Monday, October 23, 2006

Streetfight for the Crown

I've talked a lot about Liberal Leadership lately but I suspect things may quiet down on that front over the next few weeks. So, for the Tories who visit this blog and are sick of reading about those god damn Liberals, I'm going to spend a bit of time talking about the provincial PC leadership race. Given that the winner of this race will become the Premier of one of Canada's most important provinces, there are certainly national ramifications to this race. And, after Ralph Klein, there's certainly a big flask to fill.

So, once a day for the next eight days, I will be putting up mini-profiles of the candidates. I would also like to add to anyone working on a campaign that this blog offers an equal opportunity to all campaigns who would like to anonymously smear a competitor. Jokes, funny slips of the tongue, negative e-mail box is always open.

Mark Norris

Mark's Platform: Dubbed "the real plan" (so clearly Mark has no hidden agenda). It's already drawn fire on Tory blogs.

In 30 words or less: Lost his seat. Will lose this leadership. Think Tony Clement.

Mark on Emissions: (Given how much everyone is talking about the environment these days, I plan to share the environmental platform for each candidate) Mark takes a very firm stand - "The oilsands and coalbed methane development, parks and public land management, clean energy sources and climate change are important files that require decisions."

Celebrity Endorsement: As pointed out in a Daveberta comments section post a while back, Mark Norris (in the middle on the left) bears an uncanny resemblance to Peter Griffin:

Fun Policy: What I like to dub "Mark Norris' plan to bring Chuck Norris to Calgary" will give tax credits out to encourage movie production in Alberta.

Can he win? Despite spending $100,000 on his campaign, Mark Norris lost his seat last election to relative unknown Mo Elsalhy (who, I might add, is going to Montreal as a Gerard Kennedy delegate). So, given his track record, the short answer is no.

My Take: I know very little about Mark Norris and I'm not very impressed with what I do know. I'd say there are clearly some delusions of grandeur involved here and from the perspective of your average run of the mill PC member, I can't really think of a good reason to vote for Mark. But, then again, this Premier will be elected not by run of the mill PC members but by mass signups of pre-purchased memberships so maybe he stands a chance.


  • Mark is well financed. His backers include a group who are owners of the Edmonton Oilers. Mark is one answer to those who would like to see the Alberta Conservative party led by an MLA from Edmonton.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 1:00 a.m.  

  • But, does he look like the leader of a free and independent Alberta? Methinks not - next!

    (But holy cats, does he ever look like the Family Guy! Amazing!)

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 8:58 a.m.  

  • Mark is a very independent thinker. He was a is business owner and a small "c" conservative. A former minister of economic development with lots of self confidence. He speaks well and comes off as a down to earth guy.

    He tells a story about his business which was a family business that he ran with his siblings. They didn't get along and agree on everything, so he bought them out.

    If that is any indication, I would say that he has a free and independent nature and the ambition to get things done.

    Is that good for Alberta? Perhaps.

    Is that good for Canada? Probably not.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 9:47 a.m.  

  • When Wayne Gretsky played in Edmonton, every Edmontonian became a hockey expert with a particular passion for telling Calgarians how to improve their hockey team.
    As soon as the oil money runs out in Alberta (won't be long!) all those conservative experts in Alberta are gonna bear striking resemblance to former Edmonton hockey experts.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:22 a.m.  

  • Bart, Peter Griffin as Mark Norris is much better, and fitting personality wise, than my Southpark version:

    By Blogger Hatrock, at 11:49 a.m.  

  • hatrock; Thanks for the link - I may have to toss a few of those up there for the other profiles

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 11:56 a.m.  

  • I heard that Norris has a list of his campaign donors available on his website. I can't find it anywhere, does anybody have a link to it?

    By Blogger Alex, at 4:04 p.m.  

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