As the upcoming Alberta provincial election draws near, election signs are being raised and politicians are lobbying for support. It's at the top of everyone's list of conversation topics given the waning support for the Progressive Conservative Party and because this is an election that will directly affect our lives, especially those of us who attend post-secondary classes. Unfortunately, even when this election is happening so close to home, many only seem to be interested in the latest standings in the American presidential primaries.
Granted, the provincial election doesn't have a black guy forerunner or a crazy white lady who is married to a former premier. The party who takes leadership of the Alberta provincial government does, however, have control of post-secondary education funding and runs the richest province in Canada.
Alberta elections always have the connotation of being pre-determined, as the province has always had a decidedly blue tinge in any political spectrum map. With the controversy surrounding Ed Stelmach's work as premier and the various loose ends he was left with--along with the amalgamation of the Wildrose and Alberta Alliance parties into the Wildrose Alliance Party offering a new, more right-wing alternative for Albertans--plus the anger about the Royalty Reviews, now is a time that, more than ever, a non-Conservative vote can matter. While we may not be at the point where the Conservative Party would lose power of the province completely, the right-wing vote will likely be split and give more opportunity for alternative parties to take a stronger hold.
The American election may seem more revolutionary and exciting, but paying attention to the government that arguably affects students the most can pay off in the end, especially at a time where every vote does count.