Heading towards town, a UKIP poster declares “only one party can control our borders.” But it’s the rather rude graffiti defacing Farage’s image – including a toothbrush Hitler moustache – that truly catches the eye. Some houses carry party or candidate endorsements in their windows, but the majority do not. On show, for the most part, is the color purple, and Conservative blue.
With an economy dominated by the oil industry and a conservative, free-market political tradition, Alberta has long been cast as the Texas of Canada. But on Tuesday, not only did the province’s voters put the Progressive Conservative Party out of power after 43 years, they elected a government from the far left of Canada’s mainstream political spectrum.
The unexpected rise of the New Democratic Party, which was partly founded by labor unions, may have implications for Alberta’s oil sands, which, many critics say, enjoyed a light regulatory touch under Conservative governments. And with a federal election coming this year, the result will not be welcomed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a Conservative whose party’s power base is in Alberta, along with his own parliamentary constituency.
What we should have learned by now about trickle-down economics is that nothing trickles down.
If the Trans Pacific Partnership is enacted, big corporations, Wall Street, and their top executives and shareholders will make out like bandits. Who will the bandits be stealing from? The rest of us.