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day 1: the wrath of mother nature.

Well, it’s snowing in Calgary, Vancouver, and Edmonton – that must mean that Paul Martin wasn’t the only one who didn’t want an election. Looks like God and Mother Nature didn’t want an election either. 😉

Anyway… back to more serious business… it was announced this morning that the election has been set for January 23, 2006.

Anne McLellan has her campaign office up and running today in the Edmonton Centre riding. It’s located downtown in the old McDonald’s building on 117th Street and Jasper Avenue. Anne’s in for a tough fight with Tory challenger Laurie Hawn, but her campaign team is more than definately up for the challenge.

– It looks like the Federal Liberals are having some difficulty finding candidates to nominate in Alberta. Last we heard, among others, they still hadn’t nominated a candidate in the Edmonton Leduc riding. It wouldn’t surprise us if the NDP placed second to the Tories in some of the ridings the Liberals have yet to nominate candidates in. Also, the NDP and Green parties seems to be in a bit of a scramble to nominate or appoint candidates in some Alberta ridings. If one is to believe the party website, one would think that the NDP has actually lost candidates in some rural ridings (ie: Westlock-St. Paul).

– The CBC has their CanadaVotes2006 site up and the Globe & Mail also has their Decision 2006 election site up.

*UPDATE*: More candidate updates for our 2006 Edmonton candidates list.

– George Hodgson has withdrawn from the Liberal nomination race in Edmonton Strathcona. This leaves Ellen Schoeck and Andy Hladyshevsky to duke it out in the Dec 5 nomination meeting.

– It seems that Paul Wallace is no longer the Green candidate in Edmonton East.

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