Streetfight for the Crown
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 stories...my e-mail box is always open.
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.