One or the other

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There’s an election in Canada. And the classic divide is between two parties.

One party has been endorsed by the National Post, the other by the Globe and Mail.

One party accuses the other of racism, sexism and homophobia, while the other party acuses the other of runaway spending, patronage and corruption.

One party is supported by Preston Manning, the other by Joe Clark.

One party is looking to end a political dynasty, the other is desperately looking to hold on to the same.

One party advises voters cast ballots based on their values, the other urges voters to vote strategically to stop their opponents.

One party raises issues relevant to the actual interests of the electorate, the other raises red herrings such as abortion and same-sex marriage.

One party has support in a diversity of places, the other is dug in in urban centres.

One party has the support of small business owners and frontline workers, while the other has traded favours for union support.

One party is rooted in Alberta’s character, while the other takes direction from downtown Toronto.

One could have been describing the past,

or the present.

  • Frontline Memories

    Beautifully said! I’m appalled at the PC strategy during the campaign, they essentially left the Conservative field wide open to the Wildrose by running as Progressives. It seems Redford has done everything she could to alienate Conservatives from her party. In the process she probably burned her bridges with most of Conservative Ottawa – PMSH must’ve not taken kindly her comments on the Reform Party and her general attitude/strategy towards Wildrose.

    This election is Danielle’s to lose .. though the two bigoted idiots who couldn’t keep their mouth shut sure didn’t help.

  • Canadiansense

    Alison Redford has taken direction from a narrower subset of down town Toronto. The chatteri exist in several cities, the power brokers who feel entitled to govern over the masses.

  • Liz J

    Joe Who, forever PC, could be a tad be Red-faced when this is over, then again, he’s kinda the Rodney Dangerfield of politics in that he gets no respect for his choices.

  • Anonymous

     With comments like that, you’re every bit as ign0rant and divisive as the mythical eastern ‘subset’ you’re trying to blame.

    Besides, everyone knows that there is no other political machine to compare with the current right-wing machine, whose various members can be found behind strategic conservative candidates right across Canada, at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. Right, Stephen?

    (in other words, it’s clear the right wing has successfully smashed the infamous Liberal machine, as they promised. There is NO center/left “power brokers who feel entitled to govern over the masses”  to oppose  the right wing power brokers who feel entitled to govern over the masses. This is why there’s so much flailing among the new right’s opponents)

  • Anonymous

    Good to see that even though the polls are swing towards Wildrose, our man Stephen is still running full-tilt in campaign mode. Admirable.

    It’s prime electioneering, so its ‘truths’ are of course facile and slanted, but there’s a few still worthy of examination:

    One party has support in a diversity of places, the other is dug in in urban centres.

    Niiice. Alberta is flowering and maturing, and its cities have come of age, and you’re just lifting a leg and having a whiz on’em. Do you really need to fluff up urban/rural divisions to win this?

    One party traded favours for   support of small business owners and frontline workers, while the other has traded favours for union support.

    ftfy

    One party is rooted in Alberta’s character, while the other takes direction from downtown Toronto.

    For good measure, always conjure up a dragon that you can slay. It’s much easier than dealing with the fact that Alberta is large and diverse enough to have progressives of its very own.

  • Bec

    Even should Redford keep her version of the PC party in power, she will have managed to sink to the lowest level of campaigning ever witnessed in my lifetime. She will have alienated so many ex PC supporters that to say she has a mandate, will be a lie.
    The trust element and respect element is lost on this campaign team. A true leader would have come out publicly, immediately and denounced the slime video that insulted ALL Albertans but she remained mute.

    She has sounded like a lecturing control freak throughout this campaign and it’s what this Province has despised throughout it’s rich history.

    Should she crawl over the finish line, she will do so as a very weakened Premier and I’m just not sure that she has the character or ego to manage that for one day let alone 4 years.

  • Canadiansense

    You are entitled to your opinion.  But you are not entitled to your own facts.-Senator Daniel Patrick MoynihanAs a Liberal-4-Life it is impossible 2 imagine your party as a failure.Read the biographies of Liberals their narcissism is evident.Liberal party vanished in England and will do same in Canada. History is not kind to those who can’t adapt.

  • Canadiansense

    Her riding and her leadership are open to speculation if the Polls hold with the Wild Rose winning a minority or a majority.
    She will be unlikely to deliver on her promises to the Unions and will be abandoned for the next Union pasty.

  • Claudia Lemire

    Haha “Rodney Dangerfield of politics” never thought of him that way, but so true!

  • Claudia Lemire

    To me this election is about change, I am willing to take a chance.

    I, for one, wonder if the PC’s would have lasted so long in power if they had had a strong opposition, I think most Albertans were stuck with the conservative part of the party but were never comfortable with the progressive side.

    Redford has no leadership skills of any kind, she is not focus.  She had a terrible strategy from day one…. I mean Stephen Carter as her Chief of Staff, oh brother, let’s talk about dumb moves!  

  • Anonymous

     Your nonsensical reply has nothing to do with your nonsense comment about the “chatteri” (heh)  and a Toronto ‘subset’ , which is the fable I was taking issue with.

    Nor do I think that Senator Moynihan, an American who died in 2003, has much to tell us about the post-Chretien Liberals in Canada.

    For someone up in arms about ‘facts’, your comments are so far  free of any.

    Many people would probably thank you if you could clearly confirm the existence of some sort of powerful Liberal ‘elite’ , cos neither Ignatieff nor Rae have been able to find it.

  • http://twitter.com/slavitch Michael Slavitch

    Sucks to be you, Stephen. 

  • Anonymous

    Stephen Taylor….another asshole with the name Stephen, what a coincidence..or is it???

  • Anonymous

    Another asshole named Stephen?? Is there no end to them or do they have it monopolized??

  • Anonymous

    Stephen?? Which one??

  • Anonymous

    Which Stephen?? they’re both a$$holes!!