Election Call Imminent

As the Alberta budget proceeds through the legislature, the provincial election is coming closer. An election call is expected within the next 2-3 weeks.

As voters prepare to head to the polls, the state of our electricity system in the province will be a key issue. The Wildrose, Liberal, and NDP parties are all proposing to stop the construction of unneeded transmission lines and to return to an independent needs assessment process. Wildrose has said that, in cases where new transmission lines are built near residential areas, they should be buried. The PC government has pushed ahead certain unneeded transmission infrastructure and has refused to commit to overhauls in the electricity pricing system. Soon voters will have a chance to weigh in on which vision is closer to their own.

For the first time in a generation, Alberta will have a genuinely competitive election. After the vote, we will either have a PC or a Wildrose government. Right now it seems that there is an almost equal chance of either outcome.

If you are concerned about the Heartland Line, then please get involved in the upcoming election. If you live in the Sherwood Park riding, you have Garnett Genuis running for the Wildrose (www.garnettgenuis.ca) and Cathy Olesen running for the PCs (www.cathyolesen.com). (Garnett Genuis is also RETA’s Executive Director, although he will be taking a leave of absence during the campaign). If you live in Strathcona, there is Paul Nemetchek with the Wildrose (www.paulnemetchek.ca) and Dave Quest with the PCs (www.quest.bellaspur.com). If you life in a different riding, you can find out who your candidates are here: http://daveberta.ca/alberta-election/.

This is going to be a decisive election, so please play a roll in ensuring that we elect a government in Alberta that will cancel the Heartland Transmission Project and will fix our broken electricity system.

~ by RETA on March 8, 2012.

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