#YYCCentre By-election Pie Debate

The latest candidate debate in Calgary Centre riding had a twist, it was also a meat-pie contest. The winning pie, provided by the NDP candidate, was bison-tourtiere. The silliness didn’t stop there though, not when there’s a Sun TV, Wild Rose Party hack running as the pieholder for the Conservative Party. Joan Crockatt avoided many of the other debates, and it’s clear why when you hear her attempt to answer questions that take her off her PMO script.

First she suggested that MPs aren’t much good if they aren’t part of the governing party.

When the candidates were asked how they perceived Canada’s declining reputation, Joan’s answer wasn’t inspiring. When questioned, she didn’t know who had awarded the PM the title she cited, since the organization is so credible and prestigious. An audience member shouted out to “Google it!”, and she obliged.

Meanwhile the Green candidate, Chris Turner offered impressive answers, and responded to the world reputation question by remarking how he’d been thanked overseas once for being Canadian and part of the country responsible for rescuing American diplomats in Iran. He was very touched by that thanks offered to our country, via him. Now he says our international reputation has taken a hit because we’re not part of the world’s conversation on climate change, don’t take it seriously, and don’t put real resources into addressing the problem like other countries want to.

Turner is my obvious favourite, although I could see any of the four that were on stage as representing their parties as I’d expect, in Ottawa if elected. The sad thing is, that’s not saying something positive about Joan, and nothing special about Harvey or the NDP candidate either.

P.S. I’d like to know where the other candidates were, and if they were not invited, that stinks. If they’ve backed off to avoid splitting the vote for progressives, I could sympathize with their thoughts. I think Turner has a real chance this time if Liberal support swings around partially, and if the Greens have reached enough disengaged voters and re-energized them. GOTV on election day will be extremely important, where the by-election turnout is bound to be low. I also bit my tongue earlier when I saw a SK NDPer tweet they’re going to Calgary to help… but not with the GPC or LPC campaigns that appear to be well out in front in the ABC vote race.

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5 responses to “#YYCCentre By-election Pie Debate

  1. Although I commented about this earlier, some folk may… ahem… have forgotten. At the time I noted a congratulations to Prime Minister Steven Harper for winning the World Statesman of the Year award from The Appeal of Conscience Foundation.

    How “credible and prestigious” is this organization and its prize?

    Amonst the former winners of this award are Jean Chrétien, Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, Gordon Brown and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. Ok, but who runs the thing? Former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker is a member of the ACF’s board. Bill Clinton, yes THAT Bill Clinton, is its honorary chair. Who runs it? Rabbi Arthur Schneier. You might want to ‘google’ him. If not I offer…

    Rabbi Arthur Schneier: A U.S. Alternate Representative to the U.N. General Assembly and Chairman of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, he was one of three American religious leaders appointed by President Clinton to start the first dialogue on religious freedom with President Jiang Zemin and other top Chinese leaders (1998.) Rabbi Schneier initiated the Resolution for the Protection of Religious Sites, adopted by the U.N. General Assembly (2001.) and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Stockholm International Forum for the Prevention of Genocide, Sweden (2004.) Recently, he was appointed to the High-Level Group, Alliance of Civilizations, by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

    How “credible and prestigious” is that!!!!!!!

    • Yeah, every time someone mentions Clinton, or Chretien, they think of… The Appeal of Conscience Foundation. Riiight.
      My goodness, it’s like winning a Nobel prize or a Webby.

      • A Nobel prize? A Nobel PEACE Prize??? I got one in my Corn Flakes as a prize this morning!!! A Nobel Prize… HAH!!! They gave one to a washed up politician who made a movie and Obama 6 days into his presidential term, because he was black!!!! Har har. Sure doesn’t take much to impress leftists these days!!!

        But the coup de grace, the BIGGIE(!!!), the biggest Nobel booby prize-o-the-bunch, they award the riot torn European Union the Peace Prize. Greece riots. Spain riots. The UK riots. Germany riots. France riots. The list goes on… yet a Peace Prize is given.

        Give your head a shake.

        Oh, one more thing, now that you’ve brought it up… do you ever wonder why Gore and the IPCC won the Nobel PEACE Prize? Not a prize in one of the sciency catagories, but the Peace Prize. Kinda’ makes you wonder if globull warming is about science at all!

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