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Vote strategically

Maximize the strength of the centre-left by voting strategically. Find out which progressive candidate is leading in your constituency before you vote.

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Why It's Important

Alberta's wealth can create a diverse, sustainable economy, job stability, excellent infrastructure, and world-class public services, a true "Alberta advantage." Yet after 40 years of Conservative government we have none of these. We can do better!

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What Can I Do?

Vote strategically in your constituency to counter the vote-splitting among progressive candidates that continually elects so many Tories. Your support for the centre-left candidate with the best chance of winning can build the progressive bloc of MLAs.

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Winnable Candidates

Find out which progressive candidate is leading in your constituency. Vote for that candidate to make your voice count against the Tories.

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Why vote strategically?


In the last election, the combined progressive vote in several constituencies was greater than the total support for Conservatives and Wildrose. Strategic votes prevent vote-splitting among good candidates and we can still support our favourite parties in other constituencies by volunteering and donating. As reporter Don Braid of the Calgary Herald says, "Tories are chuckling... Vote-splitting on the centre-left has kept them in office for nearly 40 years!" Let's stop splitting the vote!

Strategic voting in the news

Completing the Job Started in Alberta (by Alvin Finkel)

Change Alberta Blog August 3, 2015

It is not clear what role the members of the Alberta NDP government will choose to play in the federal election. Relations between the Alberta leadership and federal leader Thomas Mulcair became strained after Mulcair used the technical term “Dutch disease” to correctly describe what was happening to the Alberta and federal economies: the focus on a single sector, oil extraction, was jeopardizing the development of a more broadly-based economy. read more >>

Research Intitute: A New World of Corporate “Spin” (by Alvin Finkel)

Change Alberta Blog June 25, 2015

The election of an NDP government in Alberta was opposed by every daily newspaper in the province and by the entire corporate sector. So will they be gallant losers and give the new government a chance to implement its promises, waiting till the next election to try to show the wrongheadedness of a better distribution of wealth and power in Alberta, better environmental policy, and other such examples of “socialist rot”? read more >>

Goin’ Down he Road: East Coast Lessons For Alberta (by Kirk Niergarth)

Change Alberta Blog June 17, 2015

AYou don’t spend too much time in Alberta without running into a Maritimer, a Newfoundlander or someone one-generation removed from Atlantic Canada. When I lived in New Brunswick a decade ago, it was estimated that a jumbo jet load of people was leaving the province every month headed to Alberta or Saskatchewan. Some were relocating permanently, others were engaged in transcontinental commuting – six months in Fort Mac, six months back home in Saint John. read more >>

The New Alberta and the Upcoming Federal Election (by George Melnyk)

Change Alberta Blog June 15, 2015

The pundits are out in full force as the federal election campaign fires off its first salvos. Warren Kinsella, a top Liberal politico, wrote in Ottawa’s The Hill Times (June 1) that the 2015 federal election “is the NDP’s to lose.” He argues that Mulcair’s image as someone who is “serious and progressive” trumps Trudeau’s image as “progressive and new” and Harper’s image as “experienced and serious.” The country seems to be in the mood for change. read more >>

Alberta Farmworkers Die…A Lot (by Bob Barnetson)

Change Alberta Blog June 6, 2015

Alberta farmworkers die. A lot. Sometimes they are smothered, like Kevan Chandler was back in 2006, when a grain crust let go in a silo he was cleaning near High River. He left behind a wife and kids. Sometimes they get killed by machinery, like when Yvon Poulin fell into a bailer that had an inoperable safety system in 2004. He was a 17-year-old kid. read more >>

Unmet Needs: Can the New Alberta Pioneer in the Area of Mental Health? (by Ken Collier)

Change Alberta Blog May 29, 2015

As astonished as almost everyone was when the New Democrats were elected in the 2015 provincial election in Alberta, that miraculous upsurge contains hope that, once again, a government in Canada will pioneer a major social program in an area of unmet needs: think the Saskatchewan CCF in 1947 with prepaid hospital insurance and then the same government in transition to becoming the NDP with prepaid physicians’ visits (medicare) in 1962. read more >>

Energy Royalties: “Think Like an Owner” (by Alvin Finkel)

Change Alberta Blog May 22, 2015

Nothing about the new NDP government frightens the oil company lobbyists and their supporters in the corporate media and corporate-funded research institutes more than the promise to review energy royalties. read more >>

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