The Alberta election campaign is underway and green spaces turned orange and blue.
Orange and Blue
Albertans are feeling summertime heat and a political climate to match.
We live in St Albert. Our community went to sleep on April 30th with lots of green space and woke up May 1st with orange and blue taking over. In our riding, three parties are running candidates, but only two can afford signs. You might think that would lead to less signs. Not so. There are more of the same coloured signs.
The campaign strategies interest me. The blue billboard signs are bigger than the orange. Much BIGGER. Is bigger better? Bolder? Does bigger mean a candidate is more desperate to be noticed? Do smaller signs signal confidence? Or a smaller budget? Is that party struggling with finances?
What kind of sign is a sign sending?
The Orange use wooden frames for their signs. The Blues use more expensive, metal bases for their signs.
Are signs effective at getting candidates elected? A campaign professional says one lawn sign can draw 10 votes. There is a strong correlation between the share of signs versus the vote share.
There were no lawn signs on our crescent. Now there are six – four orange, two blue.
The wildfires turned down the election heat a notch as the leaders of the blue and orange worked together to help displaced Albertans. Blue and orange candidates in affected areas paused their campaign to do what they could to intercept the trauma. That was a good sign.
No one cares about election signs when your home could burn down. Tragedy is not partisan.
Signs of Change
We vote in every election but we don’t post a sign on our property.
Is a sign a sign of change? There are stories of blue turning orange. Not too many or none the other way. One longtime blue leader is “lending” his support to the orange. Why is that?
And for Landen Tischer.
Landen is a Bible College grad and new dad. We team taught an adult Sunday School class. He is a directional driller by trade. This is his first foray into politics. I respect that. He felt strongly about his community and believed government could do better. So rather than sit on the sidelines lobbing criticism, he joined the fray. And what a fray it is.
Landen is the guy behind the Orange signs in the riding of Athabasca-Barrhead-Westlock. His work is cut out for him, but he’s not afraid of work. This young dad is busy, fully supported by his wife and family.
If I were in his riding he’d get my vote just for trying.
That might be a sign in itself.
Whichever colour you choose, if you are person of faith, pray for those who are elected. They deserve that.
What do you think about the election and signs? Have you ever run for office? Are you involved in organizing or volunteering for a political party? Please join the conversation and leave a comment below.
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