posted on May, 8 2015 @ 02:38 AM
I live in Alberta, and wow, was this a shocker to everyone. We were all pissed at the PCs, but even so, people kept voting for them, either because
they're good little sheeple, or because the other parties were all disorganized and even crazier. Finally, though, apparently enough was enough.
People voted NDP not because they actually like the NDP (well, most of them, anyway), but voted NDP as a 'screw you' to the PCs and try to get a bit
of opposition in and hopefully get a minority government in. Nobody actually expected the NDP to win a majority; most people thought it would be a PC
or NDP minority. (which would have been much better in my opinion, because one party wouldn't be able to dominate)
I'm not sure how this will play out. The PCs were in power here since 1971. (not a typo) I'm 33 years old, and I've never known another
provincial government until two days ago. Oil company stocks took a bit of a dive, because they're afraid taxes and royalty rates will go up. (they
promised that taxes would increase 2%, so that's likely) As for the royalty rates, I really hope they adopt a Norway style system; they've managed
their oil money extremely well and have an incredible amount of revenue banked from it, yet still manage to keep the oil companies happy and
Historically, Alberta has had five governments, (since 1905 when it was created) all majorities, all for lengthy periods of time (on the order of
decades) and all disintegrated in spectacular fashion when voted out. (no party has ever recovered after being voted out here)
I'm both hopeful and afraid for our province at the same time. Things are going to change, but will they change for the better? It's hard to
imagine any worse economic mismanagement than we already had, with the PCs virtually giving away our natural resources to the big oil companies; the
royalty system is a joke.
I did read two interesting things the NDP have said they want to do, one good, one bad. The good thing; they want to scrap the carbon capture
program, which is a colossal waste of money and reinvest the money into useful things. The bad thing; they want to raise the minimum wage to $15 by
2018 (it's like $10-something now I think, so almost a 50% increase) which sounds good for the poorest workers, but what it will probably do is hurt
a lot of businesses employing lower wage workers, and those workers might lose their jobs. In addition, with such a huge wage increase, cost of
living will probably skyrocket in response, both because more money is out there, and because businesses will need to charge more to compensate for
the higher wages they are paying out. Meanwhile, people like me who are making significantly more than middle wage but significantly less than enough
to own a home, will probably suffer the most; we won't get more money, unlike the poorest, but we'll suffer higher prices we will be ill equipped to
handle, unlike the richest.