Democracy in action is a thrilling thing. I ran in the recent general election and am running again in the Calgary-Foothills by-election. It feels really good to be back canvasing in the communities of Calgary-Foothills.
Janet Keeping is the Leader of the Green Party of Alberta
It’s August – peak summer – and many people are away but together with our wonderful volunteers I am having some great conversations at the door-step.
With the change of government in May, many voters in Calgary-Foothills are grappling with how to cast their vote on September 3rd. We are finding Green supporters even at this early point in the by-election. But we are also finding a much greater willingness to consider voting Green than I ever would have predicted. Many people at the door-step agree that we are in a different world – one where Alberta’s environmental performance has to be much, much better than it has been.
It’s not all good – of course! Some people are very angry that Jim Prentice quite as MLA requiring this by-election and don’t want to hear anything about provincial politics. Some people fear the growing awareness of climate change and as a result some don’t want to hear from Greens.
But on the whole Calgary-Foothills voters are thoughtful and open to meeting me, hearing our Green message and giving Greens a chance. It’s encouraging!
And our glorious volunteers are working so hard and so well. Thanks so much, dear friends and colleagues. We are doing important democratic work, and having fun too. Onward!
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