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-The Mainstreet Research survey conducted for Postmedia shows 54 per cent support among respondents for merging the two parties, with 37 per cent opposed. The support is highest among PC voters, at 72 per cent, while 65 per cent of Wildrose supporters were in favour of bringing the two parties together. --------Julie Ali · University of Alberta The NDP will not win the next provincial election. Why? Families voted for the NDP for change. We wanted change in the continuing care system and in the child welfare system. What we got was another version of the PCs. I believe we will vote Wildrose in. Hopefully any sort of union with the poorly performing PCs will not result in poor performance by the Wildrose. If the united PC party we elect in the next election doesn't represent us we will turf them as well further down the line. We are tired of poor governance, no deliverables for major public dollars and the lack of interest in constituent issues.


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Albertans favour uniting the right, and Wildrose is most popular party in the province: poll

James Wood, Postmedia News | February 21, 2017 12:46 AM ET
The Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership race is in the home stretch and Jason Kenney is the frontrunner.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntoshThe Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership race is in the home stretch and Jason Kenney is the frontrunner.
CALGARY – Albertans are in favour of the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties joining together, according to a new poll that also shows both of those parties more popular than the governing NDP.
The Mainstreet Research survey conducted for Postmedia shows 54 per cent support among respondents for merging the two parties, with 37 per cent opposed.
The support is highest among PC voters, at 72 per cent, while 65 per cent of Wildrose supporters were in favour of bringing the two parties together.
Mainstreet president Quito Maggi said that with former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney pushing the idea of uniting the right as a PC leadership candidate and Wildrose Leader Brian Jean declaring himself open to the idea, conservative unification is seen as increasingly desirable.
I think the PC supporters are more establishment, they’ve been in government a long time and they’re looking forward to getting back there
“The longer that goes on, the more the general population becomes comfortable with that notion,” he said in an interview.
Maggi said the slightly lesser amount of support for unity among Wildrose supporters compared to Tories may spring from Wildrose’s anti-establishment roots.
“I think the PC supporters are more establishment, they’ve been in government a long time and they’re looking forward to getting back there,” he said.
The poll shows Wildrose as the most popular party in the province, with 38 per cent support among leaning and decided voters, followed by the PCs at 29 per cent and the NDP trailing at 23 per cent.
The Liberals and Alberta Party each have five per cent support provincewide.

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In more sour news for the NDP, Premier Rachel Notley’s performance was disapproved by 57 per cent of respondents, compared to 37 per cent approval.
Jean in contrast had an approval rating of 64 per cent, with only 22 per cent disapproving of his performance as Opposition leader.
The Wildrose leader recently came out in favour of forming a single conservative party if it was approved by members and said he would step down to contest the leadership of the new party if it goes ahead.
Jean could end up squaring off against Kenney, who has pushed conservative unity on to the provincial agenda in his run for the PC’s top job.  
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Tyler Marr /PostmediaWildrose Leader Brian Jean.
Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt said there is little in the poll that is surprising.
He noted that while there are obstacles to unification — provincial law doesn’t allow official party mergers, so Kenney wants a new party while Jean wants unification to occur with Wildrose as the legal mechanism — but the prospect of a united party is looking likely.
“I thought this was going to be much more difficult before Kenney launched it but every indication that I’ve seen now is that it’s going to happen,” said Bratt.
The poll also shows strong support for the federal Conservatives in Alberta, with 67 per cent support among leading and decided voters, compared to 24 per cent for the Liberals, six per cent for the NDP and four per cent for the Greens.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a disapproval rate of 58 per cent while 38 per cent of Albertans approve of his job performance.


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Julie Ali · 
The NDP will not win the next provincial election. Why? Families voted for the NDP for change. We wanted change in the continuing care system and in the child welfare system. What we got was another version of the PCs.
I believe we will vote Wildrose in.
Hopefully any sort of union with the poorly performing PCs will not result in poor performance by the Wildrose.
If the united PC party we elect in the next election doesn't represent us we will turf them as well further down the line.
We are tired of poor governance, no deliverables for major public dollars and the lack of interest in constituent issues.
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Shandee Nabess · 
What does the WR say about raising wages for these workers of continue care, nursing and other front line workers?
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Julie Ali · 
Shandee Nabess I doubt they will increase wages of any public sector employee. Since the continuing care sector is mostly privatized I don't believe any political party has control over these wages. The GOA has adopted a policy of privatization of continuing care over public delivery of care to seniors because they want the private sector to deal with the problems of wages. This sort of downloading of responsibility to the private sector results in labour disputes of the sort we are seeing at Cold Lake with associated problems in service delivery:

http://www.coldlakesun.com/.../family-of-elderly-woman...
Family of elderly woman wondering if level of care at Points West Living contributed to death.
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We need to cut the costs of running government through removal of the top tier which is full of folks from the PC error who are making too much money for too little performance.

I believe all ABCs (agencies, boards and commissions) need pruning. We have top executives at AHS and Covenant Health getting paid major salaries; a pared down compensation packages for top dogs would leave more money for citizens and front line public sector employees.

We can't keep paying major bucks for public sector employees -especially the executive staff for no real deliverables. The front line workers of doctors, nurses, teachers for the most part are giving us value. Others need to provide proof of performance and in my opinion, based on contact with AHS / Covenant Health / Alberta Health bureaucrats, I am not getting value for my tax dollars.
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Jamie Bertrand
Then you are mistaken (much like many Trump voters) The Wildrose party is a pro corporate & "fend for yourself" party. They have no interest in helping the public or any workers.
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Julie Ali · 
Jamie Bertrand I doubt the NDP or the PCs have any interest in helping any workers either.
All political parties are the same. Citizens simply should change the political party at every election to keep things fresh.
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Travis R Howe
Bad news for Rachel and good news for Alberta. Unfortunately who we end up with will end up spending a great deal of time and effort repairing 4 years of what can best be described as ideological sabotage.
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Denis Jeannotte · 
One thing is sure if the right vote is constantly divided , torn , opaque and diluted the way it is now , the only one's at making a gain and at strengthening their Machiavellian grip over us all will be the Liberals/Democrats and Canada as a whole will slip right thru down the drain into an infect broth called bowing to religious extremists agenda . Wake the hell up folks , M103 is a rude awakening call .
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Ryan Potter · 
Last I checked the right were the religious extremists in this country. Canon law is a far bigger threat than Sharia here, M103 makes that clear.
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Spencer Ferguson · 
Ryan Potter Check again, my little, duped, lefty minion.
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Dan Ciurlia
Ryan Potter...cuckoo..cuckoo
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Jamie Bertrand
The "Wildrose" can't win a majority, they are socially ultra conservatives and the majority of the population disagrees with that. A moderate conservative can win. Alberta's demographics have changed a lot in the last 10yrs.
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Neil Bristol · 
Sounds a LOT like "NO way Hillary can lose!"......please keep thinking that way Jamie, please!
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Jamie Bertrand
Neil Bristol Trump is the farthest thing from being a social conservative, Trump has 5 children with 3 different wives. Canada is not the U.S.
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Tod Martens · 
They are definitely not ultra conservative.
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Jamie Bertrand
Tod Martens By Canadian standards there are. They are the most conservative provincial party in Canada.
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Neil Bristol · 
Agreed Jamie, Canada is NOT the USA.....& after the Notley disaster, Alberta (unlike Ontario) is unlikely to make the same mistake twice
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Jamie Bertrand
Neil Bristol What Notley disaster? The oil boom crashed. The very long time previous conservative party didn't save anywhere near what was needed for a when that would happen, other places like Norway did. Anyone who looks at the world through strictly partisan lens is a simpleton.
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Charles MacKay
Yawn.....typical leftist throwing out lazy stereotypes while being completely in denial of economic realities
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Shandee Nabess · 
Why such a big drip in Party fundraising in the last quarter of 2016, do you think/
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Shandee Nabess · 
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Jamie Bertrand
Charles MacKay If you think the price of oil didn't/doesn't have a huge impact Alberta economy (I lived in Fort McMurray) then you are in denial of reality.
The conservatives didn't save much, they instead gave corporate & wealthy tax cuts. That is the reality.
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Bryan Maynard Connolly
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Julie Ali · 
Or #orangecrushed
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Grant Brown · 
Get er done!
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Bruce Smith · 
Our whole province of Trump wannabes
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Doug Mayer · 
With the NDP at 23% I sense a lot of buyer's remorse.
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Dan Ciurlia
No matter the outcome NDP and Notley are done.
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Julie Ali · 
I agree with this. They were voted in because we were tired of poor PC governance. I am not in favour of the Wildrose joining with the PCs. I believe this will result in poor outcomes but folks have to make these mistakes.
The PCs are extinct either way in my opinion. No matter what comes out of the unity thing, the Wildrose will be elected. Let us hope they keep the rot of the PCs out of the new party.
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Shandee Nabess · 
Funny, the PC's are saying the same thing about the WR.
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Daniel Chow
BS from the bubble
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