March 28, 2015 was a big day in Alberta politics. Here is a quick look at the winners and losers from this weekend’s political activities.
Loser: Former Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith was defeated by Okotoks Town Councillor Carrie Fischer in her bid to win the Progressive Conservative nomination in the Highwood constituency. First elected as MLA in 2012, Ms. Smith crossed the floor to the PCs in December 2014. She was widely expected to be in line for a cabinet appointment after the next election, if she had secured the nomination.
Winner: Former Member of Parliament Brian Jean was selected as the new leader of the Wildrose Party. The former federal politician represented the Athabasca-Fort McMurray riding in Ottawa from 2004 to 2014. He has been critical of the PC Party during the leadership race, but will still face questions about why his company donated $10,000 to Jim Prentice‘s leadership campaign in 2014.
Loser: First-term MLA Gary Bikman was unsuccessful in his bid to win the PC nomination in Cardston-Taber-Warner. Mr. Bikman left the Wildrose Party and crossed the floor to the PC Party in December 2014. He was defeated in the nomination contest by Taber Reeve Brian Brewin.
Winners: Ms. Fischer in Highwood, Mr. Brewin in Cardston-Taber-Warner, Lawyer Susan Billington won the PC nomination in Calgary-Varsity, former Cypress County Reeve Bob Olson won the PC nomination in Cypress-Medicine Hat, and Peter DeWit won the PC nomination in Lacombe-Ponoka.
Loser: First-term MLA Rod Fox was defeated in his bid to win the PC nomination in Lacombe-Ponoka. Mr. Fox was one of eleven former Wildrose MLAs who crossed the floor to the PC Caucus in late 2014. He was defeated by Mr. DeWit.
Winner: NDP leader Rachel Notley. This weekend’s ‘Rally for Rachel’ saw NDP volunteers and candidates knock on 10,000 doors in a province-wide canvassing blitz. The NDP have nominated more than 70 candidates and are feeling optimistic about their chances of snatching the Official Opposition away from the Wildrose in the upcoming election.