Well folks, the people of Calgary Glenmore have spoken...and the people are never wrong. However, this blogger was way off the mark on his prediction, although I was a bit biased! I had the opportunity to work with Diane CU and her team on her campaign and I must congratulate her for a job well done. Diane's campaign was well organized, well funded and her team was amazing. That said, it goes to show you that a full bank account, dozens of organized volunteers and exceptional name recognition do not guarantee success on election night.
I must say, I am impressed that Paul Hinman won this race. Congratulations on your victory ( and now that he is an MLA, I will no longer use the "corny" references!) and your team should be proud. The slogan "Send Ed a Message" hit a nerve with many voters and it was better than having 500 volunteers on the ground. It was just that powerful.
This victory has the potential to change Alberta's political landscape. The common thoughts from the MSM that if " Diane can lose...any PC MLA candidate can lose in Calgary" may now have some real meaning? Perhaps some of the local MLA's, especially those with lower profiles, maybe be pondering this today? Its one thing to lose a by-election on a protest vote, but to finish in third place is quite another.
Will this result in a leadership review at the PC Convention later this fall? Will this be a wake up call to the PC party, confirming that no riding can be taken for granted? Time will tell.
The WAP will ride this publicity into their Leadership Race, which will do nothing but legitimize them further. A loss here would have wiped them out. The only thing left that will kill their momentum would be a Mark Dyrholm or Jeff Willerton victory. It will be interesting to watch.
What a ride....