Edmonton and Calgary vote “Progressive” municipally, so why Conservative provincially and federally?
EDMONTON – In Monday night’s municipal elections, Edmontonians and Calgarians both elected mayors – by a landslide – who call themselves “Progressives.” But when it comes to casting ballots in provincial and federal elections, Albertans continue to consistently elect Conservatives.
So why the dichotomy? What is it about the municipal election that allows voters to vote so differently than they would in any other type of election?
Premier Alison Redford is often criticized by the conservative Wildrose Party for being “too” progressive.
On the municipal front, though, Michael Walters – who ran and lost as an Alberta Party candidate in the last provincial election – is now Councillor-Elect for Edmonton’s Ward 10.
He weighs in on the conundrum; as does Alberta’s NDP Leader, Brian Mason, and Edmonton’s Mayor-Elect Don Iveson.
Global News‘ Chief Political Correspondent, Tom Clark, also offers his two cents.
Hear what they have to say in Vassy Kapelos‘ report below:
What do you think is the reason for the difference in how the majority of Edmontonians and Calgarians vote in municipal elections compared to provincial and federal ones? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.