Status Quo Maintained.

March 4, 2008

In Alberta the Conservatives have taken their 11th mandate to form a government. The Conservative party is in its 37th year as the Government of Alberta. This iteration will take them past the 40 year mark. I guess you can say there has been a lot of good done by this Government. The province is debt free and has the lowest tax rates in Canada. It is a paragon of financial success. However, even as a conservative, I have to wonder if maybe that amount of time in power is unhealthy for a party. A party that is too comfortable governing seems counterintuitive to democracy. The people of Alberta seem to be increasingly apathetic to their governance demonstrated by their low election turnout. I guess if it ain’t broken don’t fix it, but is a single party province really functioning democracy?

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