New Zealand's election resulted in their country's first-ever majority gov't under a Mixed-Member Proportional system - demonstrating how a good COVID response can pay dividends at the ballot box. It'll be interesting to contrast that with other upcoming elections.

#ABpoli
BC has an election on the 24th, where the incumbent BC NDP minority are looking to secure a majority. The other major parties are the BC Liberals (conservative) the BC Conservatives (also conservative) and the BC Greens (green. Duh). BC is currently the only NDP gov't in Canada.
Saskatchewan has an election on the 26th, where the incumbent Saskatchewan Party is looking for its fourth straight majority gov't. The SP is the longest-reigning current gov't in Canada, first winning power in 2007. The only real competition to the SP right now is the Sask NDP.
New Brunswick is the only province to have already had an election under COVID. Previously, Premier Higgs had formed a minority gov't with the support of the People's Alliance. In September, Higgs barely won a majority gov't with 27 of 49 seats.
Based on polling thus far, it seems unlikely that any incumbent gov'ts facing election will lose. Unless Horgan or Moe do something deeply stupid, they're likely to both win majorities and continue governing. We've yet to see an incumbent facing a serious threat under COVID here.

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18 Oct
Quick thread on the UCP AGM and what they voted on (I noticed @Alberta_UCP listed results and not the actual policies, so I wanted to go over them.

If you wanna look at it for yourself, the UCP Policy and Governance booklet is here: ucpagm.ca/wp-content/upl…

#ABpoli #ABleg
Policy #1 (Pass: 87-13) - A budget commitment to "operating within its means and reducing the size of the provincial debt".

How this is a policy, I have no idea. Nobody goes into office to try to increase the size of the debt, but whatever. More surprised 13% voted against it.
#2 (Pass: 89-11) - This policy is basically to keep fighting for a "more equitable federal-provincial transfer payment system and hold a provincial referendum" to see if we want them to re-open the constitution to negotiate equalization.
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17 Sep 19
This demonstrates profound ignorance in the fundamentals of Canadian democracy and it’s pretty clearly playing off of fears generated south of the border. The complaints are “Canadian citizens can vote” and “You don’t need as much ID.” (Long thread, sorry)

#ABpoli #CDNpoli
Trudeau’s bill is generally consistent with the broad philosophy of Canadian democracy, which has focused on allowing basically any Canadian to vote if at all possible. Prisoners, for example, vote - provided their crime wasn’t one related to election fraud or something similar.
A prisoner will vote in the constituency of their last residence, even if they’ve been gone for years and have as little at stake as a Canadian who’s been out of the country for 5 years or more. Again, this is a fundamental part of Canadian democracy - all Canadians vote.
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6 Aug 19
Are we gonna start throwing around the "They were reckless with their expense accounts on the taxpayer dime!" thing? Because I don't think that's a fight you wanna get into. But hey, if that's what we need to talk about, let's talk about it.

#ABpoli #ABleg
Let's crunch some numbers quick. MLAs expense things in six broad categories - Transportation, Accommodation, Other, Private Auto, Travel to the Capital, and Other Travel. I've collected info on all the re-elected MLAs, so let's hand out some superlatives!
Most spent on Transportation: @NathanCooperAB (UCP) - $52,587.41. Second place goes to @Drew__Barnes (UCP) - $50,740.64. Third place goes to Dave Hanson (UCP) - $41,479.79. Highest NDP spender for Transportation was @heathersweetab, with $22,642.51 (14th-highest out of 40).
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7 Jun 19
This is not true. The UCP has had access to the budget, the revenue reports, and everything else - we all have. If the NDP "fudged numbers" that would've required the entire NDP, UCP, AP, LP, and FCP caucuses, plus 3 INDs, the entire public, and the media to play along. #ABpoli
The government of Alberta, under every government, puts forward reports on these things. You can go see revenues. You can go see expenses. You can verify them.

This is nothing more than setting a foundation to say "We might not fulfill all our promises, but it's not our fault."
If you were elected with this government - and especially if you're the Premier - and you didn't have a solid understanding of the province's financial state, here's a fact:

You were unprepared. That information is a google search away.
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