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Saturday, March 01, 2008

a green lacombe-ponoka?

I had a great time this morning being part of a media panel with Sheila Pratt, Graham Thomson, and Ken Chapman at the Alberta Teachers' Association Political Engagement conference. We had a great conversation with the conference delegates about this provincial election and the role of education in the media.

It was very interesting to talk with a number of teachers from across Alberta about the political situation in their constituencies and regions. I was really interested to talk with a teacher from Ponoka who was excited at the thought of Alberta Green candidate Joe Anglin's chances at defeating Tory Ray Prins in Lacombe-Ponoka. Anglin was one of the leaders of the landowner group that opposed AltaLink's north-south transmission line (which included a dubious incident where the Tories used public money to hire a private investigator to spy on landowners and their lawyers) and Bill 46 last year. Lacombe-Ponoka is one of those special constituencies that I'm going to be watching on the night of March 3...

(I also met another blogger while I was there...)

7 comments:

Abdul-Rahim said...

So what are the concerns of the teachers there in Alberta?

Anonymous said...

Joe Anglin won't even come close to winning that seat. Do you really think that the Greens, who can't even win a seat in BC, will have a breakthrough in rural Alberta?

Did you even take poli-sci? ;)

Aaron said...

I could see Lacombe-Ponoka going green. It's a different sort of riding.

Aaron said...

I could see Lacombe-Ponoka going green. It's a unique riding.

Ken Chapman said...

Me too Dave - I think the Greens are going to do well - at least in popular vote and perhaps this seat.

The ATA event was great fun

Theresa said...

I'll be pulling for Joe Anglin as well!

Dunkler said...

I wouldn't be surprised if the Greens managed to pick up a seat. In the last federal election, their federal cousins fared best in Alberta, garnering 6.5% of the vote. While that's definitely not majority territory, Alberta seems to be more comfortable with the Greens than the other provinces.