In Alberta, April 16 is drawing near at the same rate the incumbent NDP of Rachel Notley cuts into the polling lead of the UCP and Jason Kenney. By the day. Amazing what facts are capable of doing to public opinion. The last episode of The View Up Here before the Alberta election has three parts in an effort to gather viewpoints and bring some needed perspective to some issues that are primary to all Albertans beyond the partisan foolishness. And since corporate media seems to be busy....
First, the second half of the UCP election platform (prior to any midnight editing) to expose a few more of the hidden gems within it. From the Harper rerun crime measures to the attempts to disguise cuts to and privatization of government services. The common theme being so many issues raised publicly from even being mentioned in the platform. OOOH LOOK, SQUIRREL.
Second, an interview with David Climenhaga. Award-winning journalist, author, post-secondary instructor, poet and Alberta politics blogger. He is proprietor/editor/writer of AlbertaPolitics dot ca https://albertapolitics.ca/ which has been informing readers since 2007. We discuss the campaign, the issues, the risks, the lame debate and even the odd theory or two.
Third, an interview with Sandra Azocar. A life-long advocate for a fair and equal society, former child protection worker, former Vice-President of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees and, since 2012, Executive Director of Friends of Medicare http://www.friendsofmedicare.org/ established in 1979 to protect and enhance public delivery of healthcare. We discuss the state of healthcare workers, homecare, the logic of pharmacare and the seeming lack of mention during the campaign of the single largest expense in every Government budget - Health Services.