Could the NDP elect a member in Alberta?

By Melanee Thomas on Oct 6, 2008

I'm sure all political observers in Alberta would agree that Edmonton Strathcona is the Conservative's weakest seat in Alberta. Harold Jansen figures the Conservatives will take it, but this just might make it more interesting.

If Liberals in Edmonton Strathcona lend New Democrat Linda Duncan their support, she's got a fantastic chance of taking the riding. 

I've worked with Linda in the past on women's issues, and know she's a wonderful representative and fantastically hard worker. Her environmental credentials are solid, which can't hurt in a riding bordered by the North Saskatchewan river. 

This is one riding to watch next Tuesday for certain. 

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Interesting, but...

Nothing would make me happier than to have something interesting happen in an Alberta seat, but I'm pretty skeptical. Maybe they'll narrow the gap, but I have a hard time seeing the NDP taking this one now when they haven't in past elections that were much closer. I notice that LISPOP's new numbers still have this as Conservative. I don't see Liberal voters as NDP supporters in waiting. Some might do it for strategic reasons, but I think most just differ too much from the NDP to vote that way. And I think the Greens will eat into enough of the non-Conservative vote to help Jaffer win this one again. I'd love to be wrong, though.

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