Liberal Party still has a pulse
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 06:00 am
The festivities at the Foothills Community Centre last week might not have rivaled the hoopla of Trudeaumania of the 1960s, but it might be an indication the Liberals have a pulse in the Macleod riding.
Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau made a stop in Okotoks on Jan. 22 which was attended by more than 250 people.
It was Trudeau’s second appearance in the foothills in the past eight months, after he helped clean a friends basement after last year’s flood.
It may be an indication the Liberals aren’t about to throw in the towel in regards to the upcoming Macleod byelection. Still, the Liberals winning in Macleod would be an upset along the lines of the Edmonton Oilers winning the Stanley Cup. The Grits are way behind. The Conservatives have at five candidates show interest in the upcoming bylelection which must be called before March 17. There has been no public announcement of a Liberal candidate yet.
Prime MInister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party can’t take the Liberal Party for granted though. There hasn’t been a better time for a Liberal candidate in Macleod. You can be guaranteed when Parliament opens this week, Harper will be hammered with questions about Senategate. There is a growing feeling across the country the Conservatives are what they accused the Liberals of being in 2006 when they toppled the Grits — arrogant.
It may not be enough to change the minds of Macleod voters, but it is enough for Trudeau to intrigue the Canadians.