Search on for new premier

By: Paul Rockley

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 12:18 pm

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Quite a time last week with the surprise resignation of our Premier Alison Redford!

With a couple years to go before the next provincial election the party will have to elect a new leader. The interim premier will be the Hon. Dave Hancock. The party has decided a vote for a new leader and premier will take place on Sept. 6. The rules are that every member of the party over the age of 14 will be able to cast a vote. In other words you must buy a PC membership to cast a ballot.

The candidates must put forth a personal non-refundable deposit of $50,000 as part of their nomination. After the vote on Sept. 6 if no candidate has over 50 per cent of the votes the two candidates with the most votes will go to a second ballot on Sept. 20. The winner of that vote will be the PC leader and premier. Should be good for membership sales eh! Senator Scott Tannas, a native of High River, has confirmed he is considering running for the position. It will be interesting to see who enters the race.

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Okotoks Cinemas and the Rural Resiliency Action Partnership will be hosting a free movie event on Sunday, March 30. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with the shows starting at 1 p.m. The concession will also be open. The two movies available to see are “Frozen” and “Divergent.” This is an event sponsored by Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools. All area residents are encouraged to make it a family affair and come out for a great afternoon.

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It is time for the Annual Stella Awards. They are named after Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonalds.

The first place winner this year was Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, who purchased a new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home from a football game after she entered the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70mph and calmly left the drivers seat to go to the back and make herself a sandwich. Guess what, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned.

Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually leave the drivers seat while the cruise control was set. The jury awarded her $1,750,000 plus a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of the suit. The USA court system may be just a touch out of control.


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