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1/14 This is the last post I’ll write on the Alberta election before we know the outcome. There will of course be a lot to say after the results come in tomorrow, and we can analyze exit polls and voting demographics in the days and weeks that follow. #ABvote #ABPoli
2/14 I’ll start by saying that I respect Stephen Mandel and David Khan as party leaders. I have friends working and volunteering on the @AlbertaParty, Green Party, and @ABLiberal campaigns, and I know they care as much about this province as I do.
3/14 Still, I voted without hesitation in advance polls for @RachelNotley and @albertaNDP.
4/14 Ultimately, I voted for the @albertaNDP for the following reasons:
5/14 (1) I want a government that respects, and makes the province safe and welcoming for LGBTQ+ people, women, immigrants, Indigenous peoples, other visible minorities, and the francophone community of which I consider myself a part.
6/14 I have found the countless displays of bigotry among @Alberta_UCP candidates utterly appalling, and I want nothing to do with that party’s values or retrograde policy agenda.
7/14 (2) I want a strong, publicly funded and well-managed health care system. The @albertaNDP has made great strides in the last four years. As a health policy researcher, I want the progress to continue.
8/14 We cannot afford an American-style, two-tier system here in Alberta. I’ve seen the American system up close, and I want nothing that mildly resembles that dumpster fire here. That’s what the @Alberta_UCP is offering, and they’re not being honest about it to Albertans.
9/14 (3) I want predictable funding for higher education from a government that understands that the knowledge economy is the key to 21st century prosperity.
10/14 (4) I want a more diversified economy to secure a better future.
11/14 (5) I want affordable child care for Alberta families. The @albertaNDP has a solid plan on this issue, and the province needs it.
12/14 (6) I want a smart strategy to get pipelines built, from a government that understands the careful diplomacy it will take to negotiate with the federal government, provinces, Indigenous peoples who raised concerns, the U.S., and interest groups within and beyond Alberta.
13/14 I want an energy sector development strategy from a government that values environmental protection, and invests in renewable energy. Without the latter considerations, pipeline promises are empty rhetoric.
14/14 I believe @RachelNotley and @albertaNDP are the only ones who can deliver on all these issues. If you haven’t voted yet, please get to the polls on Tuesday. Every vote counts.
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