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Chasing magic in Fort McMurray

February 15, 2008 | 09:07 AM
Kim TrynacityKim Trynacity

After filing a story last night on the Conservatives' plan to tackle crime (that I already covered in November) I flew to Fort McMurray. There certainly wasn't a lot of political chatter on the plane and I think most passengers were dreading the -20 C weather.

I crammed in some research about the race up here last night, and found out the Green candidate also ran for the Marijuana Party way back when, and the Libs candidate is a former broadcaster, magician and such. I think you know where I'm going with this one.

I was a bit skeptical about the Liberal candidate's campaign, so I dropped him an e-mail last night.

No sooner had I turned on my phone, when I had a message from Ross Jacobs, and then it rang again.

It was the Liberal campaign, wanting to know if I "needed " anything. (An extra hour of sleep, and more hot water in the hotel would be nice.)

So, I'm off to meet Ross this morning at Coco Jo's coffee shop in Fort McMurray.

This afternoon I'm going to catch up with Ed Stelmach, as he winds his way through carefully crafted rooms for some good photo-ops.

So here's what I'm thinking…. Conservative Guy Boutilier has been in office a long time. He's well-known, and has a good chunk of money, space and people to run his campaign. Maybe Jacobs can pull a rabbit out of his hat.

As for Boutilier, a reliable source in his department tells me: "Nobody around here would shed a tear if he lost!"

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Charlie Lush (Fort_McMurray) wrote:

As a 25 year resident of Fort McMurray, I see all the promises of the PC's as 4 years too late. The amount of progress on twinning 63 South is abysmal, they should bring in the Americans, they know how to do that stuff. It was announced 4 years ago and really nothing has happened. And for the gridlock in the city, we have 'nickle and dime' extra turning lanes (we must be experts in how to do that now, its everywhere) instead of serious money for overpasses, which take 2 years too build, so we will be 6 years behind by the time they are done. Its ridiculous.

Posted February 15, 2008 03:20 PM

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