been voted in again. Have we really just voted in a government that has no idea what they are going to do for us? Our province has slowly travelled the road to the state of crisis we are in today.... with affordable housing almost nonexistant, quality education only a dream and health care a disgrace....yet still we have chosen to re-elect the same government that led us to this. Am I shocked though? No. We are the province who continually re-elected an uneducated alcoholic to lead us to this hole we are in. Shame on you Albertans.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:57 PM

Lisa (Calgary_Bow) wrote:

To Greg Flanagan, Liberal candidate for Calgary Bow

Sorry you didn't win and it's too bqd the WAP party split your vote but you ran a great campaign and we hope that you'll run again. Remember that Alberta has had a Liberal government in the past and it will again in the future. Congratulations on a great campaign!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:56 PM

Tom (Edmonton) wrote:

The result tonight is clear evidence that the current electoral system is undemocratic. Voter turnout tonight was 40%, half voted for the status quo. What do we know for certain: 1) 20% of the people in Alberta feel the status quo is the rode to be on, 2) 20% of the people disagree with the status quo and believe in change, 3) we don't know anything about the 60% of people who didn't bother to vote, 4) 80% of the Legislature tomorrow will be PC - they will represent the 20% of Albertans who voted for them, and 5) 20% of the Legislature will be Liberal and NDP, representing the 20% of Albertans who voted for change. Surely proportional representation must be on its way - sadly 20% of Albertans stand in its way.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:55 PM

Lawrence (Edmonton) wrote:

I must say I am disappointed with the results today. Kudos to the PC for running away with a larger majority but I fear another four years of 'dictatorship' without true representation of Albertans' views. Haven't we learned anything?

Posted March 3, 2008 10:55 PM

Dylan (Edmonton) wrote:

Why does Ed Stelmach have a 20-year plan (that was most likely created in a day through his vague ideas)??? This is just a slap in the face to Albertans showing that the PC think they're just a shoe-in in Alberta. If the Conservatives are going to reign in Alberta for twenty years I'll move. The time for change and a rounded out economy is now (or according to this election in four years)!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:54 PM

Rick (Edmonton) wrote:

Okay one more time. The NEP was the work of the FEDERAL liberals. Not the PROVINCIAL Liberals. Do you blame the Provincial PCS for the GST? Do you ask Ed Stelmach what he knew about the Airbus affair or Mulroney’s envelopes of cash? In any event, there was nothing particularly “Liberal” about the NEP; it was a response by the FEDERAL government (who just happened to be Liberal at the time, and which followed, incidentally upon another national energy program that was the work of Joe Clarke’s conservatives) to what was perceived to be a looming national emergency. And yes the FEDERAL government (which happened to be Liberal at the time) did decide that the interests of the 92% of Canadians who lived outside of Alberta at that time outweighed the interests of the other 8% who lived there. Not nice for us but not exactly evil.
ANYWAY (1) The NEP was NOT imposed - it was an agreement; one that Peter Loughheed hailed at the time of signing as a great victory for Alberta. (2) It did NOT cause the recession in Alberta. What caused the recession in Alberta was the collapse in world oil prices - something (sound familiar?) that the Province had done little or nothing to prepare for.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:54 PM

Kathrine C. (Lethbridge) wrote:

Thanks Tim; I am 20 years old and I feel privileged to be able to have a vote in this country. I think the kids of today really do need to be involved in this stuff young, to understand how important it really is to get out there and share your piece. The way I look at it is that you cant complain about the government until you have tried to change it!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:52 PM

Shaun (Edmonton) wrote:

I was born and raised in Alberta, I have lived my whole life under a Tory government. My own political views have clashed with the majority of my fellow Albertans, and it's nights like this that underline that difference emphatically. But now, who do I turn to? The previous premier made a point of silencing the voice of the opposition, and now with such a large mandate for Mr. Stelmach I'm concerned that that will continue. And if it does, we may not see those voices return until we elect a new government or change how we elect them.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:52 PM

Mark Shields (Calgary) wrote:

Ed Stelmach said in his speech he's glad his ancestors didn't take the boat to Argentina. At least it takes a military junta in Argentina to grasp the electorate with such an Iron fist. The Alberta PC's get to be dictators without going through any of the unpleasantries, like a discontented population.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:52 PM

Ed Reddy (Calgary_Alberta) wrote:

What we saw in here today was Democracy NOT working. Probably the highest recorded level of voter apathy in elections in Alberta history - which by the way, proves that our so-called democratic process is broken. We need to be careful how our broken electoral system is under-electing politicians.

Alberta will end up with a party with 53% of the vote taking over 80% of the seats. The 'first-past-the-post' ballot system, is, in my opinion, 'under-electing' Canada's politicians.

It's how the worlds most dangerous political party got elected in Germany in the 30's. We need to address voter apathy by having an electoral system that gives every vote a chance to represent a party in our federal and provincial government houses. That gives purpose to the vote for your party, not necessarily the person on the ballot.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:52 PM

Bob Zubot (Calgary_Fish_Creek) wrote:

To all conservative voters:
The next time you wait 7 to 12 hours in an emergency room, remember how you voted, and don't complain. You voted for the status quo.

The next time you complain about ground water quality near the tar sands, or as a result of coal bed methane extraction, I will not be listening, you voted for more of the same.

When your children come home and complain about the roof leaking at their school, don't say anything, you voted for what you are getting.

When people get murdered in your neighborhood, don't complain, you didn't vote for improvement.

I don't understand how Alberta voters can complain about so many important issues, and at the same time, vote for the same government all the time that does only the minimum to fix the problems.

The next time your mother has to sit in her excrement at the nursing home she is in, don't complain, just remember how you voted. You voted for that!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:51 PM

Rodney Stone (Coaldale_) wrote:

Steady Eddy Didn't cave to the Big oil companys when negotiating royalties ,lets work on the enviroment, fund research for more effiecient methodes of oil production !!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:49 PM

doug (Edmonton) wrote:

Now I can sympathize with a non-republican american, apologizing to the rest of the world and saying "It"s not my fault", but still feeling a little guilty.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:48 PM

Cam (Edmonton) wrote:

I'm sorry my PC supporting friends, but I just don't get this love affair for the PC government. It seems clear to me that ALL the issues that are problematic in today's society stem from the leadership of the PC government. It was Ralph's cut towards education, childcare, healthcare, municipal spending and the environment that have crippled these basics that support our quality of life. And yet still with today's huge budget they seem unwilling to give aid to these crippled areas. They sensored reports of high cancer rates in the First Nation Peoples around Ft. Mac, they destroy hospitals instead of create hospitals (ex. general hospital in Calgary), they have not built new childcare centers or increates their wages, and they seem unwilling to move towards wind power and other energy sources. And honesty this just down right scares me.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:48 PM

Ryan (Edmonton) wrote:

The real tragedy here is that Albertans have no idea what they want, they're sheep, and they just do whatever they're told. There are vast numbers of Conservative voters who do not have conservative political ideologies. Add to that the fact that the PCs aren't even technically ideologically conservative (pick up a book) and you've got a mess of confusion, so people just vote how their dads vote. Maybe if people took the time to get educated instead of debating whether the Oilers or Flames are better...

Posted March 3, 2008 10:46 PM

John Doerksen (Vernon_BC) wrote:

I moved to BC after 25 years in Alberta. Ralph Klein always talked about the "Alberta Advantage" and he sure was right! I'm fully retired with only a retirement income. My monthly expenses for the "privilege" of living in BC is close to $700.00 per month more than it was in Calgary, where I lived those 25 years. I'm delighted to see Ed Stelmach and the PC's returned to power. I did not originally vote for Ed Stelmach at the time of his replacing Ralph Klein but I'm happy to see that he did so well in this election. Why did I move to BC? To take care of aged grandparents. Otherwise I'd still be in Alberta enjoying the "Alberta Advantage!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:46 PM

Tim (edmonton) wrote:

to Connor from Lethbridge, and all the other young posters here- keep the faith, we need your generation to stay engaged and interested in the political scene. Your comments are as important as anyone else,and will become more important through the years.
thanks

Posted March 3, 2008 10:46 PM

John Reece (Strathcona_County) wrote:

My wife and I can't believe what we are seeing and are astounded by what we are hearing. We have no democracy in Alberta because of voters like the one who said he couldn't understand federal Liberals squandering billions (whatever that meant) of Canadians dollars while voting for the government who gave billions of Albertans dollars to Exxon and other big companies. Who can even think they'll collect all of the puny increase in royalties if they ever enact them?

What about the Edmontonians who voted for a government who has never helped the Capital Region. Dream on for any better treatment in future. Strathcona County will get the money and Edmonton will bear the costs.

Democracy was on life support for the last 10 governments. It breathed its last breath tonight.

Stelmach is giving his gloating speech as I write. Albertans got the government they desrve tonight. But we won't be around the next time the dictator is reconfirmed.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:45 PM

Damo (Calgary) wrote:

I honestly just don't see how anyone can be happy or ecstatic about four more years without any real voice of opposition. Another four years without debate. Joys! Congratulations Alberta!

For a moment we’ll pretend this is the new Alberta legislature. Be it resolved Albertans are silly for not wanting a voice opposition. Any dissenting opinions? None, good, let’s move on to the next priority.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:45 PM

Steve (Edmonton) wrote:

Don't complain the next time you get screwed by a government that has no plan, or a plan that they made up in a hurry to make it look like they know what they are doing!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:45 PM

Keeran (Calgary_) wrote:

Bronc, you just don't get it. This government was and has been bought time and time again. This is not the people taling but big corporate money and monopoly. It is not only unhealthy, but sad really that in a "democracy" that we are not allowed to have a voice of difference in opinion. It's always "pc's way or the highway" Go ahead and gloat as our society spirals into more of the same, a "me" society that the only thing that counts is who has the most money when they die. Sad is'nt it really. Sad and sorrowful.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:45 PM

Anonymous (Edmonton) wrote:

I can't say I wasn't impressed with Ralph Klein's PC leadership of the province from debt to surplus dollars being handed out to the citizens. I think Ed Stelmach might be the guy who can lead us back to that debt. He obviously has no regard for the views of other parties. Such a majority government for the PC is not helping either. There's not even any room for debate in the legislature. Both of our neighbours have turn to NDP governments. Why can't we have change in mind? THe Western provinces can thry to lead the rest of the country to reform from Conservatives.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:44 PM

Chris (Edmonton) wrote:

We have sent a clear message to the conservatives today; Don't fix health care, Don't fix education, Don't help the homeless, Forget about the environment. Just keep doing what you were doing! What a Shame!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:43 PM

Darvin (Edmonton) wrote:

It should not suprise Albertans that no big change in numbers occured. The voting public want excessive spending on Health care, Education, and all other public services. All of the established parties offered this. So naturally the incumbant party that has offered this in the past will get the opportunity to continue this spending spree. I could get excited about a party that promised to reel in the spending and apply the huge oil and gas royalties for more responsible uses. Perhaps in future elections voters will get an opportunity to vote for a party that will make this a platform on which to run. In the mean time I wish Ed Stelmach success in leading this province.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:43 PM

Samim (Calgary) wrote:

In the next provincial election I might as well not vote. No wonder we have a historic low voter turnout. Conservatives are winning 88% of the legislature with about 50% of the general vote! And that 50% only represents about 20% of registered voters. Our electoral system will only lead to lower and lower turnout.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:43 PM

Trent Moranz (Fort_MacLeod) wrote:

52 years of small hole thinking is enough for this cat. There are lots of nice places in the World -- I think I'm going to go look for one.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:42 PM

T.C from FD (Stelmachgrad_Soviet_Socialist_republic_of_Alberta) wrote:

To all the sheep who say its a great day to be Conservative in Alberta, You are dreaming....You know nothing about Conservatism.Conservatism is freedom...Ed Stelmach supports government interventionalism in the matter of private business(Although im not a smoker...i oppose the smoking ban in bars cuz it infringes on private business and private property rights)...Conservatism means less taxes...health care premiums are a tax on top of a tax.Conservatism is decisiveness....Ed Stelmach has done nothing but dither on the royalty issue....Why the sheeple of Ab voted Stelmach back in with a greatewr majority is way beyond rational thought.Conservatism is DEMOCRACY NOT ONE PARTY RULE.
To see True Principled Conservatism and Not Ed Stelmach Pseudo-PCism, go to
www.freedominion.com.pa

Posted March 3, 2008 10:42 PM

MartinB (Edmonton) wrote:

I was just now looking for the number of voters in each riding and could not find it on this or other media website. I also could not find it on the Elections Alberta site either. To look at the popular vote in each riding and for the whole province compared to the seats won, the system is a mess. My vote in this riding seems worth half or less of that in some rural areas.

Ed is not a bad guy ... but his party has a vision which is very status quo. The environmental crisis is at our door step now and he will do nothing. The oil is running out and perhaps then times will changes.

However, the people who did vote have spoken. It sure seems this internet forum does not slice them fairly.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:41 PM

Christopher (Edmonton) wrote:

Alberta's prospertity is direct result of our abundance of natural resources, not the stewardship PC governments. When the ruling government of almost four decades decides that it is more important to develop the tar sands and keep the economy running at break neck speeds, it will be the environment that is devastated and Albertans who suffer.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:40 PM

evone monteith (Ponoka_Alberta) wrote:

This election was an IQ test for Albertans. I take the results as information - that Albertans are the typical dysfunctionals - doing the same old thing over and over but expecting a different result. I definitely choose not to be part of that insane dysfunction.
In my riding of Lacombe-Ponoka, voters were given a great opportunity to move forward by voting for superb leadership and integrity /for Alberta Greens. The unable and unwilling to inform themselves masses chose not to.
So now, every person who voted Conservative should be held accountable for the destructive consequences of their choice. For example, the people of Ft. Chip should sue every Conservative for the death caused by the decisions of the Conservative dictatorship.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:40 PM

Ed (St_Albert) wrote:

We voted for a strong Leader that cares for Albertans, and it was Steady Eddie. The negative adds by the liberals is what did them in, and they are in self distruct mode again. The ND's may have a Leader under a name like Notley, and may be the one to watch over the next few years. Sure glad to see Jack Flaherty loose his seat in my riding....about time!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:39 PM

Jacqueline Wiksas (Edmonton) wrote:

The sad thing about this election is that Albertan’s had the opportunity to make a change in Alberta politics, but instead they allowed the PC’s to continue their government. I do not know why people believe Ed Stelmach will be any different from Ralph Klein. The reality is Albertan’s will see no real progress or change from the Stelmach government. We had the opportunity to make a difference in this province today, and we did not take it.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:39 PM

Kathrine C. (LethbridgeAlberta) wrote:

I totally agree with Nicole and Milton.


Argg! And Im hearing him speak now, but there was only 40% of Albertans who voted. How can he say that Alberta has spoken when not even half of us have!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:38 PM

Kaz Haykowsky (Edmonton) wrote:

I am 14 years old and ever since I was quite young I have not had a very good view on the Tories. Always hoping for a change for the better in our elections and always being dissapointed, I am now simply apalled by the steady and reliable degeneration of the Tories practices and ideals. I used to really love and respect Alberta but now we just seem like a bunch of redneck cowboys bent on squeezing our oilsands dry without a care in the world. Truly saddening.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:38 PM

Ron (150_Mile_House_BC) wrote:

This is a great result for B.C. also. I do EIA jobs in Alberta and it is good to see sustainable development continue in at least one region. Maybe our lame BC government will take a hint and drop the carbon tax. Soon they will tax life itself. Interesting to see B.C. reaction when they are so out of step with Alberta. May have to move permanently.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:37 PM

Bronc (Edmonton) wrote:

First of all I very happy with the results
Secondly, as a sixth generation Albertan, it has become evident to me that the media covering this election do not understand Albertans beliefs and values. Starting tomorrow, they need to stop hanging out in the Whyte Avenues in Edmonton and the O'Claires in Calgary, and get out into the rest of the province.
Finally I would like to see Ted Morton with a major seat in Cabinet (such as Intergovernmental Affairs!
...oh yeah...a smaller government, less taxes, less government spending on the arts, and multiculturalism and climate change is BOGUS!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:37 PM

Maggie Morris (Edmonton) wrote:

If a single company controlled the market for 37 years it would be called a monopoly. Mr.Ed will not give us the change that is required to provide a fair and balanced future for all with vision, because it is in the conservative nature to put things before people.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:37 PM

James Gibson (Edmonton) wrote:

We the 30+ percent (?) of the 40 some percent who bothered to vote need to up our political imagination. Next election we should organize a boycott; we need proportional representation so that our already fragile opposition doesn't continue to be so ridiculously marginalized.

As for the Tory landslide ... well I'm born and raised in Alberta (raised in Southern Alberta), so I'm used to it; all I can say is that when the strip-mining of our natural resources is complete, all that will be left is two minor cities, two minor universities, no major industries, and a lot of nice luxury homes selling for pennies on the dollar... It may take a while but we'll get there eventually -- if the Tories keep staying clueless and keep staying in government.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:37 PM

Jeremy Coates (Calgary) wrote:

In 1985, Calgary's population was 500,000 and we had 5 hospitals. Now our population is well over a million, we have 3 hospitals -AND- we are the largest city in N. America without a DT emergency room.
Now that's what I call a budget surplus. Thank the Tories all you want, I'm moving to BC.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:37 PM

Jeff Kuby (Edmonton) wrote:

It is sad to see that Albertans did not explore change in a province where health care wait times are progressively conservatively worse. It is clear that refusing to use the affluence of our oil rich economy to improve our public health care will only work to deceive Albertans into believing that our current (stressed) public system won't work, and that privatizing our health care system is the only option. Albertans are looking for change in this area, and it is unfortunate that no party offered a clear enough alternative to show how our provinces hot economy can benefit us all, and not just the rich oil barons at the top.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:37 PM

Glen (Alix) wrote:

Great job PC's!! I originally came from Ontario, and its glorious not to be in Liberal country. Trust me, the Alberta PC's have done a heck of a great job over the years, and the pro's FAR outweigh the con's as compared to the other partys' platforms. I'll continue to vote PC, as I have done so over the last 18 years.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:37 PM

Kerry Wong (Edmonton) wrote:

I am shocked at the immense majority the PCs have won and I just hope that they use the next four years to improve our province in terms of reducing greenhouse emissions, improving health care, providing affordable housing, and as I am a student entering post-secondary education, ensuring that students in Alberta have access to affordable education. Tonight, Albertans have shown confidence in the Tories and it is my hope that they will not use this victory as an ego-booster but use it to motivate them towards working harder for Alberta.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:37 PM

Jacqueline (Edmonton) wrote:

The sad thing about this election is that Albertan’s had the opportunity to make a change in Alberta politics, but instead they allowed the PC’s to continue their government. I do not know why people believe Ed Stelmach will be any different from Ralph Klein. The reality is Albertan’s will see no real progress or change from the Stelmach government. We had the opportunity to make a difference in this province today, and we did not take it.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:37 PM

Carolin (Edmonton) wrote:

I am really disappointed that once again Albertans have chosen to vote for a party that has no apparent concern for the environment, healthcare or education. The environment is an urgent issue that cannot wait any longer and one that affects everyone but the Tories appear to have no intention of taking any steps towards reducing Alberta's negative impact on it. As a registered nurse and parent, I am no longer sure that Alberta is where I want my children to grow up.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:36 PM

John (Calgary) wrote:

People who choose to accept and engage in discourse in the form of opposition I believe are by far more patriotic than those who blindly follow, Andrew.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:36 PM

Sam Filice (Edmonton) wrote:

Our first to the post system continues to prove that it is not adequate in representing voters views. We need to bring a system of proportional representation to ensure a healthy debate and decisions on issues of such critical importance such as climate change, health care, education etc. Despite the low voter turnout the PC government can boast, and rightfully so, a majority government. However, what a difference it would have made to have our votes truly count and represented. I'm not sure what kind of democracy we will see over the next four years.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:36 PM

Jason (Seba_Beach) wrote:

First I must say I'm upset about the victory of the PC's. As so many are saying the majority has spoken about their government people are not taking into account that not even a majority of the population spoke up which in itself is even more dissapointing. Secondly, With such a massive win, this is a make or break for the PC's. If they stand up and perform a new legacy can be born, but if they fall on their face. The PC party could go the way of the WAP very quickly

Posted March 3, 2008 10:35 PM

Pete (Calgary) wrote:

Alberta's Conservatives have ruined the environment, education, and health care. Can't wait for another 4 years...

Posted March 3, 2008 10:35 PM

Les (Calgary) wrote:

It is a sad commentary that we continue to live in a one party state that provides controlled participation and calls it voter accountablility. The conservatives could call an election with no visible leader [oh, wait, they did that already]and probably still generate support for an economic regime that continues to ravage the environment, the low income worker, the aged, and the ailing.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:35 PM

Samantha (Edmonton) wrote:

Congratulations Alberta! Once again you have proved that you are selfish, have no forsight into the bigger picture and care more about the money in your pocket than the environment.

Good Job Brian Mason. By comparing the Liberals to the PC's, you lost them their votes. It didn't help you either.

Dear the Media: Stop trying to help the Liberals. All you did was scare the wafflers into thinking there would be a Liberal government so they ran out in droves to ensure that didn't happen. (well, some of them anyway, considering the 40% voter turnout)

Why can't people in this province learn to differentiate between the Alberta Liberals and the Federal Liberals?!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:35 PM

Jason Smith (Edmonton) wrote:

HELP!!! I've been transported to a dictatorship. Can this election even be seen as anything other than a joke?

Posted March 3, 2008 10:35 PM

Jeff Kuby (Edmonton) wrote:

It is sad to see that Albertans did not explore change in a province where health care wait times are progressively conservatively worse. It is clear that refusing to use the affluence of our oil rich economy to improve our public health care will only work to deceive Albertans into believing that our current (stressed) public system won't work, and that privatizing our health care system is the only option. Albertans are looking for change in this area, and it is unfortunate that no party offered a clear enough alternative to show how our provinces hot economy can benefit us all, and not just the rich oil barons at the top.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:34 PM

David Harvey (Edmonton) wrote:

I'm not bemoaning the PC victory...I accept that it would take something truly earth shattering to end four decades of conservative government in Alberta. However, I am very disappointed that Albertans will once again not have a strong opposition in the legislature. We can now look forward to four more years of decisions made behind closed doors and a legislature open less than any in the country; how democratic is that?

Posted March 3, 2008 10:33 PM

David (Calgary) wrote:

4 more years of arrogance.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:33 PM

Ravinder Gill (Edmonton) wrote:

Pc wins put money in schools and keep the cities clean and dont cut down lots of trees and hel nature

Posted March 3, 2008 10:32 PM

Kass Highman (Edmonton) wrote:

All those baby boomers who voted and continue to vote for the PCs owe me $10,000 each because they are the ones who supported jacking up tuition and cutting government funding. When they are sick and having to rely on the health care system for their needs I hope they get nothing because that is what they voted for. This parasites still seem to have the idea that they can get something in their old age when they've left nothing for their children.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:32 PM

Connor (Lehtbridge) wrote:

Let me start out by saying that im 15 years old. I knwo to most of you this will make my opinion seem less importnat then yours but to be truthful if any goverment party whises to stay in I am the person they should be campaigning to becuase I am the future of alberta.

I am absolutly appaled that the PC's got the majority again even though the biggest problem with our province... and world is enviromental problems(which is of coarse the problem that the PC's Ignor the most)

This is shown with the recent "behind closed doors" decision that the PC's have decided on. If you still dont knwo what im talking about the decision was the open spaces project which alows rich landowners to become more richer as they are given the peoples tags (basicly a peice of paper that allows the hunting of big-game animals) and allowed to sell it for what ever price theys see fit. This is going to wreck not only the enviorment but our economy becuase hunting will now go to the highest bidder.

This is only 1 of the very many problems with the leadership we have chosen.

I am compltly discouraged that the people of alberta would rather make a quick buck then perserve our beautiful province (which is oddly starting to look like america more and mroe every day). Now i know this sounds corny but maybe next time you go and make a decision liek this one in which kids may not participate in, think about the kids

Posted March 3, 2008 10:32 PM

tavis (edmonton) wrote:

last election only 46% of eligable voters voted. and the PC party got 46% of the total vote. 21% of voters decided the government. 1 in 5 people spent your tax dollars and made decisions for you. get 5 of your friends together and have everyone give $20 to one person. now ask him/her to buy something for the group. not everyone will agree what the $100 will be spent on. that is alberta politics. and now it looks like we have done even worse.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:31 PM

Yvonne ahinks (Calgary) wrote:

Once again a disappointing result - I don't know why I even bother to vote. Since coming to Alberta what I have seen is big oil and big developers calling the shots. Surely it's time to bring in a government that looks at longer term planning, sustainable development, and policies that look after the needs of all Albertans.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:31 PM

Tracy (Calgary) wrote:

I have read these comments, and this is what I have to say: by not voting next time, you are just as bad as the 60% who failed to voice their opinion tonight.

We will be heard. It's a matter of time before the "Blue Machine" has run it's course and people smarten up regarding ALL of the issues, not just the money makers - Mr. Stelmach will be unable to pick up the pieces, and even our ill-educated voting populations will figure it out.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:31 PM

DAISY (EDMONTON) wrote:

ALBERTANS USE YOUR MIND....ITS TIME TO CHANGE...ANYBODY WHO IS PC CANDIDATE CAN WIN THE ELECTION EVEN YOUR DOG

Posted March 3, 2008 10:31 PM

Mike (Edmonton) wrote:

What's in a name?

I've lived in BC, Ontario, and now Alberta. In BC, and Ontario, they were both Liberal governments but very different. And both were different than the Federal Liberals.

If the Alberta Liberals want to grow, they need to change the name or focus heavily on why there's nothing in a name, except, the name.

PS. Voted Conservative in Ontario, Liberal in BC, and Conservative in Alberta.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:31 PM

Kevin (Spruce_Grove) wrote:

Terrific results! Ed was the only guy that had a real plan despite what the others said in their ads and retoric. The fact is Kevin Taft did not have a plan and Brian Mason just had a bad plan. Honest Ed takes it home!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:30 PM

John (Calgary) wrote:

A sampling of words not in the Albertan Dictionary:

- Long-term vision
- Change
- Compassion
- Vote
- Economic plan
- Environment
- Responsibility
- Opposition
- Discourse
- Sensibility
- Shame
- And many more!

Those of you who voted PC tonight and think your hyperinflated majority oligarchy is the true will of the people, you need to step off your high horse.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:30 PM

Jason (Brooks) wrote:

I agree with the other Jason from Calgary!!How eastern canada can sit there talk down the conservatives and more then likely from what it sounds like vote the Tories out!!!I don't know that for sure but historically that happens we are the richest province in Canada some on the oil sure but I truely think its soon to be the 40 plus years for conservatives here!!!You simply have to give a government more then one turn otherwise I afraid to say you won't see any change thats a fact!!!!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:30 PM

Ravinder (Edmonton) wrote:

If PC wins i want them to put money in education and keep the city clean

Posted March 3, 2008 10:29 PM

Educated Humanbeing (Edmonton) wrote:

This is an appeal to the rest of Canada. This province is filled with uninformed, yet willingly docile subjects of a fascism. Truly disgusting .

Posted March 3, 2008 10:29 PM

Charles Butler (Edmonton) wrote:

It always amazes how people call alberta voters stupid for voting for someone other than a liberal. ALberta has canada's best and brightest (the provincial education test comparisons prove this beyond a shadow of a doubt) and the economic capital is shifting from ontario to Alberta. Albertans are too smart to be fooled by liberals promises of free goodies and goofy government programs. To a majority of albertans change can be easily achieved within the PC party.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:29 PM

Colin (EdmontonWhitemud) wrote:

I can't believe the low voter turnout. Albertans should be ashamed of themselves. I can only wonder if the turnout was better we would see a different result. Probably still a PC gov't, but maybe a stronger opposition.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:29 PM

Pat (Calgary) wrote:

Wow.

I'll readily admit that I couldn't really find anything I liked in any of the provincial candidates. I was hoping mainly that the PC's would end up with a minority government, increasing the probability of a PC leadership race being held.

Apparently that won't be happening. And apparently we'll be stuck with the incompetence we've become used to seeing since Ed's reign of "face, meet palm" began.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:29 PM

Andrew (Lethbridge_Alberta) wrote:

I believe that Alberta will prove to be one of Canada's shining stars in not only economy but also in areas of leadership. Stelmach has proven himself to be extremely competent in all areas. I can see this and I'm 14. Alberta will continue to be an economic powerhouse if Ed Stelmach is allowed to continue to govern competently.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:28 PM

Anthony Reimer (Calgary) wrote:

Your coverage tonight is very uneven. I started to listen to your segment with Duane Bratt and literally turned the TV off. Did he and I see the same video feed? Your regular analysts on Radio One (McCormick and Brownsey) are much better. I'll stick with your internet coverage for now.
As for the results, it seems lost on people that the Liberals held their ground in Calgary. In my riding, the Conservative snuck through due to Liberal-NDP vote splitting.
Finally, I hope those people who have threatened to leave the province because of these results reconsider — my province deserves better than to become the Borg, where no independent thought is tolerated.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:28 PM

Yvonne Hinks (Calgary) wrote:

Once again a disappointing result. Since moving to Alberta what I have seen is big oil and big developers calling the shots and being given carte blanche to do as they please. It's time for the citizens of Alberta to demand longer-term planning that takes into consideration sustainable development, the environment, and all the people who are being left behind.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:28 PM

O. W. C. (Edmonton) wrote:

Sad and disconcerting - I refer not to the results, but to the immature, petty and petulant response to the results, both from the losing candidates and from the media commentators. Kevin Taft's closing comments should be an embarrassment to the Liberal party - no wonder you lost, look at your leader! And trust me, it will take a LONG time for Albertans to forgive Liberals for the NEP - many Albertans lost everything in the early 1980s and it has been a long, hard struggle to recover. Ed Stelmach is an intelligent, honest guy with integrity and strength of character. Obviously Albertans recognised that and voted with their eyes open.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:28 PM

Kendra Black (Rural) wrote:

As a new voter I am very depressed to see that Albertans have chosen to support the PCs yet again even though they have hurt every aspect of the public services and ruined Alberta's universities.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:28 PM

ann j (Calgary) wrote:

Bryan K's comments re living in the now Liberal riding of Calgary Buffalo:

Well, Calgary Buffalo has a long history of being Liberal intermittently - we remember Sheldon Chumir who was the incumbent for several years. I'm sure you'll grow out of your embarassment as you discover what a great MLA you've elected in Buffalo.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:27 PM

zack (Calgary) wrote:

change the spelling of a word. almost 40yrs 1 party to rule? i hear So many of people complaining Ontario they always vote.liberal keep in mind last 17 yrs ONT they change NDP. PC. LIB.. THAT'S WHAT I CALL.. DEMOCRATIC?...

Posted March 3, 2008 10:26 PM

Hana Kadri (Calgary) wrote:

Ed Stelmach, or rather Premier Ed Stelmach, shows alot of promise and has proven his devotion to the province on this campaign. He ran a long and hard campaign. In a short month he was able to meet and greet supporters from one end of the province to the other. I am excited to witness all of the advances that the province will undergo in the next four years.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:26 PM

Thomas Edwards (Calgary) wrote:

I'm 20 years old, a poli sci major at the U of C, and personally, I am very disheartened with these results. I feel that such a massive majority in the Legislature means that the rest of the people are poorly represented and there is little opposition to the day to day running of the government. As I write this, the PC's have about 53% of the popular vote, but hold 89% of the seats. This means that 47% of the population did not vote for the PC's but are only being represented in 11% of the seats. This province needs to wake up and realize the voter apathy leads to this kind of representation, and I am sure that if even 70% of the population had voted, which I'm also sure it didn't, then this election would have been a lot closer than it is. I'm sorry Alberta, but I you dissappoint me.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:26 PM

Susan Meyer (Edmonton) wrote:

The comments by Portia Clark's male co-worker (sorry, didn't catch name) regarding the "advantage" that the female candidates will have due to their underrepresentation overall demonstrated shades of misogyny. Would he have said the same regarding blacks, natives, those with societal or physical handicaps?
Shades of US conservativism....

Posted March 3, 2008 10:25 PM

Ghassan Karwchan (Calgary_Glenmore) wrote:

I was surprised by the result.
My analysis that the new comers to Alberta voted conservative with high percent.
Think about it.
People who leaved their provinces and their life back in their provinces, and came here hoping to get better jobs, will do anything to keep jobs going.
They won't consider the future of Alberta, and they don't care about Alberta 10 years from now.
All what they want is good paying job for few years so they can save some money and go back to their province.

Those new comers voted Conservatives because they know that conservative policy is short term supporting the business.
They don't care that the conservative policy is destroying the future of Alberta, because they don't care about the future of Alberta.
Today is a sad day in Alberta future.
Our children future is in risk.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:25 PM

Milton (Camrose) wrote:

Your political commentators and hosts have failed to recognize the irony of this massive "majority." Only 40% of eligible voters choose in our outdated first-past-the-post system 73 PC MLAs. This is a true mandate? Give me a break. There is a democratic deficit in Alberta, and I find nothing to celebrate in tonight's results.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:25 PM

Nicole Cronkhite (Edmonton) wrote:

I think it is fair judgment to give Stelmach a chance, with the new term starting, four years is an adequate amount of time to prove whether he can provide appropriately for Albertans. However, as a loyal liberal, I am saddened by the lack of change-hungry youth. A 40% turn out is down right pathetic. A challenge for Stelmach will be to interest those 60% of Albertans to "care."

Posted March 3, 2008 10:25 PM

Kathrine C. (Lethbridge_Alberta) wrote:

I am saddened by the results, although, I'm not surprised. Although our province has moved forward in many ways and has given us a great head start from other provinces, but I do not want to live in the states. I am in Canada for a reason. If my voice can’t be heard here, I almost feel the same way that someone posted earlier, leaving the province. I am fairly young but value my vote and I feel like maybe the liberal voters do not even feel like their vote will be heard; I know I do. Maybe the conservatives have a vision that will benefit our economy but also for our environment, because this is what is apparent in our world today, something needs to be changed and I hope my minority voice is heard.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:25 PM

Anna (Calgary) wrote:

I'm so frustrated! I'm 16 years old and even I can see past these typical, PC promises. The PC policy will only benefit the rich and
business (as usual). With no liberal government in the country
to counteract the PC majority, I fear for the future of Alberta.
I cannot wait to move away.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:24 PM

Cathy (St_Albert) wrote:

It is understandable that voter turnout is so low - Albertans vote like sheep and many people don't believe that their vote can make a difference. Just because the government has been around for so long does not mean they are doing a good job. Although I would never in a million years vote PC, I am however optimistic that Ed Stelmach won't embarass our province as did Ralph Klein. He is a much more palatable conservative.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:24 PM

sam (EDMOTNON) wrote:

I DONT UNDERSTAND THINKING OF ALBERTANS, AFTER 37YEARS, THEY SHOULD GIVE CHANCE TO SOMEBODY TO PERFORM,ITS JUST HIRING NEW EMPLOYEE AND EXPECT REAL BETTER FROM HIM,ALBERTANS NEED SOLID OPPOSITION, HOUSES ARE OUT OF REACH, RENTS ARE SKYROCKETING, I THINK IF YOU WANT TO BE MLA GET A TICKET FROM PC PARTY OR IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED, TELL YOUR DOG TO FIGHT UNDER PC BANNER AND HE WILL BE MLA.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:24 PM

A real albertan (cochrane) wrote:

The only way the Liberals will ever have any chance of winning anything is by changing their party name. There are simply too many bad memories associated with that name. Its like Ontario having a republican party...no mater how good their plans they Can not win without getting rid of the name. perhaps the liberals should try changing their name to the Alberta party or perhaps the republican party. they would get more than they are getting now.
And as for the nuclear energy issue many are still afread of it. to those people I say DO YOUR RESEARCH!!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:24 PM

Greg (Calgary) wrote:

My fellow Albertans have proven that they are two things.

Afraid and Ignorant.

Afraid for voting PC

Ignorant for not voting en mass


Posted March 3, 2008 10:23 PM

Langston Brasen (strathsconaedmonton) wrote:

Though this election has dispointed :(, I am happy to atleast see me hold on to my small NDP island. Rachel was projected to win but i was still afraid, i wondered if there was a true left base here or if just people liked Rauj. I can not belive that this was biggest conservative majority since the i can't even remeber. This will only mean less care towards the enviorment, higher fees for collage fees for students, more miss spending of tax dollers, a blaming of the public system for long wait times though the problems really lies with underfunding and an influx of people. I can not belive that the longest politcal dynasty in canadian history could run on change. This province dose not seem to want change they just want to hold on to the same bums the have always had. It almost seems that the Liberals would have a better chance if they ran on same. If they had just said we will do the exact same things the conservative do right now...

Sincerly,
Langston Brasen 14 years old

Posted March 3, 2008 10:23 PM

Daniela Gutfreund (Edmonton) wrote:

I am actually so dissapointed in the results that are comming in right now! Alberta is heading in the wrong direction from every front. The environment, healthcare and our resources are being sold to huge corporations that dont care about anything other than the big money and contracts that are landing in their pockets ! Albertans are selling themselves for a hot economy that is bound to burn out soon and which has serious side effects for now and the future!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:23 PM

Mike Hudema (Edmonton) wrote:

The people of Alberta still want change they just didn't see anyone offering it. No party was willing to come out and say "no new approvals on the tar sands", no party was willing to come out swinging on nuclear, no party was willing to say "the climate crisis is upon us we need reductions now", and no party campaigned to get justice for the people of Fort Chip. With one of the lowest voter turnout rates in Alberta I think this is much less a victory for Ed Stelmach as a loss for the opposition parties who are completely out of touch with the change people are demanding.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:23 PM

Just Wondering... (Edmonton) wrote:

Look at how many people have posted their disgust with the Alberta election...how excatly do the PC's win such a vast majority? Is the average Albertan voter that ignorant and indifferent that they don't care what happens???

Posted March 3, 2008 10:23 PM

Tim Johnstone (edmonton) wrote:

Pigs and Sheep. It's the same old same old for Alberta. The same pigs feeding at the trough, and the same sheep following the leader off a cliff, until everyone of them jumps off. Once again Alberta, as rich as it is, will be the joke of Canada.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:23 PM

Pamela Tkachuk (Calgary) wrote:

When the results came out I let out a breath of relief. As it seems now, the rest of Alberta does believe (as I do) that the premier deserves a full term, a chance to fix the problems created by Ralph, especially in health care and education. For the first time in a while the Tories have a real plan, one that will help to show the world that Alberta is the best place to live. Anyone who says that the Tories don't have a plan, haven't really been paying attention in this election, or to our government.

One thing that people seem to be complaining about the most is rent control. They want it. To the uneducated mind, rent control is a good idea; however, to anyone educated in economics, it is what causes more people to be in the streets, it leads to landlords leaving the apartments to ruin, fewer people will want to build apartments and be landlords. Thankfully the Tory government agrees. They have taken a realistic approach. If anyone is going to complain about rent control, perhaps they would be wise to do some research on the matter.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:22 PM

Tim (Calgary) wrote:

James Stovin: A majority? 27% of the people is not a majority. Certainly not one worth 87% of the power.

Rome from Winnipeg: The Alberta government has the highest per-capita spending of any province in the country. ANY province. Quebec and their entitlements? We spend more. Saskatchewan and their old NDP? We spend more. It wouldn't even be so bad if we got services that were remotely comparable to theirs.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:22 PM

Jenn (Calgary) wrote:

I'm really disappointed in the people of this province right now.

Albertans love their oil and their money. And that's something Eddy can give them.

Where will be when the oil is gone and so is our environment? We need to make changes and this government has neglected every opportunity to do so.

People don't seem to be aware that changes needed to be made yesterday. We can't have our precious economy without the environment.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:22 PM

Scamed (Calgary) wrote:

From hearing all the polls, I question the computerized voting. I watched a program on PBS about how vote counting computers can be manipulated to change actual votes in the United States. So why couldn't it happen in Alberta? So how did the PC's get so many seats? Plus more? You need lots of money to pull a scam like that, and the PC has the money friends.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:22 PM

Kristina (Bonnyville_AB) wrote:

I'm a hard worker and I work for an oil company but I could never afford to pay the rent if I was on my own. I also don't have a family doctor. I would like to ask Stelmach how much he makes so I can make the same wage and be just like him and ignore the problems that I encounter everyday like his government does.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:22 PM

Christopher Langlois (Edmonton) wrote:

Why are people voting for this fascist government? The only way that the two pathetic opposition parties will ever get anywhere in this sad province will be to join together. Or maybe our kind overlords will redraw the boundaries to actually reflect the population..rep by pop anyone? And thank you Portia Clark for pointing out the lack of women elected...again. Do you plan on mentioning how they are mostly all white folks as well? Four more years of cashing in on the oil and forgetting everything else! Yay!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:21 PM

Ross Macdonald (Northern_Alberta) wrote:

The "sheeple" of Alberta have spoken once again - Baaaahhhh!

May big oil develop yet another "Florida" sized strip mine near - oh lets say Canmore - so that the sheeple of Calgary and Southern Alberta too can look upon the ubundant tar ponds amidst the butchered,lunar, and irreplacable landscape for which the migrant workers of Ft. McMurray are so truly proud -
Cancer? What Cancer? Who cares about the health and welfare of the community of Ft. Chipweyan -when we can build these mighty towers of gold, buy another HUMMER and gamble our earnings away

Oh look - a homeless person ... here's some cab fare buddy - go north- be free ... breath deep the putrid stink of opulent prosperity....

Give them bread and circuses indeed ....

I am filled with deep sorrow ...

RM

Posted March 3, 2008 10:21 PM

Scott (Edmonton) wrote:

It would sure be nice to see less demonising of Albertans as a result of these elections. Albertans are not ignorant, we're not stupid or red necks or uncaring to the issues of our province. The Liberal, NDP and Green parties as well as supporters of these platforms consistency insulted Albertans, called us stupid, called us ignorant, and somehow still expected to see our vote. I am not partisan, I'm too young to recall NEP, and I really don't like Ed Stelmach but the PC still got my vote. They displayed a solid plan that looked to the future, looked to our issues and proposed solutions. Most of all they consistently show respect toward Albertans.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:21 PM

Rob Wells (Edmonton) wrote:

The Sheeple of Alberta have spoken. While I didn't vote PC, Ed Stelmach is the leader I respected most. Now, let's hope that Steady Eddie will bring a new era of ethics and integrety to the Legislature.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:20 PM

Karren Brown (Edmonton) wrote:

So now that Albertans have chosen to get on the Conservative ride, no crying or whining when it hits the environmental wall.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:20 PM

David S (Calgary) wrote:

I'm a fiscal conservative with a social and environmental conscience, and I'm disappointed in tonight's results. I have historically voted PC but it's time for a change. Perhaps the most disappointing outcome of this election is that the other parties (other than the WAP) all slipped back dramatically. Clearly they need to rethink their messages and how they can become relevant to Albertans.

While a PC minority or, at least, a slim majority was obviously too much to hope for this time around, such a huge PC majority -- and the negligible opposition that comes along with it -- sends the wrong message to our youth and to the rest of Canada.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:19 PM

Bryan (Edmonton) wrote:

Having lived in Alberta I have been very concerned that this election and the anticipated low voter turnout would be a swing vote for the opposition with first time voters choosing anyone except the PCs.

With the PC's overwhelming win I believe that many other long term Albertans harboured the same fear and voiced their concern by exercising their vote for their party of choice.

Perhaps the low voter turnout was in fact the potential new voters that felt discouraged by their chance of creating change.

Let's face it, long time residents love the PC party and their Western values.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:19 PM

Darcy Kristensen (Grande_Prairie) wrote:

To all those disgusted by the election results. All i have to say is look at the results and welcome to decmoracy. The beauty of this system is if you don't like it you can leave. Myself as a life long Albertan I chose to stay and live with prosperity.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:18 PM

Sigh! (Alberta) wrote:

I am off to bow before the PC (porcelain commode). Ralph! the reign lives on....

Posted March 3, 2008 10:18 PM

Rick (Grande_Prairie) wrote:

A little hard to vote for 1 of 5 parties when there are only 4 on the ballot card. What happen to the Wildrose Alliance on the ballots?????

Posted March 3, 2008 10:18 PM

Geert (Edmonton) wrote:

Hey Tina, this is retarded! Let's all move to Belgium, the promised land!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:18 PM

Trevor (Fort_Mcmurray_) wrote:

I am curious how many liberal supporters that are blogging here so passionately were out campaigning? In my opinion the liberals had no where to go but up but you probably didn't make a difference did you. You would rather call people sheep or ignorant because that is the Liberal way, insult others for that don't fall into your line of thinking. Many unpopular policies of the Liberals didn't get them more seats, mainly policies toward the oil industry. You can't say the kinds of things the liberals had said in the past and honestly expect to get elected by ALBERTANS. Same sex marriage very unpopular here as well and these are examples of bad decision making policies and leadership that scares people away from electing you. At the end of the day you have to cozy up to the people who actually live in the province and implement moderate change not shocking.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:18 PM

holly (calgary_ne) wrote:

i am shocked to see how the lib leader has reacted to his loss the fact we had him as the leader was a huge mistake clearly we should have had some one who was well a leader i was discusted buy the fact he blamed alberta for his loss as a young voter and as a liberal i feel i have thrown away my vote, and we wonder why there was only a 40% turn out

Posted March 3, 2008 10:18 PM

Mona (Calgary_North_Hill) wrote:

Once again, I feel bitterly disappointed in Albertans. It seems to be that there is little understanding of good democracy. In a democratic system, not only do we benefit from changes in government, but we must have strong opposition to keep our governments in check. How can Albertans keep reelecting the same government over and over again? How can they call this democracy?
Our electoral system is also visibly flawed. In Calgary North Hill, the votes received by the opposition parties is higher than the votes received by the elected PC candidate. This is hardly a strong mandate for that candidate. I hope that he at least has the sense to recognize that.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:18 PM

Proud Albertan (Calgary) wrote:

I have to chuckle at all the people on here who are calling Albertans stupid, sheep, ignorant, etc. Did you ever stop to think that the vast majority of Albertans are not Liberals?

The only way you are going to see a change of government in this province is if a credible alternative that is MORE conservative comes along. The current PC party is already about as close to the Liberals as most Albertans can stand.

Also keep in mind that the opposition leaders left a lot to be desired in this race. Taft is a little on the creepy side, Mason is actually a good leader for his party but the communists will never win more than a handful of seats in this province.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:17 PM

Jake (Edmonton) wrote:

I moved here two years ago now to go to school, find a job and live. For two years i have watched the Conservatives sit on their hands with regards to important issues like housing, the environment and healthcare. Not to mention the issue of the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board scandal.
When i see Alberta giving up the legislature so overwhelmingly to these guys, i can't help but question my future in this province.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:17 PM

Confused (alberta) wrote:

why is there such a gap between PC and other parties. It freaks me out! WHY!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:17 PM

Mandy Smythe (Edmonton) wrote:

I would like to know how many college nad university students were able to vote and not turned away. There was no where on campus or in the media that laid out the steps to take that would have allowed me to vote. I don't think anyone should be turned away from a pole if they are Albertan. I have NO faith in the government or the systems it has put in place.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:17 PM

Bryan Korolischuk (CalgaryBuffalo) wrote:

While the election in general has gone well, I am now living in a Liberal riding. This is too embarrassing - I just can't see how this many people in such an educated city can vote Liberal.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:17 PM

Eric (Edmonton) wrote:

Good go PC's! I think that the majority of Albertans voices have been heard. Given a bit of time to get used to Ed, the people have spoken. This will be a good era for Alberta.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:15 PM

Jason (Calgary) wrote:

I find it interesting to read some of the comments from the east (Ontario) because we voted PC again. Well, I guess we can say the same about you in the Federal Election. The Liberals have been voted in so many times after pilfering billions away according to the Auditor Generals Office. We in Alberta, could not comprehend how you could continue to vote for them in spite of this massive waste of taxpayers money. Sounds like we continue to be equally confused about each others voting records.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:15 PM

Robert Duiker (Rocky_Mountain_House) wrote:

I lived in Ontario when the McGuinty Liberals defeated the post-Harris Conservatives. During this election I was struck by how Taft sounded like an Ontario Liberal. Alberta Liberals will need to distance themselves from Liberals in Toronto and Ottawa in terms of both style and policy, in the same way that the BC Liberals have done, if they hope to ever achieve success in Albeta.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:15 PM

Uncle Ruckus (Calgary) wrote:

Well, Alberta is stuck with more incompetence management of the economy, healthcare, and education for the next four years.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:15 PM

Joe (Grande_prairie) wrote:

Sad, sad, sad.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:15 PM

Amanda (Edmonton) wrote:

This election is an absolute disgrace to Albertans. With all the major issues in this province right now (i.e. affordable housing, environment, etc.) I cannot believe that only 40% of eligable voters actually made it to the poles. Was there a hockey game on during the debates? I'm sure if more people had seen Stelmach bumbling his way through it they would have voted differently. I am very disappointed with the turnout of this election. It will not be long before I leave this province.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:14 PM

Tim Belec (westerose) wrote:

When John Rolston Saul wrote about the unconscious civilization, he must have been writing about Alberta. It is inconceivable to me that the Tories would be re-elected given their record on the environment, the infrastructure debt, water, climate change, electrical deregulation blunders, spying on engaged citizens and the distorted governance structure we suffer under. After years of agonizing for a responsive political climate to the big issues, I feel compelled to leave this province to a place where the electorate isn't so single minded and narrow focused . I fear for the future of my beloved home.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:14 PM

Kaylyn Joyce (DewberryAlta) wrote:

I regret not beiong old enough to vote in this election. had it been held two weeks later my vote would have been for the liberal party. I think it is due time that albertans vote for change, keeping the same party in power for so long is no way to show initiative in a province that has changed so much in such a short period, i believe the liberal party stands for the change that alberta needs to see.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:13 PM

Ariel Bowering (Edmonton) wrote:

I wonder how low the voter turn out will be this time? I wonder how low the voter turn out has to be before it is ok to say that those who are elected probably do not represent the views of the majority of Albertans? When more people stay home than turn out to vote, we have to admit that there is a real problem. I am sad once again to be a born and raised Albertan.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:13 PM

Serena (Edmonton) wrote:

I'm truly ashamed to be an Albertan today. This is absolutely a horrible turn of events. Not only do the PCs have a majority, there's virtually no opposition. Do Albertans really think this is a positive thing?

Posted March 3, 2008 10:12 PM

Chuck (Medicine_Hat) wrote:

I am disappointed with the election results in that once again there will be little opposition for the next term. Sadly, there was more attention given to the PC leadership race than a provincial election and probably even a higher voter turnout. Looks like we will be seeing more capital expenditures but will there be adequate funds be in place to operate these facilities? When (not if) the price of oil drops we will probably see more ad-hoc cuts to balance the books - boom & bust!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:12 PM

Keith Adams (Edmonton) wrote:

We've had the same government in power for longer than Saddam's government in Iraq. I'm starting to think the only thing that will save us are the Americans. We must have some weapons of mass destruction around here somewhere...

Posted March 3, 2008 10:12 PM

James Stovin (Drayton_Valley_) wrote:

the results of this election are not a disapointment to the great people of alberta, the premier was decided by the MAJORITY, you can not argue with these results, the people have spoken

Posted March 3, 2008 10:12 PM

Angus (sherwood_park) wrote:

If the Liberals, NDP, or Green ever want to see the day when the Tories are not in power they really have only one option and that is to unite under a single party. A party that actually takes care of what matters to the average Albertan and does not focus on only special interest groups like the arts, or environmentalists.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:12 PM

Jim Mc (MulhurstBay) wrote:

I started packing for B.C. 1 hour ago A party in power so long invites corruption If I must put up with political garbage I might as well do it in a better climate

Posted March 3, 2008 10:11 PM

John McMechan (Calgary) wrote:

The Liberals will take only 8 seats... power will be given from the people to the conservatives because their are no other creditable options

Posted March 3, 2008 10:11 PM

Debra (Calgary) wrote:

Just wondering if Ed Stelmach is even interested in what Alberta really needs as far as Health Care, Schooling, Environment, Day Care, and need I go on...or perhaps just the Oil, Big Business, and the extremely Rich. Is he even going to concern himself with us "Commoners" or do we really matter? Well I wouldn't mind being bought out like the rest of their votes, if that's what it takes to have my views listened to.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:10 PM

David (Edmonton) wrote:

Certainly there is a great economic benefit from allowing such absolute freedom to private industry in the province, but it is unfortunate that this comes at the cost of the natural environment. It seems that most Albertans have bought the myth of money = happiness to the exclusion of all else. I agree this is short sighted, and am saddened by the Liberal voter turn-out

Posted March 3, 2008 10:10 PM

Stephen Kelly (Calgary) wrote:

This NEP argument thats posted as a reason not to vote for another party is an Alberta fallacy by the misinfomed or the dogmatic that always look for blame other then where it belongs.

As bad as Liberals/Trudeau were in enacting it (and they were bad), Ronald Reagan also brought in decontrolled oil prices during this period. Add to the Mulrooney government who wouldn't cancel the NEP when elected for two years until oil prices were at a low hovering around near $10 in 1985 and matters were out of everyones control.

When the next plummet occurs in commodity prices and an economic correction occurs by external forces, will you blame that on other political parties other then Conservatives holding power and not planning properly for the future? That will be interesting to watch as PCs had 30 years and little to show now in Heritage Fund for any rainy day that may come.

Best wishes and congratulations Ed, hope you have better policy analysts then Peter, Don or Ralph had during the next four years.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:10 PM

Rome (Winnipeg) wrote:

For all those Albertans who are unhappy with the results, give me a break!

You pay lower taxes, have better government services, and way more economic opportunities (thank you Oil Sands).

If I didn't truly love my economically oppressed province of Manitoba (thank you NDP), I'd be in Alberta in a heartbeat.

Quit your crying!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:10 PM

Ryan Nagy (Camrose) wrote:

I'm fourteen years old, and I'm a fan of the PC party, but I find it almost scary that there is such a gap! I think that the support for PC is a little more than it should be, that there should be support for other parties.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:10 PM

heather (edmonton) wrote:

This proves to me that albertans should not have the right to vote. What other place in the world that gives their people the vote consistently votes for one party rule? We might as well be living in communist china.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:09 PM

Heidi Bialik (Taber_AB) wrote:

I'm not surprised at tonight's turnout. My only hope is that Ed Stalmach is able to take Alberta successfully into this new era, which seems to be the levelling off of Alberta's economy boom. If he doesn't do well, hopefully by the next election, the Liberals have made themelves into a viable alternative. A revamping of the Liberal Party is probably in order.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:09 PM

Jane Ferguson (Edmonton_Strathcona) wrote:

I am thrilled the PC's won again! Alberta was and continues to be, a very conservative Province. If people (from other parties)are going to whine and complain about how this election turned out...then get VOTING! Have your say.....do something about it......Get your friends and family out, excercise their rights and maybe one day, there will be change. Until that day the PC's are going to reign. People are never happy, no matter who they vote in.
Way to go PC's........

Posted March 3, 2008 10:09 PM

Kirby (Camrose) wrote:

As I hear some of these comments, I am upset that people are so rude to those who vote PC. Don't get mad at us because you live in a PC Province. Don't call us stupid. If you want to talk about stupidity lets talk about why you continue to live in a province year after year when you disagree with the leadership so passionately. We are not idiots, we elect these leaders because we believe in them. I vote for the platform that is the best for me and my family. That is PC.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:09 PM

Anup Raniga (Calgary) wrote:

After the complete and utter incompetence in leadership from Ed Stelmach, one would think that there would be a change in the political landscape. Not so, as evidenced by the 72 seats won by the PC party. A proposal for next election is to have only Ed Stelmach's name on the ballot, a la 1933 Germany, and leave it at that, because, at this point in time, Alberta is a democracy in name only.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:09 PM

Chris (Edmonton) wrote:

Well, the sooner the PC government screws up the environement, the sooner everyone will actually start to do something about it. But why do we have to hit rock bottom before moving up?

Posted March 3, 2008 10:09 PM

John (Calgary) wrote:

I was and am very dissapointed in the media's coverage of this so-called election. They lead me to believe the Liberals would garner 20 or 30 seats when really they are struggling to maintain their status quo. I the conservative power-house is thrashing the opposition because their is no creditable second option.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:08 PM

William (Drayton_Valley) wrote:

I would just like to tell all of the people complaining about what has happened tonight, a democracy is ruled by the majority, and the majority voted conservative. You cant change anything if you dont get up and do something about it. If you have got a problem with that, then thats just too bad majority wins.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:08 PM

Jeff (Carstairs) wrote:

I've been in this province for 42 years. If people in this province do not like the results of this election, then leave! I'm sure you won't be missed. I don't hear you complaining about the jobs,prosperity and money that is here. Shut up or put up!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:08 PM

Erik (Edmonton) wrote:

I am greatly disappointed with "grass-roots Albertans." The Province is the way it is after 37 years of Tory rule. Stupidity is "expecting different results by doing the exact same thing." Thanks to the lack of voter turn-out: we will see our livelihoods sucked dry, our raw bitumen shipped south of the border, foreign workers taking our jobs (because fat oil doesn't want to work with the skilled labour in Alberta/Canada) and healthcare continuing to deteriorate.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:08 PM

bert mackay (St_Albert) wrote:

The media went for CHARISMA. Duh!!
Albertans went for SUBSTANCE and COMMONSENSE.
Congratulations to Premier Ed Stelmach, an honest and decent Government leader for ALL Albertans.
Lets get to work tomorrow!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:08 PM

Eric Petersen (Edmonton) wrote:

It is sad to see all these people who think that the results of this election are bad for Alberta. Love the Tories or hate them, they have a tough job here have dealt with it well. Sure, it would have been nice to see some temperament to our growth in the past but all in all, we have so much to show for how it has been dealt with.

If you think it is all that bad then move to Saskatchewan...

Posted March 3, 2008 10:08 PM

Dave Harris (Edmonton_downtown) wrote:

I can't beleive that there is another PC win, I moved to Edmonton 3 years ago from Ontario and had hoped that with all the other people moveing here that we might see a change. It saddens me GREATLY to see only a 40% Turn out.. all those people saying "My vote doesn't count" It just goes to show how politics relies on the stupid and uneducated. It's too bad the rest of us have to suffer for their ignorance. Can't wait to move :)

Posted March 3, 2008 10:08 PM

Rick (Edmonton) wrote:

Sort of says it all when you have someone saying he voted PC rather than for the Alberta Liberals because of the NEP. Brilliant.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:08 PM

Karlie Hanoski (Camrose_AB) wrote:

I cannot express the extent of my sadness for this province. Alberta is indeed the best province in which to live but the results of this election may cause me to change my opinion. I don't know what it will take for the Albertans to realize that a government cannot function without a proper opposition.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:08 PM

Carol (Calgary) wrote:

Do you think more young people would vote if you could do it online? Its not convenient, that's the problem. When it is online, they can't get it right. I moved since the last election and re-registered online. When I got to the polling station I wasn't on the list. The volunteers at the polling station commented that most who registered online didn't get their changes through. Get online and get it right!!

Posted March 3, 2008 10:08 PM

Katie (Taber) wrote:

As a young voter, I wonder just how many people (other than me) realize that when they went to vote that they were voting for the representatives in their constituency? or are people just voting for the party leaders in Edmonton (or in my case in Cardston, Taber, Warner).

Posted March 3, 2008 10:07 PM

Negima (Alberta) wrote:

What can I say? Things never change. The more they try to change the more they're the same! It's sad and disgusting to see PC still in power for the next 4 years - making it total of 41 years. Now I see that Ontario is also in 40 years *sigh* Roll eyes up...

Good bye to the environment! Alberta will contiune to dig deeper for dirty oil to fatten the fat cats' pockets for their own - not to us poor mice! I fear for higher rents, more tutorial expenses and low income people on street or move out to come ahead.

That will be my last vote. After all, politiains NEVER keep their promises. Now I'd like to know what the voter turnout - wouldn't be surprised if it's lot lower.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:07 PM

Martin Perra (Calgary) wrote:

This election should be a call for proportional representation. The Tories received 53% of the vote, yet get 85% of the representation on the legislature. This is NOT democracy.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:07 PM

Dave (edmonton) wrote:

With less then 40% of voter turn out, you would think that the albertan population would look at something more then apathy towards voting and now with the poor performance of the PC party with the make shift platform that i didnt see in the mail until close to the end of last week... sad, it makes me feel like whats the point of claiming an alberta advantage when all we are doing is looking back at the good ol' days

Posted March 3, 2008 10:07 PM

Reg Snelgrove (Edmonton) wrote:

It seems that the PC's won again. Looks like a vote for an extremely successful government in a successful province.
I think the real story is that the change desired was hardly as radical as any of the opposition parties had proposed. Overall the province is run well the economy is healthy and the environment is relatively clean.

Oh yeah and the santa comment is pretty apt in regards to most government programs. lol

Posted March 3, 2008 10:07 PM

Greg F (Sylvan_Lake) wrote:

I am so disillusioned in the democratic process right now. To think that yet again the PC government will continue to mismanage our economy, health and education systems, makes me so angry. To think that we live in the richest province and yet we have so many issues and concerns with infrastructure, homelessness, and the environement is unfathomable. I have heard many people say how they miss the PC party with Ralph at the helm. Yeah, I miss the guy too, I mean what a great leader to throw pennies at the homeless and tell them to get a job. To think that this party still gets the amount of support it still does in Alberta makes me glad that I have made the decision to move in the near future.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:06 PM

Brandon (Red_Deer) wrote:

As a 14 year old high school student i believe that the conservatives fought a much better campain. THey had better ideas and made a good impression on me. I only hope that Ed makes some good moves to lead the PC to another victory in four years. :)

Posted March 3, 2008 10:06 PM

Diane (St_Albert) wrote:

It is the same story every election. Low voter turnout. When are we going to get online voting?

Posted March 3, 2008 10:06 PM

Sean Campbell (Calgary) wrote:

Tonight I once again experienced the sinking feeling I had in the pit of my stomach on November 11 2004 when George W Bush was re-elected by the American people.

The results show a failure both in the opposition parties in Alberta, and a failure of vision in the Albertan people--who seem more interested in pulling the ladder up behind them as they find their own personal success.

What of the working poor in the province? What of the missing royalties, and arrogance of the governing Conservatives?

Apparently being able to say 'We're Number 1' and rub the rest of the country's face in our wealth is more important--and the order of the day.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:05 PM

KFE (Calgary) wrote:

It is painful to know that we have to live another 4 years with the Conservative party in power.

Albertans, obviously do not care for their personal health, the environment or education.

They seem to not be aware of what the Conservatives have done and are doing in this province.

The Conservatives already privatized our utilities and seem content to privatizing all of our resources, including our water supply.

And when all of our resources are plundered and our environment and economy destroyed, who will Albertans blame?

Posted March 3, 2008 10:04 PM

Gregory (Toronto) wrote:

Yet another disappointing night. Alberta it is time to get your head out of the thick, toxic sands. Global Warming. Your destroying our Country. Smarten up.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:04 PM

stan (lethbridge) wrote:

very sad but not surprising. I spent a couple of days doorknocking for the local Liberal candidate and while many people expressed discontent with the government on many issues, they seemed incapable of bringing themselfs to vote for anyone else. Can anyone explain how change can happen if you are not willing to make it happen

Posted March 3, 2008 10:03 PM

Erik Hansen (Edmonton) wrote:

Once again the great Alberta Sheeple have spoken. I will be interested to find out how many Albertans actually voted. I am willing to bet voter turnout is similar to the last election and if so I will be expressing my utter disappointment in the weeks and months to come to those who say their vote doesn't make any difference. I really want to throw-up just thinking of another 4 years in an out of control economy. We have very effectively CONDEMNED a large segment of the Alberta population to perpetual poverty, another large segment of middle income earners paying up to 50% and more of their income towards putting a roof over their head. When the inevitable RECESSION hits (and don't kid yourself, it's coming), and more and more people start loosing their homes,largely due to this government's lack of policy to deal with the insanity in the housing market, well what the hell will you think of your PRECIOUS PC's then.
I equate this province to a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah. We just don't give a damn
about consequences of our actions. And for that we will pay.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:01 PM

Average Alberta (Alberta) wrote:

Above-Average Albertan (Alberta) wrote:

"To all those who are too young to vote and make claims that they are outraged and may have to move. When you grow up you will understand a little better, when you have to pay your own bills and get your own job. All the stuff liberals and NDP promise you is not the same as santa clause, You have to pay for it yourself and it usually never works. When you get older you will realize their is no santa clause and high taxes and hefty government programs don't work."
-Average Albertan

To all those who are too young to vote, I hope this ignorant comment has annoyed you enough that you will vote at every election when you old enough (however you see fit) and play an important role in Albertan politics.
-From someone who is has grown up enough to understand that teenagers do not actually believe in Santa Claus (and simultaneously, amazingly enough, votes, pays bills, and does all sorts of grown up things!)

For all those teenagers than understand what a simile or metaphor remember my comments when you are older. As you will realise that they are an extremely accurate description of liberal platforms.
To the liberal who replied to this don't worry global warming will not harm santa clauses home in the north pole, the ice cap has increased this year. And yes all the goodies from government acomplish nothing and are not free.

Posted March 3, 2008 10:00 PM

Emma Camicioli (Edmonton) wrote:

I think that now that there are very few non-conservative seats it will be too hard to oppose the government. They will have ultimute power. The government will also not hear the voice of the whole people.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:57 PM

james (calgary) wrote:

So disappointed. For once I thought we had a chance for a real opposition party in this province. Alberta is a politically retarded province and it isn't healthy to have one party in office for so long.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:56 PM

Terry Smith (Edmonton) wrote:

Once again I'm stunned. For Albertans, apathy and lack of interest in the issues = Tory votes. The Tory machine rides again.

Personally, I'm sick of hearing about the NEP, so to those who placed their vote with the NEP in mind I have this to say:
1 - The provincial Liberals had nothing to do with this federal measure, so don't hold your breath for an apology from the Alberta Liberals;
2 - The provincial Liberals have not held the house in Alberta since 1921, it might be more appropriate to blame Lougheed for not stopping it:
3 - Get over it, we're still the richest province in the federation.

Ughhh.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:56 PM

Shelby Johnson (St_Albert) wrote:

Im a grade 7 year old girl that is extremely disappointed with the Liberals right now. I really hoped they had won and don't think that it is fair that they have been in power for 40 years. I also wish that Jack Flaherty had won because he went door to door for hours and was kind and polite with everyone he talked to. I didn't like Ken Allred as much as I was impressed by Mr. Flaherty. Also I dearly hope that Ed Stelmach will try to use his second chance to help improve the environment and healthcare.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:56 PM

Jason (Brooks) wrote:

This clearly shows the Liberal leader in alberta must and should resign within the next three days lol!!!He's lost seats in key ridings but yet he's sticking around as leader of the Liberals give me a break guy you lost HUGE come on already time to pack it in!!!!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:55 PM

Tavis (edmonton) wrote:

we are like sheep in alberta. as long as the grass is green we dont care. the national energy program is 30 years old and the liberals are still paying for it. alot of people think that another party will destroy this province but they havent had a chance to lead.
this is not democracy if the party in power is able to do what they please. there is no balance here. and the population is not represented very well.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:55 PM

Phillip Buchan (Tokyo) wrote:

I don't understand Albertans herd mentality to vote Conservative .I was born in Calgary and have never voted for the Tories in my life.Many problems which never get addressed by them such as the Environmnet,Health ,Housing etc.I hope they will get rid of Health care premiums.I will move to Vancouver when I go back to Canada

Posted March 3, 2008 09:55 PM

Sharon Riley (Edmonton_Strathcona) wrote:

I want to give Kevin Taft a hug! He needs to know that he has supporters out there - despite a red neck majority!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:55 PM

Jason (Calgary) wrote:

After reading many comments, I noticed much disappointment in the results. I think one thing we have to keep in mind is that Ed Stelmach has only been around for about a year. Yes it again is a PC government, but he listens to the people and seems not to be afraid to act based on what he hears. That is the makings of a great leader. He will now have 4 years to see how great or not he really is. Let's judge him based on a full term and see how he does. Let's be hopeful and positive that the province will be a better place after the next four years.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:55 PM

Kristen Dick (Calgary) wrote:

For a man that has shown so little understanding of the way things work in Alberta, it's incredible Stelmach has remained in power. This province runs on oil and gas. 70% of the industry's employees rely on conventional oil and gas, which is in its twilight. To treat this declining sector in the same fashion as the rising oil sands is absurd. The right think he's gone too far, the left not far enough, and everyone has been alienated.
Land sales in Alberta have decreased dramatically, while interest and investment steadily increases in BC and Saskatchewan. The $2 billion we were promised in royalties seems like a ridiculous pipe dream, given Stelmach's complete lack of appreciation for the nuances of the industry and the way to keep this province in the black. I am concerned about the repercussions for Alberta if we accept such uninformed leadership.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:54 PM

Mark (Calgary) wrote:

I think it is important tonight to remember that the Alberta PC's have stated that they do not feel a need to address the emissions of the oilsands for at least twelve more years. We have now seen that two out of every three people living in this province have told the entire world that they are unconcerned by the damaging effects of oilsands development. I'm sure that the rest of the world will be VERY grateful.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:54 PM

Patricia sirant (Cold_Lake_AB) wrote:

I am 9 years old. I went with my Dad to a polling station. The people there didn't mind a bit! Voting is kind of easy, I think. I wanted to vote, but I'm too young.

I don't like the attacks ads on TV. There so many! They are really mean.

I know Jason Sloychuk's family. He did very well for his first time. They are very proud of him.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:53 PM

Troy Siemers (Calgary) wrote:

Although my riding is Fort McMurray, I am happy to see the PCs win considering that when you have a province as strong as we have, it is clear that changing the leadership is not necessary for the success of Alberta.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:52 PM

Kyle (Edmonton) wrote:

Hey Andrew Boluk from Calgary,
Why don't you go back to school and try to pay some of the highest tuition rates in the country ($5000+ per year + books and living costs). I'm barely making end's meet while working 20+ hours per week. Plus, i have a full course load. Post-secondary students have, for too long, been ignored in this province (among other things, ie: health care, education, environment). The PC government is running its students further and further into debt. How are we supposed to enjoy the "Alberta advantage" if we're $30-40,000 in debt before we even hit the job market? Not all of us want to work in the oil sands when we finish school (the only place where you seem to be able to make a decent salary in this province).

Posted March 3, 2008 09:52 PM

Tim (Calgary) wrote:

Perhaps it's time for the opposition to get together and form one party - an Alberta party with a difference. Maybe then, we can offer Alberta a choice.

Having said that, people have a tendency of protecting their pocket books and money speaks much louder than values. Perhaps no idea will ever outgun greed.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:52 PM

Garry (Edmonton) wrote:

The last good leader the Liberals had was Laurence Decore. He went into an election with 8 seats and came out with 32. The party responded by firing him. And they wonder why no one takes them seriously. If the Liberals can find another leader with the charisma and capability of Decore, they can win an election. But does anybody want the job?

Posted March 3, 2008 09:51 PM

Miriam (Edmonton) wrote:

I am absolutely disgusted by the results I am seeing tonight. That the PC party could be reelected and given more power this election is a sign of Albertans shortsightedness and ignorance of what is at stake. It seems Albertans have once again chosen to put short term economic gains above the true needs of the province. These include protecting our environment and supporting long term social planning. The PC party will now continue to support big business at the expense of future generations.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:50 PM

VKJ (Calgary) wrote:

I'm disappointed with the results. Stelmach is an improvement on Klein, but that isn't saying much because Kleain was pretty useless for years. We need a larger and stronger opposition and a more democratic government.

What we must do now is hold Stelmach's feet to the fire along with every MLA especially the PC ones. Demand that they hit the brakes on the oil sands now, because right now the oil sands development is killing Albertans and this criminal pollution must be stoppped before it kills more of us and poisons our beautiful province. We have to stop oil companies from wasting our water because we are going to have shortages. We have got to get after the government to educate more nurses and doctors and to open more beds now to avoid Albertans dying in hospital hallways due to government mismanagement of our health care system. Everybody hound your MLAs and don't let them get away with lazy greedy behaviour that Klein exhibited, while abusing old people and disabled people and pooor people.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:50 PM

Ben Sir (Edmonton) wrote:

It has finally become undeniable that I cannot live much longer in a province (that I once loved) in which I'm ashamed of it's intentions, track record and voice. What a dissapointing evening.
Ben

Posted March 3, 2008 09:50 PM

Stefan (Camrose) wrote:

Predictable and not unexpected results. Question is not is the hint and promise of change just an empty "campaign promise".

Posted March 3, 2008 09:49 PM

Jim Swettenham (Winnipeg) wrote:

As a former media person from Central Alberta it is interesting to see how the large block of undecideds quickly proved the pundits wrong when they quickly decided to vote blue. What was expected to be an exciting Alberta election has turned out to be a bit of a ho-hum. Too bad that Albertans still lack the courage and desire to step out of their comfort zone and experience change for a change.
Congratulations to all candidates of all stripes for putting their policies and best feet forward.
Regards
Jim Swettenham
Winnipeg

Posted March 3, 2008 09:49 PM

Ryan Sauve (Calgary) wrote:

It's unfortunate how Albertabs fail to understand how high inflation in this province will take a toll on our standard of living in the future. The PC party is simply a riding on the coattail of this province's success and not its cause. It's just a matter of time before it all implodes.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:49 PM

Sam (Edmonton) wrote:

"If the Liberals got in they would try to force everyone to work in solar panel factories at minimum wage, not to Mention doubling taxes."
-Brad Macdougal (a student graduating soon... hopefully not from university)

Political ignorance at its best.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:49 PM

Gyame Kyakpa So (Calgary) wrote:

The election was decided by the majority who DID NOT vote! I am disappointed by the majority who gave up their most fundamental of rights -- right to elect one's own government!

I do not want to hear from anyone about the incompetencies of this government. PC MLAs are bunch of sheep who blindly follow.

The opposition was inept in not being able to get the apathetic to vote!

We get the government we deserve! We deserve this incompetent government once again.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:48 PM

Brian (Edmonton_AB) wrote:

the polls showed that 52% wanted a new government, yet they still vote conservative

is it that we want change but fear it at the same time.

what is wrong with this province?.... an elected dictatorship. that's all we choose and therefor that is all we deserve

Posted March 3, 2008 09:48 PM

Canadian latitude (Vancouver) wrote:

Well the good Sheeple of Alberta made their choice. I guess they are happy with the housing crisis, the pollution, environmental destruction, infrastructure falling apart.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:47 PM

James F (Edmonton_AB) wrote:

It is obvious, even from the comments in this forum that only uneducated idiots who aren't able to defend their strategy of voting Conserative for life are the majority of those who vote in this province. The vast majority of people in this forum did not vote conservative, as is obvious. Conclusion? Conservatives don't watch the CBC or defend their idiotic decisions.
A move out of this province is an appealing thing around this time. This election was the conseratives to loose seats in.. The provinces infrastructure is crumbling, the Oilsands is the worlds # 1 manmade disaster (go visit for yourself like I have, or if you can't -- view it on Google Earth --- the area of the operation is larger than the whole landmass of Edmonton), Housing costs are out of control, labour costs are insane, even 1/2 the major oilsands companies (see Shell and Suncor) are calling for a moratorium & change. What more do we need to convince voters to change? I'll tell you what we need. We need the stalewart 'PC voters for life because Trudeau screwed us over with the NEP, we'll never vote liberal again' to die off , that's what we need. That and an educated, informed populous.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:47 PM

Chris (Calgary) wrote:

I'm a kumquat. I'm a turnip. I'm a roll of toilet paper. Run me under a PC banner, voila, instant winner.
Welcome to the next decade of fewer hospitals, more traffic, dirtier water and air and even less transparent and democratic governance.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:47 PM

Keith Morrison (Bermuda) wrote:

Currently residing in Bermuda but having lived in Alberta for close to 15 yrs from '89. I purchased my first house in Calgary for the same price it was going for in '79,, I can only expect that Albertans don't want to rock the boat. The results show just that. It would have been nice if the Gov't would have looked more at post-secondary education and put more of the pot in to REDUCE the cost of tuition for young Albertans to carry the torch..Creating a future

Posted March 3, 2008 09:47 PM

Rick (Edmonton) wrote:

The answer is simply that Albertans have a blind and unfailing loyalty to one party and have grown up feeling that the party can do no wrong. Everyone else is an enemy. Sort of like North Korea.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:47 PM

kelsey (edmonton) wrote:

i am embarassed to be an Albertan tonight

Posted March 3, 2008 09:45 PM

Norm Bartel (Stony_Plain) wrote:

Thank you for your excellent coverage of the election. Although I am pleased with the results of the vote, I would like to see a little more opposition to challenge the government on its policies. Just wondering, what does the Rhinoceros Party have to say about the election? I read one small article on their platforms and have not heard from them since. Can we get their take on the results? Perhaps they might make a stand as an opposition for our government.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:45 PM

K. de Jong (Edmonton_Highlands) wrote:

I am confused why Albertans fail to see there are more than just 2 parties in this election.
The liberals are NOT the only alternative to the PCs. What is it about our political system that the majority of people fail to chose the right people to represent them, opposed to the colour or name of the party?

Posted March 3, 2008 09:45 PM

Mitchell Neuberger (Olds_Alberta) wrote:

The election results were obviously expected and at the same rate largely disappointing. The conservatives have failed me as a student. As I approach the end of my high school years, I see that I may not be able to afford the post-secondary education that I greatly want. Health care is obviously mismanaged by the conservatives, and previous attempts at privatization have greatly devastated our public healthcare's ability. We need a party that is able to support social programs. It is obvious that Albertans care more about greed, profit, and oil, and that health, education, humanity, and obviously the environment are on the bottom of the priorities. Our province needs a proportional voting system to become truly democratic, as we have so many wasted votes. Alberta is in a truly disappointing state and I hope others share my sense of frustration.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:45 PM

Johlene Teasdale (Sherwood_Park__Rural) wrote:

Comment on election coverage: I was tuned into Global all excited to hear Ralph's comments, but was disappointed. Ralph is wasted on them, I didn't like how they were handling him, bad chemistry and everyone looked tense. Switching to CBC - eye candy for the Calgary tower background and the lovely legistature. All the announcers look confident and the setup is better to watch. Way to go CBC! On election results: I would have liked to see more Liberals win, but I'm not worried having the PC's in power, Alberta will be just fine.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:44 PM

Arwen Thysse (Edmonton) wrote:

The Progressive Conservitives like to progress and conserve the economy...but they do not like to progress and conserve the environment.

~Arwen Thysse~
12 years old
Edmonton

Posted March 3, 2008 09:43 PM

Alex G (Calgary) wrote:

I'm an avid conservative supporter, and the landslide victory for the PC's is a big vote of confidence to the party in this province. But the fact that there will be no real opposition might not be so great, as the conservatives might slack off a bit, and with no real pressure to fulfill their promises, will likely forget what they said prior to the election.

All in all, great day to be a conservative!
Alex

Posted March 3, 2008 09:43 PM

Kaitlin Wiznura (17) (Edmonton) wrote:

I am a high school student and I was under the the mistaken impression that in order for democracy to work we need an opposition. Well I congratulate Ed Stelmach on his victory, I am horrified by the lack of diversity in voting. It will hardly serve Albertan's well to have elected a government comprised of all the same opinions. 46% of voters voting against the conservatives are represented with 14% in the house.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:41 PM

Jassy Gill (edmonton) wrote:

when people vote they should look at the candidate too. For example Edmonton Manning candidate peter sandhu won the election. Only few people know that he can't even speak english properly. how he can represent me and other residents in the government. no good for anybody

Posted March 3, 2008 09:41 PM

Marc (Lethbridge) wrote:

Simple Lesson:
NEVER underestimate the power of the BLUE MACHINE.

CONServatives worked hard over he last week to get every vote out.

I have a Liberal sign on my lawn and was called once in the last week.

Other than the Liberals and CONServatives we did not get any campaign brochures delivered to our house, no candidate visited out door, and no campaign called our house.

WHAT KIND OF CAMPAIGNING IS THIS??????

Posted March 3, 2008 09:41 PM

eva (Calgary) wrote:

As usual I feel like my vote means nothing the government thinks it's doing a great job by being elected again with even a bigger majority. I just don't get Albertans after all the complaining we elect them again. It's a very sad day and I just don't think I will vote again!!!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:40 PM

Eldon Eisner (Wainwright) wrote:

We now have replicated proof. In putting another donkey on a ballot,the people are once again are to afraid to vote for something better. One can only question why people actually believe that being lied to and stolen from continuosly is a good thing.
Maybe its battered voters syndrome. (It will get better, it must be our fault.)
One final thought, with all the dissention being shown, I think our elections are being rigged. Listen to everybody speaking against these guys. Why would they turn and vote against themselves?
Questionable.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:40 PM

Above-Average Albertan (Alberta) wrote:

"To all those who are too young to vote and make claims that they are outraged and may have to move. When you grow up you will understand a little better, when you have to pay your own bills and get your own job. All the stuff liberals and NDP promise you is not the same as santa clause, You have to pay for it yourself and it usually never works. When you get older you will realize their is no santa clause and high taxes and hefty government programs don't work."
-Average Albertan

To all those who are too young to vote, I hope this ignorant comment has annoyed you enough that you will vote at every election when you old enough (however you see fit) and play an important role in Albertan politics.
-From someone who is has grown up enough to understand that teenagers do not actually believe in Santa Claus (and simultaneously, amazingly enough, votes, pays bills, and does all sorts of grown up things!)

Posted March 3, 2008 09:39 PM

Caleb (Cold_Lake_Alberta) wrote:

I am sixteen year old and over the last week or so the Progressive Conservative has been the only party I have seen with signs up or other forms of advertisement. This is not adequate for the communication age we live in. Congrats to the PC's, but hopefully you come out and make some better decisions.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:39 PM

Sighing Again (Calgary) wrote:

A Canadian Dream Job: run in any riding in Alberta as a PC. You're almost guaranteed a good job for 4 years, experience not necessary. Heck, you don't even have to like the party or what they stand for. Just run as a PC - anywhere in Alberta.

Will Albertans ever grow up and realize that change IS good sometimes - it keeps complacency at bay.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:39 PM

brad stovra (regina) wrote:

Way to go Alberta! Progress will continue with the Conservatives. Now if only ONTARIO would wake-up and join in on the success of a CONSERVATIVE gov't( but they change to what the media tells them to do--settling with the undecisive LIBERALS and SOCIALISTS.).
Alberta voters...here's to you!!!!!!AAA+++

Posted March 3, 2008 09:38 PM

Kyle (Edmonton) wrote:

PC Alberta: "Change" that works for Corporations.

I'm starting to think the only way that I'll be able to experience a change in government is if i move out of province... 37 years and counting... why do we even hold elections in this province anymore? it sure would save a lot of taxpayer's money... although, that money would probably just be invested in the oil sands...

Posted March 3, 2008 09:36 PM

Valerie Kennedy (Edmonton) wrote:

I am devastated. I thought, when people said that they wanted change, that they would follow through with their votes.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:36 PM

Doug Pier (Edmonton) wrote:

A PC win will translate into over 40 years of one party forming the government. This speaks volumes. In a word; naive.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:36 PM

Jay (calgary) wrote:

I think the comments about the name "Liberal" being a losing proposition in Alberta are a misreading of the situation and the history of Alberta politics. People here don't vote against the liberals or the NDP they vote for the PC's as most long time voters only vote PC no matter what, the one's that have a problem with the name liberal and the one's that can't tell the difference between the federal liberals and the Alberta Liberals are die hard conservative voters and the base of the PC party and is not going anywhere. The disaapointing thing is that the voter turnout in Calgary and Edmonton is just 40% so 60% didnot vote majority of them newcomers, and the most that did vote are PC voters that come out rain or shine. All these pundits advocating for a name change for the alberta liberals citing the NEP dinosaur don't have an answer why the NDP doesn't win or move ahead of the liberals, the answer is Alberta has always elected one conservative party or the other, so it doesn't matter(even before the NEP). I think Alberta should really consider increasing the term of a governemnt to 10 or 12 years because there is no point in spending hundereds of millions of dollars to elect the same party every 4 years without even a credible opposition

Posted March 3, 2008 09:35 PM

Meghan (Edmonton) wrote:

I'm disappointed in the results of the election. I don't think it is a surprise that the conservatives elected a majority government, but I was hoping that enough candidates from other parties would be elected to provide an effective opposition. Unfortunately, we have elected a tyranny, as 11 or 12 people cannot be an opposition to 71.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:35 PM

JC (Calgary) wrote:

Why are people so surprised that PC won? That huge chunk of people who were undecided? They voted for PC. Albertans may have wanted "change" but voting for evil they don't know would have been just too much. It's not like Liberals presented silver bullets during this campaign. Unless economy and healthcare jump off a cliff and splatter in pieces, it is going to be PC.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:35 PM

Bhas Thankey (calgary) wrote:

Very disappointed..

Posted March 3, 2008 09:35 PM

Taylor (Edmonton_AB) wrote:

I am not sure what to think of this election, I cast my first vote as a registered voter not for a party line, or a leader, but rather against what I would consider the unnecessary components in an election.
While looking my first ballot, I could not think of a plan, or a man... just meaningless squabbling and attack adds.

I honestly wish all of the parties considered their electorates to be made up of competent and intelligent individuals. If they had, perhaps we would have seen commercials with bullets of their plans, rather than an appeal to fear and emotionality.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:34 PM

marc (Calgary) wrote:

It will be nice that Alberta politics is no longer Edmonton (Lib) versus Calgary (PC) as Klein always tried to portray it.
It would have been better for democracy and representation and accountability if the Liberals were able to hold onto more of their Edmonton seats.
Lib and PC MLA's across all of Alberta will be a good thing.

NDP may loose official party status in the Legislature.
Their message DID NOT connect with Albertans. Major failure for them.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:33 PM

Nicole Burisch (Calgary) wrote:

I am an artist and cultural worker based in Calgary. I am very disappointed with the results: I had hoped to see the Liberals and NDP make further gains this election, and to hear more discussion around arts funding and environmental issues. Like many others in my field, I am increasingly considering a to move to a province where these issues take more priority.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:32 PM

Jared Kenwell (Edmonton) wrote:

An endorsement for a government that has refused to govern on unreasonable rent increases. A government that is giving away the oil from the oilsands for less than $3 a barrel. A government that has again and again promised to better healthcare and education, and hasn't done anything real to improve the situation. A government that is presiding over crumbling infrastructure, and has seen a doubling of homelessness in the last ten years in this Province, and has put virtually nothing away in savings for decades. There are multitudes of problems but it seems Albertans are not really affected by any of them enough to call for change to something other than the ruling party. But how could it be any other way? In a Province where 65% of the population gets less than 49% representation in the Legislature, the rural minority vote alone can always guarantee a rightwing government. Albertans have spoken. When I hear the slogan "Change that works for Albertans", I think of a couple of nickels, a dime, and a few pennies, thrown at those who are of the greatest need. The non-renewable resources are wasted for a fraction of what Albertans should be getting, but hey, who doesn't like peanuts? (For those with allergies, the peanuts will be replaced with breadcrumbs). Perhaps it is true that the people get the government they deserve. Thank you for voting for yet another PC non-government.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:31 PM

Adam (Regina) wrote:

As a former Calgary West resident, I'm happy to see Ron Liepert re-elected tonight. And since we here in Saskatchewan just got rid of the useless NDP, I'm glad to see their numbers down.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:31 PM

Ed (Edmonton) wrote:

I can't beleive the gall of the previous on line comment demanding the provincial Liberal party aploagize for the alleged damage done by the federal Liberal party 27 years ago. Im sure it's part of the rich fantasy life of some Albertans who lived through the bust (as I did) that Pierre Trudeau single handedly drove WORLD oil prices to $12 a barrel. The fact is many bet on $40 a barrel oil and lost. They just dont't want to look in the mirror and admit that they screwed up so they whine that it was all the fault of the NEP, what bunk. But facts of course don't matter, it's all part of Alberta folklore now.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:30 PM

Travis (Calgary) wrote:

Remember the NEP? Will never vote Liberal in any election whether it be at the Federal level or the Provincial level. PC for the win!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:30 PM

Cate (Calgary) wrote:

As a thirteen-year old girl, with father in the oil patch and a mother as a social worker I am thoroughly disgusted by these results. Albertans need change, and for us to have the same perspective, ideas and plan for thirty-seven years is a monstrosity. I believe that the PC have had more than enough time to fix social infrastructure, yet my friends still go to a school that is literally falling down on them and we have people dieing in the waiting rooms in hospitals because we blew them all up. The PCs lack a plan, which just happens to be the only reason why you are elected within politics. We need to look at a change, we need to get voters voting not just because it is out of habit to vote for the PCs but because they like the values of them. We need a government with a new perspective on the environment, social issues, infrastructure and the economy. This government is not satisfactory for myself and many of the people that I know, so why not opt for change?

Posted March 3, 2008 09:30 PM

allen klein (calgary) wrote:

After watching the results roll in, I cant help but think that we will now be more of a laughing stock nationally than we were previously. We have triage tents on the lawn of a major urban hospital, that pass for emergency wards. We wont be able to breathe the air until 2050 (after we are all dead) because of the lack of emission caps on the tar sands. The highest rental rates in the country, an explosion in the number of homeless, with no thought of slowing down the largest ecological disaster on the planet that has caused all this. This election proves the old saying that, the more people think alike the less they have to think at all. We truly deserve the gov't that we get.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:30 PM

stu (edmonton) wrote:

truly disfunctional democracy when 54% of the popular vote gets you 87% of the representation.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:29 PM

Malcolm MacLean (CalgaryMountainview) wrote:

I am a university student, and have been lucky enough to be able to really focus and research the different campaigns this election. As it stands, the PC projected at holding 72 seats (86.7% of the seats), Liberal 9(10.8% of the seats), and NDP at 2(2.4% of the seats). It is unbelievable how the PC party can receive 55% of the votes and then represent 87% of alberta. Our first-past-the-post system is clearly an obsolete method of democracy.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:29 PM

Gary (Medicine_Hat) wrote:

Reading the comments indicates that there is some belief that electing a PC government will continue the "prosperity". I guess it depends on the definition of prosperity. Twenty years from now these same people may be asking why they weren't told about environmental problems, a health care system that has broken down, an education system that has not responded to the real world and what has happened when the petroleum companies have completed their rape of Alberta. Keep espousing the right-wing rhetoric but it can't work forever. Sheep in cattle country!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:29 PM

Jeff Nagy (Camrose) wrote:

My name is jeff and my age is 10. I think that PC Party won because he got elected last time. And they voted good!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:29 PM

Abraham Danial (Toronto) wrote:

I was born and raised in Edmonton,but I now live in Toronto.

Albertans, aren't you embarrased that you have a one-party state, worse than many countries overseas?

I guess when the economy is strong it's hard for the governing party to lose.

Albertans, take a risk now and then. Vote for somebody new!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:28 PM

Matt Tokarchik (BuffaloLake) wrote:

I would have been happy to see a change, because Mr. Stelmach seems to need some time to get his priorities straight. As a resident of Rural Alberta, I have seen plans for many things (such as water services and paved roads) come and go with the different premiers. During the time of Premier Klein, these things seemed like they might happen, but, when Mr. Stelmach came into office, these plans were never heard of again. as far as I'm concerned, the only reason the PC party is so far ahead is because everyone who is undecided voted conservative.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:27 PM

David Fairfield (Edmonton) wrote:

I guess we have to hope that our Mr. Stelmach can take this majority and use it to make the changes he has promised. As for the Liberals, their lack of solid financing is a large part of the story, and I suspect that their selection of candidates has played a larger role than they would be willing to admit. But the real shame is to see the loss of distinguished MLAs such as Ray Martin and Wes Mather -- regardless of their party affiliation, they've worked hard and done the jobs they were elected to do.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:27 PM

Jason E. (Calgary) wrote:

The strong PC majority and increase in seats is not overly surprising to me. Although, Ed is not the most charismatic leader we have had, it is sometimes the quiet leaders that actually get more things done. He has a quiet confidence about him that I think people find reassuring. The other leaders (besides Mason) are virtual unknowns and they don't inspire alot of confidence He has made some major decisions and some unpopular/tough decisions in the last 14 months and I think it will be great to see what he can accomplish with a full term in front of him.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:27 PM

Andrea Schibler (Edmonton_Glenora) wrote:

Seeing the results I put my hand over my heart,
unfortunately,
it has shrivelled along with my hope.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:27 PM

Bill B (Calgary) wrote:

As a disaffected PC from Calgary, I am saddened how Mr. Ed completely ignores Calgary in his cabinet (and we all know that is the one and only place policy is made), but Calgarians return him in spades again. Well, Ed, the ball is squarely in your court...time to recognize Calgary in your cabinet and in the funding formulas. Edmonton takes 10% more Health funding annually, your riding takes 50% more and your government ignores the pressures on Calgary. PS: great work on the royalties, you should have the natural gas exploration business killed completely by year end.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:26 PM

Adam (Standard) wrote:

I noticed that in Strathmore-Brookes, the only Candidate on the ballet that lived in the area was Doerkson. All the other candidates live, reside, and work in Calgary. They all might be very nice people, but how can you represent your area without having spent any time living in the area you represent. That really bugs me. The reason PC has such a hold on rural Alberta is because the locals are running, not city people who just don't understand the rural dynamic and rural views.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:26 PM

David Dashwood (Edmonton) wrote:

the Alberta Conservatives have once again shown their power over the Alberta voter's ability to reason. The Conservatives could run Pierre Trudeau or Saddam Hussain in any rural seat in province and both would have win.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:25 PM

Jason Caldwell (Calgary) wrote:

Although Ed Stelmach is not the charismatic and intriguing leader that Ralph Klein was I have the sense that he is working hard to make good decisions in the interest of the people. In these times of intense growth in our province there isn't a company or organization that isn't stretched to deliver on their commitments or their promises either to their staff or to their customers. I believe that under the circumstances the PCs have done a respectable job of keeping up with the times. Things can always be better but the PCs have certainly not dropped the ball as the opposition parties like to claim.


Posted March 3, 2008 09:24 PM

Average Albertan (Alberta) wrote:

To all those who are too young to vote and make claims that they are outraged and may have to move. When you grow up you will understand a little better, when you have to pay your own bills and get your own job. All the stuff liberals and NDP promise you is not the same as santa clause, You have to pay for it yourself and it usually never works. When you get older you will realize their is no santa clause and high taxes and hefty government programs don't work.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:24 PM

Jimmy Johnson (PEI) wrote:

This bodes well for Harper! Go PC! I'm 15 and loving it. Albertans are smart.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:24 PM

Dillon (Edmonton) wrote:

The province is awash in Blue yet again. When people spend the next few years complaining about how service A or commodity B or even the impact of decision C is being ignored or mismanaged by the government and more must be done; I'll have little sympathy.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:23 PM

nitish (calgary) wrote:

i am 13 years old and have been watching closely to the provincial elections results. i think that sometimes change is not good. if you have a good base then why not keep going with the same team

Posted March 3, 2008 09:23 PM

Loryn (Fort_McMurray__Wood_Buffalo) wrote:

Alberta has stepped up to the plate and demonstrated at the poll's who they trust to form the government. This large majority puts confidence in Alberta's Economic, Social and Environmental future.

Way to Go Alberta!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:23 PM

David K. (Calgary) wrote:

My God I can’t believe the ignorant comments that the Liberals did not get in due to the NEP. To associate the NEP from the National Liberals of 30 years ago with this provincial party is beyond shortsighted. Are these the same people who won’t buy German beer to punish the Nazi Party of the 30’s?

It was not the NEP, it was the same thing we have always had – a very very poorly run campaign and opposition in general.

But the sheep of Alberta have spoken. Blow up your hospitals, cut assistance for the less fortunate, who gives a crap about people? You voted for this party, I sure as hell hope you are happy with what you got.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:23 PM

Bruce Falconer (Fort_Macleod) wrote:

When Albertans learned on the news that "Albertans for Change" adds were really the unions trying to discredit the PCs the tide changed. Shame on th unions...they have no place in an election!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:23 PM

Bronwyn Gaye (Calgary) wrote:

As a Girl in Gr. 6 I don't know much but I do know .(*Calgary)Why can't this world accept change?
we have voted for Ed stelmach for who knows how long! but now thinking back to the past I wachted the Debate In Edmonton and to me Ed Stelmach was like a robot or a statue its weird that people would v0te for someone can not even back up his own Ideas at the debate!
So now I am wondering why can't people accept a new person instead of a statue for their Whatever person Cause I would like to see promises kept and change in Alberta and Even the whole of Canada! and in the debate many people during the free talk would say something have a comback be asked what their solution is and they COULD NOT BACK IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...

Posted March 3, 2008 09:22 PM

Sally Heartland (CalgaryHays) wrote:

i like mr kurtze and how he drives around is his super cool RV handing out candy too all my friends. if i could vote, he would get mine. :)
he reminds me of my grandpappy, before he got cancer. go kurtze!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:22 PM

Nathaniel Nagy (Camrose_AB) wrote:

as a 13 year old I don't think much of voting because Im not old enough to vote. but i realize that it is very important. What i don't get is why the PC party is winning by so much.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:22 PM

Julian Schulz (Edmonton_AB) wrote:

Doing the same thing--in Alberta, that works! I think I need a change of residence.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:22 PM

Liam Johnson (St_Albert) wrote:

Hi, My name is Liam Johnson and im in grade 7. I hope the government gives schools money to buy new textbooks since my textbooks are all falling apart. As well I hope that they give money to schools, especially my older sister's school which is very old and needs some renovations badly!!!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:21 PM

Thomas (calgary) wrote:

yes the pc's won, however i really dont think that he has what i takes. he didnt do anything about changing health-care issues before, why would he do anything about it now. im sad that calgary would choose someone like him to be premier.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:21 PM

Ali (Calgary) wrote:

At a time when leadership and infrastructure are so important to Calgary and to Alberta, I cannot help but be astounded by voter apathy and stagnant conservatism. Change is happening in this province whether we participate or not. We need to carefully consider how that change will be handled, and if the recently hands-off Torie model is appropriate.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:21 PM

Meagan (Lethbridge) wrote:

I can't believe that once again this province goes blue. People are constantly saying, "we want change, this government doesn't work..." Then why do we ALWAYS vote for a party that doesn't work for us? Are we all really that afraid of change?
Wake up Alberta! We need a government that will make changes for the better, put more money into education and policing, take better care of our health care system and environmental issues... not an empty suit.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:21 PM

Kelly (Calgary) wrote:

Why? Why? Why can't Albertans vote for change? Obviously a monkey could run for the Tories and win. What is wrong with the province?

Posted March 3, 2008 09:21 PM

Thelme (Rocky_Mountain_House_AB) wrote:

I am from Rocky Mountain House, there is nothing wrong with re-electin a government that is doing a good job, if only they were doing a good job. It's these stuborn people that are unwilling to change their parties just because they have always voted a certain way. It's important to keep up with what is going on in our world so that when it is time to make a difference we are able to. It is sad that high school student who are unable to vote know more about our politics then most adults. It's important that if something isn't working that we get rid of it.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:20 PM

Amna( 8) (Edmonton) wrote:

i was hoping the pc would win. today my dad went out for helping with the campaigning. We think that no one can get elected without good campaigning and supporters who r wiling to help with it.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:20 PM

Tina D. (Edmonton) wrote:

I just read over the comments from viewers and there are a lot of upset people writing in to the CBC. So why is your silly anchor only reading the cutie pie comments. Let's hear some real remarks from real people. The results of this election will be a complete disaster for this province. I don't want a cutie pie anchor giving silly comments.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:20 PM

Anna Klassen (Edmonton) wrote:

I am appalled that once again Alberta voters are voting the Progressive Conservative party into power. Have we forgotten that this is the same party that dismantled our education and health care systems in the 90s? It is this same party that is currently in the process of exploiting and selling off our natural resources with little or no thought to future generations of Albertans. I sure hope that that Ed has a plan this time around that will benefit all Albertans.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:19 PM

Andrew (Calgary_) wrote:

It warms my heart to see the results! Even warmer will be tomorrow when one gets to see the long faces of those who chose to bask in the benefits of this province, but actively choose not to vote for the party that brought them.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:19 PM

Raj D (Calgary) wrote:

Not a surprise! but it is Alberta. Its all about perception and nothing about policies.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:19 PM

Trevor Zimmer (Edmonton) wrote:

Despite what the results say about this election... I was disgusted at the smear campaigns that were run in this case against Mr. Stelmach. Preying on voters who may not take the time to investigate the issues and personal attacks is in my eyes an infringement on all voters rights to participate in a fair election. It also casts a shadow on our politicians, even those not targeted, and thus is more likely to turn voters away from participating in the democratic process. I'd like to see some form of restrictions and measures put in place to stop this type of dirty politics in hopes it will bring out more voters so their voice can be heard.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:19 PM

Sharon Riley (Edmonton_Strathcona) wrote:

As a university student pursuing a career in environmental law, I am extremely disappointed in the results so far tonight. Having grown up in rural Alberta, I don't feel this victory is due to PC organizational strength or Mr. Stelmach's capabilities, but rather a sad tradition amongst the average Albertan. We can only hope that one day Albertans realize that good government is formed when dissenting voices have a chance to be heard in legislature.
Here's hopin'!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:19 PM

Dave H (Stony_Plain) wrote:

I too decided to give Ed a chance....I just didn't see much value in a Liberal campaign run on the word, "change"....it meant nothing to me, just a word!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:18 PM

Tuija (Calgary) wrote:

How disappointing that after so many decades of being screwed over by the PC party the majority of Albertans want more of the same. This means more years of no money for health, education, or environment and all the oil money ending up in PC party pockets. But hey, apparently the majority of the people here are just okay with that... unless this result reflects the amount of corruption in the system, keeping in mind that over 40% of returning election officers are PC members, that wouldn't surprise me either.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:18 PM

steve (Calgary) wrote:

Well..it's pretty obvious..Albertans are simply stupid. No you can't argue anything different. Try as you might. Stupid.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:18 PM

Amna( 8 years old) and Arooj (11) (Edmonton) wrote:

Today my dad went to the election campagin he was helping with all the campaigning. looks like the PCs r winning and that is no surprise since this years campaign is really great!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:17 PM

Bryan C. (Los_Angeles_CA) wrote:

As a Canadian living in California, I am watching CBC coverage online. You may think our election is close; but I still miss election night in Canada - it's exciting. Great CBC coverage and congratulations to the PC's. P.S. the weather here is warm and nice.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:17 PM

Grace Fung (Edmonton_Alberta) wrote:

While I was expecting a PC government, this large majority was disconcerting and surprising for me. After all the criticism of Ed Stelmach I've been hearing and seeing for the last couple of weeks, I was expecting a larger opposition from the Liberals, which in my opinion would be beneficial for Alberta - it would put some much needed pressure on the PC.
However, congrats to the PC for another big win.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:15 PM

Jennifer (Nanaimo_British_Columbia) wrote:

Looks like Alberta voters can't take there heads out of the tar sands... yet again industry will trump the environment....

Posted March 3, 2008 09:14 PM

B.D. (Calgary) wrote:

WoW! Even after all the screw ups, PC wins a land slide victory.. yet again. The results don't match all the pre-election disappointments Albertans voiced. What happened?

Maybe the results are rigged by the PC appointed goofs in AB Elections. Someone should really investigate this.

If there was no rigging, then I declare Democracy officially DEAD in Alberta. We might as well just stop exercising elections in Alberta and save some taxpayers' money.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:14 PM

Cindy Roberts (Calgary) wrote:

Mr. Stelmach should not consider these results an endorsement of either his leadership or his action on the royalty review task force recommendations. The fact is that there is still no viable alternative in Alberta, and that's the only reason Calgary is still electing Tories.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:14 PM

Mitchell (Calgary) wrote:

I am about to burst out in tears. Why are Albertans voting in a government again that has been around for 37 years already and have helped in making Alberta the most prosperous, but also most polluting province in Alberta. Fidel Castro has been in power for less time than the Tories.
People have compared the Alberta Liberals to the Federal Liberals, saying they are corrupt. However, we cannot compare them, they haven't been in power for over 70 years!
The health care system, affordable housing, the environment, education and tons more are Alberta's priorities and the PC party has done nothing to solve these problems!
GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT!

Mitchell
(Too young to vote)
www.politicsonfire.com

Posted March 3, 2008 09:12 PM

Joe Blighton (Calgary_AB) wrote:

Wake up Alberta, a PC government gives you nothing but more of the same. Big numbers funding announcements, and no thought into how to make those numbers be used efficiently.

So much for rent controls in Calgary, and Ft. McMurray, so much for a plan to help alleviate health care problems, not to mention make our public system better and keep it public.

Yes, I fear for our future, the here and now is fine, not great, but fine. What I really worry about is more continued erosion of Alberta as the corporations bleed us dry. Our infrastructure, our environment, and our quality of life.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:12 PM

Isaac Wurmann (Edmonton__Strathcona) wrote:

I am eleven years old and I am outraged! The PC are even more ahead than last time and there is even less Liberals and there is the same NDPs. Even that is on rocky ground. The leading NDP ridings are changing from 3 to 4 all the time.
How is this change? Isn't that everyones slogan? How is a PC government for almost 40 years "change"? It is maddening and sadenning.
I am scared that all the Liberal and NDP seats that we have here in Edmonton will be taken over by the PC! At least there is the same amount of NDP seats. But there is definately not enough Liberal.
I am horrified with our government and our province.
I may have to move.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:12 PM

David Nuñez Toews (Calgary) wrote:

Though the Green Party is placing a strong second in many ridings, the CBC's television coverage lumps those votes into the 'Other' category for the totals. The Green Party is a growing worldwide movement, stirring up grassroots support regardless whether or not the media chooses to document it. For the sake of objectivity I hope that the network soon chooses to recognize the Greens as a viable party and not just some fringe movement.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:12 PM

Shaun Werbicki (Jasper_ab) wrote:

I agree, this is why young people HAVE TO START VOTING! The province is being run by a small group of the wealthy and rich, who are only getting richer and better off with the PC party. The young Albertan who arent voting or blindly voting PC should be ashamed to be called Albertans. WE ARE RUNNING OURSELVES INTO THE GROUND!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:12 PM

Ron Bronstein (Vancouver_Island) wrote:

Having worked in West- and East-Central Alberta for several years with many of the incumbent MLAs that were re-elected tonight, I wish them congratulations, they earned the well deserved respect and votes from their constituents on this night. I think Albertans and their government care much more than Canadians realize when its comes to taking care of their environment.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:11 PM

Angela Nagy (Camrose) wrote:

my name is ANGELA. I AM 7 YEARS OLD. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT WAP PARTY IS.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:11 PM

Ryan and Leanne (Edmonton) wrote:

I know that I really can't say much, as I didn't vote today. The reason I didn't vote is because I didn't feel as though I was informed enough to know who to vote for. I'm not impressed that Alberta didn't vote for change - I was kind of expecting that to happen. As for my husband Ryan, he is not impressed that because of the royalty issue this past year, he has been working his butt off in Red Earth trying to get caught up with bills again. He would have loved to be able to go vote today, but that would have meant shutting the rig down, losing a day (or a couple days) of precious pay, when in the back of our minds all the time is what if he ends up getting shut down for a few months again...then what? He is not impressed that this election had to take place in the busiest oilfield time there is.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:11 PM

Brad Macdougal (StAlbert) wrote:

As a Student graduating soon I am glad that the PC's won. I want to have a job and participate in the Alberta Advantage. If the Liberals got in they would try to force everyone to work in solar panel factories at minimum wage, not to Mention doubling taxes.
Go Ed Go.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:11 PM

Alain (Edmonton) wrote:

We see again that Albertans are not ready for change. We will have same old policies and destructive attitude towards the future of this planet.
The only way to get rid of the PC is for the Liberal and NDP to join forces and form a new party.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:11 PM

Myshskin Tolstoi (coquitlam) wrote:

Three months pay for every year of (work). How many Albertas have such packages?

Posted March 3, 2008 09:11 PM

Darrell (Edmonton) wrote:

It's time to unite the left. We need an opposition of some substance, but can't spread it over two parties. Maybe we need a two party system, simplfy the choices and no split the votes of people who would like to se something different

Posted March 3, 2008 09:10 PM

Stefan (Lethbridge_East) wrote:

These results really surprise me. I can't believe how much the Tories have run away with this. I had a feeling the Tories would win but not by this amount. Congratulations to Ed Stelmach for his win. I feel Stelmach will be a good leader for this rapidly expanding province.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:10 PM

Raymond (Edmonton) wrote:

It looks like this is more proof that negative campaigning does not work. For weeks special interest groups have been attack Ed Stelmach because they beleived he didn't have a plan... When are people going to learn?

Posted March 3, 2008 09:10 PM

chester (sydney_australia) wrote:

have to say i'm a bit disappointed...i was hoping to see a change within alberta, i reckon it'll be a "few" more years until we see an alberta government who's not afraid to be on the forefront of change and responsibility. well atleast there's lots of money.....

Posted March 3, 2008 09:09 PM

Brian (Sherwood_Park) wrote:

I am very disappointed with the results. The Conservatives have been doing a terrible job for the past ten years, and yet we blindly re-elect them. It looks like Albertans have once again stuck their heads in the tar sands. This will come back to haunt our children and our grandchildren. Saying that Taft or Mason could not lead the province is a copout. Anyone could do a better job than the conservatives.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:09 PM

Brandon B (Camrose_Wetaskiwin) wrote:

Way to go Premier Stelmach! Again we've shown them that you don't fix that which is not broken. Even with new leadership I know this party will continue to keep Alberta prosperous.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:09 PM

Kelly (lloydminster) wrote:

I was influenced, in an opposite way, by the ads placed against Ed Stelmach. I was highly motivated to get out and vote against the ads just as much as for the PC's. I wonder if many others felt the same way, considering the high turnout.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:09 PM

Tina Masters (Calgary) wrote:

I guess when politians use scare tactics to get votes anything can happen. That progression and change for people is determined by the rich in this province I can understand why there is yet another majority government here in Alberta. I can only assume that the everyday working class person living in Alberta who cant get affordable housing or a better standard of living doesnt mind what is happening to them in this land of opportunity...what a joke that is...

Posted March 3, 2008 09:09 PM

Kate King (Calgary) wrote:

I'm very pleased with the result. Same party, yes, but with a very different leader and one who has a very different outlook on the province. Ed is not a oil schill, unlike the Prentice guy Calgary tried to elect. I think we will see change in this province, and frankly I'll be much more comfortable with Stelmach change than I ever would be with Taft change. Taft wasn't a leader, he was an irritating complainer.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:09 PM

Graham Sucha (Ottawa_Ontario) wrote:

As a former resident of Calgary, I am quite disappointed that the province of Alberta re elected the conservative party. I have spent several years seeing my grandmothers medical care deplete as she fights against cancer. I don’t understand why people don’t put two and two together after constantly complaining about the hospital care and the prices of housing without rent control.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:09 PM

Patrick D (Calgary) wrote:

Alberta is so predictable even Charlie Brown could win an election for the PC's. Heck, why not put Snoopy as the Premier for the PC.s!!!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:08 PM

Horehey (Calgary) wrote:

greens must be in the next debates!!!! THE YEAR OF CHANGE!!! VOTE FOR SOMTHING DIFFERENT!!!!!!NOT AMERICAN WANA-BESE!!!!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:07 PM

Violet Bergen (St_Albert) wrote:

I am disappointed in Albertans. I thought that enough of us had seen the error of our ways and would not vote PC this time. Ed Stelmach is not change - he and many of the Torys that have been re-elected were previously in Ralph's cabinet. It's like Albertans suffer from battered wife syndrome where they are too scared to leave even though they keep being beaten! I expected that the Torys would win again in Alberta but I thought, and hoped, that maybe this time there would at least be a strong opposition.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:07 PM

Arooj (Edmonton) wrote:

hi i'm Arooj i am seeing the election results.
i was hoping for the PCs to win. even i at 11 years of age, was captured by their campaign approach. i hope we get all our public facilities in shape like the hospitals with their longgg waiting lists. this is the 1st time i am interested in elections. i guess its bucause we just finished our Government unit in school. but a little advice for th PC; our hospitals waiting lists have to be fixed.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:07 PM

Chloe (edmonton) wrote:

When Ed Stelmach is re-elected, I expect a solid plan that he will follow through with. Alberta needs set goals and accomplish them successfully without broken promises. I go to a school in inner Edmonton full of major problems. We have been promised a rebuilt school where we can feel safe, have running water, and paper towel in the bathrooms for years(We deserve it).
FIX OUR SCHOOLS, STELMACH.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:07 PM

chad (Edmonton) wrote:

Okay, I realize voting is a matter of opinion, but what the HECK are we as Albertans thinking. Is this CHANGE, voting for more of the same? A premier who says he'll fix the infrastructure deficit he helped create as former minister of that dept. Oh well, I guess I'll say I told you so when Health Care becomes privatized and then
later when the ice-caps melt. What are you gonna
do with your oil money then Alberta?!!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:06 PM

Kathy L (Edmonton) wrote:

Well I see we have reelected a government who has put the "con" in unconstitutional auto insurance legislation, has lead us through a period of poorly planned, unchecked e"con"omic development. A government who appoints a energy and utilities board who ignores the health "concerns" of people affected by sour gas.

Alberta deserves the "con"sequences of a progressive conservative government.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:06 PM

Brian (Edmonton) wrote:

Wow.... I was initially shocked, but I am not surprised at all... We had an opposition that lacked substance and did not provide any concrete, definite solutions. The only thing they did was to scream, chant, beat their chests and bellow "It's time for change." That is not how you run a campaign, and Kevin Taft (especially) deserves this humilating defeat for one of the worst campaigns I have ever seen.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:06 PM

Sean Barron (Calgary) wrote:

As a young Albertan denied the right to vote because of my age i am completely disgusted by this results. It seems like Albertan's talk the talk about change but don't actually follow through with their votes. We have had decades of PC rule who traded our monetary debt for a debt in education, health care and infrastructure. It seems that this government is going to continue along the same path which will disregard the need for a sustainable plan for the environment and the economy. If the government really wants to claim its a democratic one, i challenge the government to adopt a system of Proportional Representation and lower to voting age. I think the results would change.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:06 PM

Nels Lindquist (Edmonton) wrote:

Despite the supposed dissatisfaction with the new royalty regime, why are the analysts so surprised that this issue hasn't resulted in a different outcome? The Wildrose-Alliance Party isn't a credible alternative, and both the Liberal and New Democrat parties would increase the royalties even further!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:05 PM

Willy Neudorf (Magrath) wrote:

It is very encouraging to see that this province is rooted enough to not follow the left-leaning hype from the left-leaning media. The media is the only one surprised by the results. Great Job Ed and his team and all his supporters. We can now look forward to another good 4 years.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:05 PM

Eric and Madison (Calgary) wrote:

My gramma is running in Sherwood park and her name is Iris Evans and I'm very happy that she's winning!!! :)

Posted March 3, 2008 09:05 PM

Matt Stark (Calgary_AB) wrote:

I hate to sound cliche, but this election has proven that slow and steady does in fact, win the race. I thought this would be the election where the Tories would lose incredible ground, however Ed has shown that his policies, however unpopular, are very well considered, and reflect the true sentiment of Albertans. I have faith in the underdog farmer!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:05 PM

Mitchell (Calgary) wrote:

I was expecting fellow Albertans to smarten up. The PCs have been in power for, now over 37 years!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:04 PM

Milton Schlosser (Camrose) wrote:

Tonight has proven that democracy is neither alive nor well in this province. I don't care how rich or happy some people; what other province in Canada has the audacity to vote in one direction en masse like this for 41 years? It's a banana republic--let's just do away with voting next time.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:04 PM

Jonathan Cartmell (Edmonton__Mill_Creek) wrote:

The results so far are disappointing because they show a province desperate for change but afraid to move ahead with it. The PCs are holding a strong lead but the votes of those who want change are strewn about too many different ways. The most graceful thing the PC party could do this term in office would be to reform electoral policy in Alberta and give better representation to cities.

Let's see next election offer better options.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:04 PM

Connor (15) (Calgary) wrote:

Well I cannot believe that Stelmach pulled it off yet again...He really does not focus on the issues. What a shame that the PC's have 71 versus 8 for the liberals. As well I think that the screw up on the website screwed up votes that may have been towards the liberals. Over all the election in my opinion was a gong show. Very poorly organized.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:04 PM

Haggis Lividus (Peoples_Democratic_Republic_of_Manitoba) wrote:

Bravo Alberta!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:04 PM

Liam Gardner-Murphy (Calgary) wrote:

I am a 17 year old student living in Calgary and I am truly stunned that Albertans voted for another Conservative majority. You might think that after 30 some years of a tyrannic majority, we would opt for a more responsible government. I am disappointed.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:04 PM

curtis (lethbridge) wrote:

is your webcast for real?? 11yo kids proclaiming their adoration of Steady Ed?! Please report ACTUAL viewer comments... it would be nice to know the INTELLECTUAL POLITICAL LANDSCAPE of ALBERTANS - journalists you should understand this, stop with the filler!!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:04 PM

Jack (Lethbridge) wrote:

I've never been more disgusted with CBC news coverage. My taxes pay to have someone read emails from 11 year olds on the air? She should either hold herself to a higher standard, or go work for Global.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:04 PM

sheep (Edmonton) wrote:

baaaaaa!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:04 PM

Shaun Werbicki (Jasper_ab) wrote:

Wow, PC runs away with it. Young Albertans should not be impressed. Look forward to gas prices and rent to climb ever higher. Change is needed, not by a single party, but a total party.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:03 PM

Caryl Covey (Calgary) wrote:

I am not surprised by the results, but of the interpretation. Mr Stelmach has caused much dissatisfaction with his poorly thought out royalty review. That being said his major opponents made the decision to offer a stronger action in the same vein as the very activity that caused the discontent with the PC government (increased accountability for the O&G industry to fund every idea these parties could present). I believe that it is an error to assume that people are thrilled or unaffected or unconcerned with the bent to upend the economic underpinnings (O&G) in our province - moreso there was a reality that the new WRAP could not win a majority and there was a fear of the PC and NDP intent to further damage our stability. AB was 4th most profitable world wide (Calgary Herald Sep 18th) in which to invest O&G dollars and this change dropped us to 44th. People are NOT thrilled with Ed's actions on this count. He won because he had clearly defined, measurable time bound, logical & achievable goals where as the other parties for the most part did the US 'vote for me because he stinks'approach. We need to see a plan that evolves our O&G foundation to a more diverse offering of intellectual offerings, partnered with our natural resource riches. Do not underestimate the strength of AB's people, nor perceive them as reactionary fools.

Caryl

Posted March 3, 2008 09:03 PM

Ivan (Edmonton) wrote:

Again? Are you serious? I can't believe this, is this political ignorance at its finest. I want a change of government, the issues thats been pressing the torries for years have no improvement. There has a be a fresh face.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:03 PM

WILLIAM McKENDRICK (RED_DEER) wrote:

THESE RESULTS GO TO SHOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO GO TO AN AUSTRALIANSYSTEM OF COMPULSARY VOTING AND PRPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION.
I GREW UP IN ACONSTITUENCY WHICH PRODUCED MAJORITIS IN THE 40 - 60000 LABOUR

Posted March 3, 2008 09:03 PM

Ruy Campos da Mata (Spain_Europe) wrote:

Hi. I am from Europe, I am european and I am watching your program live in the CBC website. Here it is alreay 4 a.m, and I am loving to watch your election results. I hope a big win for the NDP because it is the most internationalist party! Go ahead Jack Layton!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:03 PM

Airyn Matheson (Edmonton) wrote:

What a depressing result. I'm not sure what's more disconcerting - the staggering PC majority, or the "if you don't like it, leave!" attitude trumpeted by so many.

Enjoy the boom; remember that it won't last forever.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:02 PM

Scot (Scarborough_Ontario) wrote:

Congrats to Ed Stelmach, to the
PC party, and for tieing with PC party
of Ontraio, With 40 Stright Years in
goverment, Well Done PC RULES !!!!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:02 PM

Reg Ratnan (Toronto) wrote:

Oh the shame of Alberta! Oil prices go down so do you, prices go up and so do you, but come on people let's show the rest of Canada that you do have some grey matter....how many years of the same party now? ... a little bit of variation at least perhaps every 30-40 years won't hurt your reputation. Sophisticated thinking requires you to show some divergence....perhaps it is too much to ask from are brotherin in Alberta!!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:02 PM

Trudy (Southern_Alberta) wrote:

Albertans have made it known to the government that there are problems in Alberta, such as health care, housing cost, and education. Well, Alberta, you will need to speak a lot louder since you have just elected a leader who does nothing but talk around the issues, and make promises that he does not intend to keep. Congratulations!!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:02 PM

Michael (Halifax_NS) wrote:

Clearly, Ed Stelmach read the pulse of the electorate in Alberta better than the so-called experts. He showed that a steady hand on the ship of state still matters in a political season when empty promises of change seem to enchant the media.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:01 PM

Sam Mccleod (FortSaskatchewan) wrote:

For all the liberals get on the tory band wagon before you get runover. For all the kids when you grow up you will learn why socialism doesn't work and cast off the shackles of big liberal government.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:01 PM

Mitchell Neuberger (Olds_Alberta) wrote:

The election results were obviously expected and at the same rate largely disappointing. The conservatives have failed me as a student. As I approach the end of my high school years, I see that I may not be able to afford the post-secondary education that I greatly want. Health care is obviously mismanaged by the conservatives, and previous attempts at privatization have greatly devastated our public healthcare's ability. We need a party that is able to support social programs. It is obvious that Albertans care more about greed, profit, and oil, and that health, education, humanity, and obviously the environment are on the bottom of the priorities. Our province needs a proportional voting system to become truly democratic, as we have so many wasted votes. Alberta is in a truly disappointing state and I hope others share my sense of frustration.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:01 PM

John MacLaren (Medicine_Hat) wrote:

You have heard the saying "Remember the Alamo".
In Alberta, it's "Remember the National Energy Program"!
Until the day the Liberals apologize to Albertan's for almost destroying our Province with the NEP, they can forget about forming the government in Alberta!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:01 PM

Florence Sutherland (Gabriola_Island_BC) wrote:

I lived most of my life in Alberta and still consider myself one. I am not surprised at the results, after all Ed (my former MLA) is a Northern Alberta boy. And by gosh they are going to support him. Although I am by no means a Tory, I wish him luck.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:00 PM

Bill Christensen (Red_Deer) wrote:

One of your commentators stated something to the effect Premier Stelmach is heading to have more seats than Premier Klein ever had. I would suggest the check the 2001 results. if I recall correctly the Conservatives won 74 seats in that election.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:00 PM

Kelsey (St_Albert) wrote:

As a sixteen year old high school student I thought that there might have been a chance for change, however it seems that once again this may not be the case. There were a few issues that arose through out this campaign, such as the lack of campaigning done by the Liberals. In this day in age you can not run a campaign without a single television ad, billboard or radio ad and expect to win an election, it just doesn't work.

With the PC's forming government once again, I hope that the Liberals have learnt their lesson and in the next campaign place more emphasis on getting their message out. As for the PC's I hope that they start focusing on improving the Health Care system as well as starting to fund the Education system, such as repairing schools, making Post Secondary education more accessible and that they create a more detailed plan with regards to maintaining our environment.

Finally, I am interested in the voter turnout. This was a huge issue this election and if the voter turnout is lower than the last election we have a serious problem that needs to be dealt with and may provide insight into why the PC's one once again. This issue should be dealt with immediately.

Posted March 3, 2008 09:00 PM

Karl Dobinson (Clive) wrote:

I have never felt so strange watching the results pour in for a Alberta election. It is as if I am watching a game between the Calgary Flames and the Toronto Maple leafs. The butterflies were really starting to build when the first poll came in with the Liberals getting the first goal. After only a few minutes though I saw that my dear Conservative Ed Stelmach just scored a hatrick and the butterflies started dying off one poll at a time all the way to a majority government.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:59 PM

Heather (Calgary) wrote:

I am curious to know what % of Albertans voted. Many of the people I have talked to felt that this election was about who you would rather not have in over any particular party or candidate capturing our hearts. I was hoping the people of Alberta would send a message to the PC government that change is needed, and not just the 4 weeks before the election. People of Alberta: it's up to us to make sure these polititions are held to their promises

Posted March 3, 2008 08:59 PM

N. Grey (Fort_McMurray) wrote:

I voted Conservative, not because I am inspired by Ed Stelmach, because I could not stomach Kevin Taft as premier. Having said that, the margin of victory is looking far too large. We need accountability like never before, and a measly 20 or so opposition members will not provide it.

I really hope Ed will find himself and become a real leader. His first year was not particularly good at building confidence in his abilities to lead us through this important time.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:58 PM

Rev. David Francis (Irvine_Alberta) wrote:

I think I was praying too hard for a change. It seems like the people of Alberta will give Steady Eddie at least four years to prove himself. With the huge surpluses he cannot help but win unless he makes a huge blunder. But I don't think he will do that.

For my part now I will continue to pray for change. Or at least for some hope somewhere in the Province that can put a good case for change to the people of Alberta. If there is then they had better start campaigning tomorrow.

Oh well!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At least there will be another election around four years from now.

Blessings on the people of Alberta.

Rev. David Francis
in the forgotten corner in the forgotten corner of Alberta

Posted March 3, 2008 08:58 PM

Heather Keith (Byemoor_AB) wrote:

The one and only surprise of the night is the divide created in Toronto Jr., otherwise known as Calgary, between the Liberal and PC's. Only time will tell whether the split will work out in their best interest or work against them. Change is good but why would you risk driving into traffic when your in the right lane?

Posted March 3, 2008 08:58 PM

Matthew Loewen (Red_Deer_South) wrote:

Today is a sad day for Alberta, due to the ignorance of people's political knowledge. When will Albertans stop following conventions just because they are conventions and start looking at actual facts of these candidates. If we did we would see a totally different flip in the polls outcomes. Just because your parents voted for these doesn't mean you have to take that side. We have different problems today and different answers! People need to wake up and start voting smart. People should go read "the Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, or better yet "Civil Disobedience" by Henry Thoreau for a better look at what following conventions. Wake up Alberta!

Posted March 3, 2008 08:58 PM

michael (beaverlodgealberta) wrote:

it's a shame that people associate prosperity with good governance. for anyone who lives in this province where that prosperity is coming from (the rural areas, and especially the north), you know that we have wildly uncontrolled growth, and an environmental train-wreck on our hands. A good government would allow for and foster controlled, sensible growth. But all we seem to care about in Alberta is that we have jobs, so it's the "if it aint broke, don't fix it" mentality. Anyone want to buy a house in Alberta? I'm moving.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:57 PM

Leanne Warrenchuk (Edmonton) wrote:

The results make me ashamed to be an albertan. I think the people of this province owe an apology to every single-parent who can't afford rent, every student that that can't afford food, and every worker who is dying for a living wage. I want someone to explain to the poor souls with no roof over their heads why they just don't matter.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:56 PM

Brianne (grade 9) (Edmonton) wrote:

Not much of a suprise, Alberta is not very big on change. Even though I was expecting slightly better results for the liberals, nobody who is well-researched truly believed that Alberta would be anything other then conservative. All we can hope for is that Ed Stelmach will shape up a little.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:56 PM

Henry Kitchen (Calgary) wrote:

I would like to know what the voter turn out is?
This is depressing? We need real change and how can we get change form the same people who have been in power for 37 years.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:56 PM

Greg (Toronto) wrote:

It saddens us out east to see yet another conservative government win an immense majority in Alberta. Alberta’s current direction, with the Oil Sands and other environmental disasters, are of serious concern for all Canadians in the near and present future. We had hoped the Albertans would have, at the very least, elected a sizable minority that could have given voice to issues other than one-dimensional economic progress.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:56 PM

Greg (Toronto) wrote:

It saddens us out east to see yet another conservative government win an immense majority in Alberta. Alberta’s current direction, with the Oil Sands and other environmental disasters, are of serious concern for all Canadians in the near and present future. We had hoped the Albertans would have, at the very least, elected a sizable minority that could have given voice to issues other than one-dimensional economic progress.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:56 PM

Sid Andrews (Ramsay_Calgary_SE) wrote:

This is a stunning embarrassment! We call this province a democracy!

Well, let me suggest that fear has won out! I believe that Albertans are afraid of change.

With that large a majority we shall see the government return to business as usual and an increase in arrogance and a lack of humility which characterized the state of affairs when Mr. Getty took office.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:56 PM

Dereck Doherty (Quebec_City_Quebec) wrote:

Taft's leadership will be very compromised by the results of this election. I do not think he will resign as leader of the liberals, but his party might react differently.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:55 PM

Maurice Bourgoin (Edmonton) wrote:

The Conservatives and NDPs make strange bed partners but Brian Mason's liberal bashing speeches have helped to reelect a government that has traditionally taken from the less fortunate to give the richest.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:55 PM

Calli W. (Medicine_Hat_AB) wrote:

The capitalism in Alberta is sickening. We're pumping oil out of the ground so fast that, at this rate, our province is about to cave in. The PCs aren't doing anything about the environment. They're only concerned with how much dough they can squeeze out of our gas tanks! I feel sorry for that little 12-year-old girl who wrote in with such hope... sorry kid, the govermnet doesn't help people.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:55 PM

Sarah M (Edmonton) wrote:

I didn't relize the PC's had the CBC in their pocket? The anchor Kim (?) has been visibly excited about the PC government from the beginning of the broadcast. I'm disappointed in journalists inability to be impartial.

I also agree with the comment regarding the "projected" government. I realize the results are now in, but at the time they were simply jumping to conclusions.

Lastly, voting is a right, not a forced occupation. I can choose to vote for any party, and I can choose to not vote if I do not deem any party or politican worthy of my vote. Many people in the province cannot vote due to age, or eligibility, but their voice isn't silenced, why should mine be? I am not apathetic, I'm educated on the cadidates, I simply do not agree with any of them. If I did vote and then criticised the politican I voted for would I be told to vote differently next time and shut up because I voted for them in the first place?

Posted March 3, 2008 08:54 PM

Kelsey Jakowski (Saskatoon_SK_Calgary_AB_resident) wrote:

Why change something that has done so much for our province? Alberta has thrived under the PC government and people cannot forget the problems the Liberals left us with so many years ago, especially in calgary.
Congrats to the PC Party and Ed Stelmach for a good campaign and great election results!

Posted March 3, 2008 08:54 PM

Kim Paul Pododworny (Winnipeg) wrote:

It is really too BAD this province doesn't care about the environment or health care or any of the really important issues of the country. For the people who don't vote, shame on you, for the people who vote PC....double shame on you!

Posted March 3, 2008 08:54 PM

Shane Prpich (Saskatoon) wrote:

Looks like personal and corporate greed wins yet again in Alberta. Goodbye environment and all the people that will fall between the cracks.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:54 PM

Rhonda Criss (Calgary_Easst) wrote:

I am very pleased the PC's have won. Now I would like to see Premier Stelmach listen to the people. He did not do a very good job the first time out and needs to realize that Calgary and Edmonton are not in competition. Listen to what the people want and act accordingly and the party will do fine. Great day to be an Albertan. The rest of the county take note.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:54 PM

Scott (Moncton_NB) wrote:

For all other Canadian's across the country, when you wonder why Alberta is doing so well it is not all black gold! Just take a look at the elected map, Tory blue!

Posted March 3, 2008 08:53 PM

Jim Leyden (Calgary) wrote:

...well, that was close. Back on the tread wheel Hamsters!

Posted March 3, 2008 08:53 PM

Aaron Haugen (Milk_River_AB) wrote:

Once again, citizens have gone to the polls to make their voices heard, and that collective voice is, "Meh, do what you want."

Posted March 3, 2008 08:53 PM

Seija Roggeveen (Calgary) wrote:

I am disappointed so far with the results of the election but I think that the Liberals have a good shot at winning over some more votes. My dad is running in Calgary-Shaw and I am convinced he has a definite chance at changing the voting over here.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:53 PM

bruce duncan (edmonton) wrote:

I cant believe it..but the oil and the money have bought them and us...and we will soon see the the corruption be brought to the fore...a government in power for 37 years has more then a few bodies buried...if he punishe4s those that selected oposition members..then how honest can he be?
we will pay for our behavour...
..bcd

Posted March 3, 2008 08:52 PM

Don Jaque (Pronounced J.Q.) (Fort_Smith_NWT) wrote:

I really like Ed Stelmach and what he stands for. After all, what background can be more basic and honest than a Ukranian farmer? The one thing I have not understood of his policies is that his government appears willing to sacrifice the health and maybe even the lives of the people of Fort Chipewyan, supporting development at any cost. I hope with this majority endorsement he now changes and commits to determine what is causing those health issues and finds a solution. Fort Chip is the oldest community in Alberta and the citizens there deserve at least that.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:52 PM

Mr.Shannon Landry (Lacombe_Alberta) wrote:

I believe that for the future economic prosperity of the province, the Ed Stelmach government is by far the best choice. Alberta has grown to a provincial superpower in recent decades, and we have the PC party to thank for that. A liberal government would no doubt have brought you nothing, like they have done in my home province of Cape Breton. That's right, I said it, Cape Breton should be a province! and it should be governed by the PC party.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:52 PM

Craig Coolahan (Calgary) wrote:

How is it possible that an incumbent government can run on a campaign of “change” and win? It’s simply because the voting public is not ready to change. Fortunately, the population of Alberta is becoming more diverse on a daily basis. This is a disappointing election with another PC victory, but I think as the infrastructure in this province continues to crumble and sick Albertans continue to receive inadequate health care, Albertans will soon find out that the more things “change,” the more they stay the same.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:52 PM

Don Neuman (StAlbert) wrote:

I hope ed does not take this as a ringing endorsement of his leadership. I voted pc as I thought it might be close with the liberals. However I wish the PC's would choose a better leader. Most voter voted out of fear of a liberal upset not for ed.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:52 PM

Beejal (Calgary) wrote:

Why is it that the election polls show Green Party having not any seats? Also do you think that the amount of people who have not voted in this election have increased, decreased, or stayed the same? How did this affect the results and did the PC Party try and encourage more people to vote even if it was not for them? If every single person that was allowed to vote, did vote would the results be similar or the same?

Posted March 3, 2008 08:51 PM

JK Red (Moncton_New_Brunswick) wrote:

PCs win again... I'm so surprised (sarcasm) -- this election is about as competitive as the recent election in Russia (it's funny to see how your network is pretending it's a real election). Let's face it, donkey could be the PC leader and still win... I guess Stelmach's not that far off.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:50 PM

Sam (Edmonton) wrote:

I will never understand what others see in the PCs. I will never understand why others seem to think that a PC government is a good idea. I would like to, but I just cannot comprehend those politics.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:50 PM

Seija (Calgary) wrote:

I am disappointed so far with the results of the election but I think that the Liberals have a good shot at winning over some more votes. My dad is running in Calgary-Shaw and I am convinced he has a definite chance at changing the voting over here.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:49 PM

Daniel (Fort_Macleod) wrote:

Hi my name is Daniel and I am 11 years old. i am really happy Mr. Slelmach is gonna win because my dad says he is a good guy. He is not a very fancy man but he is a nice guy he reminds me of my uncle Joe. And also I hope that there is more hospitals and stuff built cause my gramma is sick alot

Posted March 3, 2008 08:49 PM

Bob Ancle (Calgary) wrote:

Man on Man, CBC's Election Coverage is sure anemic, and amatuerish. What a shame the CBC especially those based in Edmonton have become such a joke.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:49 PM

JK Red (Moncton_New_Brunswick) wrote:

PCs win again... I'm so surprised (sarcasm) -- this election is about as competitive as the recent election in Russia (it's funny to see how your network is pretending it's a real election). Let's face it, donkey could be the PC leader and still win... I guess Stelmach's not that far off.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:48 PM

Andy Boluk (Calgary) wrote:

Why is it that "change" is always considered a good thing? What is wrong with re-electing a government that is doing a good job? Albertans have always been wary of platforms full of spending promises, and the Liberals went overboard.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:48 PM

Kiernan Verhagen (Grade 11) (Edmonton_Decore) wrote:

Im kinda dissapointed by the results so far. I was hoping for some change in this province. I wouldr'nt be surprised if we get the same numbers or close to it as we did last time. Anyways, if the tories do win, i hope that this government will take a more active role in Alberta and hopefully listening more to the peoples wishes.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:48 PM

Mikhail Bee (Edmonton) wrote:

As someone who grew up under Klein's cutbacks in education and health-care; and entered the workforce under Alberta's brutally reactionary labour legislation, seeing Albertans lining up behind the Tories is incredibly demoralizing. This government has done nothing for working class folks like me, and everything for the rich. As I watch my rent scream upwards, our infrastructure crumble and the rich get richer, I wonder why we keep doing this to ourselves.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:48 PM

John (Edmonton) wrote:

I feel sick. It is by sheer luck that this province is having a boom. With the mentality we have- demonstrated by the way we vote- we succeed in spite of ourselves. Well Alberta- you get what you give. You voted PC so don't be surprised by what happens to all of us as a result. Your vote can be bought.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:47 PM

Rob Walker (Windsor_Ontario) wrote:

As an Alberta-ex pat I have never really been surprised by the election results. But what really worries me is that the environment is the big loser tonight.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:47 PM

Jillian SImmons (Bragg_Creek_Alberta) wrote:

I was actually hoping that the Conservatives wouldn't win. People tend to forget that parties that stay in power for long periods of time become corrupt. We need turnover to ensure that the 'house' is cleaned once and awhile. I think that the Alberta PC party is becoming as corrupt and arrogant as the Federal Liberal Party was before their fall. I'm disappointed in Alberta.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:47 PM

Daniel (Edmonton_Alberta) wrote:

Sadly this has been an unsurprising result. It will be a long time before the Conservative stranglehold on Alberta disappears. Unfortunately, in the mean time, social programs , health care and youth interest in politics will continue to decline until this changes.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:47 PM

Arooj (Edmonton_) wrote:

the election results r no surprise to me

Posted March 3, 2008 08:46 PM

Andrea (Victoria) wrote:

It worries me that all these right-wingers will retire out here. I hope they leave their voting patterns in Alberta. I feel the environment is the real loser.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:46 PM

Paul (Calgary) wrote:

It is disappointing to see that Alberta's one party rule continues with a strong majority. People in Alberta don't understand the value of a strong opposition. A continuance of band-wagon politics.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:46 PM

Alice Coley (London_ON) wrote:

Wow what a difference in Edmonton from 2004..Edmonton my home town. So happy for Ed and his team who worked soo hard for these phenomenal results!!! Miss my province.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:46 PM

Heather Cook (Calgary_Alberta) wrote:

I hear comments that those in Big Oil are disappointed by the results. They thought that the royalty issue would mean bad news for Stelmach.

What the "big oil" people forget is that there are a just a few rich oil men and a lot more of us little people out there that aren't that angry about the royalty decision. So they might have more money... but we have more votes.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:46 PM

Blue Skies (StAlbert) wrote:

Ed the alberta equivalent of Stephen Dion, I was hoping for a closer result so that he could be replaced by a better pc leader. Perhaps this will still happen.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:45 PM

Adam Fraser (edmonton_norwood_) wrote:

I can not believe how this province is being lead along like blind sheep having the wool pulled over thier eyes just one more time i really dont think that most people actually know what there voting for it really makes me sick

Posted March 3, 2008 08:45 PM

Arooj (Edmonton) wrote:

its no suprise from last times elections and from this times campaign i already had in mind who would win.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:45 PM

Muriel (Cochrane) wrote:

If I hear anyone comment tomorrow about the results in any way , I shall ask 'Did you vote ?"
I cannot believe the apathy of people who could not be bothered . People I talked to had many excuses , but what can be more important than exercising your democratic right ?

Posted March 3, 2008 08:42 PM

Kathleen Oliphant (Calgary) wrote:

It is crazy that we have had the same party in power for over 30 years, now its going to be 40. Why are people of this province so allergic to change?

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:40 PM

Willem Klumpenhouwer (Calgary) wrote:

I am personally a little disgusted how CBC can project a winner, and Stelmach making his victory speech when most ridings have less than three polls counted. That is statistically horrible.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:37 PM

Donna (InnisfailAB) wrote:

As usual Albertans do not understand that good government means a strong opposition. Here we go again letting the PC's do what they damn well please. Wake up people we are supposed to be a democracy!

Posted March 3, 2008 08:36 PM

D'Arcy McGee (Lindsay_Ontario) wrote:

Thank goodness for Alberta! With their neighbours to the east & west,sanity continues to prevail in most of Western Canada

Posted March 3, 2008 08:35 PM

David (PEI) wrote:

Not a huge surprise, given the solid roots of the PC Party and the huge record of accomplishment for a very, very long time.

A great Party, A Great Province. Congratulations to you all.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:34 PM

John (Edmonton) wrote:

I am getting a feeling of what the results will be. People unfortunately will associate the success of our province with the PC party. The oil was in the ground long before any government was around and it is only by coincidence that a boom has occurred while they were in power. The PC party also does not control the price of oil. They could of rolled back health care fees years ago. The same can be said for many of their other promises. Why haven't they already?

Posted March 3, 2008 08:33 PM

Kelly Hopchin (StAlbert) wrote:

Hello, this is Kelly again, and i have a felling that pc will win. if pc wins, I at least hope that they will plant more trees and make Alberta more welcoming for wildlife. People who visit here, will like it alot more, because (not to be steriotipicle) people like anomals and wilderness alot.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:32 PM

Dereck Doherty (Quebec_City_Quebec) wrote:

The PC win! I did not think though that the projection would come this early. I hope this government will be a proactive governement and a government that is concerned by the environment, etc. This is what A strong leadership is for Alberta.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:32 PM

Michael (Edmonton_Strathcona) wrote:

PC's for the win.

CBC is -confident- in a P.C majority; thus far at the expense of the other parties specifically in Edmonton.

If you come here and you don't like our politics you're welcomed to leave. When you ruffle our feathers we furrow our brow and vote PC.


Viva l'Alberta!

Posted March 3, 2008 08:31 PM

C E Gonzalez (Calgary) wrote:

I was most shocked to hear Ed Stelmach's interview - what a pathetic interview he did at around 8:30 on election night. I counted 1 ah! for each three words he uttered.

From someone that is supposed to be a premier and lead a party, such speaking denotes nothing but insecurity in lack of preparedeness - god help us all!

Posted March 3, 2008 08:30 PM

Rhys (Calgary) wrote:

I voted.... yet I did so with a heavy heart. Though I very much wanted to see a substantive movement amongst Albertans for change, I heard over and again from folks - and realized myself - that there was no real alternative available to the PCs that seemed to want to speak to the width and breadth of Albertans - both urban and rural.

The Opposition parties seemed more interested in catering to their own bases of support, slicing and dicing the province along ideological lines, than in actually coming together to truly challenge the Tories. With the dominance of the PCs in provincial politics, the disparate groups opposed to the Tories really need to get their acts together to be effective. They have more in common with each other than with the PCs - especially in their desire for change.

And why not? It worked in Saskatchewan.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:29 PM

anne forbes (calgary) wrote:

I just could not vote in this election. I am not a fan of the NDP, Liberal or Green Party. I am a HUGE fan of PM Stephen Harper but Mr. Stelmach's lack of concern for the environment disturbs me. As an environmentalist, I could not bring myself to vote for him in good conscience even though I will vote Conservative in the Federal election only because I admire Prime Minister Harper so much. I am hoping he will improve his record on the urgent issue of the Environment as well by the time that election comes around.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:28 PM

Kelsey (Olds) wrote:

I wouldn't be surprised if there is a very low voter turn out. Not one of the four major party members deserves to run. They claim they are all for the average Albertan. I am an average Albertan, working full time at a low wage job, paying way too much for rent, getting kicked out because of a condo conversion, unable to go to post-secondary school because it is too expencive, and I have waited in an emergency room for 6 hours before being helped. The only thing they addressed was why the next guy shouldn't be in control. What are they going to do for me and the rest of the other average Albertan??

Posted March 3, 2008 08:27 PM

Trevor Zimmer (Edmonton) wrote:

No matter what the outcome of this election is those who projected smear campaigns against in this case Mr. Stelmach should be embarrassed and ashamed. Misleading voters is in itself an obstruction of a citizens right to a fair election. Lets remember not everyone is particularly highly involved in politics and do not necessarily research in great depth, so preying on these poorly informed voters is despicable. Not to mention it is a defamation of character. More importantly it casts a shadow upon all politicians even outside the smear campaigns intent. This only serves to deter voters from participating in the electoral process.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:27 PM

Andrew Boluk (Calgary) wrote:

I find it distressing that there is so much emphasis placed on the views of students. Since they are not likely to be tax payers, their primary concern is obviously education funding. Who these students are most likely to support is not a surprise: the free-spending Alberta Liberals have promised over $20 billion in their education platform alone! Royalties alone cannot cover this cost.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:27 PM

Elden White (Calgary) wrote:

I have been voting since i was 18, and it is tough for me to a get the party i want to win. I know it is tough for the politcal leader right now in alberta. I just want someone in power to do a good job, and give back to alberta, i feel we are very highly taxed. We need prosperity where we lack it alot.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:26 PM

Javier Bermudez (Calgary_Alberta) wrote:

Albertans have spent years arguing about democratic reform at the federal level. Two years ago, many Albertans felt that they'd helped to do just that.

Now, we're getting a chance to clean up out own back yard and get rid of a government that has proven itself secretive, insular, arrogant and oligarchic.

First, it was Ralph Klein legislating by the seat of his pants while drunk; ignoring his own ministers, caucus and the Opposition- leaving the Legislature practically abandoned while handing out "Ralphbucks" when what Alberta really could have used was schools and Hospital Beds. Now, we've have to deal with Eddie the Unready, of whom the best that can be said is, "Hey, at least he's not Morton".

He has failed to change the gerrymandered ridings to represent the actual population of the Province, which is overwhelmingly urban. He outed skilled and experienced female, urban and ethnic ministers from cabinet, instead appointing a white, male-dominated, rural pack of his cronies. He won't slow oilsands production when even the companies involved seek more regulation. The only thing he's done so far, in fact, has been to backpedal when his party got caught mismanaging royalties.

When are Albertans going to realize that the only vision the PC party has is keeping power? And are we going to act on the knowledge that Stelmach's Alberta hasn't existed in 50 years?

I hope, for democracy's sake, that we see some change this time around.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:26 PM

Dereck Doherty (Quebec_City_Quebec) wrote:

Being a Canadian resident, and having observed the campaign from my computer, I cannot predict what the outcome is going to be. It will be a close call.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:26 PM

Aaron (Milk_River_AB) wrote:

The idea of the Conservatives creating change in Alberta is a joke. You can't be in power for 30 plus years and have a whole lot of new ideas. Ralph Klein was a brazen big oil stooge who wasn't above bribing the people of this Provence with their own tax money, and Ed is a spineless big oil stooge who won't stand up on principle if might mean bad press and threats from the oil companies.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:22 PM

John Massey (Edmonton_Manning_riding) wrote:

A question was posed earlier- can my vote be bought. During the election many campaign promises were made with the end result being- buying my vote. The Tories have made many promises about health care, hospitals, tuition caps, housing etc. The Tories have been in power for 37 years. Why couldn't they make any of theses promises policy over those 37 years? They had the power. People in the rural ridings have to get rid of their dogma being- if you don't vote PC you are a bleeding heart liberal- in order for there to be any real change.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:21 PM

Kelly (StAlbert) wrote:

Hello, this is Kelly, I am only twelve years old, but i am interested in politics. I hope that the librals will win. Some of the people came to my shcool, and talked about the election. I hope this election will go good.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:21 PM

Chris (Lethbridge) wrote:

Has anyone else noticed how many non-registered voters there was at their polling station? My wife was not registered, we have lived at the same house for 4 years, have voted in a Federal and Civic election in that 4 years and was registered with both. While I was waiting for her to register, show ID, get sworn in etc...I witnessed 6 other couples come in, 4 of which were not registered as well. One gentlemen only had a DL, so he was not able to vote today.

Unfortunate that we have people wanting to vote, but not able to because of a glitch. I talked to the Polling Officer on site and was informed they have had a lot of people not registered this year.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:20 PM

David Patte (Ottawa) wrote:

I notice you have reporters assigned to the PCs, the Liberals, the NDP and the WAP (a new party) but again you have no reporter assigned to the green party, despite the fact that it is not just a 'protest party' as you suggest.

I still dont understand why the CBC seems to ignore the Green Party in Canada, despite the fact that it usually polls as well as the NDP throughout Canada.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:20 PM

matt urquhart (kingston_on) wrote:

im moving back to cgy this month after year and a half away and im hoping i come back to a liberal goverment, go dave taylor

Posted March 3, 2008 08:20 PM

Bojan (Calgary) wrote:

Glad to see some incumbents not getting all the votes. Hopefully PC's get a minority, but the Liberals definetly dont deserve to run this place. We need a balance in Alberta not to screw up the great economy, but we need some liberals in to make the life more comfortable and get some social programs in.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:19 PM

Jessie Schwarz (Edmonton) wrote:

None of the parties have a good enough environmental platform. No one has adequately addressed skyrocketing concern about the tar sands. Only the green party truly endorsed "no new approvals." If the next government elected is PC, then Albertans deserve what they get.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:17 PM

Kurt Phillips (Drumheller_AB) wrote:

I've lived in Alberta since 2002 when I moved here from Saskatchewan to begin my teaching career. While it might be too much to hope that the Progressive Conservatives be defeated, I'm at least hoping for a minority government. While I'm no Liberal, I found it especially galling that a party which had been in power since 1971 was saying the federal Liberals had been in power too long and were bereft of ideas. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. The Tories have been in power for almost 40 years. We desperately need a new vision and direction because we've been meandering for the better part of a decade under the current regime.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:16 PM

gary yurchak (Edmonton) wrote:

I hope who ever wins this election will be a more proactive government and not a reactive government to the issues Albertans face. We always hear the promises from governments but do they actually deliver is the question. No wonder we have voter apathy?

Posted March 3, 2008 08:16 PM

james horne (calgary) wrote:

Until proportional representation is standard at all levels of government, election results are little more than an exercise in manipulation, personality cult, and wasted strategic voting. Once the electorate can vote for the principles they beleive are right and know that their views will have to be taken into account when policies are made, people will have an input that matters, not a bookie's bet on a horse race.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:15 PM

Veronica Turcotte (Lethbridge) wrote:

Does southern Alberta not warrant live press coverage? Calgary and Edmonton are not the only places that people in Alberta live.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:15 PM

Ray Rougeau (Calgary) wrote:

This was one of the toughest decisions that I have had to make in any of the elections over a long, long time. I feel our PC candidate was a good choice but do not like their leader and sorry to say that I voted for the leader and it wasn't the PC's.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:15 PM

Tony Williams (Red_Deer_Currently_in_Vancouver) wrote:

i wish i knew more about the wild rose alliane pary because they would have defently had my vote.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:15 PM

Shane Prpich (Saskatoon) wrote:

I left Alberta at the end of 2005, because of the cost of living and lack of social compassion that engulfed the province. I am watching this election closely hoping to see Albertans turn a new leaf!

Posted March 3, 2008 08:14 PM

Brandon Hughes (Calgary) wrote:

Why in the opening salvo of coverage by the CBC was any mention of the Green Party and their hopes for this election omitted? Does the CBC believe that voters in Alberta do not care about environmental and other Green Party issues? I was under the impression that media election coverage was supposedly bi-partisan.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:14 PM

Jeff Fenn (Red_Deer) wrote:

I have been a resident of Alberta since 1948; disgusted by politics and its practitioners,I have not voted for forty years; however, I am following election results with the fascination one might have when observing a serious traffic collision in which one is not involved, nor has no interest.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:14 PM

Rob (Wetaskiwin) wrote:

Too bad that things will not change.

Posted March 3, 2008 08:13 PM

Kyle (Halifax) wrote:

Just a quick note from Halifax wishing the NDP good luck tonight!

NDP To Victory!

Posted March 3, 2008 08:12 PM

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The World Cup final Germany win its fourth title after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.
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Bus with 21 people crashes on Cabot Trail
A commercial tour bus carrying 21 people crashed south of Neils Harbour in Cape Breton on Sunday afternoon, seriously hurting one person and injuring nine others when it rolled into a ditch on its side.
St-Hubert plane crash an accident waiting to happen, residents say
Residents of a St-Hubert neighbourhood where a single-engine Cessna airplane crashed on Saturday say they fully expected an accident to happen one day due to four nearby flight schools.
Quebec pledges $60M more to help rebuild Lac-Mégantic
The Quebec government on Sunday pledged an additional $60 million to Lac-Mégantic to help with compensating victims and rebuilding the small town's downtown core.
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Exclusive Government bracing for court battles over navigable waterways
The federal government is girding for yet more court battles, this time involving waterways used by boaters, cottagers and First Nations, according to a document obtained by CBC News.
Brad Wall says Senate ‘atrophy is not a bad end game’
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has been a vocal proponent of abolishing the Senate. With the Prime Minister now under pressure to fill vacancies in the upper chamber, Wall argues that not appointing new senators might be the way to get rid of the institution.
The keeper of Parliament Hill's living history video
The House of Commons is the centre of political power in Canada, known for its raucous debates and political intrigue, but it's also a historical building filled with a treasure trove of Canadian history. For the past 12 years, one man has presided over that trove, and he gives us a tour on the eve of his retirement.
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David Adams Richards on his new novel: 'Betrayal can be overcome' audio
There is no black and white truth in the novels of David Adams Richards. But there is a whole lot of grey - grey in the sense of moral uncertainty. CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition interviewed the award-winning novelist about his latest book, Crimes Against My Brother.
Roger Ebert's wife reflects on loss and Life Itself video
Roger Ebert could make or break a film with the flick of his thumb. His wife Chaz is candid about her relationship with the legendary film critic, and Life Itself, the documentary about his life.
Tracy Morgan recovering at home, sues Wal-Mart month after fatal crash video
Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation facility and has sued Wal-Mart as he heals from serious injuries he suffered in a car crash that left a fellow comedian dead.
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New Space station cargo ship includes food, new stink-free gym clothes
A commercial cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, carrying food, science samples and new odour-resistant gym clothes for the resident crew.
Infographic Deception detection: how to tell if someone is lying
During high-stake police interrogations and on seemingly meaningless online dating profiles, some people find themselves lying. So, how can you tell if someone isn't telling you the truth?
Photos Supermoon lights up sky during close passage to Earth
The full moon on Saturday appeared to be unusually big. In fact, it was what's known as a supermoon.
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Canadian banks offering more smartphone apps
Smartphones promise to be the next big thing in consumer banking, holding the promise of everything from fewer trips to the local bank branch or ATM to the convenience of tap-and-go payments at retail outlets. But first, a number of hurdles still need to be overcome.
Video Luxury home sales soar, condos get connected & new wireless rules: Business Week Wrap video
From booming luxury home sales to a web-connected condo of the future and an entrepreneurial redesign of the iconic Barbie doll, it was an eventful week in business. Jacqueline Hansen recaps the week that was in our weekly web video feature.
Canadian banks offering more smartphone apps
Smartphones promise to be the next big thing in consumer banking, holding the promise of everything from fewer trips to the local bank branch or ATM to the convenience of tap-and-go payments at retail outlets. But first, a number of hurdles still need to be overcome.
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Match Report World Cup final: Germany 1, Argentina 0 (et)
Germany won the World Cup on Sunday, defeating Argentina 1-0 after extra time in the final at Brazil’s storied Maracana stadium.
James Rodriguez hangs on to win Golden Boot prize
Despite having his team eliminated in the quarter-finals, Colombia's James Rodriguez still wins the Golden Boot as the top scorer at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Live Calgary Stampede: Showdown Sunday
Watch the world's most courageous cowboys buck up in bareback, bull riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc, steer wrestling and tie-down roping (CBCSports.ca).
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