April 22, 2015

Alberta election: Nixon vows "no last minute collapse this time"

Marc PatroneRebel Commentator

A Wildrose Party candidate is predicting no "last minute collapse" in the party's fortunes this election.

Jeremy Nixon lost in 2012 when his party's support plummeted in the last three days of the campaign after some verbal gaffes left the party vulnerable to attacks from the PCs.

Nixon is running in the riding of Calgary Klein and says there are two big factors suggesting there won't be a 'last minute collapse' this time around:

"The response is pretty strong out there. Last election especially here in Calgary Klein, we did very well, we had a lot of support. We only lost by six percent. Already from what I'm hearing at the doors people are committed to us. In Brian Jean we have a very strong leader, good political background, good business background and that's different than what we had last time, we had someone who was a rookie at all this."

There is still time for attitudes to change but polls up to the midpoint of the campaign suggest Albertans are open to change this election, and are considering ending the 43-year old PC dynasty if they believe there's a viable alternative to the Tories.

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commented 2015-04-22 15:25:13 -0400
The Edmonton Journal has reported (April 13) Wildrose Leader Brian Jean saying “We are not there to govern on social issues. We have no interest in social issues and we will be bringing no social issues forward to legislate on whatsoever”, somewhat the tactical approach that Harper has taken federally. As well, Canadian political advisor Russ Kuykendall has been shot down as a Wildrose Party candidate in the Alberta election, apparently over a blog post critical of homosexual tactics. So, apparently the Wildrose Party is prepared to be “conservative” when it comes to fiscal matters, but not on social matters, such as standing up for religious freedom and parental rights, which, for pragmatic reasons, it chooses to ignore. Also, disappointingly, WRP revealed itself to be kowtowing to political correctness by accepting global warming.
commented 2015-04-22 14:40:35 -0400
It really does look like the Wildrose might just make it this time . . . or at least until the CBC a few days before the election post article after article and goes on air to scare people by claiming that the Wildrose is the extremist right wing “drive_Alberta_Back_into_the_stone_age” rhetoric. They did that last election. What looked like the Wildrose poised to pull off a majority last election flipped completely around because of the CBC’s fear mongering.
commented 2015-04-22 14:26:28 -0400
Less than two weeks away, very exciting.
commented 2015-04-22 14:15:17 -0400
I bet the PC has a lot of dirty tricks they are waiting to play in the final week. If something does go wrong, then really the shame lies not on the Wildrose, but the voting public for being so gullible and easily swayed by expert power brokers in the PC establishment.
commented 2015-04-22 14:13:58 -0400
There is absolutely nothing the pc’s could say or do to sway my vote away from WR. Their crap didn’t change my vote last time and it certainly won’t this time. The pc’s are done and I hope we give someone new a chance to govern.
commented 2015-04-22 13:47:19 -0400
Well said, Mr Nixon. But don’t be too cocky — and don’t dare, for one moment, underestimate the mainstream media in blowing completely out of proportion something taken out of context…
commented 2015-04-22 13:39:29 -0400
Geez, Valerie, that is awful dirty, if so.

The latest polls suggest Wild Rose is gaining momentum at 29% and trending in the 19% undecided vote and that the NDP increase has levelled out at 26%.

I don’t think the PC Party stands a chance, even if they have planted someone to discredit WR in the final days. Such a tactic might just as likely backfire and usher in an NDP victory.
commented 2015-04-22 13:31:07 -0400
The PCs play the filthiest politics I’ve ever seen and will undoubtedly have planted a candidate in the Wildrose Party to embarrass it in the final days of the campaign. I think Brian Jean can handle it though, unlike Danielle Smith.