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I met Jim Dinning today.

For those of you who don’t know, Mr. Dinning is considered the frontrunner in the race to replace Alberta Progressive Conservative Premier Ralph Klein when he retires (in a Chr├ętienian move, Mr. Klein announced yesterday that he will be retiring in October of 2007, but won’t leave office until March 2008).

Though he seemed like a nice guy, I nearly drowned in the uninsipiringness of his presentation.

He talked a lot about “choices” and his vision for Alberta while staying fairly vague about most issues. It was really disappointing coming from someone with a Masters in Public Administration from Queen’s and former Deputy Minister. Hopefully we’ll see some more detailed plans from Mr. Dinning as the leadership campaign ensues. Though I suppose 20 years of political hackery will do that to someone. An unfortunate casualty?

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but he really reminds me of someone we are all very familiar with, though without the “isms.”

I’m not sure whether it was the uninsipiring attitude of the near-dead crowd of frat boys loaded with questions starting with “Jim, in your vision for Alberta…” that killed it for me, or the fact that the future Premier of Alberta was only able to attract around 10 people (including at least 3 Liberal/ND voters) to hear him speak.

I did enjoy a small swipe he made at Ted Morton though – I can’t remember what he exactly said, but it was a swipe at Dr. Morton’s “More Alberta, Less Ottawa” slogan from his 2004 provincial election campaign in Foothills-Rockyview.

So, in conclusion: meh.

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