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Reading the Message

Just how do you decide whom to vote for?  Each political party seems to want the same thing: to make Alberta a better province for everyone.  At election time, candidates try to convince the voters that their party is the best one for the job.  Below are samples from party platforms as outlined in actual campaign literature:

On the economy:   Party A wants a balanced budget and sound management of the province's bank account.  Party B wants a balanced budget and an economic plan for developing business and industry.  Party C wants a balanced budget and a stronger manufacturing industry in Alberta.  Party D wants a balanced budget and job creation through private business.

On the environment:   Party A wants more regulations to control pollution.  Party B wants stricter enforcement of environmental laws.  Party C wants an emphasis on environmentally friendly jobs.  Party D wants economic development and environmental protection to exist side by side.

On social concerns:   Party A wants everyone to have a quality education and adequate health care.  Party B wants preventative health care policies, protection of women and children from abuse, and equal funding for all students.  Party C wants preventative health care policies, safer streets, and equal funding for all students. Party D wants equal access to health care, more efficient use of education funding, and low-cost housing.

These are only a few of the policies you are likely to see listed in the pamphlets that arrive in your mailbox during an election campaign.  As you can see, all of the parties' policies listed above are attractive.  No one is opposed to preventive health care, better education, a balanced budget, a clean environment, or a healthy economy.  So to make an informed choice on election day, your first step is to question the candidates themselves about how they and their parties intend to make all of these good things come about.



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