After being eviscerated in yet another Alberta election, Liberals and New Democrats are engaged in their usual exercise of moping around and trying to figure out why the left can't pick up votes here. Maybe they should read this incredible op-ed from the University of Alberta's Gateway, which just might contain a clue or two.
On election night Premier Stelmach gave a remarkable speech (remarkable, that is, for being garbled yet poignant), making a joke about how glad he was that his Ukrainian ancestors got on the boat going to Alberta instead of the one going to Argentina. How did one student react? TOTAL MELTDOWN. How dare the premier say that Alberta is better than Argentina?! What a "culturally insensitive" "jackass"! Doesn't he know that Argentina is a wonderful multicultural mosaic, just like ours? And if living standards there are a little different (don't you dare say they're "worse"!) it's all the fault of the same neoliberals who are pulling the strings here!* Our political system is just as corrupt!
Oh yeah, it's a big mystery why Albertans don't vote for the parties of the left. A real thorny head-scratcheroo.
*Note Dave Spart-style logic