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The Calgary Stampede is one of those mandatory events for politicians at all levels to don cowboy gear and swoon party-goers with pancakes and parties. What I find odd is the poor timing of a local Calgary candidate Deepak Obhrai to enter the race when Stampede came to a close. Or Tony Clement, who's no stranger to the circuit, announced then as well. You'd think they'd take advantage of this top silly summer event to create some excitement and momentum.
As I follow all the candidates on social media, the only one who made any real posting poise was Maxime Bernier.
In general, was there any real excitement about this leadership race? Because I gotta tell ya, I'm not really feeling it. I'm getting emails, mostly from Bernier. No phone calls yet (I'm pretty sure I'm on some old lists.)
A big thing is that the media isn't into this race. There's no buzz. All the other new names touted, I have never heard of.
Nik Nanos has an article similar to what I've been saying about this.
I believe the folks who've entered this race are simply positioning themselves for a top cabinet position in the government of the next person who leads the party and wins many years from now. There's no shame in that. It's a good, but expensive, way to keep a high profile.
It seems only natural that Peter Mackay should lead the party though, and him not doing so is causing a heightened build of tension. He was leader of the PCs prior to the big merger and if any can read the mood of voters, it's him. And the mood is a plurality if not majority of Canadians are still on a bit of a honeymoon with Trudeau--giving him the benefit of the doubt.
But when the dust settles, he'll release that tension at the right time.
And right now, that right time is still after the next election.
Monday, July 18, 2016
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