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
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.