Ontario activist shares cautionary lessons with Alberta

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John Clarke at Alberta Public Library. Image: John Clarke/Facebook

The election in Alberta is getting closer. E-day in Alberta is Tuesday April 16. At this point, it doesn't look good for the Notley NDP government, with the polls predicting a win for Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party.

Today's guest has a cautionary message for Albertans who may be considering leaning towards the UCP, and some ideas about strategy in the likely event the UCP wins the election.

John Clarke recently officially retired from the leadership of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, an organization which has been on the front lines of anti-poverty activism since the 1990s. But despite his retirement, he hasn't stopped working on the issues to which he's devoted a big part of his life. Alarmed by what he is seeing in Alberta, he took a trip west last week to connect with fellow activists and to speak about the situation in Ontario. He talked about not just the effects of the Doug Ford Conservative government in the most recent election, but also talks about how the province got here.

First up is a short interview which rabble podcast exec producer Victoria Fenner did with John Clarke just after he got back from Alberta. They talked on Tuesday, April 2. The interview is followed by the talk itself, held at the Calgary Public Library on March 27.

Image: John Clarke/Facebook


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