1. Vote Liberal (or anything other than Conservative).
In all seriousness, when I was seven years old, my friend’s mother, who was driving me home, stopped the car and made me walk the last kilometer because she “doesn’t drive home Socialists.” I can’t remember what I said, but it was obviously enough to morph me in her eyes from little kid to little Lenin.
We might have progressive, hip, smart mayors in our cities these days (go Nenshi!) but Alberta is still a conservative place. Politics run deep in Alberta, and if you want to make friends you might want to watch what you say, or risk being labelled a lefty pinko, Marxist eco-fascist.