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I'm an evangelical Christian, member of the CPC, but presently & unjustly exiled to wander the political wilderness.
All opinions expressed here are solely my own.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Chander dropped from Alberta PC

Stelmach has officially rejected the candidacy of Craig Chandler, a hard right PC candidate who moved from Ontario to Alberta in an effort to get himself elected.

My two cents on this thing... we, the grassroots of the various conservative leaning parties in this country, NEED TO GIVE OUR COLLECTIVE HEADS A SHAKE. What is it with us and electoral death-wishes? Why on earth do we keep on nominating people who can't get elected?

Here's the irony... the guy supports a lot of things that I'd support... Focus on the Family, he's committed to more traditional family values, etc. Maybe in Alberta, he'd have a chance at winning, but seriously, he strikes me as way too loose of a cannon to take the risk.

I'm find this more and more in consevative circles... many of us have our pet issues, and we make all of our decisions based on those one or two issues. Then you get a candidate who knows how to push those one or two buttons, or who knows how to woo the appropriate local special interest group to ram through a nomination, and then presto, you've got a hopelessly unelectable candidate, who then goes out to the electoral slaughterhouse when the writ drops... and takes the tens of thousands of dollars you've raised with them into oblivion, just a footnote in the Elections Canada history books.

Good move by Priemer Stelmach... a pre-emptive strike. They'll likely lose the riding anyway, but better to lose one riding than to take the province-wide hit when the candidate invariably does the dumb thing you've been dreading.

On that note, my kudos to Randy Hiller on his recent election... he didn't do anything seriously dumb during the entire writ that hurt Mr. Tory... as if he needed any help on that front! (Could you imagine if he HAD done something dumb? Yikes)

Anyway, that's my rant. Take it for what it's worth.



  • At Sun Dec 02, 01:06:00 a.m. EST, Blogger Unknown said…

    Alberta Alliance

  • At Sun Dec 02, 05:52:00 a.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    I totally agree with you.

    Mr. Chandler seemed to be a very angry man when he was running for the PC leadership a few years back.


  • At Tue Dec 04, 04:06:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Brian in Calgary said…

    Maybe the Liberals would have a good chance at this riding if they nominated a candidate without any baggage of his/her own. Unfortunately, it seems they won't. I'm referring to the way Cathie Williams decided not to run for re-election to the Calgary Catholic School Board in October. She didn't make her decision until after she filed nomination papers, thus putting her name on the civic election ballot. It wasn't her decision to go provincial that will likely cause her problems but the timing. As I see it (and feel free to disagree) it seems to show a contempt or disdain for the voters in her school district.

  • At Mon Dec 31, 04:40:00 a.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    A little surprised at your assement of the situation.

    I guess that Ontario air has got your just basing your opinion on media reports and not facts.

  • At Mon Dec 31, 11:26:00 a.m. EST, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Hey Craig,

    Not the air out here, just my on the ground experience.

    There are certain things that we as conservatives do that only serve to shoot ourselves in the foot. We need to start looking at the long game, not just going with our gut in the short term.


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