A variety of topics were covered in the first United Conservative Party leadership debate held in Calgary: Everything from what it means to be a conservative to the economy.
Each of the four candidates bring pros and cons to the race and all were very well prepared. In the end, nobody completely flopped, so how are members going to decide who to vote for?
It’s unlikely that either Callaway or Schweitzer will win the leadership race, but if they focus on their strong points, they will certainly garner more support.
Callaway has some fresh ideas that nobody else is talking about and though he’s a bit shaky on social policy, fiscal issues seem to be Schweitzer’s wheelhouse.
Brian Jean has come a long way on the debate front after a couple of years of experience in the Legislature. He’s well versed in Alberta politics but has some lingering issues from the legacy Wildrose Party to contend with and this may be a deciding factor for some voters.
Kenney’s major advantage is that he’s people oriented, but some feel he’s an establishment conservative still entrenched in the Ottawa bubble, which could make it difficult for him to solidify much needed grassroots support.
At this point, it’s anyone’s game. The number of votes these candidates earn could make the difference between who wins between the two front runners.
Could the two underdogs be the deciding factor in this campaign?