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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:47 pm    Post subject: Alberta Premier denies MLAs to jump ship Reply with quote

Premier denies MLAs to jump ship

By Jason Fekete, Calgary Herald; Canwest News ServiceSeptember 30, 2009
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach is denouncing rumours that as many as 10 Tory MLAs could flee his government for the upstart Wildrose Alliance, insisting he has a "very strong team" and doesn't pay much attention to such musings.

Stelmach, who takes pride in proving his naysayers wrong, said he first heard about the rumour on Monday but won't pay much attention to it because his job is to govern and help Alberta rebound from the recession.

"If rumours are a threat to any leadership, then I guess a person better not get started," Stelmach told reporters on Monday during a tour of a wind farm near Pincher Creek.

The premier surprised many political observers when he defeated Jim Dinning and Ted Morton to win the Progressive Conservative leadership in 2006, and then led the party to a landslide victory in the 2008 election by capturing 72 of 83 seats.

"If I would have stopped to listen to every rumour, I probably wouldn't have even sought the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party, let alone be the premier of Alberta," Stelmach said.

Rumblings of discontent in the PC party and caucus have surfaced since Paul Hinman and the conservative Wildrose Alliance captured a stunning victory in this month's Calgary-Glenmore byelection. The Tories, which had held the riding for 40 years, finished in third place.

Calgary Tory MLA Kyle Fawcett said Stelmach has "done very little" to convince Calgarians he's capable of leading the province.


http://www.edmontonjournal.com.....story.html
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Stelmach, who takes pride in proving his naysayers wrong, said he first heard about the rumour on Monday but won't pay much attention to it because his job is to govern and help Alberta rebound from the recession.

Alberta's Auditor General should investigation to see how much Stelmach pays journalists give him such tongue baths...

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The premier surprised many political observers when he defeated Jim Dinning and Ted Morton to win the Progressive Conservative leadership in 2006...

I always like this one. In truth, Dinning barely defeated Morton on the first ballot, and Stelmach was a very distant third, but won everybody's second choice by virtue of being unknown and unoffensive to the majority of voters.
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