The dynamics of the Calgary-Lougheed by-election and what lies ahead for the Alberta Party
Published Tuesday, November 21, 2017 3:36PM MST
Voters in Calgary-Lougheed will choose their next MLA on December 14. The by-election was prompted by the recent resignation of long-serving MLA Dave Rodney, who stepped down to allow United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney a crack at a seat in the Legislature.
Liberal leader David Kahn is also running, and the NDP will be represented by physician Phillip Van Der Merwe. The Alberta Party will not be fielding a candidate.
How much of a fight should Jason Kenney expect?
Plus, The Alberta Party has suddenly become a big tent for political support in search of a home.
A crowd of 400 turned out for the party’s Annual General Meeting in Red Deer on the weekend, including a slew of former PC MLAs and power players. It’s a party suddenly under new management and in search of a new leader. What might lie ahead for the new-look Alberta Party?
Panel guests include: Freelance journalist and political observer Sheila Pratt, Calgary-based public opinion consultant Janet Brown, Melanee Thomas, associate professor in the department of political science at the University of Calgary.