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What About Political Parties?

Political parties are formed because a group of people have similar ideas about the major issues affecting people in a democratic society.  They organize to get elected and form a government so that they can put their ideas into practice.  In fact, joining a political party is the most effective way for you to influence parties and politicians because your voice will be heard when policies are being formed or reviewed, while in an election campaign candidates concentrate on promoting policies that are already largely in place.

Students, even though not old enough to vote, can get involved by joining a party's youth association.  Information on party youth associations or provincial political parties in general is available from individual party headquarters.  These are listed in the white pages of your telephone directory under the party's name. You can also find information on Alberta's political parties online!

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Reprinted from the Teacher's Guide to the Alberta Legislature, 1993 with permission from the Legislative Assembly Office.


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