Two months ago, Joan Crockatt looked like the closest thing Canada had to a political sure-thing. She had just won the Conservative nomination for the federal by-election in Calgary Centre, one of the safest Conservative seats in the country. The riding has been held by a Conservative of one stripe or another since its creation more than 40 years ago. But this time, Joan Crockatt has a real fight on her hands.
Part One of The CurrentCalgary Centre by-election heats up - Duane Bratt
To help us understand how this came to be, we're joined by Duane Bratt
. He teaches Political Science at Mount Royal University and he was with me here in Calgary. Calgary Centre by-election heats up - PanelChris Turner
is running for the Green Party. Dan Meades
for the New Democrats and Harvey Locke
for the Liberal Party. We invited Conservative candidate Joan Crockatt
to join us but she was unable to do so. We also offered that she could be represented by anyone else on her campaign team but they haven't made anyone available.
Also running in the Calgary Centre by-election are Libertarian Tony Prashad
, and Antoni Grochowski
as an independent. There will also be by-elections Monday in Victoria and the Durham riding in Oshawa.
Other segment from today's show:
Physiology of Black Friday
The legacy of Bal Thackeray and the future of Shiv Sena