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.