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Alberta’s Election 2012

Posted by Rachel R. Vanderveen on Saturday, April 7th, 2012 at 12:17am.

Those who know me, know that I am very, very political. I just love politics. It used to be just American politics (because they’re just like a never-ending soap opera) but in the last two years I’ve starting to glom on to Canadian politics as well.

I love politics because I believe in an ideology---a way of life---and I like to see which officials will best represent the views that I hold myself. When it comes to who I’m going to vote for, I don’t look for promises, plans, or guarantees. No politician can guarantee the political climate, the funds in the treasury, or the type of representatives they’ll deal with in the legislature or parliament. They can promise all they want, but seeing ideas become laws or policies is a whole different thing. We don’t live in a dictatorship, we live in a democracy. A leader who has ideas doesn’t have any more than just that: ideas. Ideas can get struck down in the legislature, or there may not be funds to cover what the leader wants to implement. Ideas presented help me to understand how that leader thinks, but they’re not something I take to the bank, expecting they’re going to happen.

If I can find a candidate who is convicted in what they believe, I can trust that no matter what the climate, they’re going to stick to what they believe in their heart. It’s for this reason, that I always vote my heart. I never vote strategically, even though it can be tempting in the Alberta political landscape. All I need to know is the answer to one question: does the party or candidate believe that empowering government will solve the problems of society, or do they believe that empowering the individual will solve the problems of society? With the answer to that question, I can pick a candidate or party.

I already know who I’m going to vote for in the coming election, and it was a very difficult choice, given what our options were.

Who are you supporting the Alberta election?

Rachel Vanderveen

The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736

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