Tory race to wrap up

By: Paul Rockley

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 03:33 pm

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Ted Menzies has resigned as the MP for the Macleod riding. That brings us to a vote this week to select a new Conservative candidate. We have four people running for the position. If you don’t already know, they are John Barlow, Melissa Mathieson, Phil Rowland and Scott Wagner. Voting takes place in Pincher Creek on Thursday, Claresholm on Friday and Okotoks on Saturday. You must have a membership in the Conservative party and live in the riding to vote. Memberships had to be purchased by February 10 to be eligible.

So, for those who qualify drop over to the Community Centre in Okotoks between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. to cast your ballot. You can only vote for one or you may vote 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th choice. If no candidate has a 50 per cent-plus one majority on the first vote then second choices will count and so on. Before we leave the Centre on Saturday evening we will have a new candidate declared.

Then the Feds will announce a date for a byelection to name a new MP for Macleod. This is when the new Conservative candidate will run against the other parties. It would of course be a major upset if our new MP was not from the Conservative party. I am guessing that vote will take place the middle of May and of course the entire population of Macleod over the age of 18 will be eligible to vote in that election.

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Last week I made a trip up to St. Albert and was stunned at how many Alberta government signs have been put up. These signs say something like “Building a better Alberta” and then mention the project in the area of the sign. I am not kidding that I saw well over 100 of those signs. Big signs well constructed and put into the ground. Here is what bugs me about the signs. Number one only the government would be allowed to mess up the highway with all these signs. Number two they are distractive to drivers. Number three they are strictly a promotion for the government showing us how they are spending OUR tax dollars and number four they must have cost a fortune as each one is personalized to the project in the area. Poor Ralph would flip out to see such a waste of our tax dollars. I wonder how long we will have to look at them?


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