2 Political BeliefsPeople develop opinions about society and how they believe things should be run in their community, province and/or country.A political ideology is a group of shared beliefs or principles about how society and government should work.
3 What do YOU believe?Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?The size of government should be small with less services so we do not have to pay a lot in taxes.Companies that pollute our air and water should suffer consequences.Tradition is a more important than change in our society.Canada should give more money and aid to poorer countries.3
4 What is a political party? A political party is an organized group of people who share similar political beliefs and goals.Parties are made up of ‘members’ from the public.Party members work together to achieve power through an election and try to accomplish their goals.Each party also selects a leader, usually through a leadership contest.
5 Alberta Political Parties There are 9 political parties Alberta.Alberta First PartyAlberta Liberal PartyAlberta New Democratic PartyAlberta PartyAlberta Social Credit PartyCommunist Party - AlbertaGreen Party of AlbertaProgressive Conservative Association of AlbertaWildrose Party
7 What is a party platform? A party platform explains the party’s ideas to deal with major issues and to make improvements.While all the political parties may agree that education is important, they may have different ideas about how to improve the system or what exactly needs to change.During elections, parties share their platform through announcements, advertising and events, and try to attract support from voters.
8 How does a party form government? The party that elects the most number of representatives or wins the most seats usually forms government.At the provincial level, the leader of the party that forms government becomes the premier.After the 2012 provincial election, the Progressive Conservatives formed government because they had 61 out of 87 legislative seats.
9 2012 Provincial Election Results Political PartyCandidates ElectedPopular VoteProgressive Conservative Association of Alberta6143.95%Wildrose Party1734.29%Alberta Liberal Party59.89%Alberta New Democratic Party49.82%Alberta Party1.33%Evergreen Party of Alberta0.39%Alberta Social Credit Party0.02%Communist Party – Alberta0.01%The Separation Party of AlbertaIndependent candidates0.27%9
10 2012 Provincial Student Vote Results Political PartyCandidates ElectedPopular VoteProgressive Conservative Association of Alberta5434.60%Wildrose Party2328.19%Alberta Liberal Party518.06%Alberta New Democratic Party412.97%Alberta Party12.78%Evergreen Party of Alberta2.28%Alberta Social Credit Party0.05%Communist Party – Alberta0.14%The Separation Party of AlbertaIndependent candidates0.89%10
11 Final Thoughts Why are political parties important? Would you ever join a political party?Which political party do you like the most and why?