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.