Saturday, November 13, 2004

Deux Poids, Deux Mesures

Let’s play a game. Two parties:

Party A Advocates:
-Fixed election dates
-A citizens assembly on democratic reform
-Smaller government…quite literally – in the form of reducing the number of MLAs from 83 to 65.
-A renewed emphasis on Peter Lougheed's Heritage fund

Part B has been accused of being:
-Arrogant
-Too complacent
-Adrift without a clear direction or a plan
-Involved in a conflict of interests scandal

Party A is the Alberta Liberal Party. Party B is the Progressive Conservative Party. The same things that cause Albertans to spit at Jean Chretien and Paul Martin are being seen in the Klein government. Yet there seems to be a general sense that the electorate will just bend over and take it this time, as they always do. It’s an odd double standard.

4 Comments:

  • Did you go to the ALP rally in Memorial Park today?

    If so, how did it go? Turn-out?

    I'm really going to be watching the following Calgary races closely:

    Buffalo
    Currie
    Mountain View
    Montrose
    McCall
    Varsity

    Probably only the top three are vaguely winnable for us Alberta Grits, but the rest, especially Art Danielson's race, could have some interesting results. If Pham gets close to 70% of the vote, then you Calgarians are just crazy.

    By Blogger Jim, at 6:52 PM  

  • No no, I think you have the dynamic backwards. Ultimately, it comes down to "HATE LIBERALS" and "LOVE CONSERVATIVES" in Alberta. Having established that, THEN talk policy (or in this case, lack of.)

    By Blogger DJC, at 4:45 AM  

  • Those ridings sound about right. McCall is a sleeper riding - the Liberal candidate there has big contacts in the Sikh community and a ton of money behind him. Varsity has the University in it and I've heard the SU is really pushing students to vote this year.

    I haven't heard much on Montrose...

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:32 PM  

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