Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Emphasis on "Fixed"

I haven't seen this hit the national media yet, but this news story out of Alberta is just...wow:


Stelmach Promises Fixed Election Dates, Longer Terms

EDMONTON- Premier Ed Stelmach's first bill since his reelection has drawn heavy criticism from opposition parties who characterize it as "undemocratic". The bill, to be tabled today, calls for Alberta to adopt fixed election dates, but lengthens the time between elections to ten years.

"I believe this represents a good compromise between those who want fixed election dates and those who feel there are too many elections," said Stelmach in an interview last night. "This will save taxpayers a lot of time and money."

Stelmach has long since opposed fixed election dates and, until recently, had been critical of the idea of lengthening electoral terms from the present four or five years. Tory insiders say that the results of the recent election, which saw an 11th straight Tory majority, brought him around.

Should the bill become law, Alberta's next general election will be held April 1st, 2018.

24 Comments:

  • tee-hee

    about the time the Libs find some kahones

    By Blogger art, at 9:53 AM  

  • Sounds fishy to me....

    By Blogger Loraine Lamontagne, at 10:02 AM  

  • April fools!

    By Blogger Vin, at 10:15 AM  

  • The saddest part about all this is how plausible it sounds. It took me four times reading this before I realised it had to be a joke.

    By OpenID paleshadow, at 10:33 AM  

  • I don't know. Now that we've got the PCs back in power, I'd like it to stay that way. I'd rather not risk having any lefties get in power.

    I'm going to write my MLA and see if they can change the ten years to "Premier for Life".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:11 AM  

  • "The saddest part about all this is how plausible it sounds."

    Are you serious?? Give me a break! This is total looney tunes. How does it sound plausible?

    By Blogger Mike514, at 11:12 AM  

  • personally i'm in favour of doing away with elections in alberta and just naming stelmach premier for life.

    maybe alberta can bring back ralphie as court jester.

    By Anonymous Rob C, at 11:15 AM  

  • Trying his own hand at an April Fool's joke, Stephen Harper today announced he was appointing Stockwell Day to cabinet.

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 11:26 AM  

  • I thought the "conservative party picks election officials" thing was a joke at first. So this is pretty plausible.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:49 AM  

  • there's always Jim-Bob's-way for absurd political theater in Africa

    By Blogger art, at 12:19 PM  

  • Do they really need elections in Alberta?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:35 PM  

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    By Blogger Kirk Schmidt, at 1:22 PM  

  • @Reality Bites

    "Trying his own hand at an April Fool's joke, Stephen Harper today announced he was appointing Stockwell Day to cabinet."

    you do know that Stocks has been the Minister of Public Safety for the last two years, right?

    By Blogger Kirk Schmidt, at 1:25 PM  

  • Dammit, I got halfway through A letter to the premier before I clued in.

    Kudos, I bow to you superior bastardry - bastard.

    By Anonymous Monkey Boy, at 1:43 PM  

  • April fools!

    By Blogger hatrock, at 2:10 PM  

  • Emphasis on "fixed", or on "fished"?

    By Blogger jeagag, at 3:35 PM  

  • you do know that Stocks has been the Minister of Public Safety for the last two years, right?

    i think that's party of the joke.

    /drumroll

    By Anonymous Stock Day International Fan Club and Wet Suit Club, at 3:57 PM  

  • Boy, I can't wait until 2018!

    By Blogger daveberta, at 4:26 PM  

  • I heard Harper introduced a confidence motion that Liberal MPs have to eat poo.

    The Liberals decided to abstain in sufficient numbers for it to pass.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 5:49 PM  

  • April fool's; that's a good one. Of course it's an easy catch for anyone remotely familiar with the Charter of Rights.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 5:52 PM  

  • I won't go check Hansard but I am sure Robert Vollman is correct : the Conservatives would put forward such a motion - AND make it a vote of confidence.

    By Blogger Loraine Lamontagne, at 6:43 PM  

  • The saddest part about all this is how plausible it sounds.

    So this is pretty plausible.

    Dammit, I got halfway through A letter to the premier before I clued in.

    No offense to CalgaryGrit, but I don't see how anyone could have found this believable, even if it hadn't been on April Fool's day.

    It reminds me of how some left-wingers said they were "proud" to have fallen for the Bush IQ hoax from several years back. I guess if you really, really want something to be true...

    By Anonymous The Invisible Hand, at 8:39 AM  

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  • This will not have effect in reality, that is what I believe.

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