Ed Stelmach Profile
Before I get to my Ed Stelmach profile, this is certainly newsworthy:
Starting next fall, the outgoing premier will lecture and tutor in media studies at Mount Royal College, but in a digital environment far different from the one he experienced as a broadcast journalist in the 1970s.
Students in this class are reminded that Professor Ralph will most likely have a very lax plagiarism policy...
In 30 words or less: A well liked, competent guy. Not overly exciting but, hey, who is in this race? Think Ralph Goodale.
Ed's History: First elected in Vegreville-Viking in 1993 when he defeated the NDP incumbent. This was remarkable for the fact that there was an NDP incumbent in Vegreville. Since 1997, he's served as Minister of Agriculture, Infrastructure, Transportation and Intergovernmental Afairs.
Ed on Emissions: Haven't seen Ed weigh in on this issue yet.
Stelmach's Backers: Has 8 MLA endorsements, which leaves him a distant, but strong, second to Jim Dinning. Iris Evans is the most high profile of the bunch.
Can he win? Would be the logical Anybody But Dinning candidate if he makes it to the final three ballot.
My Take: Stelmach is one of those guys whose name I've seen in the paper a lot but I'd have a very hard time putting a face to his name or naming anything he's done. In all honesty, he's probably the best choice for the Tories and if I were your typical Tory, I'd probably be voting for the guy.
(Thanks again to Hatrock for the South Park images)