EDMONTON — If any political happening has been flying low under Alberta’s political radar recently, it’s the federal New Democrats’ leadership race. With the provincial merger of the Alberta PCs and Wildrose in the rearview mirror and the United Conservative Party’s own leadership vote coming up next month, even Alberta’s politics junkies have been largely mute on the federal race. Pat Stogran managed to generate some interest here when he was considering entering the fray.
It’s wise to be suspicious whenever someone releases political news late on a Friday before a long weekend — a time-honoured technique for burying embarrassment. And goodness knows there was enough in the media release from Alberta’s United Conservative Party explaining the rules for its upcoming leadership contest to raise eyebrows. Nobody seemed greatly troubled by the voting format: one-member-one-vote, instead of a delegated convention.
Late last week, long-time Saskatchewan member of Parliament Gerry Ritz announced he was calling it a career — that he would not be returning to his House of Commons seat when Parliament resumes. My first thought was that he’d be taking a page from the Brian Jean/Jason Kenney playbook and return to his home province to run for the leadership of the Saskatchewan Party. Then Ritz said he would not be a candidate in January’s contest to replace Premier Brad Wall.
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Selecting a term
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