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February 1, 2008 | 04:25 PM

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alex (Calgaryab) wrote:

i think that Ed stelmack is doing some bad stuff because he is not puting alout of money into education and he is selling of our go NDP!!!!

Posted March 3, 2008 09:21 PM

Holly (Calgary) wrote:

To paraphrase Dale from the forum:
The schools noted were submitted 4 years ago by the school boards, and built according to a list-system developed by the school board with little from the Alberta Government. Being a member of a comm. assoc. board at the right time only means that, right place at the right time to take credit. Every dollar invested now will result in a tenfold return in the future. With tonnes of wasteful gov't spending we could have redirected, but instead the PCs cut health care, education and other social programs which for every dollar saved, is costing us tenfold now.
Dale might not have been articulate, but he was direct and to the point and did not skirt around the questions with rhetoric and empty words like your candidate. By articulate you mean manipulating words to sound like you know what you are saying but not actually answering the question? Yes Lindsay, as are most PC candidates, was very good at that.
Most of those "new" candidates you are talking about are going against incumbents - and will likely lose. So there will only be a handful of "new" people that could possibly be elected. If you believe that those few can change a machine that has been in place for 37 years that is your choice. I think that things will still be run from the backroom dealings, with no transparency; that the gov't will not introduce democratic reforms; that health care and education will still be viewed as costs - that is my choice. The "new" faces that Lindsay touted as being the "change" in the PC party are only a new mask on the same old PC monster, a new mask will not change an old system. Smart Albertans know that.
Attacking Dale personally will not get you many votes. The Albertans that I know do not like negative campaigning. I was wondering when the PC attacks were going to start, but that only means that the monster is backed into a corner and is feeling threatened. Which is a good thing for us.

Volunteer for Dale D'Silva

Posted March 3, 2008 06:39 PM

Ane (Rocky_Ridge) wrote:

I believe you are misinformed about the schools... for instance, the school in Tuscany doesn't even have space for the children living in Tuscany, much more handling the kids from other neighbourhoods. In regards to Arbour Lake, the issue is the same. The current designated public school for Rocky Ridge and Royal Oak is Bowness... would you put your children there?
Either I take my children to Bowness or to a private school... how does that sound to you as a parent driving your kids to school everyday? Does it seem reasonable? What about the closing of so many other neighbourhood schools? I don't think you know what is really happening...

Posted March 3, 2008 04:43 PM

Kirk Saban (Royal_Oak) wrote:

Ane: There have been a number of new schools recently approved in our constituency. Arbour Lake just got a new Catholic school this past year and a new North West high school was recently announced as well to be built in Arbour Lake near the Crowfoot Library. A middle school in Tuscany has also been approved along with an elementary school in Royal Oak. A NorthWest recreation centre has also been approved and discussions are ongoing regarding it's location. If you'd like to get more info I'd encourage you to contact Lindsay Blackett, his contact information is on his website at

David: I understand and appreciate the appetite for change in this province and that is exactly why I got involved in Lindsay's campaign. The conservatives have over 30 new candidates in this election. I too was frustrated with Ralph Klein's government and his lack of vision for this province. With community minded people like Lindsay in government we can get Alberta back on track without destroying our economy.

Have you actually met Dale D'Silva? If you think Dale is such a great candidate perhaps you should have been at the all candidates debate on Friday night in Hawkwood. In my opinion Dale was the least articulate of any of the candidates and I don't think you'd find much disagreement in that statement from anyone in attendance regardless of their political stripe.


(Volunteer, Lindsay Blackett campaign for Calgary North West)

Posted March 1, 2008 11:01 PM

Ron (Calgary) wrote:

Sure. But there are a lot of little things that show difference/possible improvement. For example, the Alberta Liberals have been on record wanting to eliminate HealthCare Premiums since the 90s. The PCs say they'll do in only four years.

Posted February 29, 2008 03:30 PM

Steve (Hawkwood) wrote:

I'm very curious how the Liberals will improve anything. Their ideas are as stale as the PCs. They have had 37 years to get their act together and present a vision for Alberta and there only vision I've seen is "we aren't the Tories" I have to vote Wildrose as they seem to be the real conservatives in this province.

Posted February 29, 2008 11:09 AM

Karen (Calgary) wrote:

David; if you want a two-party electoral system, move to the U.S. Here in Canada, we enjoy something a little closer to real democracy - choice.

The Alberta Greens will win at least one seat in this election. And the next election? They'll win more.

Additionally, having the option to vote for a party other than the Liberals or PCs keeps these two parties in check. Why do you think the PCs released a "Green Plan" right before the Election? Because they were scared. And they wouldn't be scared if their only opposition were the Liberals, with their own pathetic environmental and social record. Even if a Green MLA doesn't win the seat in your riding, voting for the Greens sends a strong message to the PCs AND Liberals: get your act together, because we have the option to choose someone else.

Posted February 29, 2008 11:05 AM

Arden (Calgary) wrote:

Strategic voting disempowers democracy and takes away the impact of a single vote. People need to start voting with their issues in mind, and then we might actually see some real change in Alberta.

Posted February 27, 2008 11:53 PM

Sidney (Toronto) wrote:

I will be voting for the Liberals in this election. I agree with the poster below. We should vote strategically. I wish though, that the Liberals would try changing their name to the 'moderate' party or something. They would do a lot better if they do.

I pray that the Wild Rose party doesn't do well. Yikes, it would be scary to have a group even more backwards than the MPs already in there.

Posted February 26, 2008 11:06 PM

David Cox (Calgary_Northwest) wrote:

I'm sorry. I misquoted Kirk as endorsing the Green or NDP parties, when he's actually supporting Lindsay Blackett and the PC's.

(Not sure how voting for the same party that's been in power for 37 years is a "vote for change", but there it is... ) ;)

Posted February 25, 2008 04:53 PM

David Cox (Calgary_Northwest) wrote:

I have a hard time understanding how the Liberal, NDP and Green parties in this province have yet to realize the obvious: the left must merge!!
For those Albertans -- some of whom have posted here -- who are going to vote Green or NDP, I can only ask that you please reconsider! I support the policies of the Green party, and to a lesser extent the NDP, but is it enough to see a candidate get a few votes, or are we serious about voting in a party that will actually win? Those who want a change must be realistic: THE GREEN AND NDP PARTIES WILL NOT WIN. Thus, I completely disagree with Marie when she says "Every vote for the Alberta Green Party and for George Read is a win". On the contrary, it is only a loss for those who do not wish to see this election produce more of the same old Tory rule... The Liberal party is our only realistic hope of defeating the Tories in this province, and after 37 years, isn't it about time??
This election, I'm voting strategically. The Liberals may have a chance, so I'm giving it to them. Fortunately, it helps that Dale D'Silva seems like a fantastic candidate, so I can also feel good about who's actually getting my vote...
My two cents. :)

Posted February 25, 2008 04:43 PM

Ane (Calgary_North_West_20) wrote:

I have been following the comments on the Elections and I have not decided who to vote for yet. It seems to me that the candidates are absolutely not interested in increasing the number of much needed schools, hospitals, doctors, clinics, day cares... Apparently, we are in an Alberta Boom but I still can't see the advantages of increase on our economy. The conservative government distributed a $400.00 cheque a few years ago and so far, no school has been built in my neighbourhood. Or hospitals have been improved, or doctors and nurses have been trained... I don't get it... if any of these guys can tell me about this, he or she will get my vote... for now, this is where it stands...

Posted February 25, 2008 12:08 PM

Chris (Hawkwood_NW) wrote:

I was a longtime PC supporter but after Eddie became premier i dont have any confidence in the party and since have looked at and now heavily supporting the Wildrose Alliance. as the liberals have proven to be a useless opposition leader.
check out chris jukes website

Posted February 25, 2008 12:06 AM

Marie (Calgary) wrote:

George Read, the "Green Leader" is running in Calgary NW because it's his home, he cares about it, it's where he plans to raise his children. There are other Green candidates to run in Yellowhead and Banff. Every vote for the Alberta Greens shows which ever party forms government that the people of Calgary NW care about ecological issues. Every vote for the Alberta Green Party and for George Read is a win.

Posted February 24, 2008 10:37 AM

Kirk (Royal_Oak) wrote:

Lindsay is a breath of fresh air for the PC party. He's a down to earth, community minded individual who really cares about what is going on in his community. If you really want to vote for change, he's your man.

Kirk Saban
Lindsay Blackett campaign for Calgary North-West

Posted February 21, 2008 09:33 PM

Anne Miller (Calgary) wrote:

I have volunteered at the Sierra Club with Dale, and I have to say, it's great to see some young people getting into politics! I sincerely hope that he can give the riding a good shake up, and bring some progressive, common-sense ideas to the Legislature!

Posted February 21, 2008 12:05 PM

Jessica (Ranchlands) wrote:

Well, I'll be voting for the Green Party. There is an opportunity to bring significant change to Alberta this election, and I wonder why people are so fearful of ending the Tory reign. Another party may actually provide some leadership and manage the growth, instead of only reacting to it with incoherent policies and confused spending that displays a lack of vision. I'd like to give someone else the chance at the very least.

Posted February 14, 2008 09:45 AM

Mable (Tuscany) wrote:

Haven't voted since turning 18.Some young dude named Dale came to my door the other day.Actually seemed to care.Might actually vote.

Posted February 8, 2008 05:39 PM

Ron (Calgary) wrote:

Does the Green leader have ANY chance? Why wouldn't he run in Yellowhead or Banff?

Posted February 5, 2008 03:16 PM

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