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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

klein vs. the tirekickers...

In a huge almost Chretienian move, Premier Ralph Klein has called on Ministers in his cabinet who are planning to run in the Alberta PC Leadership Race to resign by June 1st...

Klein orders ministers running for Alberta PC leadership to quit by June 1

Jim Macdonald, Canadian Press
Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2006

EDMONTON (CP) - Alberta cabinet ministers who want to take a run at Ralph Klein's job in two years will have to resign their portfolios by June 1, the premier said Wednesday.

Klein told The Canadian Press that he made the announcement at the daily government caucus meeting. So far three cabinet members are among the six men who have indicated interest in the leadership of Alberta's Progressive Conservative Party - Transportation Minister Lyle Oberg, Advanced Education Minister Dave Hancock, and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Ed Stelmach.
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I would say that this move is probably good for Jim Dinning and Ted Morton as they will now have a "level" playing feild in terms of media exposure and will be able to see who their real competition is.

5 comments:

Allie said...

Oh Dear Daveberta Lantern, my hero next to Duncan...

Dare I say anyone who really thinks that being a Cabinet Minster gives you some sort of advantage never tried to campaign while being one...

The world is a funny place today. All is fair in Love, War and Politics...

Jim said...

Heh, better yet, they should all resign and force special elections. That would be wild! Then they'd all be on a truly "level" playing field with Mark "If only I hadn't taken that golf vacation, I'd still be an elected official" Norris.

:P

daveberta said...

Allie: It was more the public profile that one gets from being a Minister that I was referring to (ie: Lyle Oberg and his bottomless wallet :-P )

But yes, it has it's advantages and disadvantages. For some candidates, I'd imagine it's the difference between being visable and invisable.

holtopia said...

I've already resigned my cabinet post.

Chris said...

It'll be interesting to see who is actually in the game, and who wusses out.