The election heat is on fire in Alberta as the province gears up to elect its new premier. The candidates are familiar faces in Canadian politics, but one burning question on everyone’s mind is: was there a plan to take down Danielle Smith?
According to exit polls, the UCP is leading the race, and seat forecasts are predicting the return of Smith as Premier. However, NDP leader Rachel Notley is still clinging to the hope of victory, even going as far as posting old clips of Smith criticizing the Liberals and the media on social media. Smith has brushed off all the mudslinging from the NDP, calling it a desperate attempt to take her down. And honestly, who can blame them? She’s a force to be reckoned with!
But as if that wasn’t enough drama, some uninvited guests crashed Smith’s recent campaign event and started stirring up trouble. Recently, during a private event, a group of vocal protestors stormed the venue and disrupted Smith’s news conference, causing her to be hustled offstage.
What’s even more surprising is that the event was not part of Smith’s election campaign. It was a private event exclusively for invited media, and security was organized accordingly.
A deliberate measure
The recent disruption of Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s campaign sparks concerns about how those pesky protestors managed to find her in the first place. Were they part of a secret spy network? Or did someone leak the information to them?
As it turns out, the culprit behind this sneaky maneuver was none other than the Alberta NDP. That’s right, folks, they tweeted out the location of Smith’s event, conveniently located right next door to the South Health Centre. The tweet was deleted immediately after the event was over.
But why would they do such a thing, you ask? Well, it’s highly likely that they were hoping to cause a stir and scare off Smith’s supporters.
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The fact that Notley desperately wants the premiership back is an open fact. She and Trudeau worked together successfully, jointly promoting carbon taxes and the federal government’s acquisition of the TMX pipeline project. However, Albertans have simply adored Smith ever since the UCP took office. As a result, the NDP is frantically making every effort to win the election.
Doxxing and targeting political opponents have a well-documented history of assisting dissidents. For instance, in the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election, supporters of Viktor Yanukovych, a pro-Russian candidate, harassed and doxxed his opponent, Viktor Yushchenko, who was viewed as more pro-Western. A massive protest, also known as the “Orange Revolution,” took place.
However, after protests, a new election took place and Yushchenko emerged victorious. So yes, intimidating and heckling opposition leaders may work in some cases, history shows that ultimately the public will make their voices heard.
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Therefore, it’s possible that the NDP had that kind of desire, but regrettably, only three people showed up.
It almost seems as though they were trying to hide their traces after they realized what they had done was wrong. Yet, it’s unfortunate that political parties descend to such despicable lengths in order to win an election. But that’s just how the game is, we think. The real question is: Will it succeed? Will the NDP’s deceptive strategies and nasty campaigning be sufficient to influence the people of Alberta? Highly unlikely. Because at this point, it is impossible to stop UCP, and Smith.
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