Over the last week we have seen someone who had tried pull in progressives into a very un-progressive party be raked over the coals. For issues of arrogance and otherwise, Alison Redford has been the target of much acrimony, anger, and angst. This angst has been by both her party and the progressive voter in . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: The angst of a progressive.
Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger
This is as good a time to take a step forward and ban political polls beginning 30 days before voting day.
We have all seen the results in three successive provincial elections in Ontario, Alberta and of course right here in BC.
Considering the veil of secrecy and . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Polling Should Be Banned During BC Elections!
Forum Research released a poll of the Calgary-Centre byelection to gauge the support of each candidate in the riding. Conservative candidate Joan Crockatt sits at almost half of the support of the riding, with Harvey Locke some 20 points behind her at 28%. Since the previous poll (in August) the Harvey Locke team has increased . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Calgary-Centre By-Election: Forum Poll has Tory at 48%, Harvey Locke (L) at 28%, Greens and NDP at 8%-11%
Polling is a long haul game. Jitters of points inside margins of errors don’t showcase who has different levels of support or who is the newest front runner in the media past time of political horse races. So as an avid political watcher I take a step back and look at the long term trends . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: End of Summer Polls: Trends
This is a brilliant piece of writing by Mark Brister: “National media coverage of the 2011 federal election was a failure.” Not sure if it’s getting much coverage but there’s a lot of good stuff there. If this is the runner-up for the 2012 Dalton Camp Award on links between democracy and the media, I’d . . . → Read More: Impolitical: A winning essay on national media coverage of the 2011 federal election
Shift happens: An Alberta pollster runs down the road looking for a crowd of Albertans to survey. Nothing in sight, however. Below: Premier Alison Redford and Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith.
Whatever went wrong with those notorious pre-election Alberta public opinion polls, it’s not, as many pollsters now appear to be trying to persuade us, . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Shift happens, but not this fast – trying to understand Alberta’s wonky polls
Danielle Smith, leader of the upstart Wildrose Party celebrates her… Wait! That’s not Danielle! That’s Alison Redford! (Reuters Photo, snatched from the Internet.) Remember: Alberta political winners may not always be exactly as illustrated by the media and the pollsters. Below: The real Danielle Smith.
’Tis late and the CBC’s pancake makeup weighs heavy . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Top Ten Losers and Winners of the Alberta Election