By Nick Clark
We’ve witnessed two major Canadian political upsets in recent history from here in Alberta. First, the provincial election in May of 2015, then, the same year, the federal election in October. Both elections saw Conservative Party governments overturned in favour of the NDP and Liberal Party, respectively. If these results prove anything, it’s that voting makes a difference.
This year, on October 16th, Edmonton, as well as municipal elections for its surrounding counties like Fort Saskatchewan and Strathcona County, will open their ballot boxes for all of us to cast our votes for who we want to represent us.
This year, there are thirteen mayoral candidates–that’s more candidates than for any other position on the city council (with the exception of ward 4 which also has 13 candidates). Inside this issue, you’ll find an interview with the hosts of YEGnation.com; if you aren’t sure which ward you’re in or if you aren’t familiar with the candidates in this election, you can find an interactive map on YEGnation’s home page with links to candidate websites and social media pages. You’ll also find an ever-growing catalogue of video interviews with the candidates so you can learn more about them.
It isn’t often we have access to as thorough of a resource as this for local elections so I encourage you to make use of it! YEGnation adds new interviews as they become available so check back in the future to hear from all the candidates. It’s a great way to hear the candidates’ pitches before you cast your votes–it’s a great way to listen, then be heard through your vote.