February 24, 2016

Alberta NDP calls early by-election in Calgary-Greenway. Are they worried?

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The NDP government is worried about the upcoming by-election in Calgary-Greenway.

The date has now been set by the NDP for March 22 after the tragic passing of PC MLA Manmeet Bhullar last November. And the opposition aren’t pleased, especially the Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose Party, who have not yet nominated candidates.

The government had 6 months to set a date, but instead chose to go ahead with the election and reschedule with 2 months to spare.

Early election calls have a long history of going sideways in Canada – remember that time Jim Prentice called one and the party was decimated from 61 seats to just 9 the very next day?

Like the Prentice PC’s, the NDP’s time in office has been a real series of blunders that has seen no end – from the discovery of Hugo Chavez supporter Rod Loyola to the ethics commissioner investigating the $1,000 a plate private dinner fundraiser promising a meal with Premier Notley and plenty in between!

I’d say Rachel Notley and the NDP have branded themselves in the same way that Jim Prentice branded the Progressive Conservatives, only worse.

The NDP know that their time is up in Alberta, they’re desperate and it shows. And history has proven that taking a page out of the Prentice play book simply doesn’t work.

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commented 2016-02-25 18:21:28 -0500
Well you can definetly look at it that way or you could look at it like this!
They have all known there would be a bit election that a bet! Now if some choose to wallow along in unprepared bless ,I don,t feel sorry for them!
As the old saying goes ! If you fail to plan then you plan to fail!
Sorry Rebel I’m not a Nothead gang follower but I sure don’t like fools that are unprepared either!And if they say they need more time ,perhaps they should have got off there selfserving fat asses a bit earlier! If there that lazy they can,t keep up with The NDP who needs them!
commented 2016-02-25 11:11:15 -0500
DREW WAKARIUK commented 10 hours ago
I see Gordo is agreeing with himself once again like he did in the Edmonton Sun. PATHETIC!

I’m curious Drew, as to why anyone who dares to suggest the Rebel conduct itself in a manner that would garner it more respect and credibility and give it the ability to have more of an impact is considered to be either this Gordo character or Mann. Got a news flash for you, I am neither.
By all means, please elaborate on just exactly what was wrong with what Kenton said? Is what he said inaccurate? Was it lies and exaggeration? I thought his reference to the boy who cried wolf was an excellent one. Shows there is others who would like to see this site and the work its people are doing being taken a lot more seriously. What is wrong with that?
commented 2016-02-25 09:57:49 -0500
Once again, the Non-Democratic Party shows that it is. Remember when they whined and cried about the unfairness of the P/C election calls? Blonde Bimbette makes Redford look like a democratic libertarian.

Other note: Is the Rebel going to do a story about the “Energy Minister” going to Texas to drum up investment support for the oil industry in Alberta? It would have made more sense to have retained the investment we used to have, rather than driving it away. Since the “Energy Minister” claims to be a cow-calf operator maybe she will get the analogy that this is like leaving the corner gate open such that the cattle go to better forage along the four roads; then closing the gate saying oops and hoping to round up maybe one calf.
commented 2016-02-25 09:57:06 -0500
I don’t believe any rational thinking individual, including millennials, could vote for the NDP. May the right wing parties find common ground and make Alberta great again!!
commented 2016-02-25 09:31:45 -0500
wont help them they are not popular, really looking forward to the day they and there eastern and western a hole advisors. No doubt they will all fly away with bag fulls of taxpayers money
commented 2016-02-25 08:45:03 -0500
Well if we have to knock them off one by-election at a time for the next 3+ years then so be it. Any way to throw out the socialist trash is fine with us!
commented 2016-02-25 03:09:07 -0500
Hi Holly. That was a great short list. Maybe the rebel can put that ever growing list up as some kind of a wall of shame.
commented 2016-02-25 02:35:42 -0500
The manner in which this was handled will not benefit the NDP at all. So, they have a nominee, but no hope of knowing if any of their supporters will show up to vote.

As for the PCs and the WR, only one should be allowed to run a candidate. The WR is the official opposition, therefore, more relevant than the PCs, who are no more than a rump. The WR must move quickly, get their act together, and run a campaign determined to send a message to the government.

The CINOs in the PCs must be called out and embarrassed for everything they’ve done.
commented 2016-02-25 01:24:08 -0500
I had and have a difficult time understanding how this NDP government was elected in the first place. Everyone that I have ever heard talk about the last provincial election deny voting NDP. In my experience no one I know of voted for Notley or her colleagues. Which seems strange because she is the premiere. Someone voted for the NDP, didn’t they?
I understand the frustration with the previous PC governments. I think that getting rid of the PC’s was necessary. Besides, how can any political party be ‘progressive’ and ‘conservative’ at the same time? When I matured in my political thinking I realized how ridiculous this name is.
While democracy is the best of a bunch of shitty ways to govern society it is still shitty. The fact is governments reflect the people. As the people we are too passive, too accommodating, and if we are honest do not have the stuff or the moral fibre often needed to insure our politicians represent the values of a just, hard working, moral, and rational society.
I sometimes wonder what Canada would look like if we lost our riches. Would we just be less prosperous or would our true character then be revealed. Would we descend into an ugly, ultra corrupt, violent, valueless society? Maybe it is the thin veneer of prosperity that separates us from being a North Korea or Nigeria or God forbid a Nazi Germany.
commented 2016-02-25 01:03:55 -0500
The NDP are calling the snap election now because they know their popularity is dropping like a ‘lead’ zeppelin; and dropping significantly each month.

This is usually what happens with unsavory parties that win only by protest vote.
They should never be in power in the first place because they don’t represent true Canadian values or interests.

Great reporting Holly!

commented 2016-02-25 00:49:22 -0500
Unlike the NDP the other parties actually want to put some thought into choosing someone, not just grab some kid off the street.
commented 2016-02-25 00:47:51 -0500
I see Gordo is agreeing with himself once again like he did in the Edmonton Sun. PATHETIC!
commented 2016-02-25 00:36:50 -0500
Lets just hope the majority of people residing in that riding aren’t Ontario implants of the past 2-5 years, (who didn’t come here to work in the oil patch). I wish the conservatives and Wildrose would get their act together. As far as I’m concerned they need to do what the hated Danielle attempted. When Danielle Smith went for it, the timing was so wrong. The timing was right for the Wildrose then. Now the Wildrose hasn’t a chance, as they have no strong or inspired leader. Before the next provincial election they need to join with the Alberta cons, so that at the very least they don’t split the damn vote again. Since Calgary-Greenway voted in a conservative last bi-election, hopefully they will again. The cons need to get one to vote for and fast. I think anyone will do, Notley is already that reviled.
commented 2016-02-25 00:29:58 -0500
Kenton, I agree completely with what you’re saying. I’ve said similar about other stories and how they are covered and was belittled for it. Seems most on here are only interested in sensationalizing things and taking them to the extreme. Not good for for any of us on the right, but those of us who understand this seem to be the minority unfortunately.
commented 2016-02-24 23:35:45 -0500
Ok, so I get the fact that the opposition parties have not yet nominated their candidates yet gives room for this argument, but as stated, they had 6 months and waited 4. It’s not like this is a snap call. Had they have waited another month or two, the argument could again be made they were worried, so they waited as long as possible.
For a government that has bungled as much as this one has there is no need to make stories out of nothing. The Rebel is getting in a bad habit of doing this, and when you do stories that can easily be dismissed, it makes it easier for people to dismiss stories that maybe shouldn’t. Kind of a “boy who cried wolf” situation.
commented 2016-02-24 23:30:15 -0500
Well this is going to be interesting
commented 2016-02-24 23:24:21 -0500
I would have thought that anyone who voted NDP at this time, in Alberta, would have to be crazy.
commented 2016-02-24 22:54:31 -0500
The NDP play dirty and this is just another dirty play. I hope the WR takes the seat. The PC’s shouldn’t have run a candidate, and people are ticked off at Rick McIvor for not allowing the process for choosing a candidate to finish. Now it will be a real nail biter!
commented 2016-02-24 22:45:03 -0500
“the tragic passing of PC MLA Manmeet Bhullar last November. And the opposition aren’t pleased, especially the Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose Party, who have not yet nominated candidates.”

You see THIS iswhy we have a DIP government. These parties should have agreed to run one right wing candidate on the basis op which part polled higher and the other not tabled a candidate and the seletion process should have been finished before January and the campaign ing/stumping started in January – but they sit on theit fat complacent asses and got cucked by a dumb commie drum beater .

you deserve to be in opposition for all the effort you show.
commented 2016-02-24 22:17:35 -0500
Comrade, the Peoples glorious revolution has just begun in Alberta. After we institute, “fairness” on everyone by forcing the lowest common denominator on people the revolution will be complete. All we have to do is hit everyone on the head with a hammer repeatedly until we are at the same level of intelligence. Who’s with me? O.K. you go first!
commented 2016-02-24 21:06:54 -0500
I know you will be on this thru the election process .