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NDP, Wildrose and PC report cards, as graded by political panel

CBC News Calgary asked a panel of political experts to grade the three major parties' performance over the past 12 months, and here are their report cards.

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NDP scores a D and two B+, says political panel 1 year in

6 years ago
Duration 5:54
Pollster Janet brown and strategists Corey Hogan and Zain Velji grade the NDP, Wildrose and PC's performance.

It's been just over a year since the last provincial election, and it's time for a check in on how the parties are doing.

CBC News Calgary asked a panel of political experts to grade the three major parties' performance over the past 12 months, and here are their report cards. 

Rachel Notley and the NDP

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. (Canadian Press )

Janet Brown: D

"They made that classic freshman mistake of thinking that the hard part was getting into the course," said the pollster. "This isn't an airy, fairy politics theory course. This is a practicum course," Brown said.

Corey Hogan: B+

"This is a group assignment. Unfortunately, some of the group has not been super strong."

Zain Velji: B+ 

"They remind me of a student that's great at the term paper, but are ultimately inconsistent with the assignments in between," said Velji. 

While the NDP have delivered on big ticket items like climate change, the smaller agenda items like Bill 6 have fallen flat, he explained.

Brian Jean and the Wildrose

Opposition leader Brian Jean. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)

Janet Brown: B

"I had to mark on the bell curve because there weren't too many impressive students in this class," she explained.

"If they want to remain top of the class next year, they've got to get off their one note of, 'No taxes. Low taxes.' Enrollment could be up next year with all these new Unite the Right parties coming along."

Corey Hogan: D

"Brian Jean and Derek Fildebrandt are the kids at the back of the class throwing Skittles. They don't get any credit from me for doing that. They're pretty obnoxious," he said.

"They have not shown me that they're able to go to the next grade, which is government. They simply look like an opposition."

Zain Velji: D

"They are not picking their shots. They are trying to go with the lowest hanging fruit."

Ric McIver and the PCs

PC interim leader Ric McIver. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)

Janet Brown: C

"It's been a really tough year for them," said Brown, drawing attention to the fact that they lost power after 44 years and have been working under an interim leader since.

"Despite all of those problems, they still maintained this core of 25 percent of voters that are staying loyal to them because they don't see a better alternative out there."

Corey Hogan: C 

"I thought there was a real chance they were gonna drop out," Hogan said.

"If they didn't win [that by-election] it would've been a total disaster for them."

Zain Velji: A-

"This was the student that was supposed to take a gap year because they needed to find themselves. They couldn't afford to do it, so they came back, and they showed up every time."

Velji praised the party for slowly but surely digging itself out of debt.

"It can only go up for them."

With files from CBC News Calgary

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