Whether you’re sitting on the couch with your feet on the table, surrounded by friends at someone’s house, or out at the bar for a viewing party, tonight’s Alberta election results are worth a drink (or many more).
I’m no mixologist (but would love recommendations from those more versed in alcoholic concoctions) but here’s what I figure to be some worthy choices for your own personal voting habits, and the winners and losers of this momentous election.
(Not) Your Dad’s Drink – Alberta rye whiskey on ice (It’s traditional. But totally in a retro way!)
The Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta is in the political centre with Alison Redford at the helm. But will enough progressives from the province believe in change from within, and help the long-governing PCs stave off the loss of their traditional conservative base to the Wildrose?
Lake of Fire – Fireball whiskey and Coke (Simple and fiery. You got a problem with that?)
The Wildrose Party may come from zero MLAs elected just four years ago to leading the government. Even forgetting about the anti-gay fire and brimstone, put-down of ethnic communities, and climate change denial, we’re talking about a whole lot of people running the show who haven’t been to the show.
Champagne (Socialist) – Champagne
If election polls are to be believed, the Alberta Liberals are looking at being wiped off the map. They could, however, also reap the rewards of PC and Wildrose vote-splitting. A champagne socialist is one who is said to be living well above the working class ideals they trumpet. Not quite the Liberals maybe, but the political left thinks them too right and the political right thinks them too left. Also, champagne is a heck of a way to celebrate surviving certain political death, or going out into that cold dark night.
Microbrew beers – Whatever you can get your hands on (The more obscure the better)
The Alberta NDP are great. They fight for the little guy, want to support small business, and always have a fiesty handful of MLAs. They are much the same as some of the best microbrews. Or, at least, a new beer. While you tell all your friends about them, a lot of people agree they’re great and it feels like they’re going to break through to the big-time, it just never materializes.
The Big Liquor – Everything from beers to bitters, whiskeys to vodkas (Big Listens lead to big parties)
The Alberta Party could win a seat (or two, or three) or they could walk away with nothing. But they may be part of the future of Alberta politics, what with their “Big Listen” conversations around the province, a mix of fiscally conservative and socially liberal policies, and supporters who come from all backgrounds. Tonight, with that many people at the party, you’re going to need a little bit of everything.
*Remember to always drink responsibly. Until the Wildrose starts building real lakes of fire anyway.