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The long slow decline of Alberta has begun

I'm a born and raised Albertan. I love this province and I'm proud of it's natural features. Having said that, I was shocked to see a recent article in the Edmonton Journal about how Alberta has started importing natural gas from the United States: Scarcity drives deal for imports

To be honest, I thought this should have been front page news.

Duncan vs. Jaffer = Green vs. Same-Old

DemocraticSPACE's latest projection for Edmonton-Strathcona

Close Race

The people at DemocraticSPACE are currently predicting a win for the NDP's Linda Duncan in Edmonton-Strathcona. I haven't looked closely into their methods, but it illustrates the point that Edmonton-Strathcona is Alberta's best chance at electing a non-Conservative.

Everyone in Edmonton except for Liberal candidate Claudette Roy knows that voting anything but NDP in Edmonton-Strathcona is voting for Rahim Jaffer to win the election. As an aside, Roy's pamphlet, delivered to my door recently, is a shameful piece of misleading, self-serving garbage. If you have to be that intellectually dishonest to run the race, Ms. Roy, then maybe it's not worth running at all.

Anyhow, momentum is building for Linda Duncan's campaign. Some Liberals have started a blog: Liberals for Linda, and the media is pegging this as a very close race.

Jaffer's Conservatives, may I point out, are as pollution-loving as they come. They don't take climate change seriously, and they generally won't touch any initiative that has a positive environmental impact.

Call To Action

So here's my plea: email and call everyone you know in Edmonton-Strathcona this weekend. Tell them how close this race is, and how important it is that they vote for Linda Duncan on October 14. And then go cast the green vote on Tuesday yourself. Let's make some history on Tuesday!

Alberta: Get Rich or Die Trying

I recently discovered an excellent local blog: Alberta: Get Rich or Die Trying. Its four authors are, according to recent email correspondence, "frustrated by the decision of many of our progressive friends to leave Alberta for greener pastures, so we think it's really important to contribute to fostering a sense of community and agency among younger Edmontonians and Albertans". Amen!  read more... »