Tagged alberta politics

Increasing provincial minimum wage to $15 provides economic and moral benefits

By Kayle Van’t Klooster, September 11 2018 — The Alberta New Democratic Party government’s increase to the provincial minimum wage towards a living wage is one of its most ambitious policies. When it was announced, the policy was met with a significant amount of skepticism from detractors claiming it would ruin the economy. Critics were vocal…

Without a platform, Kenney’s social conservatism defines him

November 24, 2017 — A provincial byelection was called for the Calgary-Lougheed riding Nov. 16. Much like the rest of the city, the riding has a history of electing conservative candidates. This time around, that candidate is United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney, who is campaigning without a policy platform. Kenney believes his policies should…

U of C Progressive Conservative club prepares for change after provincial merger

By Sean Willett, July 28 2017 — The University of Calgary Progressive Conservative Association (UCPCA) will undergo major changes this fall to reflect the merger of the Alberta Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties. Members from both parties voted to merge on July 22, creating the United Conservative Party (UCP). With the PCs and Wildrose dissolving…

Alberta politics on the cusp of an ugly battle

By Fabian Mayer, January 20 2017 — Alberta’s next planned provincial election is still over two years away, but the battle lines are already being drawn. Jason Kenney’s Progressive Conservative party leadership bid appears to be on track. He is doing well in the delegate battle and without any other high profile candidates in the…

Harassment of female politicians perpetuates systemic sexism

Last week was a rough week for women in politics. On the international level, the United States’ first female presidential nominee of a major political party lost the presidency to a neo-fascist dumpster-fire who brags about grabbing women without their consent. Closer to home, the only two female Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidates — Donna…

Your vote matters now more than ever

By Andrew Kemle, November 15 2016 — On Nov. 8, the United States elected Donald Trump — a populist who utilized divisive rhetoric throughout his campaign — as their 45th president. This year’s voter turnout also reached a 20-year low of only 55.4 per cent. There are varying explanations for Trump’s surprising victory, but the…

A lower voting age benefits democracy

By Tina Shaygan, August 30 2016 — Last week, Edmonton City Council passed a vote to endorse the lowering of the municipal voting age to 16. There are sound arguments on both sides of the issue, but ultimately a voting age of 16 should be implemented. People do not fall down a rabbit hole on…

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