Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Buzz in Alberta...

...is that the Tory monopoly may get broken up on Tuesday. But it won't be Anne's old riding that falls...

26 Comments:

  • Well Rahim may have more time to spend with Helena.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 9:29 PM  

  • is there a link to the buzz because nothing happen

    By Blogger janfromthebruce, at 9:57 PM  

  • Blech. NDP scores Edmonton-Strathcona... nothing to cheer about their folks... just one more socialist in Parliament. And another reason for that arrogant pri*k Jack Layton to smile.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:04 PM  

  • jan - Just going on what I'm hearing from people back in Edmonton. Take it for what it's worth, but it sounds like Rahim may be in trouble.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 10:43 PM  

  • Wow. They want to shut down a key component of our prosperity (which they insultingly refer to as "the tarsands") and they're going to win a seat here.

    What can I say? Bravo. Layton should smile - that's very impressive.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 10:43 PM  

  • Rahim needed (and needs) to go. I'm sure he's a nice guy at heart, but he is a pretty terrible constituency MP, and I don't know what he does in Ottawa, other than occasionally show up and vote yes for things.

    I don't know if I'd read too much into this for the NDP at large -- I think they'll do fairly well, but Linda Duncan has been working hard here for at least 3 elections. Yt doesn't make any sense to vote Liberal in Edmonton-Strathcona, and Ms Duncan got the numbers last time to demonstrate that very clearly.

    I'll be very happy if she's able to pull it off. And it's really okay that Mr Anonymous there won't be.

    By Anonymous Mike G in Edmonton-Strathcona, at 10:43 PM  

  • And as far as further personal anecdotes to back you up, CG: lots of orange signs here. More than I ever would have predicted.

    By Anonymous Mike G in Edmonton-Strathcona, at 10:45 PM  

  • thanks CG. I have been following this riding very closely. An orange island in a sea of blue - that's just wonderful. Go Linda.

    By Blogger janfromthebruce, at 10:58 PM  

  • I go to school in that riding, and Duncan is definitely winning the sign war. There has also been a "strategic voting" pamphlet campaign. Jaffer is running negative radio ads against Jack Layton, which is probably a good sign they see themselves as behind.

    By Blogger Gauntlet, at 10:58 PM  

  • If this is the case, clearly alot of people in the riding who don't draw a paycheque from a business, but rather from taxes beat out of said business, or its employees, and who can't see the difference. Down with the oil industry! Solidarity forever! When is my break!!??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:48 PM  

  • What about Calgary North East?

    By Blogger kitt, at 11:52 PM  

  • I wouldn't write off Ed-Centre either. In that riding it will be all about GOTV for the Conservatives.

    I would put Strathcona as less likely to switch hands than Centre.

    By Blogger Kyle G. Olsen, at 12:17 AM  

  • You're going to want to watch Calgary Northeast on Tuesday... It should be interesting.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:14 AM  

  • The progressives in Alberta deserve to be represented. Too bad it's only possibly three ridings where there's a competition. Imagine being a progressive where for decades the whole province seems to vote Conservative.

    By Blogger Deb Prothero, at 2:39 AM  

  • The anonymous Tories in this thread might want to know that every defensive comment will be read out loud to the core Linda Duncan campaign team and chortled over at great length.

    Thanks for making us work even harder!

    By Blogger Idealistic Pragmatist, at 7:57 AM  

  • So Trudeau swept Quebec, like, ONCE?

    And Albertans still bitch about how it was that block vote from those amorphous monolithic Quebecers that brought us metric (fill in other Trudeau sins here.)

    Albertans.

    The people with the most monolothic, least-competitive electoral politics, federally and provincially, of any province of Canada.

    By Anonymous sweetums, at 10:22 AM  

  • Don't be shocked if the NDP wins Edmonton East - it is the poorest riding in Alberta and went NDP in 1988.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:44 AM  

  • I predicted this a long time ago.

    I think Duncan ran for the first time in the last election. She benefitted from some good press (which she got in spades this time around) as well as from a collapse in the liberal vote due to sponsorship.

    Jaffer has always benefitted from a split in the LPC/NDP vote here. Now that the liberals have collapsed entirely, Duncan may actually win here.

    We were polled last week. After we told him we were voting for Duncan for strategic reasons, he told us he has heard that a lot. He also told us they were polling neck and neck.

    I knew things were bad for Jaffer when he ran that stupid attack ad on the radio.

    By Blogger Gayle, at 2:20 PM  

  • As for Edmonton Centre, it would be nice of some of the NDP voters would vote strategically as well. I know a lot of liberals who are voting NDP in Strathcona. Hopefully the NDP'ers in Edmonton Centre will return the favour.

    By Blogger Gayle, at 2:22 PM  

  • The last lib pamphlet in the riding pleaded for ndp votes with a graph showing the average since roughly confederation has the libs in 2nd.

    Everyone knows the ndp were 2nd here and the bottom half of the lib pamphlet underlines that with a wonky chart.

    The libs could have saved some cash and asked the ndp to drop it in boxes alongside there own.

    Landslide Rahim by 200.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:00 PM  

  • Damn. And here I was hoping you were talking Calgary West, with Anders having to find a new job because of the independant running there.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:24 PM  

  • (which they insultingly refer to as "the tarsands")

    Insultingly? When my uncle worked on the project back in the late 1970s/early 1980s, that's what he and everyone called it.

    By Anonymous tarsandsbaby, at 7:41 AM  

  • "If this is the case, clearly alot of people in the riding who don't draw a paycheque from a business, but rather from taxes beat out of said business, or its employees, and who can't see the difference. Down with the oil industry! Solidarity forever! When is my break!!??"

    Actually, isn't Edm-Strath the riding with lowest property taxes thanks to Refinery Row?

    "Insultingly? When my uncle worked on the project back in the late 1970s/early 1980s, that's what he and everyone called it."

    They've been called "oilsands" for pretty much ever (mid-late 90s?) I guess once they figured out how to get OIL rather than tar out of the sand?

    By Blogger Candace, at 7:00 PM  

  • The terms used to be interchangeable. Now the enviros claim "oilsands" is "greenwashing" and use tarsands to try and score points. So industry acts accordingly. Nevermind that Suncor was incorporated in the '50s as the Great Canadian Oilsands company (or some such), or that the legislation governing oilsands has consistently referred to...oilsands.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:14 PM  

  • I hope the socialists lose in Edmonton-Strathcona! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

    By Blogger John Murney, at 9:23 PM  

  • Calling it "oilsands" is putting lipstick on the pig. The process has not changed its still tar until lots of natural gas and fresh water "clean it up" into oil in either McMurray or elsewhere.

    By Anonymous macphear, at 3:21 PM  

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