The Wildrose Party - Back to the Klein Days

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Is change blooming in the wildrose country? Albertans go to the polls a week from Monday but last night's leader's debate may go a long way in helping voters decide who they'll choose on the 23rd. After more than 4 decades in office, the progressive conservative dynasty is in in jeopardy, threatened by the upstart wildrose party that won only 7 percent of the vote in the last election. Today, we assess the debate and the potential for a seismic political shift in the West.

Today's guest host is Tom Harrington.

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The Wildrose Party - Back to the Klein Days - Wildrose candidate

We started this segment with an exchange between Alberta Progressive Conservative leader, Alison Redford and Wildrose leader, Danielle Smith, discussing so called 'conscience rights, during last night's leaders debate. It was a critical event in an election that may redraw the province's political landscape.

Polls consistently show that the four decade-old P.C. dynasty is in serious jeopardy from the upstart Wildrose Party. It's unfamiliar territory for many Albertans who have grown up and raised their children under the Tory party.

David Yager is a Wildrose candidate for Calgary-Hawkwood and a veteran of the Alberta oil patch.

We did invite party leader Danielle Smith to join us, but she said no. Yesterday, as you may have heard, Anna Maria Tremonti spoke with Progressive Conservative leader Alison Redford.

The Wildrose Party - Back to the Klein Days - Panel

We started this segment with another exchange, this time on leadership, between Danielle Smith of the Wildrose party and Alison Redford of the Conservatives from last nights televised debate.

With more on the likely fortunes of the Wildrose Party, we were joined by two people who are watching the race. Naomi Lakritz is a columnist and the letters editor at the Calgary Herald. She supports the PC's in this election. She was in Calgary. And Ryan Sparrow is a Wildrose supporter in Edmonton. He's volunteering on the campaign and used to be a senior advisor in the Harper government.

This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath and Calgary Network Producer, Michael O'Halloran.

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