This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Alberta NDP will hurt the premier
I’ve missed post a few of my Monday columns for the last bit thanks to an extra-busy schedule, but found some time to post this while the coffee is brewing 🙂
This week’s topic: Could the NDP’s win in Alberta be good for the BC Liberals?
After 44 years of Progressive Conservative rule in Alberta, the NDP swept to victory to form a majority government.
The resulting shock wave reverberated across the country, taking everyone by surprise. Suddenly forced to confront the reality of an NDP government, everyone wondered what it would mean for the future of Alberta.
However, what wasn’t a surprise were the over-the-top reactions coming from supporters of the outgoing PCs across Canada about what would happen to Alberta.
Cries that “those socialist NDP’ers” were going to run Alberta into the ground were matched by doomsday-like predictions from some industry analysts that businesses would inevitably have to leave the province in order to continue operating. And this was all within the first few hours after the election.
While many British Columbians didn’t pay more than a passing interest in the Alberta election, it’s a fact that what happens in Alberta doesn’t always stay in Alberta. The policies and actions of Alberta governments impact B.C., and more can make life for Premier Christy Clark easier or harder.
Read Brent Stafford’s columnhere.
Many analysts and pundits have been predicting that the NDP win in Alberta can only mean good things for Clark as they envision businesses leaving in droves to escape the socialist hordes in the Alberta legislature. I say it’s time to step on the brakes and be realistic…
Read the rest of this weeks column, comment and vote here: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2015/05/10/the-duel-alberta-ndp-will-hurt-premier
And if you’ve missed a past column, you can find the majority of them at this link: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/author/laila-yuile