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@InsiderOilers Well Done Insider. I was born into a left leaning family in Saskatchewan and was fortunate to learn the importance of labour unions and by extension NDP. In my late teens I was converted to a full blown right winger because of my dislike - at the time - of gun control 1/x
@InsiderOilers And because I worked for one of the biggest grain farmers in Southern Saskatchewan. I was nearly a true believer. The interest that “saved” me was political geography. The riding I lived in always voted conservative. I was perplexed why the one geographic area 2/x
@InsiderOilers Near Briarcrest College… voted overwhelmingly conservative. Usually 90+%. I took a human geography course circa 1995 and wrote a paper. My hypothesis was that the voters in the area were voting based for a religious reason. 3/x
@InsiderOilers I interviewed the Dean of the college for more than a hour. He related, without reservation, that the people were being told from the pulpit to vote conservative due to their opposition to abortion. He also related that it was the single important issue. 4/x
@InsiderOilers As time moved on, I became friends with gay lesbian and trans folk and began to question WTF was this all about. I got married, failed out of graduate school and moved to Quebec. I learned that Quebec is unique in Canada and that cosmopolitan liberal life is better 5/x
@InsiderOilers Correction: I moved to Quebec then Harper was elected. 6/x
@InsiderOilers I moved a few more time and became familiar with dominion theology and other socially conservative ideas and realized that their view was completely incompatible with my world view.
Stephen f$&king Harper pushed me so far left I’m nearly a red commie. 7/x
@InsiderOilers I’m grateful that my political voyage has been so varied. I’m extremely disappointed that Alberta has fell victim to decades of socially conservative gaslighting going back to Aberhart & Ernest Manning. I’m saddened so few have visited Canada and realized how wonderful it is. 8/x
@InsiderOilers I pledge to stay in Alberta and fight for as long as possible. I cannot let Jason f$&king Kenney destroy my new home province. #DefendDemocracy #FireTheUCP #ableg #cdnpoli fin 9/9
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