WHY RACHEL NOTLEY remains my choice for PREMIER? Because she has established a refreshing new ethics in government and by extension on the social democratic political family to which I belong. But to me it is bigger than that – she has moved us all to a new civic life of respect, empathy, diversity and inclusion in several fronts, from fostering welcoming communities to newcomers to serious economic diversification endeavours, to a new praxis of fiscal responsibility with the sensibilities of a woman that shows daily how deeply she cares for her fellow citizen, all her fellow citizens.
Civic life has risen since 2015, so has the political discourse from our Premier and many of her ministers – she act and so do her followers and supporters in ways that demonstrate the well-being of others and particularly the most vulnerable in society matters. That is at its core the ethics of a social democrat – people are at the centre of her calling to serve; indeed, compassion and smart, fair, decent policy choices. And when she has been confronted with errors, or mischief, she has dealt with the matter in the public square, thinking in terms of “teaching moments” as well, usually taking the high road, and showing us the pathway to be better people.
So if compassion, ethics in government, social justice, empathy, fiscal sensibilities, strong public services to serve Albertans, if lifting people up, eliminating poverty, honouring indigenous peoples, rebuilding infrastructure, investing in massive public transit projects, strengthening our public health care services, greening our cities and transforming, expanding and modernizing our economy for a new century matters to you, then she is your choice too.
Come April 16, 2019 I know exactly for whom my vote will be cast, and frankly, what an honour it will be. New ethics in leadership, in governance, in our public life; a vision of civility, balance & equilibrium with a strong dose of empathy and forward-looking leadership. Indeed; 4 more years of a “people first” agenda. The choice is clear | LCA