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Greens, Maverick and NDP tied with 18 federal candidates in Alberta, so far.

Just a quick federal candidate nomination update this morning:

  • The Green Party has nominated Judson Hansell in Calgary-Nose Hill, Gianne Broughton in Edmonton-Manning, and John Redins in St. Albert-Edmonton.
  • Harry Joujan has been nominated as the Maverick Party candidate in Red Deer-Lacombe.
  • The right-wing National Citizens Alliance has nominated leader Stephen Garvey in Calgary-Nose Hill, and Jesse Hal in Calgary-Shepard.
  • Ron Voss is running as an Independent candidate in Banff-Airdrie.

As noted in my previous post, the Conservatives, Liberals and People’s Party have nominated full slates of 34 candidates in Alberta, with the other parties playing catch up. As of this morning, the Greens, Maverick Party and NDP have 18 candidates nominated across Alberta.

The Greens and NDP are expected to nominate more candidates but we might not see many more new candidates from the Maverick Party, which has pledged to only run candidates in districts they deem to be safe for the Conservatives in Alberta (which is a good strategy if your goal is to be irrelevant in the election, in my opinion – more on this soon).

I am still waiting to hear the results of last night’s contested NDP nomination meeting in Edmonton-Mill Woods.

Urban-Rural Sign Contrast

There are no shortage of NDP-orange Blake Desjarlais lawn signs in my home riding of Edmonton-Griesbach (I’m told Desjarlais’ campaign distributed more than 870 lawn signs on the day the election was called) but spending some time out of the city yesterday I spotted plenty of Conservative-blue Dane Lloyd, Gerald Soroka and Arnold Viersen signs along the highways and range roads.

4 replies on “Greens, Maverick and NDP tied with 18 federal candidates in Alberta, so far.”

I think lawn signs on private property show a campaign has support and has an organization to identify these supporters and get the lawn signs out. It’s not the o only indicator but it is an important visual signal of how a campaign is going.

How many of Desjarlais’ 900 signs were on public property compared to private?

Do lawn signs on public public property make a difference?
Does a row of 6-12 lawn signs strewn alongside stretches of roads in a city influence any voter?

These days, I believe candidates & campaigns would be viewed much better if they removed all but 1 or 2 of those series of signs alongside roads. Less pollution. Better use of signs. Better use of volunteers. Better use of resources (those signs aren’t cheap).

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