Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Where's The NDP?

This opinion poll about today's Alberta By-elections, is posted on the rightwhingnut website Free Dominion. I only have to ask where is the NDP? They have four seats in the house compared to the Alliance's one. Oh yeah it's a rightwhinghut poll.

Who will win the by-elections?
Tory sweep
12% [ 2 ]
Alliance sweep
12% [ 2 ]
Liberal sweep
12% [ 2 ]
Tory - Alliance split
12% [ 2 ]
Tory - Liberal split
31% [ 5 ]
Alliance - Liberal split
18% [ 3 ]
Total Votes : 16

Historical revisionists that they are, like their pal Link Byfield, they forget that this province is home to the One Big Union,
the CCF and twenty years of the United Farmers of Alberta.

For them history begins with the Socreds. Forgetting that radicals of the left supported the original 1935 Social Credit movement as a natural extension of the farmer labour populist UFA. And that the party had a left and a right wing until Ernest Manning consolidated power in the party, and turfed the radicals in favour of his evangelical rural base.

The decline of the Socreds was their reliance on their rural base. A base that Ed Stelmach now has, and that is rapidly urbanizing. Challenging the sorry old Tory establishment. Rural Alberta has become the suburbs even in the staid reactionary southland's.

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1 comment:

Werner said...

This sounds a bit like Saskatchewan. Some rural areas like Lumsden, a small town thirty kilometres northwest of Regina, are rapidly becoming suburbs and many people drive fairly long distances to larger centres from other smaller towns on a daily basis. I was told by a travelling nurse who happened to be a friend of our family that she thought poverty was much worse in the urban areas than in the country. Kind of contrary to what we keep hearing. The solar energy company for which I work does a million dollar plus trade largely with the rural population base or the trade base which is supported by them ... and Alberta is one of our most important local markets.