Sunday, April 23, 2017

Julie Ali · University of Alberta The mental health system in Alberta is disrupted and in crisis. It was this way under the PCs and is still this way under the NDP folks. The only good thing we did as voters in the last provincial election was to end 44 years of PC incompetence and indifference with the broom of the NDP folks. I strongly encourage all BC voters to use the same NDP broom to dump the Liberals. Once a party thinks it is a dynasty as the PCs did in Alberta we get very little done in government other than the cover your butt business and spin that has characterized the GOA for decades. While the NDP haven't changed anything in the GOA they have removed the PCs from power. The PCs won't be back. The NDP will be voted out. The Wildrose will win the next provincial election. I believe the only way to get any sort of productivity in government is to change the political party every single election. Like · Reply · 2 · 12 hrs Gord Okell Well Julie you were making some sense until you brought up the Wildrose party . They are brainwashed Conservatives hoping to corrupt Alberta all over again in step with PC party as you know BC has had 16 solid years of Lib/Can corruption and yes NDP will clean it up . Thanks for advise get back to your Wildrose garden rubbish Like · Reply · 1 · 5 hrs Julie Ali · University of Alberta Gord Okell I don't think the Wildrose will be any worse than the NDP. They are all ordinary citizens. They will have to do their best. In any case, its clear to me at least that they will win the next election. I voted for the NDP in the last election and I am disappointed by their lack of political will to address major problems in the child welfare and continuing care system. The Wildrose may not address these issues but they will be given an opportunity. It's best not to get too attached to the jargon of any political party but swing according to the requirements of the voter. I doubt that my chatter is rubbish. But this is your opinion. Like · Reply · Just now



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Wayne Moriarty: Why I’m considering the NDP this election

Published:April 22, 2017
Updated:April 22, 2017 6:11 PM PDT
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B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan at the annual Surrey Vaisakhi Parade on Saturday.
B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan at the annual Surrey Vaisakhi Parade on Saturday. Horgan and his party has Wayne Moriarty's vote right now. Jason Payne / PNG
I voted NDP once. It was a mistake. And I don’t mean it was an, “Oh, gosh, I shouldn’t have voted for them” mistake. It was an actual mistake.
It was four years ago in the B.C. provincial election. I was editor-in-chief of The Province at the time. Mere days before the vote, we published a front page that included a Mike Smyth column strongly denouncing the NDP platform. Columns rarely made the front page of The Province, but Mike wrote a ripper that I felt needed as much visibility and consideration as we could give it.
As well on that day, the editorial board of The Province wrote a full-page editorial endorsing Christy Clark and her Liberals.
These were opinions — the editorial and Mike’s exquisite column. Opinions are just that: opinions. These weren’t news stories. I strongly believe our reporting on the election — our news stories — were fair and balanced.
In the end, I don’t know what effect Mike’s column and The Province editorial had on the vote, but I suspect it had some.
I recall the day of that election (May 14, 2013) as being sunny and warm in the afternoon. I walked from my home to my designated voting station at Fairview Presbyterian Church. Along the way, I passed a number of election signs for NDP candidate George Heyman.
I’d met George once. He seemed like a nice enough fellow. But my intent was to vote for Liberal Margaret MacDiarmid.
When I got to the voting booth, I was preoccupied with some meaningless bit of meaninglessness, and accidentally exercised my franchise by slapping a big, fat ‘X’ beside the wrong name — beside George and the very party I was party to denouncing days earlier.
That was then.
This election I’m considering quite seriously voting for the NDP again — this time on purpose.
I have two reasons. They may be lesser reasons to others, but to me they’re paramount. The first is simply that I believe in political change. Parties that stay in power for a long, long time tend to get stale and messy. The second, and more important reason I’m considering a vote for the NDP, is the party’s position on matters of mental health and addiction.
Six days ago, NDP Leader John Horgan pledged to create a new government ministry to address mental-health and addiction issues. I’m historically a “small-government” guy — something of a libertarian in this regard. So proposals of “new ministries” tend to repel my vote rather than attract it. But on the matter of a mental-health and addiction ministry, I’m listening.
What we have today in communities throughout B.C. is mental-health and addiction crises, with the two of them, I suspect, mostly overlapping.
“After years of B.C. Liberal neglect, we will improve B.C.’s mental-health system by increasing access and investing in early prevention and intervention. People need to know they only have to ask for help once to get help fast.”
This is what Horgan said in a news release Monday. I support this with every endorphin in my body.
The Liberal party, of course, has its own election 2017 strategy for dealing with mental health and addictions, but this is a party that has been in power since 2001, and, by no measure, is the situation better today than it was then. Can anything this party says on this file be taken seriously?
It’s talk. It’s air. I wish it was more. But it isn’t.
And, yes, the NDP pledges in support of mental health and addictions may well, in the end, be nothing more than talk, too. But I believe the party deserves the chance to try to fix this mess.
There’s still some time to go, but right now, they have my vote. Unless, of course, I arrive at the polling station, again, lost in reverie. In that case, my precious ‘X’ is up for grabs.
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Julie Ali · 
The mental health system in Alberta is disrupted and in crisis. It was this way under the PCs and is still this way under the NDP folks.
The only good thing we did as voters in the last provincial election was to end 44 years of PC incompetence and indifference with the broom of the NDP folks.
I strongly encourage all BC voters to use the same NDP broom to dump the Liberals. Once a party thinks it is a dynasty as the PCs did in Alberta we get very little done in government other than the cover your butt business and spin that has characterized the GOA for decades.
While the NDP haven't changed anything in the GOA they have removed the PCs from power.
The PCs won't be back.
The NDP will be voted out.
The Wildrose will win the next provincial election.
I believe the only way to get any sort of productivity in government is to change the political party every single election.
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Gord Okell
Well Julie you were making some sense
until you brought up the Wildrose party .
They are brainwashed Conservatives hoping
to corrupt Alberta all over again in step with
PC party as you know BC has had 16 solid years of Lib/Can corruption and yes NDP
will clean it up . Thanks for advise get back to your Wildrose garden rubbish
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Julie Ali · 
Gord Okell I don't think the Wildrose will be any worse than the NDP. They are all ordinary citizens. They will have to do their best.
In any case, its clear to me at least that they will win the next election.

I voted for the NDP in the last election and I am disappointed by their lack of political will to address major problems in the child welfare and continuing care system. The Wildrose may not address these issues but they will be given an opportunity.

It's best not to get too attached to the jargon of any political party but swing according to the requirements of the voter. I doubt that my chatter is rubbish. But this is your opinion.
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Donald Staus
go ahead and vote for Horgan. But you better pull your head out of your butt long enough to take a real good look at what the NDP have done to Alberta. Everyone will suffer the same fate in BC under incompetent leadership. That's all the NDP bring to the table. Don't believe anything those DIPPERS say. They will say anything to get elected.
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Julie Ali · 
I agree that the NDP folks have not done a good job in Alberta. But they are born under an unlucky star in that they got elected in a translocation moment when the economy in Alberta is shifting drastically. This bust will be longer than the ones we have gone through before. The NDP have made some odd mistakes such as the failure to connect with their constituents. This may have been an over cautious response of the new team but it was a bad decision. It's been difficult for constituents to meet with the MLAs in some cases and to get problems resolved. Unlike the PCs they have not been into relationship building; the PCs at least were good at the chatter with constituents without deliverables. The NDP are basically not meeting and not performing.

The Wildrose may not be better but we're going to try a different flavour of the ice cream next time around. I'd suggest that folks in BC do the same as we're doing which is changing the ruling political party. After even one term the folks in government tend to think they are permanent hires rather than temporary contracts.
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