Wednesday, February 27, 2008

PC MLAs call for a new NEP

Well, no, but that's how Ed Stelmach spins it whenever anyone else makes this suggestion:



You can see the full results from the Pembina institute survey of candidates here.


If you're still trying to figure out your vote, you can check out the party leaders on the eye opener:

Feb. 25th: Ed Stelmach of the Conservative Party (13:11)
Feb. 14th: Brian Mason of the NDP (13:38)
Feb. 12th: George Read of the Green Party (12:25)
Feb. 6th: Kevin Taft of the Liberal Party (12:24)

My favourite Stelmachism from his interview - "it's very easy now to predict the past".


In other news, it's come out that the Tories appointed MLA and candidate Thomas Lukaszuk's former EA as the returning officer in Edmonton-Castle Downs, a riding Lukaszuk won by 5 votes after a recount in 2004. It's almost at the point where all you can do is just laugh.

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6 Comments:

  • The RO is my riding is a Tory by his own account and although I initially didn't think it would be a problem I feel that lately he has been unnecessarily difficult.

    And consider that in 2004, a RO received
    - a base fee of $4,515
    - an additional fee of $170 per day for each day of attendance at training sessions called by the Chief Electoral Officer
    - a further fee of 15ยข per name included on the list of electors on polling day
    - when "required" to travel on official business, the rates prescribed in the Public Service Subsistence, Travel and Moving Expenses Regulation PLUS a supplemental fee of $20 for every 100 kilometres, or portion thereof, traveled in excess of the first 100 km
    - a further $450 a month for up to 2 months if the RO "elects to use his or her personal residence as an office"

    By Blogger Brian Dell, at 12:52 AM  

  • Talk about some seriously skewed numbers from Liberal media hack Kirk Heuser.

    "75% of all the PC candidates who responded"

    This is made out to sound like a huge backlash, until you consider that only 24% of PC candidates actually responded to the survey.

    I suppose "18% of PC candidates" makes for a less dramatic and tougher to twist storyline.

    They ran Heuser out of Edmonton years ago, too bad Calgary hasn't yet done the same.

    By Blogger BR, at 1:25 AM  

  • True, but the premier is still essentially promising to ignore up to 15 members of his own government.

    Hopefully the people in those ridings understand that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:45 AM  

  • Actually Lukaszuk won by 3 votes, not 5, and every single vote was decided on by a Judge.

    But who needs the right facts when it ruins the story right?

    By Anonymous Richard P., at 10:51 AM  

  • Liberals have a difficult time with facts because it tends to make their arguments weaker.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:52 PM  

  • Of course, the writer is totally fair.

    By Anonymous muebles en madrid, at 4:34 AM  

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