The House crew split up today. Three-quarters went north to Edmonton
and a date with the Premier. The last quarter headed south to
Lethbridge and many points between.
Here is the tale of Nick, Kathleen and Paul:
The Alberta legislature building in Edmonton is stunning.
The office of the Premier is on the second floor. His
communications staff showed us to a small conference room just steps
away from where Ed Stelmach works. That's where we set up our equipment
for the interview.
It's a really different feeling to go talk to a political official in
his environment. When we talk to them on the phone or in one of our
studios, we're in our element. Today, we were in Premier Stelmach's.
Frankly at first, that's a bit intimidating. But there are a number of
advantages to doing that. The most important one if you ask me, is that
the interviewee feels more comfortable right from the start and it's
easier to have a conversation. That was true again today. The interview
went well. You can look forward to hearing what Premier Stelmach thinks
of the Wildrose Alliance, why he thinks stability in government is what
businesses are looking for, and how he plans to win back Albertans.
Tune in on Saturday morning for the full interview.
And here begins the southern saga of Max:
The morning began with a fog-shrouded missile shot along Highway 2
to Lethbridge and the University. One of the most beautiful drives in
the country and I can only see 50 metres on either side of the road. Oh
well. It's probably for the better. I more than likely would have
driven the car into a ditch gawking at the view.
At the University of Lethbridge, I meet up with Political Scientist
Peter McCormick. He's working on a presentation about voter engagement
and why it has been so pathetic of late.
And from there begins the slow wind back to Calgary. A stop in historic
Fort Macleod yields a photo of the the Northwest Mounted Police
garrison that gave the town its name. Follow that up with a jaunt down
the Blue Trail west of town in search of a filed full of 80 metre-high
windmills... not as easy as you would think in the fog.
Then my favourite stop of the day: the Claresholm Beef Producers feed lot. My job: make cows moo. Mission accomplished.
That part of the mission never would have happened without the help of
Macleod Member of Parliament, Ted Menzies. So its off to downtown
Claresholm and a friendly chat with the Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister of Finance
I'd like say the day was over but I got lost driving back into
Calgary... not badly... but enough to add 20 minutes to my journey back
to the CBC.
Stay tuned to this website. Tomorrow, I'll be posting my conversations with Peter McCormick and Ted Menzies.