4 Quick Points about the Debate tonight.

Here are 4 quick debates about the Alberta Leaders Debate tonight.

1) I thought Alison Redford was polished and prepared for battle.She has been aware that she has been under attack throughout the campaign.I wouldn’t mistake her emotion for overreacting.Her big slip was in MLA pay

2) I think Danielle Smith did well when she pointed out how different she was. She did not confront Raj Sherman or Brian Mason as hard as she did Redford. Her closing comment was interesting.”Your options are Wildrose or Conservative.” I get the feeling she isn’t as open as she is saying to work with other parties. I also would like to point out that she did not give an education plan.

3) Raj Sherman presented a balanced approach. He was one that pointed out some social issues.He was engaging and had some humour. But the Liberals seem to always point to a vote against as vote for. He pointed people to the Liberal website when he had an opportunity to really grab attention.

4) Brian Mason is a guy you have to give credit too. He has worked very hard. He cares for Alberta.He loves the NDP. He challenged Redford on many occasions, but he felt like he was the opposition not the government. I would like to see some NDP seats, but I don’t know if he stood out.

Now, please do your research. And I’m going to help you.How? I’m glad you ask.

Next week, I have lined up three guest posters from the different parties who will write in a small way why you should consider their party. I’m hoping to get a couple more.

What are your thoughts?




10 responses to “4 Quick Points about the Debate tonight.

  1. Thanks so much for that. I’ll definitely make a point of checking out your guest posts.

    I have many friends on the left who have also resigned themselves to the notion that “wildrose or conservative” are the only two options in such a conservative province. That kind of defeatism upsets me, but I still find myself considering a “strategic vote” (for the first time EVER) just because it really does seem like a choice between the devil we know and a devil we don’t. As much as I’d like to see some NDP seats I don’t think it’s going to happen here, so perhaps the Liberals are the least reprehensible choice?

  2. Actually, Smith was the only one to mention the opposition’s history of collaborating against the government. Arguably, this is was only possible becuase of the Wildrose, given that the Liberals and NDP hate each other almost as much as they hate the PCs.

  3. Hi Kevin,

    Would you be interested in a guest post from the EverGreen Party? It wouldn’t have to be me – there are 24 other MLA candidates and one Senate candidate – but I’d be willing to reply.
    Roger Gagne

      • Hi Kevin,

        I’m the EverGreen candidate for Calgary Klein, and I’d be happy to write something up for you. Would you prefer I just post it as a regular comment here, or should I email you a text document?

        Or would you rather that I pass this on to a candidate from another riding?


        Roger Gagne

      • Hi Kevin,

        My day job and delivering the last of our flyers have gotten in the way of me writing up a piece for you. I’ve made a few notes, however, and will get something back to you on Tuesday afternoon.

      • There has already been much said about the leadership debate; Redford under attack, Smith under suspicion, Mason underwhelmed and Sherman under his own spell.

        I was shocked, however, that I never heard the words “environment”, “climate change”, or “oilsands”. The oilsands and their climate impacts are one of the biggest reasons why Alberta shows up in the news around the world, and the subject doesn’t even come up in the Leader’s Debate? Nor our Province’s reliance on coal power, the dirtiest source of electricity? Huh?

        Shockingly, our daily use of 85 million barrels of oil and 27 billion pounds of coal actually have an impact on the Earth. Thousands of the smartest people on the planet, particularly those who study climate, say that we are influencing the climate, and that it’s not pretty. Baseball players have always been able to hit home runs, but a  baseball player on steroids is more likely to hit home runs more often. So too, it is with extreme weather events on a warming planet. Climate scientists have been warning this for years and increasingly, it’s what we’re seeing unfold before us.

        In the U.S., there were ten weather disasters in the first nine months of 2011, which each caused over $1 billion in damages. March of 2012 set a new bar for heat waves; on March 26, Halifax NS and St. John NB broke not only their record highs for March, but for April as well. The U.S. set 15,292 new warm records in March; 7,775 were new daytime highs in the contiguous States – excluding Hawaii and Alaska –  and 7,517 were new nighttime highs.

        But these impacts on our lifestyles and future prospects, on the viability of continuing our reliance on fossil fuels for our economic strength, despite their strong link to climate change, didn’t even rate a mention by the leaders of our main political parties. What was that we were saying about how advanced we are in Alberta?

        Denial is not just a river in Egypt, of course.

        It’s great that we’ll soon have a world-class water monitoring system downstream of the oilsands… thirty years late, long after our relatively clean baseline measurements are buried under decades of toxic contaminants in the Athabasca River.

        It’s great that one of the first things Premier Alison Redford did upon coming into office was to tell four of her new Ministers to work together on energy efficiency; this is LONG overdue in Alberta. Kudos to the PCs as well, for setting up a program to help small farmers install solar electricity systems; this modest step will reduce electricity costs for the farmers, help to decentralize and stabilize our electricity grid, support rural development, build up the needed tradespeople for continuing to develop our renewable resources, and increase familiarity of these technologies among building inspectors and electrical inspectors. And WHY were these not brought up in the leader’s debate?

        It’s great that Danielle Smith recognizes that coal power is not the way of the future, and that her Wildrose Party aims to phase out coal in our electricity mix. But then to maintain a stance of “Thou shalt not hinder the oilsands”, in addition to questioning the science behind human impact on climate change… wow! what’s with the right foot firmly planted back in the 20th century?

        Of course, climate change isn’t the only consequence of fossil fuels (let’s not forget smog, acid rain, or billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies) and fossil fuels are not the only thing we’ve let get away on us as we’ve neglected to take good care of the planet that is our only home; we ought to pay attention to the precipitous decline in the populations of honeybees that pollinate our crops, for instance.

        All of which is to say, it’s quite astonishing – and tragic – that the mainstream parties have not seen fit to address these issues either in the Leader’s Debate or in the broader election campaign. Though I am only one man, and a rather small one at that, I’m more proud than ever that I chose to run for the EverGreen Party in Calgary Klein.

        “We don’t want a bigger slice of the pie, we want a different pie”.
        American activist Winona LaDuke

  4. I’m disappointed to see that none of my links show up in my post. If anyone cares to see the 14 various articles I referenced in my statement, I’d be happy to email them to you. Contact me at rogernow (at) gmail.com

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