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Berlynn

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« on: January 23, 2008, 10:24:26 PM »
Well, I'm not an Albertan, but I'm right next door so I don't feel too stupid starting this thread.

This looks like a positive way to motivate the electorate.
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2008, 08:04:34 AM »
Thanks for starting the thread and apologies for drifting in the other one (I'm just a little stressed out about the threat of concurrent federal and provincial elections!).

It will be interesting to see how things shake out. There are a few Edmonton seats in play for the NDP in addition to the 4 we currently hold, but it will take a strong concerted effort to win them. Whatever doesn't go NDP in Edmonton, will be Liberal, of that I'm confident - with the exception of a couple of poorly drawn boundaries where there's a rural urban mix, I think the Tories will be shut out of the city.

Calgary is also in play, though probably only for the Liberals. If they play their cards right, they could pick up quite a few seats there, I think. But, the Tories know that and they are going to campaign hard there. (This is a new thing for Tories in Alberta, so I'm hoping they don't get their act together at the volunteer level.)

Not sure if the new WRAP party will pick up anything in the rural areas. I'm pretty sure they will be shut out of the rural north. The Alberta Alliance (one part of the WRAP party) did well in Dunvegan Central Peace (where I grew up) last time, but that was mostly through a feeling there of "northern alienation" and wild promises on the part the candidate ("Elect me and every road will be repaved, and twinned, and every ferry will be replaced with a bridge! Nevermind that your population is going down rather than up, billions of dollars will be spent!" Yeah, right.) However, Stelmach appointed a lot of ministers from northern constituencies and that seems to have stemmed of the feeling of being shut out of government. The southern Alberta seat that the WRAP currently holds is an area of which I know nothing, except that it's on the US border. No idea if they can hold it, or expand in the rural south.

Still, very much a defencive battle for the Tories. A part of me even feels a bit sorry for Stelmach. He's catching hell for a lot of Klein-era decisions,   at least in Edmonton, that for reasons that baffle me didn't affect Klein himself. But the other part, doesn't feel sorry for him. He was, after all, part of the "Deep 6" group of ministers who persuaded Klein to make the deepest cuts to health and education.

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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2008, 11:04:35 AM »
Even if the party itself is odious, the Wildrose Alliance is pretty much the best name for a party ever.

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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2008, 06:15:17 PM »
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Dunvegan Central Peace


Is that Grant Notley country?
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2008, 08:43:21 PM »
Yes, it is, Crogh - give or take some shifting boundaries from redistribution.

His daughter, Rachel, will be the new MLA for Edmonton Strathcona provincial after this election, as Raj Pannu is retiring.

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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2008, 01:39:27 AM »
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Yes, it is, Crogh - give or take some shifting boundaries from redistribution.

His daughter, Rachel, will be the new MLA for Edmonton Strathcona provincial after this election, as Raj Pannu is retiring.


I recall the last general meeting of the Alberta that Grant attended. There was proposal to have Jesse Jackson as a speaker at the next meeting. Jesse, fine fellow that I hear he is, is an expensive little devil - the debate was whether we could afford him.

I think Grant sealed the decision when he said: "I want the man who formed the 'Rainbow Coalition'" in a powerful speach.

Grant had an odd effect on people - everyone, even Peter Laugheed, felt they were better people for having known him. He was what spirituality is all about. I spoke to him as he was waiting for the flight to Dunvegan - the flight that was his last.
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2008, 11:45:07 AM »
March 3rd is when Albertans go to the polls. Stelmach to announce election with throne speech

Tonight, I'll be at the kick-off event for Stephen Anderson's campaign in my home constituency of Edmonton Mill Creek. Later on for Thursday, I'll be at Erica Bullwinkle's campus pub event for Edmonton Riverview. Erica (I've referred to her before around here as "super-volunteer") is taking on Liberal leader Kevin Taft. Many of the candidates have been nominated for months - it will no doubt be a relief for them to finally get going officially.

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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2008, 12:31:32 PM »
Bloggers who are candidates (that I know of so far)

Katherine Hay of Home Grown Socialist is carrying the ND banner in Sherwood Park. She's very active in the NDYA.

Tyler Kinch of A Socialist in Calgary is the ND candidate for Calgary Hays. He's started a campaign for rent controls in Alberta.

David Swann is the Liberal candidate for Calgary Mountain View. You may remember him from the controversy his request to join PB caused as an elected official.

And, finally J. Mark Taylor aka Herbinator, is the Green candidate for Calgary Fort.

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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2008, 12:57:45 PM »
pssstt...no con?  :spy:
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2008, 01:14:34 PM »
I don't know of any Con candidates who blog. Maybe we should scan the Blogging Tories...

ETA: From the  :popcorn file

Wild Rose Alliance Party President resigns Good timing.

Buried towards the bottom of this article, Conservative candidate for Edmonton-Strathcona drops out of the race Again, good timing.

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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2008, 06:40:33 PM »
Discovered another candidate blogger on PB today: Jason Nishiyama of Evil Scientist is the New Democrat candidate for Calgary Egmont.

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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2008, 06:27:19 PM »
daveberta is a Liberal supporter, not running himself, but with a good blog.  Check out his Edspedia, a good and funny expose on Alberta Conservatives travelling on our tax dollars:

http://daveberta.blogspot.com/2008/02/book-your-flight-on-edspediaca.html
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« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2008, 07:02:58 PM »
I made the mistake of opening Edspedia at work day yesterday. It killed my compy! Beware, people with clunker computers.

Daveberta is more than a Liberal supporter - he was on their payroll for a very long time, too.

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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2008, 08:43:03 PM »
Heh. Audra is so evull.

I don't hear from her for months, and then suddenly she drops a link like that on me.

God, I luvs ya, chick.   :lol:

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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2008, 08:45:52 PM »
Poor Arthur. He's gonna have to wear that Scud Stud thing for the rest of his natural life.  :wink:

 

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