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Friday, June 15, 2007

2008 alberta provincial election candidates.

Here is a list of nominated provincial party candidates nominated to run in the 2008 Alberta general election on March 3, 2008.

I will try to keep this list as updated as possible as candidate nominations occur, but if you have knowledge of candidates that should be added (or that I've missed) feel free to post in the comment section below or email me at daveberta.ca@gmail.com.

This list was last updated at 3:32 P.M. on February 22, 2008.

2008 Alberta Provincial General Election Candidates (Margins of victory from previous election or by-election in brackets)

AIRDRIE-CHESTERMERE (PC 5209)
Alberta Liberal - John Burke
Green - David Brandreth
ND - Brian Young
PC- Rob Anderson
Wildrose Alliance - Jeff Willerton

ATHABASCA-REDWATER (PC 2452)
Alberta Liberal - Bill Bonko
Green - Phyllis Penchuk
ND - Peter Opryshko
PC - Jeff Johnson
Wildrose Alliance - Mike Radojcic

BANFF-COCHRANE (PC 2590)
Alberta Liberal - Patricia Robertson
Green - Dan Cunin
Independent - Zrinko R. Amerl
ND - Anne Wilson
PC - Janis Tarchuk*

BARRHEAD-MORINVILLE-WESTLOCK (PC 4756)
Alberta Liberal - Leslie Penny
Green - Dan Evans
ND - Rod Olstad
PC - Ken Kowalski*
SC - Carl Haugen

BATTLE RIVER-WAINWRIGHT (PC 4964)
Alberta Liberal - Horst Schreiber
Green - Will Munsey
ND - Doris Bannister
PC - Doug Griffiths*

BONNYVILLE-COLD LAKE (PC 2648)
Alberta Liberal - Justin Yassoub
Green - Jennifer Brown
ND - Jason Sloychuk
PC - Eugenia Leskiw

CALGARY-BOW (PC 2585)
Alberta Liberal - Greg Flanagan
Green - Randy Weeks
ND - Teale Phelps-Bondaroff
PC - Alana DeLong*
Social Credit - Len Skowronski
Wildrose Alliance - Barry Holizki

CALGARY-BUFFALO (PC 550)
Alberta Liberal - Kent Hehr
Green - Steven Rickets
ND - Robert Lawrence
PC - Sean Chu
SC - Antoni Grochowski

CALGARY-CROSS (PC 2317)
Alberta Liberal - Rob Reinhold
Green - Susan Stratton
ND - Shelina Hassanali
PC - Yvonne Fritz*
Wildrose Alliance - Gordon Huth

CALGARY-CURRIE (ALP 634)
Alberta Liberal - Dave Taylor*
Green - Kim Warnke
ND - Marc Power
PC - Arthur Kent
Wildrose Alliance - Ken Mazeroll

CALGARY-EAST (PC 2127)
Alberta Liberal - Bill Harvey
Communist - Bonnie Collins
Green - Ross Cameron

ND - Chris Dovey
PC - Moe Amery*
Wildrose Alliance - Mike McCraken

CALGARY-EGMONT (PC 3315)
Alberta Liberal - Cathie Williams
Green - Mark McGillvray
Independent - Craig Chandler
ND - Jason Nishiyama
PC - Jonathan Denis
Wildrose Alliance - Barry Chase

CALGARY-ELBOW (ALP 784)
Alberta Liberal - Craig Cheffins*
Green - Jonathon Sheffield
Independent - Barry Erskine
ND - Garnet Wilcox
PC - Alison Redford
SC - Trevor Grover
Wildrose Alliance - Dale Nelson

CALGARY-FISH CREEK (PC 3984)
Alberta Liberal - Laura Shutiak
Green - Kerry Tynan Fraser
ND - Eric Leavitt
PC - Heather Forsyth*
Wildrose Alliance - Jamie Buchan

CALGARY-FOOTHILLS (PC 2258)
Alberta Liberal - Michael Robinson
Green - Ian Groll
ND - Stephanie Sundburg
PC - Len Webber*
Wildrose Alliance - Kevin Legare

CALGARY-FORT (PC 2351)
Alberta Liberal - Carole Oliver
Green - Mark Taylor
ND - Julie Hrdlicka
PC - Wayne Cao*
Wildrose Alliance - Travis Chase

CALGARY-GLENMORE (PC 1899)
Alberta Liberal - Avalon Roberts
Green - Jared McCollum
Independent: David Crutcher
ND - Holly Heffernan
PC - Ron Stevens*
Wildrose Alliance - Arden Bonokoski

CALGARY-HAYS (PC 3597)
Alberta Liberal - Bill Kutze
Green - Keeley Bruce
ND - Tyler Kinch
PC - Art Johnson*
Wildrose Alliance - Devin Cassidy

CALGARY-LOUGHEED (PC 3364)
Alberta Liberal - Lori Czerwinski
Green - Bernie Amell
Independent - Keith Laurie
ND - Clint Marko
PC - Dave Rodney*
Wildrose Alliance - Derrek Jacobson

CALGARY-MACKAY (PC 2958)
Alberta Liberal - Tianna Melnyk
Green - Ryan Smith
ND - Daena Diduck
PC - Teresa Woo-Paw
Wildrose Alliance - Rob Gregory

CALGARY-MCCALL (PC 304)
Alberta Liberal - Darshan Kang
Green - Heather Brocklesby
ND - Preet Sihota
PC - Shiraz Shariff*
Wildrose Alliance - Ina Given

CALGARY-MONTROSE (PC 1632)
Alberta Liberal - Michael Embaie
Green - Fred Clemens
Independent - Ron Leech
ND - Al Brown
PC - Manmeet Bhullar
Wildrose Alliance - Said Abdulbaki

CALGARY-MOUNTAIN VIEW (ALP 3074)
Alberta Liberal - David Swann*
Green - Juliet BurgessND - John Donovan
PC - Leah Lawrence
Wildrose Alliance - Cory Morgan

CALGARY-NORTH HILL (PC 1157)
Alberta Liberal - Pat Murray
Green - Kevin Maloney
ND - John Chan
PC - Kyle Fawcett
SC - Jim Wright
Wildrose Alliance - Jane Morgan

CALGARY-NORTH WEST
(PC 3268)
Alberta Liberal - Dale D'Silva
Green - George Read
ND - Collin Anderson
PC - Lindsay Blackett
Wildrose Alliance - Chris Jukes

CALGARY-NOSE HILL (PC 1765)
Alberta Liberal - Len Borowski
Green - Nick Burman
ND - Tristan Ridley
PC - Neil Brown*

CALGARY-SHAW (PC 4325)
Alberta Liberal - John Roggeveen
Green - Jennifer Oss-Saunders
ND - Jenn Carlson
PC - Cindy Ady*
Wildrose Alliance - Richard Dur

CALGARY-VARSITY (ALP 756)
Alberta Liberal - Harry Chase*
Green - Sean Maw
ND - Tim Stock-Bateman
PC - Jennifer Diakiw
Wildrose Alliance - Brennan Ltyle

CALGARY-WEST (PC 2685)
Alberta Liberal - Beth Gignac
Green - James Kohut
ND - Chantelle Dubois
PC - Ron Liepert*
Wildrose Alliance - Bob Babcock

CARDSTON-TABER-WARNER (AA 129)
Alberta Liberal - Ron Hancock
Green - Billy Turner
ND - Suzanne Sirias
PC - Broyce Jacobs
Wildrose Alliance - Paul Hinman*

CYPRESS-MEDICINE HAT (PC 2406)
Alberta Liberal - Dick Mastel
Green - Bright Pride
ND - Manuel Martinez
PC - Len Mitzel*
Wildrose Alliance - Dan Pierson

DRAYTON VALLEY-CALMAR (PC 4296)
Alberta Liberal - Norma Block
Green - Edwin Erickson
ND - Luanne Bannister
PC - Diana McQueen
Wildrose Alliance - Dean Schmale

DRUMHELLER-STETTLER (PC 3184)
Alberta Liberal - Tom Dooley
Green - Amanda Bolton
ND - Richard Bough
PC - Jack Hayden*
Wildrose Alliance - Dave France

DUNVEGAN-CENTRAL PEACE (PC 341)
Alberta Liberal - Bob Woken
ND- Nathan Macklin
PC - Hector Goudreau*
Wildrose Alliance - Dale Leuken

EDMONTON-BEVERLY CLAREVIEW (ND 2218)
Alberta Liberal - Dawit Issac
Green - Fredrick Pivot
ND - Ray Martin
PC - Tony Vandermeer
SC - Robin Porteous
Wildrose Alliance - Brian Dell

EDMONTON-CALDER (ND 337)
Alberta Liberal - Jim Kane
Green - Mike Brown
ND - Dave Eggen*
PC - Doug Elniski

EDMONTON-CASTLE DOWNS (PC 3)
Alberta Liberal - Chris Kibermanis
Green - Bob Reckhow
ND- Ali Haymour
PC - Thomas Lukaszuk*

EDMONTON-CENTRE (ALP 3581)
Alberta Liberal - Laurie Blakeman*
Alberta Party - Margaret Saunter
Green - David Parker
ND - Deron Bilous
PC - Bill Donahue
Wildrose Alliance - James Iverson

EDMONTON-DECORE (ALP 1427)
Alberta Liberal - Bill Bonko*
Green - Trey Capenhurst
ND - Sidney Sadik
PC - Janice Sarich

EDMONTON-ELLERSLIE (ALP 201)
Alberta Liberal - Bharat Agnihotri*
Green - Paul Boos
ND - Marilyn Assheton-Smith
PC - Naresh Bhardwaj
SC - Cheryl Ullah
Wildrose Alliance - Krista Leddy

EDMONTON-GLENORA (ALP 552)
Alberta Liberal - Bruce Miller*
Green - Peter Johnson
ND - Arlene Chapman
PC - Heather Klimchuk
SC - Walter Schachenhofer
Wildrose Alliance - Elden Van Hauwaert

EDMONTON-GOLDBAR (ALP 6226)
Alberta Liberal - Hugh MacDonald*
Green - David Zylstra
ND - Sherry McKibben
PC - David Dorward

EDMONTON-HIGHLANDS NORWOOD(ND 3846)
Alberta Liberal - Brad Smith
Green - Mohamad Maie Mohamad
ND - Brian Mason*
PC - Andrew Beniuk
Wildrose Alliance - Travis Loewen

EDMONTON-MANNING (ALP 282)
Alberta Liberal - Sandeep Dhir
Green - Odette Boily
Independent - Dan Backs*
ND - Rick Murti
PC - Peter Sandhu
Wildrose Alliance - Phil Gamache

EDMONTON-MCCLUNG (ALP 526)
Alberta Liberal - Mo Elsalhy*
Green - Bryan Wyrostok
ND - Bridget Stirling
PC - David Xiao
Wildrose Alliance - Christine Jassman

EDMONTON-MEADOWLARK (ALP 193)
Alberta Liberal - Debbie Cavaliere
Green - Amanda Doyle
ND - Pascal Ryffel
PC - Raj Sherman
Wildrose Alliance - Richard Guyon

EDMONTON-MILL CREEK (PC 781)
Alberta Liberal - Aman Gill
Communist - Naomi Rankin
Green - Glen Argan
ND - Stephen Anderson
PC - Gene Zwozdesky*

EDMONTON-MILL WOODS (ALP 2020)
Alberta Liberal - Weslyn Mather*
Green - David Hruska
ND - Christina Gray
PC - Carl Benito
Wildrose Alliance - Robert Leddy

EDMONTON-RIVERVIEW (ALP 6705)
Alberta Liberal - Kevin Taft*
Green - Cam Wakefield
ND - Erica Bullwinkle
PC - Wendy Andrews
Wildrose Alliance - Kyle VanHauwart

EDMONTON-RUTHERFORD
(ALP 3048)
Alberta Liberal - Rick Miller*
Green - Kate Wyrostok
ND - Michael Butler
PC - Fred Horne
Wildrose Alliance - John Baloun

EDMONTON-STRATHCONA (ND 5197)
Alberta Liberal - Tim Vant
Green - Adrian Cole
ND - Rachel Notley
PC - T.J. Keil

EDMONTON-WHITEMUD (PC 926)
Alberta Liberal - Nancy Cavanaugh
Green - Valerie Kennedy
ND - Hana Razga
PC - Dave Hancock*

FOOTHILLS-ROCKYVIEW (PC 4826)
Alberta Liberal - Herb Coburn
Green - Larry Ashmore
ND - Ricardo de Menezes
PC - Ted Morton*

FORT MCMURRAY-WOOD BUFFALO (PC 2631)
Alberta Liberal - Ross Jacobs
Green - Reg Normore
ND - Mel Kraley
PC - Guy Boutilier*

FORT SASKATCHEWAN-VEGREVILLE(PC 3000)
Alberta Liberal - Earl J. Woods
Green - Ryan Scheie
ND - Clayton Marsden
PC - Ed Stelmach*

GRANDE PRAIRIE-SMOKY (PC 2404)
Alberta Liberal - John Croken
Green - Rebecca Villebrun
ND - Neil Peacock
PC - Mel Knight*
Wildrose Alliance - Todd Loewen

GRANDE PRAIRIE-WAPITI (PC 2665)
Alberta Liberal - Augustine Ebinu
Green - Art Proctor
ND - Manuella Campbell
PC - Wayne Drysdale

HIGHWOOD (PC 4891)
Alberta Liberal - Stan Shedd
Green - John Barret
ND - Carolyn Boulton
PC - George Groenveld*
Wildrose Alliance - Daniel Doherty

INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE (PC 3967)
Alberta Liberal - Garth Davis
Green - Lisa Grant
Independent - Anthony Harrarty
ND - Tophie Davies
PC - Luke Oullette*
Wildrose Alliance - Wayne Edmundson

LAC LA BICHE-ST. PAUL (PC 3017)
Alberta Liberal - Alex Broadbent
ND - Della Drury
PC - Ray Danyluk*

LACOMBE-PONOKA (PC 4709)
Alberta Liberal - Edith McPhedran
Green - Joe Anglin
ND - Steve Bradshaw
PC - Ray Prins*
Wildrose Alliance - Daniel Freisen

LEDUC-BEAUMONT-DEVON (PC 3388)
Alberta Liberal - Joyce Assen
Green - Kevin Colton
ND - Lisa Erickson
PC - George Rogers*
Wildrose Alliance - Sharon MacLise

LESSER SLAVE LAKE (PC 2934)
Alberta Liberal - Steve Noskey
Green - Bonnie Raho
ND- Habby Sharkawi
PC - Pearl Calahasen*

LETHBRIDGE EAST (ALP 635)
Alberta Liberal - Bridget Pastoor*
Green - Helen McMenamin
ND - Tom Moffatt
PC - Jason Herasemluk
Wildrose Alliance - Grant Shaw

LETHBRIDGE WEST (PC 782)
Alberta Liberal - Bal Boora
Green - Helen McMenamin
ND - James Moore
PC - Greg Weadick
Wildrose Alliance - Matt Fox

LITTLE BOW (PC 2938)
Alberta Liberal - Everett Tanis
Green - Marie Read
ND - Duane Petluk
PC - Barry McFarland*
Wildrose Alliance - Kevin Kinahan

LIVINGSTONE-MACLEOD (PC 3053)
Alberta Liberal - Mike Judd
Green - Bryan Hunt
ND - Phil Burpee
PC - Evan Berger
Wildrose Alliance - Jack Macleod

MEDICINE HAT (PC 1842)
Alberta Liberal - Karen Charlton
Green - Karen Kraus
ND - Diana Arnott
PC - Rob Renner*
Wildrose Alliance - Karen Kraus

OLDS-DIDBURY-THREE HILLS (PC 5254)
Alberta Liberal - Tony Vonesch
Green - Kate Haddow
ND - Andy Davies
PC - Richard Marz*
Wildrose Alliance - Curt Engel

PEACE RIVER (PC 1792)
ND - Adele Boucher Rymhs
PC - Frank Oberle*
Wildrose Alliance - Georg Beinert

RED DEER-NORTH (PC 1086)
Alberta Liberal - Richard Farrand
Green - Rueben Tschetter
ND - Shawn Nielsen
PC - Mary-Ann Jablonski*
Wildrose Alliance - Urs Lehner

RED DEER-SOUTH (PC 1296)
Alberta Liberal - Diane Kubanek
Green - Evan Bedford
ND - Johana Stark
PC - Cal Dallas
Wildrose Alliance - Ed Klop

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE (PC 4507)
Alberta Liberal - Norm McDougall
Green - Jennifer Ripley
ND - Jorge Souza
SC - Wilf Tricker
Separation Party - Bruce Hutton
PC - Ty Lund*
Wildrose Alliance - Fanie van Heerden

SHERWOOD PARK (PC 1694)
Alberta Liberal - Louise Rogers
Green - Rick Hoines
ND - Katherine Hay
PC - Iris Evans*
SC - Gordon Barrett

SPRUCE GROVE-STURGEON-ST. ALBERT (PC 599)
Alberta Liberal - Ray Boudreau
Green - Allan West
ND - Peter Cross
PC - Doug Horner*

ST. ALBERT (ALP 412)
Alberta Liberal - Jack Flaherty*
Green - Ross Vincent
ND - Katy Campbell
PC - Ken Allred

STONY PLAIN (PC 2200)
Alberta Liberal - Bill Fraser
Green - Nora Shea
ND - Shelina Brown
PC - Fred Lindsay*
Wildrose Alliance - Sandy Pariseau

STRATHCONA (PC 2756)
Alberta Liberal - Jon Friel
Green - Kate Harrington
ND - Denny Holmwood
PC - Dave Quest

STRATHMORE-BROOKS (PC 4738)
Alberta Liberal - Gerry Hart
Green - Chris Bayford
ND - Brian Stokes
PC - Arno Doerksen
Wildrose Alliance - Amanda Shehata

VERMILION-LLOYDMINSTER (PC 3029)
Alberta Liberal - Robert Sawatzky
Green - Ngaio Hotte
ND - Wendy Myshak
PC - Lloyd Snelgrove*

WEST YELLOWHEAD (PC 1982)
Alberta Liberal - Lisa Higgerty
Green - Scott Pickett
ND - Ken Kuzminski
PC - Robin Campbell
Wildrose Alliance - Earle Cunningham

WETASKIWIN-CAMROSE (PC 3464)
Alberta Liberal - Keith Elliott
Green - Midge Lambert
ND - Sarah Mowatt
PC - Verlyn Olsen
Wildrose Alliance - Tyler Knelsen

WHITECOURT-STE. ANNE (PC 2742)
Alberta Liberal - Mike Gray
ND - Leah Redmond
PC - George VanderBurg*
Wildrose Alliance - Link Byfield

(*incumbent)

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think there's a good chance things will remain close to the same next time.

ND: 2-4 Seats
Liberal: 10-16 Seats
PC: 5-10 Seats

Anonymous said...

I respectfully disagree. I attended Edmonton-Centre NDP candidate Deron Bilous's BBQ on the weekend and found him and all of the other NDP candidates to be very impressive folks.

I suspect the NDP will grow a bit in Edmonton, say 6 to 8 seats, while the Liberals will grow in Calgary and the rest of urban Alberta.

If the some group other than the PC's can grab even a seat or two on the right side of the spectrum, say in the rural southern ridings, we could even start to talk about minority government possibilities. Now how much fun would that be! :D

kyle said...

Dave Eggen was also impressive when he ran against Laurie Blakeman in 2001. But a New Democrat isn't going to win against Laurie Blakeman in Edmonton Centre. Bilous will make a good NDP MLA in Highlands Norwood when they finally get rid of Mason.

The NDP have growth potential in Manning and Ellerslie. If Larry Booi runs again they have a chance in Glenora but that's unlikely. The ND's are vulnerable in Calder and Beverly. I think Eggen will pull it off but I'm not so sure about Ray Martin in Beverly.

aaron t. said...

I think the NDP would have a better chance of winning more seats in Edmonton if they had a leader like Rachel Notley or David Eggen. Until then, I don't think they can win any more than one or two more seats than they already have. That may be enough for some Dippers, but not this one.

The previous commenter was right that there should be strong NDP campaigns in Edmonton-Manning and Edmonton-Ellerslie but I am not sure that there is enough to win. With the near zero support in the byelections it is time that the Alberta NDP reevaluate the direction we are heading and if the current leadership is leading us in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

For the record, the NDP did not do so terribly bad in the by-elections... IF you look at their results in comparison to their history in those ridings.

In Calgary-Elbow, they increased their number of actual votes over the last general election, that was something that neither the losing PC's nor the victorious Liberals were able to do. They both lost votes compared to the previous election.

If nothing else, this shows that the NDP's base vote is very secure and is highly unlikely to shift to other parties. I think that alone tells us that the New Democrats will come away from the next election with at least as many seats as they have now.

The NDP has, for better or worse, always been an Edmonton based party. As Dr. Taft's Liberals begin to focus their efforts on growth in Calgary and other urban centres around Alberta, it will leave a void for the NDP to fill in the province's capital.

With top notch candidates like Marilyn Assheton-Smith in Ellerslie (former U of A professor) and Christina Gray in Mill Woods (a recent YWCA Woman of Distinction winner and chair of the Edmonton Transit Advisory Board) I think the NDP still has lots of new seats in play.

Raymaker said...

Anonymous said: "For the record, the NDP did not do so terribly bad in the by-elections... IF you look at their results in comparison to their history in those ridings."

Nice spin. The NDP went up from 345 votes in Calgary Elbow to 348 in the byelection. Whoopdefrickin'doo.

While we're talking about historical trends, please explain how the NDP could routinely pull 10 to 15 per cent of the vote, and over 1,000 votes, in Elbow in the 1980s, but has progressively tanked further ever since. As with the rest of the province save a few seats in Edmonton.

Anonymous said...

Mary Cameron is running for the PC nomination on october 20 in Edmonton goldbar

Anonymous said...

Is that the same Mary Cameron who was the president and ceo of the WCB?

The same Mary Cameron who was paid out $392,800 in severance after she left?

Jerry Aulenbach said...

I don't know the exact amount, but yes it is the same person. What this area needs is someone who can connect with the people in the same way that Hugh MacDonald does, but add to that some proactive efforts in caucus. That's why I'm volunteering for David Dorward. If you want to volunteer, or at least meet David and see what he's all about, come to the campaign volunteer kick-off on Friday 21 September at 6:30. Visit www.VoteDorward.ca for the location and to learn more about David. He's our best hope.

-Jerry Aulenbach

www.ZoomJer.com
www.ZoomJer.blogspot.com
Add me as a FaceBook friend!

ps-Great site, Daveberta, and why don't people come out and say who they are when making comments? Don't be shy, people!

Anonymous said...

What Edmonton Goldbar needs is a candidate with experience, influence, and integrity. Mary Cameron is a strong leader and will represent our best interests as Gold Bar's Progressive Conservative candidate. Please call the campaign headquarters at 780.862.5874 or visit www.marycameron.ca for voting information, to get involved or to arrange to meet Mary!

david eggen said...

cmon dave. you know I'm running again and have been for the last three years. If your site could be more Liberal you would be bleeding white whine! After all, I won last time too and went to your forums at the university. Bring it on dude, I look forward to the next election.

daveberta said...

aww, dave. thanks for the note. glad to see you care. ;-)

I see your nomination is set for October 18, so I'm sure you'll be added to the list after the meeting.

happy thanksgiving.

dave

Anonymous said...

Yes, I'm sure that the blue collar middle class voters will identify strongly with Mary Cameron. In fact she should talk about her $392,800 in severance she received when she fled the WCB! Gold Bar will surely support her on that alone!

Anonymous said...

Goldbar does need an experienced and strong candidate. That guy is Hugh MacDonald!

Reginald said...

Well, the word is that Alberta's NDP is running a former city councilor in Gold Bar... but I'm getting that from a questionable source. We'll see on the 17th.

Carl Benito Campaign said...

If you'd like to know more about the new PC candidate for Mill Woods, feel free to check out his campaign website: http://www.carlbenitomla.com.

Anonymous said...

Hey Peter Sandhu, representative for PC party in Edmonton Manning, has a website. www.petersandhu.com

Anonymous said...

Brian Fleck's (NDP candidate for Glenora) website now takes you to Hana Razga (NDP candidate for Whitemud). Fleck also no longer appears on the list of candidates on the NDP website.

where in the world is... said...

I wonder if Brian Fleck has disappeared to the same place that Ed Stelmach's personality went?

Did you kidnap him Dave like you misappropriated Ed Stelmach's personality? Is Brian Fleck being hidden with edstelmach.ca? Expect a lawsuit from the NDP now!

Anonymous said...

Carl Benito is least ethical as a Realtor - will he be as a legislator?

Anonymous said...

I don't know anything about Mr. Benito's ethics, but his spelling could apparently use some work.

http://www.carlbenitomla.com/

Unless Ralph "Klien" is a different person than former Premier Klein.

He might also want some newer endorsements. The shine has been off Premier "Klien's" pony for a while now. Same for ex-city councillor Cavanagh.

Way to just drag your 2001 campaign out of the closet without dusting it off Mr. Benito.

If this is the PC's best offering in Mill Woods, they will definitely challenge the SoCreds for lowest vote %.

Anonymous said...

According to his website Carl Benito was the "Official PC MLA Candidate for Edmonton Mill Woods in the 2001 Provincial Election" as opposed to being the "Unofficial PC MLA Candidate for Edmonton Mill Woods in the 2001 Provincial Election"

Anonymous said...

Carl Benito says in his website that Millwoods "constituency has been an opposition since 1986. Isn't 21 years too long to say enough is enough.." - well, the same can be said about the provincial Tories.

He claims that Millwoods is basically dull and he will take it out of "hybernation" and make it vibrant, alive and well again?? Who is he kidding - I am from Millwoods, I chose to live here because to me, it is the most vibrant community in Edmonton.

Giving up your salary, how generous! - Guess he'll just live-off the perks, allowances and MLA expense accounts?

Anonymous said...

Carl Benito's campaign is alternately hilarious and offensive. From his press release: "This constituency has been an opposition since 1986. Isn't 21 years too long to say enough is enough and bring the good old days of having an MLA right inside the table of Government? We need to hear the voice of the constituency, meet the needs of the community and have a say in the government. And this will only happen if we elect a PC MLA and not an opposition."

What a backwards province. A LOT of PC candidates are using that "voice in government" line, but it a) presupposes that the PCs will be the government and b) shows the contempt the opposition is shown in Alberta politics. Who needs a diversity of voices, anyway?

As for the "good old days" of having a government MLA--that line is beyond sarcasm.

Anyway, once the citizens of Mill Woods become sick of their putrescent "hybernation" and elect a conservative MLA, Benito promises that his constituency office will do the following:

"- Outstanding Young Men Award
- Free Notary and Commissioner of Oath
- Scholarship Awards Night
- Annual Family Picnic in the Park
- Constituency Office Christmas Open House
- Monthly Constituency Pop and Hotdog Day
- Summer Ladies Fun Run
- Job Fair
- Quarterly News Letter
- Festival of Martial Arts
- School Council Outstanding Project Cup
- Model Citizen Medal
- Ten Outstanding Mother of the Year Award."

I'm not sure where he expects to find the money to pay for these things in his office budget, but I digress. I know I've just been waiting for a candidate to promise an MLA-sponsored martial arts festival and a job fair.

None of these ideas are necessarily bad (some are worse than others, certainly) but I think it's revealing of what the PCs think representation is all about. Notice that he doesn't really talk about anything he's planning to do in the legislature--it's all community fun runs, wearing a big apron and getting your picture taken. Government, after all, will take care of itself.

That's why we need to be rid of those nefarious opposition members--they waste time debating issues and stuff.

It's sad, really. Benito's an extreme example, but he's not atypical of PC candidates.

Kuri said...

I saw on Facebook that Arlene Chapman is now running in Edmonton Glenora. Don't know the rest of the story, but she's the new candidate.

Herbinator said...

Calgary Fort is
J. Mark Taylor
http://jmarktaylor.ca

Anonymous said...

Barry Chase is the Wildrose Alliance candidate in Calgary-Egmont. I bet you he takes almost all of Chandler's votes.

Lex Luthor said...

Website for Sean Maw, Green candidate in Calgary Varsity is:

www.votesean.com

Lex Luthor said...

Sorry.... its www.votesean.ca

Anonymous said...

Guy Boutilier is an ineffective blowhard. When he worked as Minister of Alberta Environment he told staff to hire one of youth who used to work on a young people's advisory committee when he was mayor. His old executive assistant also told the department to his partner's niece.

He has a reputation of treating public servants like crap and only pursuing opportunities that work to fill his need for publicity. He loves to flaunt his Harvard Masters, yet he cannot run an organization. Just ask the leaders or staff of any department he's ever worked in.

He cannot understand complicated issues...and he's been largely ineffective in every ministry he's had the opportunity to lead.

How can we enlighten the Fort McMurray area? They are not being best represented by this character. His showing in front of the EUB is but one of many examples of his ineffectiveness.

time for a change. said...

Stelmach won't look into returning officers' Tory connections
By JEREMY LOOME, Legislature Bureau

Premier Ed Stelmach says he won’t look into opposition concerns that loyal Tories have been named to supposedly neutral returning officer positions.

It came after the Alberta Liberals noted that four returning officers appointed by the government have extremely strong Tory connections – including one officer who has openly criticized the Liberal candidate in her riding on a blog.

“So you’re saying that off the 83 there’s nobody there that has relatives in another party?” Stelmach said when told that the Liberals want officers appointed by a neutral third party.

Among those concerning the opposition are Robin Darsi, the returning officer in the anticipated tight Calgary Currie race between radio veteran Dave Taylor, who is the Liberal incumbent, and Arthur Kent, the former TV reporter. Kent ran and beat Darsi for the Tory nod.

In Calgary North Hill, Tory riding executive member Andrea Grubbe was given the role; in Calgary Montrose, it was handed to Lynn Warkentin, who is the wife of the PC riding association’s treasurer, Frank Warkentin.

And in Edmonton Meadowlark, Allie Wojtaszek has received the role, even though she is the wife of the PC riding association president.

Three of the four were not among the initial list of 63 returning officers appointed by the province in December, but were instead added to the roster by the Tories through an order in council earlier this year.

Alberta Liberal Leader Kevin Taft said he can’t understand why the Tories wouldn’t favour neutral appointments and why the appointments weren’t made back in December, with the rest.

“These are people that should be absolutely neutral and should be seen to be neutral and when they’re close chums or spouses, or plugged right into the Tory election machine, they’re not. And nobody’s going to respect the premier.”

Although she has since removed it, Wojtaszek posted a scathing blog entry about Liberal candidate Debbie Cavaliere when she received the Liberal nomination Nov. 23. In her post, she said Cavaliere only switched parties when it was clear she couldn’t win the PC nod.

Wojtaszek also took a shot at departing MLA Maurice Tougas, saying he’d “decided that he’d rather be back ‘writing his gossip column’ at the Edmonton Examiner.” In fact, Tougas is the paper’s former editor.

jeremy.loome@sunmedia.ca

Reality Bites said...

David Ward is no longer the Wildrose Alliance candidate in EDMONTON-WHITEMUD.

It is rumoured that this is a result of his extremist views expressed under the name "Tical" on FreeDominion, while using one of the infamous Danish cartoons as his avatar.

I wonder if he'll "do a Chandler" and complain to the Human Rights Commission

Arden Duncan Bonokoski said...

Hello, this is Arden Bonokoski. I came across your blog and would like to let you know that I am the green party candidate in Calgary glenmore and not the Wildrose Candidate.
Thanks for you time,
Arden