August 8, 2014 7:34 pm

‘We Don’t Wanna Have (Alberta) PCs': student’s parody video picking up steam

WATCH ABOVE: U of C student Caitlyn Madlener’s PC parody has been getting a lot of traction on Twitter.

EDMONTON – A 20-year-old Calgary woman is getting a lot of attention for the musical stab she’s taken at Alberta’s ruling party. More specifically, its spending habits.

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Caitlyn Madlener’s parody video “We Don’t Wanna Have (Alberta) PCs” was inspired by Lorde’s song “Royals.”

“The song really talks about the fantasy of living the high life. And I thought that kind of reminded me of what had been happening with the PC government,” Madlener said.

“Especially when they use ‘jet planes’ in the lyrics.”

READ MORE: Alberta PC government has faced years of criticism for its aircraft fleet

The third-year University of Calgary political science student created the video last month, saying she wanted it to get more people interested in Alberta politics.

She was waiting for just the right moment to make it public, and thought timing its release with the auditor general’s report on Thursday would be a good idea.

READ MORE: Top 10 revelations to come out of Alberta’s auditor general report

Turns out she was right. By late Friday afternoon, the video had been viewed more than 17,000 times.

The 20-year-old credits the success to the power of social media.

“It’s a quick way of getting a point across. It can be humorous…it can be interesting, it can be catchy, and it’s quick,” she said.

READ MORE: Social media frenzy follows release of scathing report on Alison Redford’s expenses

“In this day and age everything needs to come quickly at you and to have something that’s fun to watch, short, but gets the point across.”

Madlener plans on making more political parody videos in the future. You can expect her next target to be at the federal level.

Here are the lyrics to her first creation, “We Don’t Wanna Have (Alberta) PCs”:

I try to keep my money in my hands
I get my goods from working rigs and the oil sands
And I was proud of my address
We were debt-free
No have-not envy

The PC party’s like, “in the black, no-debt,” dippin’ in the trust fund
Sky palace, forty year, Palm Springs in the sun
They don’t care, they won’t live within their means

The PC party likes, Superboards, deficits, huge entitlements
Jet planes, Africa, we need a new government
They don’t care
Why should we pay for their airfare

We don’t want to have PCs
It don’t run in our blood.
That kind of luxe is paid by us
I wish I had those kinds of funds

We should be their rulers
It is called democracy
And baby we’d rule
Don’t want to live their fantasy

The PC party’s like, “in the black, no-debt”, dippin’ in the trust fund
Sky palace, forty year, palm springs in the sun
They don’t care, they won’t live within their means

The PC party likes, Superboards, deficits, huge entitlements
Jet planes, Africa, we need a new government
They don’t care
Why should we pay for their airfare

We don’t have to have PCs

© Shaw Media, 2014

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