I'm still going through the Liberal "costing" document in order to exploit its many flaws. My search for an apartment in Calgary, though, has been taking priority so the previously promised debunking won't be ready for a couple of days.
I find myself thinking a lot about Calgary lately since i'll finally be home in less than a week. I've also been thinking about the situation in Calgary this election.
It has been well-reported that Calgarians are not nearly as firmly in the PC camp as they have been in past elections. It should be noted that what has been under-reported is the big blue locomotive bearing down on Edmonton that the Liberals don't even see coming, but I digress.
Calgary is a special city and Calgarians are a special lot. Given the power that the city has wielded in provincial affairs over the past decade, its understandable that there is some anxiety surrounding the new regime. What isn't understandable, however, is the rationale behind a potential shift in the colour of Calgary's electoral map.
Here, then, is a 10-point list of things I think Calgarians should remember on March 3rd:
10. The Flames and the Stampeders are the only red we need.
9. The PC team in Calgary is far more reflective of our city than any other party. To address your local priorities, you can't ask for better than Shiraz Shariff, Yvonne Fritz, Moe Amery, Manmeet Bhullar, Wayne Cao, Art Johnston, Cindy Ady, Dave Rodney, Heather Forsyth, Jonathan Denis, Ron Stevens, Alison Redford, Sean Chu, Arthur Kent, Ron Liepert, Alana Delong, Lindsay Blackett, Jennifer Diakiw, Leah Lawrence, Kyle Fawcett, Neil Brown, Teresa Woo-Paw and Len Webber.
8. Even the man formerly known as the biggest Liberal in town is now keen on Stelmach.
7. Deny it as they may, the Alberta Liberals are pretty tight with these guys. Think he understands Calgary?
6. Kevin Taft cheers for the Oilers.
5. The PC committments to Calgary are comprehensive, realistic, and properly costed.
4. Don't support the Kyoto wealth transfer scheme? Well they do.
3. The people who write the PC platform can actually do math.
2. Pissed off about royalties? Fine. Think that electing (either intentionally or by default) a bunch of people who want to make it worse will help your cause? I didn't think so.
1. I've just spent 2 years of my life being represented by socialists. I'm not moving back to Calgary only to get the same kind of malarky from people in red suits.