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    Alberta's progressive roots go pretty deep, actually;  There's a thread of progressivism that strings through most of Alberta's political history, though, sadly, it often goes ignored in favor of what seem to be more easily-digested stereotypes about the province's political landscape and outlook.

    The influence on women's rights is undeniable.  The Famous Five were all from Alberta;  but it's also worth mentioning that Agnes Macphail - Canada's first woman MP - taught in Oyen, Alberta for a short time and came in contact there with the United Farmers of Alberta, which rose out of the cooperative movement.  The UFA would later form Alberta's government, and arguably was a progressive one for its time.

    Louise McKinney and Roberta MacAdams were both elected in Alberta in 1917 and were the first women legislators in the British Empire.  Four years later, Irene Parlby, who noteably advocated for improved public health care, was elected became the second woman in the British Empire to serve as a cabinet minister, in Herbert Greenfield's UFA government.

    It's funny to note, too, that even the ultra-conservative Social Credit Party that governed Alberta for 36 years was first elected in the mid-30s mostly on the promise to give each Albertan $20/month (about $400/month in today's money), or roughly one mortgage or car payment.  In the 50s, when petroleum first rose to prominence in Alberta's economy, Premier Ernest Manning handed out Oil Royalty Dividends to every Albertan;  a policy that, however, was nixed within only a couple of years -- with the money going towards public works and social programs, instead.  And Alberta is also the home of electoral recall -- though it was repealed when the electorate threatened to oust Premier Aberhart himself in the first test of his own legislation.

    Calgary, perhaps contrary to what most would think nowadays, is also the place where the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation was formed, in the early 30s.  The CCF would later combine with the Canadian Labour Congress to form the New Democratic Party in 1961.

    But more recently, Peter Lougheed's first Progressive Conservative government had some fairly progressive initiatives;  one just look at the multitude of new public hospitals and schools that were built around the province during his tenure.  In the mid-70s, he also pushed for the creation of the Heritage Trust Fund and the Alberta Energy Company (which later merged to form EnCanada after it was privatized) as a state-owned petroleum firm.  Mr. Lougheed has more recently railed against the turn Alberta has taken in the past decade or so, arguing instead for a more sustainable outlook.

    I don't know if any of this is a real surprise, but I'd like to think it shows a few glimmers of hope for Alberta's future.  

    If we want it, that is.

    Slower Traffic Keep Right.

    by Wisewood on Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 01:40:43 AM PST

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