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Saturday, October 17, 2009

danielle smith enters the ring.

Danielle Smith has defeated Mark Dyrholm to become leader of the Wildrose Alliance Party.

Will Smith be a game-changer in Alberta politics?

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nope.

Ron said...

The perfect storm is brewing in Alberta politics and Danielle Smith's timing is impeccable.

Anonymous said...

I think I just heard the bells ringing in the present death of the Alberta Liberal party

Anonymous said...

Would you beleive that WAP is not going to release final voting numbers. What a load of crap considering the hype over their membership numbers.

Anonymous said...

"The perfect storm is brewing in Alberta politics and Danielle Smith's timing is impeccable."

Really impeccable timing would have seen her winning (by running in) the recent by-election. Also, over the next 2-3 years, she has to lead her party from the gallery and deal with the socially-conservative wing of her party. I don't think it will be a cake-walk.

Josh said...

"I think I just heard the bells ringing in the present death of the Alberta Liberal party."

I'll preface my comments by saying that I think that the ALP is definitely a sinking ship, but I'm unsure why you think that a party that will feed almost exclusively on the PC's voter pool will spell the death of the ALP. If anything, it will help their competitiveness in urban ridings (ie the only ridings in which they meaningfully competitive to begin with).

Anonymous said...

The fact that the WAP won't disclose voting results just shows what a farse the process was and what a joke they are as a party.

Anonymous said...

The vote was made unanimous by Dyrholm who pledged all his votes to Smith. If you cannot do that arithmetic then it is you that are a joke.

Timothy Friesen said...

"The vote was made unanimous by Dyrholm who pledged all his votes to Smith. If you cannot do that arithmetic then it is you that are a joke."

All that tells us is her percentage of the vote. It tells us nothing about the final number of votes cast.

Josh said...

"The fact that the WAP won't disclose voting results just shows what a farse the process was and what a joke they are as a party."

Continuing the trend of me defending parties I'm not a fan of, the results were indeed made public, as per this story: http://tinyurl.com/ykd8734

In case you don't want to read it:
Smith: 6295
Dyrholm: 1905

ace said...

Everybody's citing fairly old precedents in Alberta history for political game-changing. A more recent (and, for Wildrose supporters, cautionary) precedent might be Mario Dumont in Quebec.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, and where is Mario Dumont now.

Anonymous said...

The ADQ came within a hair of forming government. That seems pretty good to me (and it's sure a lot better than the Liberals or NDP have managed in Alberta....)

Anonymous said...

The ADQ came within a hair of forming government. That seems pretty good to me (and it's sure a lot better than the Liberals or NDP have managed in Alberta....)

ace said...

"The ADQ came within a hair of forming government. That seems pretty good to me (and it's sure a lot better than the Liberals or NDP have managed in Alberta....)"

Aren't you forgetting about Laurence Decore? He came within a few percentage points of Klein in the popular vote in 1993. He couldn't help the fact that the ridings in this province are gerrymandered in favour of rural voters. I wonder if the WRA will be anxious to change that . . . . ?

Anonymous said...

Too bad the WAP will never get the chance.

Anonymous said...

Stelmach will be gone on November 7th. If the party can dump Klein, they sure as hell can dump an inconsequential Stelmach.

I would love to see Danielle Smith vs Brett Wilson!!!