Thursday, September 13, 2012

Meet Calgary Centre's Next MP

Mrs. Joan Crockatt, who quite literally has assumed the role of a Harper clone:
“If I’m a backbench MP, I’m just fine doing that,” Ms. Crockatt said. “To me, the job is to support the Prime Minister in whatever way that he thinks.”
 At the very least you'd expect a politician to say, even if they're lying, that their job is to represent the interests of their constituents in Ottawa.

But no, Joan Crockatt, who I mentioned before as essentially being the "typical Alberta Conservative," really is. I've never seen someone so brazen in bending on one knee before Lord Harper.

So, the question is: can someone beat this clone? There's been some buzz about the Green candidate, Chris Turner, who is apparently an author of things not many people have heard about. If you're looking for a notoriety fight, this little-known author might not be the best bet against Crockatt, the former editor of the Calgary Herald and well-known editorialist.

What about the Liberals? Conservationist Harvey Locke is running - I know he's been involved in the party for awhile, I've seen his name tonnes of times yet can never properly place it - and he's got some notoriety, if his Wiki entry is anything to go by. Rahim Sajan is also running for the Lib nomination, and I like this guy for one major reason: he runs a TED event (an independent one, anyways). That is freggin' awesome. I love TED, and if you don't, you should. Lib nomination battle comes to a close on September 22nd.

I have no idea whose running for the NDP nomination, nor do I particularly care. I'm sure they'll find someone, I dunno, competent.

Anyways, one final note, there is a crowdsourcing initiative (click here to find out what crowdsourcing is, and no I don't understand how it relates here either) to find a "consensus candidate" in the by-election called 1CalgaryCentre... and they're lying from the very beginning of their little speech there, this line in particular:
Based on analysis of previous elections and recent polls, an aggregation of the centre/centre-left parties would have meant a competitive progressive candidate in most federal elections. However, the fractured vote has led to the Conservative Party of Canada considering this a safe seat based on the historical trend.
I'd like to see their analysis of this, because its wrong. Calgary Centre is a fairly safe Conservative riding, almost any way that you look at it. I already gave this riding its history before:

Except for 1968, and during the era of the split-right (though they still polled well over 50% when added together), Calgary Centre has not been a competitive riding!!

Its actually a relatively safe one for the Conservatives, even if you lump all "progressive" candidates together.

Granted, Conservatives here do sit below the provincial average, but that isn't saying much when said average is roughly 60-65%. The only way to win this kind of riding is to have a combined progressive/conservative candidate, like... I dunno, former Progressive Conservative PM Joe Clark, who won this riding in 2000 by carrying both the centrist/moderate banner and the conservative banner into battle.

Putting all the progressive eggs into one basket will not win this riding for the Opposition, unless the Conservatives really screw this thing up (not out of the realm of possibility, but unlikely). We need a candidate that can attract the votes of both progressives and conservatives. That's what these crowdsourcers and merger advocates don't get.


  1. Smells like a front for the Progressive Canadian party to me.

    1. Sinclair Stevens wouldn't have such an original idea.