April 23, 2015

Alberta election: Will voters tune out tonight's debate?

Rebel Staff

It may be a pivotal moment in the election but Albertans appear to have only a passing interest in tonight's leaders debate.

The leaders of the main parties will be squaring off in what could be their only such meeting before the May 5th vote but many Albertans we spoke with either didn't know about it, or didn't care.

"Islanders are playing tonight. Our nephew plays on the Islanders, Johnny Boychuk, so that's what we're gonna be watching. More exciting things than the debate," said one Edmonton hockey fan.

"I'll watch a little of it. Just to see what they're offering the people," says Brian Bozer who wants to government to tax the corporations more than small business.

Meantime Edmontonian Jose Guerrero says it's important Albertans tune in, "Because we got to hear what they say and we got to decide which one is the best for our best interests."

A recent poll suggests one in five Albertan voters has yet to make up their mind so this could go a long way people decide what to do.

Who do you think will win the Alberta election? Speak out in the comments!

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commented 2015-04-24 01:57:33 -0400
Watched the PVR version of the debate. Mr. Prentice could not look the other men in the eye. He turned his back on them when they were speaking. He is one Rude Person or very weak. The NDP lost when they said they are going to review the royalties. Last time this was done the industry shut down. The liberals don’t know what they really are going to do because they are so far behind, they thin they are first.
I was not happy with the Wild Rose background, but I look at it this way….Give them a shot. I doubt it could get worse.
Then the hockey game was on….so, see you later.
commented 2015-04-23 22:53:44 -0400
The Liberals are running on a centrist platform focusing on improving health care and boosting social services. That is all I need to know.
commented 2015-04-23 22:50:05 -0400
As long as dude doesn’t complain, I am happy for him to not vote, by the looks of it. Loser!
commented 2015-04-23 22:23:02 -0400
Are Albertans as dumb as the Toronto people that voted Wynne back into office? You reward bad behaviour , you can expect more of the same forever. Send Prentice packing and give somebody else a chance to revitalize Alberta.
commented 2015-04-23 21:27:14 -0400
Prentice is getting quite irritable. He is snipping at people and does not let them ask him a question. No, nothing Prentice has said holds any truth to it and his attitude is really annoying me.
commented 2015-04-23 21:22:51 -0400
Prentice talks down to the other in a condescending manner. He also turns his back on Brian Jean when Brian is talking to him. What an arrogant man.
commented 2015-04-23 21:06:00 -0400
Watching it now. Fun watching Prentice squirm.
commented 2015-04-23 21:02:05 -0400
200+ channels and I am not able to watch the Alberta debate on television.
commented 2015-04-23 20:48:48 -0400
ORRRRR you can simply use CBC’s ‘Vote Compass’. We all payed for it! main as well use it! As it turns out, when you agree with their questions you shoud vote for a left wing party, and if you Disagree with all their questions, then sort of maybe you should vote Wild rose, but not really.
commented 2015-04-23 19:20:29 -0400
It is a chance for the parties to challange each other on their promises and platforms, it is essential . It’s a shame people are going to make up their minds on who to vote for, strictly by ads, posters, and other peoples interpretations. My advice to voters is always to tune in to the debate. And who knows, they might learn something and make an informed decision!
commented 2015-04-23 18:24:33 -0400
We already know which party is offering what. Who needs the debate?