For the past couple decades, Alberta elections have been a mere formality: a popular Progressive Conservative premier would call an election and then the PCs would go on to win a convincing majority.
This time around, things are a little different.
Recent polls have Alison Redford's PCs in a dead heat with Danielle Smith's Wildrose Alliance Party. The uncertainty means Albertans are, more than ever, engaged in a provincial race. According to the Edmonton Journal 500,000 Alberta residents tuned-in to watch last week's televised leaders' debate.
People who don't live in Alberta should also be paying attention to the Alberta election.
1. The debate about separation of church and state makes a comeback.
The Toronto Sun's Warren Kinsella wrote that "Alberta is on the cusp of plunging itself into a divisive, needless debate, one that could spill over into other provinces."
He's referring to Smith's social conservative leanings and past musings about conscience rights — aRead More »from Alberta election 2012: three reasons why all Canadians should pay attention