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Old 13-04-2011, 11:09 AM   #1
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Old 13-04-2011, 12:18 PM   #2
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This is our chance to dump the UNDEMOCRATICALLY selected MP in favour of the one who should have been nominated last time. I'm most definitely not a "small C" conservative, but I'll be supporting Ford. He's a low-risk, since an independent won't be able to shape policy (I'm sure I disagree with his policies), but should do the best job of representing ShPk as is possible for an independent.

My concern is to keep development of the upgraders going, but in a sustainable way. Not to kill the golden goose of the oilsands since they and supporting industries are a large employer here. Responsible growth of the industry with tougher environmental standards.
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NE Edmonton is rather neglected by the candidates. Haven't seen a single campaign sign yet.
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Old 23-04-2011, 03:05 PM   #4
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I think the election ridings map has to be redrawn. Edmonton-Sherwood Park has two different populations with different sets of needs. If Alberta had more seats, I think Edmonton could have six or seven seats, with separate seats in Sherwood Park, St. Albert and Spruce Grove. Here are the 2006 census populations for each of the ridings:

Edmonton Centre: 120,326
Edmonton East: 128,199
Edmonton-Strathcona: 99,267
Edmonton-Leduc: 116,986
Edmonton-Spruce Grove: 128,945
Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont: 112,919
Edmonton-Sherwood Park: 118,073
Edmonton-St. Albert: 126,447

Canada Census Population: 31,612,897
Divided by 308 seats, this works out to 102,639 residents per riding.

Alberta Population: 3,290,350
Divided by 28 seats: 117,522

5 of the 8 seats have population above the Alberta average, and Alberta's population per seat is about 15,000 higher than the national average. With the 2011 census around the corner, I'm sure the disparity will be higher this election.
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