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David Climenhaga, author of the Alberta Diary blog, is a journalist, author, journalism teacher, poet and trade union communicator who has worked in senior writing and editing positions with the Toronto Globe and Mail and the Calgary Herald. His 1995 book, A Poke in the Public Eye, explores the relationships among Canadian journalists, public relations people and politicians. He left journalism after the strike at the Calgary Herald in 1999 and 2000 to work for the trade union movement. Alberta Diary focuses on Alberta politics and social issues.

Top 10 losers and winners of the Alberta election

| April 24, 2012
Alberta Premier, still, Alison Redford

'Tis late and the CBC's pancake makeup weighs heavy on your blogger's face. As all the world must surely know by now, Alberta Premier Alison Redford's hole card turned out to be an ace yesterday and Alberta's 41-year Progressive Conservative dynasty will live a little longer, perhaps a lot longer.

So today there is no joy in Mudville -- whether that place is located in the town of Okotoks, site of the world's largest glacial erratic, or at 24 Sussex Drive -- for the Mighty Flanagan has struck out. You can almost hear the disgruntled Wildrosers chanting "45 years is enough!"

At least the good Dr. Tom Flanagan, hyperventilating neo-Con ideologue and author of the best-selling Harper's Team, How I Created It All By Myself Without Any Help At All and Made That Little Twerp From Calgary West Into a Prime Minister, will have plenty of people to drown his sorrows with. They include the pollsters who intentionally or accidentally got it all so spectacularly wrong, the media pundits who spun their upstart Wildrose narrative for three years without reference to facts, to the blogosphere, which drank the media's bathwater without so much as a gin chaser.

In these wee hours, though, we can merely hastily catalogue yesterday's election losers and winners and leave the explanations and the more nuanced analysis to the morrow:

Loser No. 10: The Alberta Liberals
Winner No. 10: The Alberta New Democrats

Loser No. 9:
Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman
Winner No. 9: Alberta New Democrat Leader Brian Mason

Loser No. 8: Private health care company executives
Winner No. 8: Alberta Health Services executives

Loser No. 7: Preston Manning
Winner No. 7: Peter Lougheed

Loser No. 6: Wildrose Campaign Manager Tom Flanagan
Winner No. 6: Progressive Conservative Campaign Manager Stephen Carter

Loser No. 5: Harper Conservatives
Winner No. 5: Red Tories

Loser No. 4: Ted Morton, the worst premier Alberta never had
Winner No. 4: Doug Horner, the best opposition leader Alberta never had

Loser No. 3: The Wildrose Party
Winner No. 3: The Progressive Conservative Party

Loser No. 2: Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith
Winner No. 2: Alberta Premier Alison Redford

And the No. 1 loser and the No. 1 winner are…

Loser No. 1: Alberta's professional pollsters
Winner No. 1: There is no winner in this category

NOTE: Readers will have to forgive me for revising Winner and Loser No. 7, this morning upon rising, when I thought of a way better line! This happens when you're posting items at 2 a.m.

This post also appears on David Climenhaga's blog, Alberta Diary.



Double P.S.

I did watch mostly the CBC version and did see ya'. Nice to hear your voice and wish the four of you would have had more time.

Cheers! Thank you for all your time and efforts.

It is deeply appreciated.


Post Election:

I Just talked to the Almighty, my mum (age 92 + and born here back when her parents on the farm still considered this all to be “The Saskatchewan Territory”).

She says that, "those of us who voted NDP will be fine, everyone else is fouked." (I think she was just watching 'Brave Heart' - gotta love that Stephen!).



And P.S. It was Dutch/Austrian on the farm. The Austrian/German side is from that age long disputed area that includes Poland, hence some think we have Polish blood - "so no more jab's at the Alberta Pole's."

...Then Mum married Scot's/Irish ...well she married several but the Scot's/Irish was the longest, and Yes! She was fawned of telling stories of my Dad.

(sorry, trying for comic relief here - if you catch this at 2 AM David, hope it brings a smile)

this province is just so strange...I have trouble understanding the thinking that produces the results...they cannot comprehend that there are choices that are not Right or uber Right...I remain yours....gobsmacked....

I suppose you could say the NDs did marginally better, and you can be sure they'll crow as though they're huge winners, when in fact, both the NDs AND the Liberals both did somewhat badly, as expected, as per usual.

I mean, how fantastic it would have been to see the deserving Shannon Phillips win in Lethbridge, (and many great Libs and wonderful NDP candidates in other districts where the results were far less hopeful), which could no doubt have happened if the NDs and Libs had come to some arrangement in another district not to step on each others' toes. What folly for the poor, loyally progressive public!

I disagree with your loser No# 8 as I highly doubt healthcare privatization will be put on the back burner for long. I'm sure other than a few small potato (no cost) issues such as MP pay, bullying of doctors, that we'll see many significant changes, other than as sheer PR window dressing.

I don't buy the koolaid that Redford's regime will in any meangingful way, be all that different. But let's talk in another 4 years.. or sooner...



The real losers were the NDP and Liberals, who really got clobbered. For the WR, opposition status is hardly what they were hoping for, but neither was it a disaster.

In a democracy, people get the government they deserve, and Albertans certainly deserve the PCs. Do expect the suspension of due process in Redford's impaired driving bill to spread to other quasi-criminal law. Look forward to more of your money bailing out the teachers' pensions, building more zillion-dollar porkbarrel infrastructure projects, increased loss of accountability with school boards and local governments, increased public sector union extortion of taxpayers and citizens, more cronyism, and more illegal donations to the PCs. Also, watch utility and energy companies run roughshod over property rights, and the erosion of local democracy under the aegis of the Calgary Regional Partnership to increase. And watch the healthcare system sink further into the muck.

It'll be a long four years.


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