Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:24 am Post subject: Provincial By-election in Calgary Glenmore
Well, things are getting interesting...
The Alberta provincial riding of Calgary-Glenmore was first designated in 1959, and has been represented by a Progressive Conservative for 44 of the last 50 years. It was most recently represented by MLA Ron Stevens, who vacated the seat on May 15th to accept an appointment to the Federal Court. Premier Stelmach has roughly 6 months to call a by-election (5 by now?).
I've just got the word that Calgary Alderman Diane Colley-Urquhart has been acclaimed as the PC candidate for this by-election. Considering the riding's history of success for the PCs, and the recent history of PC nominations accross the province, the acclamation is more than a little suspect. Quite a coup for the PCs - Stelmach can bank on her name recognition by immediately calling the by-election, or delay it to the last minute and allow Colley-Urquhart to capitalize on her current position as Alderman until the writ drops.
This suprisingly uncontested PCPA nomination may have something to do with the fact that Wildrose Alliance Leader Paul Hinman, who lives and grew-up in the riding, will be persuing the WAP nomination. There are also less credible rumours that the He-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named of Canadian conservative politics will also make an effort (and no, I'm not saying who that is - don't ask). Paul Hinman is formally resigning as leader at the WAP AGM in Calgary this weekend. The WAP will complete the leadership election process in October, putting pressure on Stelmach to call the byelection before then, IMO.
Corey Hogan, an experienced backroom strategist and communications wonk, is the rumored front runner for the Liberal candidacy. Former 'Rae Days' Ontario MPP George Dadamo dropped out when Hogan announced his intentions. No word on the Greens and NDP, who placed 4th and 5th in the last election, respectively.
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