Saturday, November 13, 2004

Return of the Social Credit Party?

It has been twenty-two years since there was a member of the Social Credit Party in the Alberta legislature. They served as the governing party from 1935 to 1971 before being defeated by the Tories -- whom have been in power ever since. The Socreds last had an MPP in 1982.

Party leader Lavern Ahlstrom, who recently concluded a tour of the Province, has said that the Party hopes to return to te legislature with at least one seat in this year's election. Ahlstrom faults the the Tories for falling short on helping the population during a time of economic boom:

"But what do we do with the benefits of our great economy? I think that's the side we must deal with."
The Social Credit Party describes themselves as neither right wing nor left wing but a government for the people. They support eliminating the health care premium, support for alternate-energy sources, fixed election dates, a triple-E senate and natural resource dividends.

This may be the one saving grace of the Alberta election. The Social Credit Party was one of the great political movements of the 20th century. 1971 was a sad day for Canada as it marked the beginning of a terrible trend towards the right in Alberta. This year, the citizens of Alberta have the opportunity to reclaim a small portion of the honour, integrity and glory which the Socreds brought to the province during the thirty-six years in power. One can only hope that Albertans are wise enough to see it.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No way. Maybe my grandfather will vote for them.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Hobbesian said...

The Socreds did represent the party during some of our greatest achievements. Unfortuately, the growth as Calgary and it's extreme right wing nature seems to preclude the Socreds from ever returning to power.

4:42 PM  

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