Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Your Daily Dinning

Sent in from an alert Edmonton Journal reader:

That's where Dinning showed up last month, as part of his unofficial leadership campaign, to give a speech, which made the front page of the Wainwright Star Chronicle.

"The one message, the one message, I continue to receive is that in Edmonton and Calgary there are one million people per city. There are a million and a quarter people in the rest of the province. On average, more of those million and a quarter people get up in the morning and break into a sweat than those folks in Calgary and Edmonton -- per capita," Dinning said.

"The cities would be sucking slough water, if it wasn't for the hard-working people in the rest of the province."

Dinning went on to compare the Queen Elizabeth II Highway to a bar linking the two ends of a dumbbell: Edmonton and Calgary. He then quoted a rural resident he'd met, who'd said: "If only we could get those two dumbbells to listen to the rest of us, we would have a much better province."

Jim Dinning's schedule for next week:

Monday: Speak in Edmonton. Insult Flames.
Tuesday: Speak in Calgary. Insult Oilers.


  • Geez,

    Without Martin around to amuse I'm glad this Dining fellow has taken up the torch and allowed the Calgary Grit a new muse to write about!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:40 p.m.  

  • I think you've made a smart move to declare yourself as the "anti-Dinning" blog.

    What does Paul Wells always say about being against Paul Martin before it was popular to do so? Dinning is going to give you a good 5 or 10 years of golden material.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:41 p.m.  

  • He sure sounds like our old pal Junior.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:57 p.m.  

  • This sounds like classic Mayor Quimby.

    By Blogger Dale, at 11:57 p.m.  

  • But will Dinning give Albertans a tire yard, a midsize roller rink, gallows, or a shiny Bigfoot trap?

    It's not his fault that the Saddledome collapsed!

    By Blogger JG, at 11:59 p.m.  

  • "Let me be perfectly clear: this is my number 1 priority!"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:22 a.m.  

  • Sensational. Your blog just got added to my favourites list. MOre of a daily must see list!

    Thank you,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:46 a.m.  

  • You're an idiot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:22 a.m.  

  • Mr. CEO sticking straw in his hair and doing the aw shucks routine, excuse me but RURAL Alberta is full of cities too....Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Fort Mac, etc. Good hit on this Mr. Grit. Maybe the rural folks should be quizzing Mr. CEO on why their electrical rates are so high...since its his TransAlta corp that forced deregulation in the province.....

    By Blogger EUGENE PLAWIUK, at 7:25 a.m.  

  • CG doesn't like Dinning because he knows he'll crush the Alberta Liberals in the next election. What CG doesn't know is so would any other PC leadership candidate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:41 a.m.  

  • Well there is a shocker. PC's will win Alberta. Here's another one. Cows go Moo.

    Think the reason that people care about what the good ol' boy is saying is that whoever wins the leadership race will be the premier and people in Alberta will have to deal with him (I'd say "or her", but let's be realistic here)

    By Blogger Leny Vilekoskytch, at 10:22 a.m.  

  • Wake up CG! Your dream just came true.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:41 a.m.  

  • If Dinning takes the rural vote he wins... what do you think Kleins greatest strength was? You only need 33% of the urban vote if you get the farmers.

    By Blogger Joe Calgary, at 12:14 p.m.  

  • This is great for Taft and the Liberals. Phase 1: Dinning plays up rural support in order to win the leadership. Phase 2: Dinning plays up urban support in order to win an election. Taft calls him on his hypocricy, paints him as anti-townie and a liar.

    By Blogger Gauntlet, at 12:40 p.m.  

  • Forget it Jim, Dinnings got the Rural constituancies wrapped up. It will be almost impossible for him to be pulled down, especially now that the leadership race has been shortened.

    Olberg is an idiot, and there's no hope for him.

    I think Norris might stand a chance of a good showing, but I doubt it will be enough.

    Nope, say hello to the next Premier, it will be Dinning.

    To bad too, I don't really like him.

    Taft will never be Premier, and the NDP is sort of like a flea on a dog.

    I'd imagine Taft, unless he somehow has a very credible showing in seat numbers, will most likely be fighting his last election.

    The Alliance could be the upset to Dinning, but not likely.

    By Blogger Joe Calgary, at 12:43 p.m.  

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    By Blogger Unknown, at 1:28 p.m.  

  • There are definately some striking parralels between Junior and Dinning - there are also some key differences.

    1) Dinning isn't inhereting scandal from Klein.
    2) There is less of opposition in Edmonton now than there was in pre-Gomery Ottawa.
    3) The PC Party isn't as "cleaved" as the Liberal Party was (or is, depending on your bias) due to bickering.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 1:29 p.m.  

  • I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Dinning beat Taft in the next election. In fact, I'd be downright shocked if the Liberals form government in Alberta anytime in the near future.

    I just think Dinning would make an awful Premier.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 2:25 p.m.  

  • So when does Jimmie D. come out in favor of building the white elephant ego trip of a high speed between Calgary and Alberta by using public money and call it the Peter Lougheed line?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:57 p.m.  

  • Oops. I meant Calg and Edmon. And if such a train is a good idea why isn't there one between Windsor and Montreal where there really is enough population?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:59 p.m.  

  • I think as the race heats up and increased attention is focussed on the candidates, people will realize that Dinning doesn't have any clear vision, plan or direction for the party. It's almost as if he's running because he feels he's entitled to it (unleash the Dignwall references, all) and shouldn't have to outline a plan or state an opinion on any number of issues. This is the last thing this party - and this province - needs. And playing to the crowd is transparent pandering that won't fool anyone.
    The Liberal response is obvious - start outlining and promoting a clear vision, plan and direction for the province. Back it up with realistic numbers that show it can work.
    Dinning as party leader would be the best news for the Libs. Preston Manning as party leader would be the worst.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:43 p.m.  

  • Interesting tidbit the bio on Dinning's website:

    "Jim Dinning was born in Edmonton in 1952. Like many Albertans, he has strong ties with our neighboring province - both his parents hailed from Melville, Saskatchewan"

    Yes, that would be 'province' in the singular: apparently Saskatchewan is the only province that borders Alberta.

    So at last we learn there is something Jim doesn't like: BC.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:50 p.m.  

  • dinning and iggy belong together. in fact i think they should run off together with kenneth lay of enron, on a neocon fact finding mission. that way we can say they got layed and the u.s. instead of canada was screwed...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:06 a.m.  

  • I fully tie in with everything you have printed.

    By Anonymous ciudad de zaragoza, at 6:05 a.m.  

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