September 21, 2017

First UCP leadership debate a “battle of ideas”: Underdogs a factor in two-man race

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

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.

Callaway and Schweitzer aren’t likely to win but they’re likely to have some influence on the results since the race between the two frontrunners is very close.

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?

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commented 2017-09-22 01:55:08 -0400
No politician anywhere and it’s proven have any moral integrity… They’re only agenda is to become elected or reelected and if that reelection means it is necessary to suck a convenient dick to garner a vote then so be it, all in a days work.!
commented 2017-09-22 01:50:34 -0400
If you hate politics, then you are on the wrong web site.
commented 2017-09-21 21:11:55 -0400
Frig these ideological bantering over questions that don’t pertain to the cards on the table. Right now Alberta is headed for permanent have-not status – the next leader has to forge business, provincial and US alliances against the globalist enemy in Ottawa. Who has a viable long term vision for Alberta prosperity and independent economic sustainability?
commented 2017-09-21 20:39:22 -0400
I will never waste my time listening to another debate again. They are never what they say they are. It’s all false advertising.
I officially hate politics. I feel like the wife whose husband keeps stepping out on her. I just don’t care anymore.
commented 2017-09-21 20:24:33 -0400
Hi Holly. Great to see you mention Churchil, Manitoba. Do you have any thoughts on the rebuilding of the railway up there?
commented 2017-09-21 19:55:01 -0400
A little red a little blue equals a lot of green.!! And that green is coming from the taxpayers pocket to those sons of bitches.!!
commented 2017-09-21 18:15:11 -0400
Schweitzer talks of a “new blue” party which is a lighter blue because of the introduction of some red. Other than that his fiscal policies are quite good. Jean spent a lot of time reading from notes. I understand that his campaign is being run by the guy who ran Scheer’s campaign and that was evident from his emphasis on being a “unifier”, presenting a “positive vision” and offering economic “prosperity”. As fas being a unifier, interesting how many Wildrose MLAs who were able to see Jean up close, including former PC MLAs, have joined the Kenney campaign, not to mention Derek Fildebrandt dismissing Jean as a leader.
commented 2017-09-21 18:00:27 -0400
Thanks for the summary Ms. Nicholas. A very thoughtful and fair synopsis that has given me more considerations to think about.

Right now, for me, who can best take on Ottawa in Alberta’s interest is my focus. Except for Schweitzer, any of the candidates should bury the New Demoncrats.
commented 2017-09-21 16:47:59 -0400
My vote is for western separation .