ALBERTA VOTES 2008

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Reporters' Notebook

The man in the leather trench coat

February 7, 2008 | 04:27 PM
Kim TrynacityKim Trynacity

Here's a sign the Tories are looking over their shoulders: At the Liberals' news conference at Edmonton's Winspear Centre Wednesday afternoon, one person in the crowd stood out.

The middle-aged white male looked uncomfortable to the point of nervous as Liberals clad in red scarves squealed at the sound of party leader Kevin Taft proclaiming, "It's time!"

I recognized that man in the back row. No wonder he was nervous. He was no Liberal — he was in fact a Tory operative, sent to watch the Liberals' every move.

I wouldn't have paid too much attention to him, except I'm told he showed up again this morning at another Liberal newser. Hmmm.

I wanted to speak to the man in the leather coat but as mysteriously as he appeared at the Winspear, he vanished. Perhaps he was on his way to another Liberal newser.

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Look, it's a real election! () wrote:

Good for you, Kim, to keep this spy activity in the public arena. You might also take up the problem of obviously party biassed returning officers. The issue of the responsibilities of election employees not showing bias during election campaigning is more important than inappropriate attendance at party rallies, who can be booed out of the hall. the empployees are there officially, so should be carefully chosen, and the requirements for the job written. this would prevent, and enable censure for such actions as party sympathizers wearing a particular political party's Tshirts and freely advertising themselves this way on the internet.

Posted February 14, 2008 08:55 AM

Harald (Calgary) wrote:

At least he had the courtesy to sit in the back of the room and not bother anyone. Unlike a Liberal organizer who was openly interrupting a Stelmach news conference on seniors' aid, by handing out Liberal propaganda.

Posted February 8, 2008 03:10 PM

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