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Election Shows Albertans Still Care about Social Issues

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Mixed Election Results

Voters from the center and left were likely relieved by the 61-seat majority picked up by Premier Alison Redford’s Progressive Conservatives. However, a look at constituencies shows a much tighter race.

As the Edmonton Journal pointed out, “This time, several of those ridings that previously handed Conservatives 70 per cent of the vote either gave the Conservatives a squeaker of a win or handed them a defeat.” Strategic voting may also have skewed the results, with Liberals and NDP voting for the Progressive Conservatives in order to stave off a Wildrose win.

Reflecting on what the results mean,†Edmonton Journalís Paula Simons wrote:

With the Wildrose on her right flank, Redford has a choice: Honour her contract with the voters who gave her another mandate, and move her party to the centre, or bow to internal pressure to take the PCs back to the right.

The narrative Monday night wasn’t what was predicted.† But the real story of this election will be written, not this week, but in the four years ahead.

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Photo of Premier Alison Redford from JMacPherson via Flickr Creative Commons; photo of Wildrose Party sandwich board JMacPherson via Flickr Creative Commons

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10:13AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

And I still say Grant Notley was murdered.

6:29AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

In fairness to Danielle Smith, she clearly stated that she is pro-choice and supports same sex marriage. She also said that she is a libertarian and holds strongly to the right of free speech. But right. In an election campaign she should have stepped forward and condemned the bigoted opinions of the candidates to the point of dropping them from the Wildrose Party.

4:52AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Canada as a country is in trouble when we have a federal leader who puts the big business oil companies ahead of the people and there environmental concerns for there country. The Alberta government has and will continue to do the same, money money money, there is no visionary possibility here regarding change and working to protect the lands. Check there expense accounts, they don't care about the people or the country just money.

3:13PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Noted.

2:44PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

yeah sure...

2:44PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

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