Monday, December 17, 2007

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Via Daveberta, Craig Chandler will be running as an independent candidate in Calgary Egmont and he has started to fill out a slate of men who share his views. While I have serious doubts about any of them, save Chandler, drawing a huge chunk of votes, they will have money and will be relatively well organized so they might be able to drain up to 10% of the vote in their ridings. This is notable since three of the Chandlerettes are running in seats the ALP could win.

Jim Blake – Running as a Wildrose Party candidate or as an Independent in the Constituency of Calgary Currie.

Sid Helishauer - As an Alberta Alliance Party candidate or an Independent in the Constituency of Airdrie Chestermere.

Harley Shouldice - As an Independent in the Constituency of Calgary North Hill.

David Crutcher – Either as an Alberta Alliance or as an Independent in the Constituency of Calgary Glenmore. David Crutcher will be delivering a message very clearly to the Deputy Premier, Ron Stevens.

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11 Comments:

  • Chandler is ggod for us.

    He is credible and talented and an experienced campaigner.

    He will strip votes away in Calgary.

    I think it is a two way race between Cathie Williams and Craig Chandler. Either way the Tories are done.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:26 PM  

  • You are kidding yourself if you included Egmont as one of the "three seats the ALP could win."

    Egmont is true - blue PC Party territory. The PCs could run a blue pig there and win.

    However, I live in Calgary Glenmore and will probably vote for David Crutcher (despite him being an absolute moron) because Ron Stevens is such a dirty Red Tory. I know a few of my neighbors will be doing the same, so I hope you included this seat on your list of potential ALP pickups.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:09 AM  

  • Calgary Egmont is Chandler turf and he is splitting the vote.

    If he did not win I would agree it would not be a winnable Liberal seat.

    We will crawl up the middle and win or the seat is Chandler's

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:29 AM  

  • What is wrong with you people?? They are Chandlerites, as in troglodytes. No offence to monkeys.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:41 AM  

  • Sez Anonymous@10:09:

    You are kidding yourself if you included Egmont as one of the "three seats the ALP could win."

    Egmont is true - blue PC Party territory. The PCs could run a blue pig there and win.


    Don't be so sure about that. Herard kept winning there simply because he was more or less harmless. (Correction: his profile was so low as to be subterranean) He was an "easy default vote".

    This time around, except for Chandler and Williams, the other candidates have little or no recognition outside of political junkie circles.

    Williams has a fairly positive profile in most people's minds; Chandler...well not so much. (and I don't think anywhere near a majority of voters in Egmont are anywhere near being supportive of Chandler and what he represents. (and the more that comes out in the media, the less electable he becomes)

    By Blogger Grog, at 1:44 PM  

  • The riding has been PC since 1971 - during the bad Getty years and during the bad election of 1993 for the Tories. 'Nuff sed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:03 AM  

  • The riding has been PC since 1971 - during the bad Getty years and during the bad election of 1993 for the Tories. 'Nuff sed.

    Do I really need to point out just how much population influx has happened since 1993?

    Were I part of the PC strategy apparatus, I wouldn't be assuming that Egmont is "safe" - complacency is political suicide.

    By Blogger Grog, at 1:47 PM  

  • grog,

    Agree with your comment about complacency bring political suicide. But I think the PC's get that... they got a lesson in 2004 with the reduction in seat totals in that election and a refresher course with Klein's less-than-stellar vote of confidence in 2006. Once could also point to the PC Leadership contest as a shakeup in that it shook up the Calgary-centric power structure of the party.

    But I'm not so quick to agree with statements like "[Cathy] Williams has a fairly positive profile in most people's minds". Considering how few people bother to cast a vote for school trustee - or, if they do, the limited time they take in choosing a name from the list - being a school board member is not a ticket to instant name recognition. She may be good, bad, or indifferent... to most people she will simply be the "Alberta Liberal candidate". Whether that is an asset or a liability is pure partisan posturing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:00 PM  

  • But I'm not so quick to agree with statements like "[Cathy] Williams has a fairly positive profile in most people's minds".

    Fair enough. Perhaps I travel in circles where awareness of politicians at all levels is fairly high.

    Nobody I know has spoken ill of Ms. Williams - and that's from people of all political stripes - and everybody has known of Ms. Williams to at least some degree.

    By Blogger Grog, at 10:48 PM  

  • Two things that grog discounts: one, Egmont isn't a very transient area, and two, even if it was, if his theory would hold true, we would have seen a significant increase in ALP support since 1993. This simply hasn't happened - the highest ALP vote during that period was 21%, and the lowest tory vote during that period was 52%.

    Nuff sed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:08 AM  

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