CalgaryGrit: Alberta Votes Day 17: Conservatives Attack Conservatives for Being Conservative

Alberta Tories play race card, call Wildrose party of old, white men in election EDMONTON – Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives appear to be actively painting their Wildrose opposition as the party of old, white males. Tory strategists in recent days have begun warning voters that the Wildrose roster of candidates is dominated by Caucasian males and ...

CalgaryGrit: Alberta Votes Day 15: Paging Stockwell Smith

Like Stephen Harper in 2006, Danielle Smith now has 5 priorities, highlighted by an Accountability Act. However, in proposing citizen-initiated referendum, Smith evoked memories of an equally photogenic Albertan leading an upstart party. Remember this? Smith’s referendum idea has a higher threshold than Stockwell’s, but is equally wreckless. After all, she has left the door ...

CalgaryGrit: Alberta Votes Day 8: Losing control of the agenda

One week into the election, and Alberta’s 40 year PC dynasty is on the ropes. It’s premature to write the obituaries, but it’s never too early to write about what went wrong – and what went wrong in week one was a complete inability of Alison Redford to control the agenda. One day, the Tories ...

CalgaryGrit: Alberta Poll Soup

The expectation in Alberta is that Alison Redford’s first budget will pass by March 21, with the writ dropped March 26 for an April 23 vote. As for the expected outcome, the polls are predicting…well…who knows? Five companies (ThinkHQ, Forum, ROI, Abacus, Leger) have released polls in 2012, with the following ranges for each party: ...