RESPONSE TO LETTERS ISSUED TO HOUSEHOLDS IN CALGARY-EDGEMONT

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Calgary, Alberta

Sunday April 14, 2019

RESPONSE TO LETTERS ISSUED TO HOUSEHOLDS IN CALGARY-EDGEMONT

On Saturday evening, it became known to myself and my campaign team that letters specifically targeted at Chinese Alberta Party supporters in Calgary-Edgemont were issued by what appears to be the UCP candidate Prasad Panda. Copies of those letters are attached below:

 

This type of underhanded tactic is exactly why I chose to run against the UCP and why my campaign has focused on Connection to the Community, Democracy and Economic Growth. The letters contain inflammatory statements which I will address. However, it is most concerning to note that the Chinese version has two additional sets of text as follows:

2nd paragraph: "I respect the Alberta Party and their efforts, however, in the election, the only party who is competent to defeat NDP government is UCP. Please refer to CBC Poll Tracker on April 9th. "

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4th paragraph: "UCP’s principles are aligned with those of Chinese families. What we fight for is in line with the interests of most Chinese families ..."

To try to insinuate that my Party, my campaign team and myself are incompetent is beyond reproach. Also, to use an outdated provincial poll to try to convince constituents that a vote for me is wasted is both a rebuke of democracy and an insult to the people of Calgary-Edgemont. It is as if the UCP and Mr Panda believe they have some manifest entitlement to represent the people of Calgary-Edgemont as MLA.

Furthermore, to insinuate that to be a member of a "Chinese family" means that your values inherently align with the UCP is an insult to the Chinese community, to me and again to democracy. Chinese speaking families like all Canadian families celebrate a diversity of values. Those values do not include multiple forms of hatred, lies and potentially even fraud - as have been demonstrated on numerous occasions by members of the UCP and their candidates. Dog whistle type statements like these are insulting to the Chinese community, and to provide different messages to different members of the communities within Calgary-Edgemont is dishonest and manipulative. Exactly the types of immoral activities Albertans have grown weary of in politics.

I have intentionally run a positive campaign, backed by countless volunteers, supporters and hard work. We have been listening to all members of the community and will continue to when elected to represent them. There have been opportunities in this campaign to take shots at both the NDP and the UCP, but I chose to focus on good policy supporting Democracy, Community Engagement and Economic Growth. I beg to differ on several the statements made in this letter. Mr. Panda, you have NOT striven to represent all members in your constituency - your own expense records demonstrate less than a handful of meetings held within your constituency.  Additionally, numerous constituents have told me about letters sent to your office which were never answered. Your four-year record as an MLA indicates you have NOT taken the chance to represent the community, neither in the current Calgary-Edgemont constituency, nor in the former Calgary-Foothills. You have NOT stood up for the interest of the residents of Calgary-Edgemont.  Your interest has been, and WILL be, lying perfectly in line with a small number of UCP "elite" members.

Your economic plan will NOT re-ignite our economy, because it simply yearns for bygone days and relies on stale economic theories and aggressive tactics which will further alienate Albertans from the rest of Canada. The UCP economic plan will only re-ignite anger and division.

We can agree that many of the NDP policies have worsened a terrible situation. Unfortunately, none of the UCP plans address the root causes of this terrible situation. Lack of market access, lack of value-added processing within Alberta and lack of economic diversity. The Alberta Party plans do address these issues and look to the future rather than the past, while also ensuring all Albertans will have their rights protected and access to the services they require.

In your final words you raise the specter of another NDP government as a result of vote splitting. Yet another strike at democracy, demonstrating the belief in your entitlement to a seat in the Legislature because you have run under the UCP. Mr Panda, if you truly hold 51% of the vote, a full war-chest, and the luxury of being the incumbent - what exactly are you afraid of? Perhaps, that the people of Calgary-Edgemont do not support the values of the UCP. That they value the rights of their fellow humans, have faith that voting FOR their values is an underpinning of democracy, and that there are people besides the UCP who offer a path to a bright future, rich with investment and prosperity.

No, Mr Panda, it is not only the UCP that can defeat the NDP in Calgary-Edgemont. On Tuesday, I encourage all voters to put an end to stale vision and entitled politicians, to vote in line with their values and put their faith in democracy. 

Let's make a bold statement together.

Sincerely yours,

Joanne Gui

Alberta Party Candidate for Calgary Edgemont

Media Inquires:

Wayne Jackson

Official Spokesperson

Campaign to Elect Joanne Gui

Cal-edge@albertaparty.ca

403-778-2168

 

 

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