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We’re building the plane while we’re flying it because we really didn’t have much of a transition into government. That’s why I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish as we become airborne.
Fear and loathing? Not quite yet. But trepidation and consternation are definitely abroad on the quietening streets of Calgary as the oilpatch, hobbled by eight months of depressed prices, braces for the fecal flurries it worries will soon emanate from Edmonton where unsteady hands hover over the dials and levers of policy. “Ooh,” to quote the last words of Challenger astronaut Christa McCauliffe from that tasteless joke of 1986. “I wonder what that button does?”…
As the three main federal parties jostle for poll position in the ten weeks until the writ is dropped, the question in our province is: will Tom Mulcair’s NDP get a Notley bounce and win more than the single lousy seat that is its electoral record in Alberta? (A seat currently occupied by Edmonton-Strathcona MP Linda Duncan.) Short answer: unlikely in Calgary and the sticks, but possible in Redmonton.
Certainly the Dipper brand has been burnished by the Notley victory. There is actual competition for the federal NDP nominations this time—a most unusual, indeed historic, circumstance.