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Hoping I don't feel nauseous again on election night

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During Alberta’s last election night on May 5, 2015, I was so nauseous I had to have a bowl on my lap just in case. Earlier that morning, I had received my first chemotherapy session for the triple-negative breast cancer I’d been diagnosed with that February.

I was much too ill to stay up to wait for the results. When I woke up in the morning and grabbed my newspapers off the front stoop, my stomach lurched. Was it the news of an NDP majority government that turned my stomach? I don’t think so.

I had decided I would give Premier Rachel Notley and her government — filled as it was with accidental MLAs — the benefit of the doubt that they would not be the disaster that every other provincial NDP government I’ve ever lived under has been in both B.C. and Ontario — including one I regrettably voted for in my younger years.

Very quickly, however, the NDP government disabused me of my cautious optimism. One of its first acts was to change the Power Purchase Arrangements in an effort to incentivize more sustainable electricity to be built in the province. It was done in such a destructive, ideological, ill-advised and incompetent way that Greg Clark, the Alberta Party incumbent, calls it the “NDP government’s single biggest scandal,” that has cost Alberta taxpayers more than $2 billion while getting nothing in return.

Then the province announced it would hold a royalty review — something that former premier Ed Stelmach did that led to capital leaving Alberta for Saskatchewan and the U.S. Did Notley not learn from Stelmach’s costly mistake? Clearly not.


© Calgary Herald