LETHBRIDGE: An Alberta NDP rep came to southern Alberta Thursday, championing a "new start" for the party in the upcoming election. Edmonton Strathcona MLA Rachel Notley told a Lethbridge audience her party is changing strategies to connect better with voters and wants to build on the momentum created by the federal NDP.
"We need to do a better job of assuring progressive voters in Alberta that we're reflecting their interests in the policies we have," said Notley. "So we'll be talking a lot about how to do that better with more compassion, with more vigour and sophistication."
She said she'd like to challenge voters about their choices over the past 40 years, suggesting some may choose their champion out of habit rather than any benefits they see. Notley pointed to the problems in the province's health and school systems as proof the phrase "Alberta Advantage" may not hold as much weight as it did in the past.
"The Alberta advantage is an overused, very old, phrase from over a decade ago," said Notley. "And it's part and parcel of a government that is over forty years old that has lost touch with the real needs of most working Albertans and their families."