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- Jun 13, 2009
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What a crock !Do you actually believe that the union voters are any more organized or informed than the general population? I can tell you that they’re not. Union leaders do support the socialist candidates often, but the memberships usually don’t obey and don’t pay any more attention than the average joe. You can blame the unions if it makes you feel better, but the truth is that conservative candidates lost because they can’t get anyone to care about municipal elections. Urban elections always go progressive and rural go conservative Because the urban progressives are better at organizing the women and the men that wish they were. I drove past my polling station on Monday twice a couple of hours apart hoping the lineup would go away, and it was noticeable that there were very few men in line. It never got shorter by the last time I drove by, so I finally had to stand in line for 40 minutes to vote. 90% of the lineup was female. Dozens of men walked up, saw the line and left.
The voter turnout in the cities was about 35%. In calgary the new douchebag mayor got about 40% of the turnout in order to win. Doing the math, roughly 14% of the electorate in calgary put her in power. I’m sure the same is true in Edmonton.
The progressives know how little turnout is required to put their candidates in power and make the effort to zero in on and get out their voters. They communicate better and are better organized. The conservatives Are none of the above.
The urban progressives candidates won because the conservative candidates were disorganized, fractured and complacent. The unions didn’t win the election, conservative inaction and complacency lost it.