A week ago, Alberta had a provincial election, and many were surprised of the final results. I for one, was really shocked and I can not see a bright future for Alberta. I feel that Alberta will endure the most suffering they have ever had experienced in years. Since the NDP opened up a new chapter for the province, it made headlines. Many against the oil industry in Alberta are very happy as of today.
First of all, let’s break it down and look at the results. The NDP won 53 seats, Wildrose won 21 seats, the PC Party won 10 seats, and the Liberal and Alberta parties won one seat. As a reader you are probably really shocked and just hope that none of this will affect you in any sort of way. I’ll tell you this: all of Canada will be widely affected. The reason behind this is because of the tar sands. The tar sands contribute to Canada’s economy and Alberta has low taxes and low unemployment because of the oil sands. Since the NDP are now in power in Alberta, there are some possible things to expect from a new government.
1) Tax related issues:
Carbon tax has been mentioned a bit in Federal politics. If the NDP does have plans of introducing a carbon tax to Alberta, this will greatly affect the price of oil and the provincial economy. Most of Alberta’s money comes from the oil industry in the province and I believe that the NDP government will produce less oil for environmental reasons and start increasing taxes in the province. Alberta also has a low sales tax rate at 5%, as they do not have a provincial sales tax because again, the oil sands.
2) Economic decline (Provincial and Federal):
What I am really concerned about is the economy that will affect every Canadian and that will anger many across the country. The federal government will lose money from the oil sands because of the NDP government. This could possibly affect the price of oil, because of the current oil issue in Canada affecting the economy. I believe that the Northern Gateway Pipeline will be delayed even further because of the new government. The Federal Conservative government is the last possible supporter for the pipeline and plans of construction will begin in 2019, the year of the next provincial election in Alberta. It will be delayed for another few years until a final decision can be made.
I am pretty disappointed in most Albertans this year, thumbs up to those who voted for Wildrose or PC, but a big thumbs down for those who voted for the NDP, Liberal or Alberta. What people don’t see is that they will be suffering for the next 4 years until the next election in 2019. They also don’t see that they are pulling off a social experiment on themselves. What people don’t understand is that left-wing politics wants to raise taxes and legalize marijuana. The use of money spending will be a complete waste for the next 4 years while the NDP is in control. If Trudeau becomes prime minister, he will cooperate with the NDP government and possibly destroy our oil industry.
Right now, Stephen Harper is probably not happy as his home province has voted against the Tories. He had a lot planned for the pipeline, now it has gone to waste and construction would be delayed even further. I don’t even understand why this year in Alberta has many people becoming leftists. As the place is where the oil money is generated, we don’t want people like these to interfere with our GDP and oil production. You don’t even expect a province like this to become a leftist territory. Hopefully Albertans will not suffer as much and they will be able to make it through 4 years of NDP rule.
This is Bossjamesopinionated, and let’s hope Alberta will stay strong!
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