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The Government You Deserve, Redux

I think that if I were still living in Alberta, I would be horribly depressed right now. Considering just how screwed up (but rich!) things are, with cities groaning under the strain of unhoused newcomers, spiralling living costs, and overstressed infrastructure, and the country being torn apart, poisoned, and drained dry for development's sake because the people in charge think that prudence is for dirty Eastern commies, I would have expected anything but the Tories actually _gaining_ seats. Nothing I'd heard before Monday would have suggested anything close to that.

That said, I've been gone for long enough to not really have a finger on the pulse of what people think back home. In the end, I'm going to have to rely on the statistics and agree with Kuri's take (hat tip: Idealistic Pragmatist), which argues that apathy really won the election. Imagine, if you will, a Legislature filled with MLAs from the "None of the Above" party. Isn't it a beautiful sight?

Then wake up.

It's hard not to feel irrelevant as a progressive in Alberta: add the typical inequities of the first-past-the-post system to the atypical inequities in urban/rural seat distribution, and the evidence that most of the province would vote for an inanimate carbon rod if it ran for the Conservatives, and it really makes you feel like simply not bothering to try and change things there. Whether that means apathy or simple departure is really up to you. It appears that people need to be slapped upside the head with just how bad things can get.

To be fair, I would probably be a cynic even if I hadn't grown up under our inimitable drunken King Ralph, but I can't say it's helped at all.

Comments

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siobhan63
Mar. 5th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
I love how in the Globe today, Stelmach is attributing the abysmal turnout to everyone being "happy" with how things are...
rumor_esq
Mar. 5th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
Does it make you fear a federal election just a little bit more?

Not that I'm projecting...
paleshadow
Mar. 5th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Not really: I expect any federal election for the next year or so to produce another Conservative minority. It amuses me to watch Stephen Harper have to pretend to be a harmless moderate and then lose all his progress to something silly like l'affaire Cadman, or social conservatism rearing its ugly head and reminding people what a majority would mean (example: personhood rights for fetuses, denying film tax credits on moral grounds, etc, etc.)
generationxwing
Mar. 5th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I can't complain much since I was sick off my ass and didn't vote, but had I voted, I'm not sure I would've made much of a difference.

It's just depressing to a point. I had such pride that this time we could make a difference and get someone else in power, and instead.. yeah. Fucking Stelmach.


Alberta: Raping the Proverbial Anus (Ani?) For 20 or so years.
opendestiny
Mar. 6th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
I consistently feel like there is no point in me voting. Everyone I talked to that has any kind of political knowledge (including several poli sci students!) were sure of a change in government after this election. I voted. I did my part, but it never makes a difference. The parties I vote for constantly lose the election, and by a larger proportion than the last one.
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