‘Anybody But Crockatt’ Update: Calgary Centre by the Numbers

Anybody But Crockatt? Redford Tory cabinet Christine Cusanelli slams Calgary Centre Conservative nomination candidate Joan Crockatt. Actual Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Crockatt.

Seems as if an Anybody But Crockatt effort is afoot among some of the federal (or is that provincial?) Conservatives in the thick of the Calgary Centre federal riding nomination fight.

Leastways, according to the word from the trenches, supporters of candidate Greg McLean (who was, readers will recall, endorsed last Friday by departed Calgary Centre MP Lee Richardson, who is now Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s principal secretary) are being asked to place lawyer Richard Billington in the No. 2 spot on their preferential ballot.

That’s designed to edge candidate Joan Crockatt out, presumably as punishment for her backing the Wildrose Party in her journalistic commentaries before the April 23 provincial election. Another prominent Wildrose backer? Oh, say, Prime Minister Stephen Harper…

To this, we can add a few more relevant numbers to the exciting Conservative Party nomination race to replace Mr. Richardson:

  • Number of candidates: 6
  • Position Greg McLean supporters recommend voters place Richard Billington on preferential ballot: 2
  • Position Alison Redford supporters recommend voters place Joan Crockatt on preferential ballot: Dead last!
  • Number of Redford cabinet ministers officially campaigning for the ABC candidate: 1 (Christine Cusanelli, the tourism minister)
  • Revised number of eligible voters: 1,956
  • Number of still-eligible voters who were members before the campaign began: About 1,000
  • Number of ballots it could take to find a winner: 3
  • Number of well-connected Tory widows known to have been phoned and asked if their husbands would like a ride to the polls: 1

Well, as one Tory said to me: “You just can’t make this stuff up!”

The candidates, again, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Richard Billington, a well-connected Tory lawyer who has served as a party official
  • Joan Crockatt, a journalist and commentator known for her right-wing views
  • John Lord, a businessman successful in the past in municipal and provincial politics with ties to the party’s social conservative wing
  • Greg McLean, a venture capitalist and former young Conservative leader, endorsed by the previous (Red Tory) office holder
  • Joe Soares, a resident of Quebec – and for this reason, known as “Calgary Joe” – with an ill-defined past connection to the Prime Minister’s Office as an “advisor”
  • Stefan Spargo, well known for flying an Alberta flag over his house

Remember, whoever wins, if you happen to live in Calgary Centre, vote for the NDP when the prime minister gets around to calling a by-election! I mean, seriously, people… who wants to be represented by a divided party like this one?

This post also appears on Rabble.ca.

9 Comments on "‘Anybody But Crockatt’ Update: Calgary Centre by the Numbers"

  1. ronmac says:

    It’s getting awfully confusing to choose between politicans these days. This person may be for this, but against that. So that makes them a Red Tory. Or a social conservative.

    Or this candidate is a big Ann Rand fan. But it they’re for abortion and gay marraige. So they’re cool on that front.

    I’m still waiting for a political party that is in favour of same sex marriage, but only as a form of economic stimulation. In times of economic stagnation, push the envelope on gay marriage.

    Let me explain. Hot on the heels of same sex marriage will be same sex divorce. Which means lots of work for divorce lawyers in the courts which equals economic stimulus. Plus the tax laws can be easily rewritten so that a huge boost for the personal finances of those involved can be added.

    And why should same sex marriage be restricted to gay couples? Why not same-sex, non-gay couples? They should be able to benefit from this bonanza in the divorce tax laws.

    And while we’re on the subject who says marriage has to be between two people. Is that written in stone anywhere? In lots of cultures the norm is between a man and several wives.

    This “out-of-the-box” thinking can be offensive to some, but II can see some benefits. The wives will be so busy bickering among themselves they will leave the husband alone and do wonders for his peace of mind.

    Who could be against that? Certainly not the Wild Rose.

    • Sylvia says:

      Your joking right?! The gay community is a huge and useless expense for taxpayers. In Alberta alone, taxpayers are paying one million a year for six people to have a sex change. Meanwhile, a dementia health care facility, for elderly people who can no longer work was closed because it needed renovations for less than a million. Since you say people should think, how are Canadians profiting from those who are same sex attracted? How is Canada becoming richer because of them? This habit, which by the way is a sexual addiction, is nothing but an expense, and the only people making money of it, are a few lawyers…and how many gays are there anyways, who for one get married, and then also divorced. This is a joke!!!

      Nonetheless, now I know why some in politics promote gay marriage when they are being accused of wasteful spending. This is a joke people! The gay community is nothing but a taxpayer burden. One I would like to opt out of paying all their garbage, including gay pride.

      • Mae S says:

        I think Sylvia hasn’t the slightest idea as to what being homosexual means. It means that, instead of being with someone of the opposite sex, you want to be with someone of the same sex.

        It costs us no more than heterosexual marriages do. But since she’s so obviously against homosexuals being married because she believes they are keeping old folks from getting treatment for illnesses, then by that logic it is clear that she is also against heterosexual marriage. I personally don’t see what this expense is, but hey, she’s the one who presented the argument.

        Anyway, in the interests of helping Sylvia get the clue she so badly needs, I would suggest to her that she find a dictionary or Google and look up “trangender”. She will undoubtedly learn something.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ronmac – anyone who has been married for a decade or more understands the concept of “same-sex marriage,” just as they understand that “gay marriage” is an oxymoron! As for “traditional, Biblical marriage,” as the proponents of one-man-one-woman style often put it, it frequently involved more than one wife as anyone who has read the Old Testament knows. Just consider that Solomon – and he was supposed to be WISE! Of course, marrying multiple wives may soon be legal and back in vogue if Mormon Mitt Romney ascends to the White House. All it’ll take is a quick call from the Prophet, Seer and Revelator in Salt Lake City.

    • ronmac says:

      If Mitt gets to the White House we’ll have to assume he did it with the help of the Islamic vote where the practise of having more than one wife is accepted in many places (now’s there’s a voting bloc nobody saw coming).

      And let’s suppose he did pass such a law, instead of reacting in horror, let’s at least consider the upside.

      Every religion in the world agrees on this basic point: “If life hands you a lemon, let’s make lemonade.”

    • Sylvia says:

      Mitt Romeny is nonetheless a far better option than Obama if you are talking morally. And, if you are quoting the Bible, you will also note that the Ten Commandments say “Thou Shall not Kill”. Yet one of the first things Obama did when he became President, is fund abortions (which is the killing of innocent human beings in the womb of their mothers) in Africa. The U.S.A., had never funded abortions in other countries until Obama came along (it’s bad enough they do this in their own country). It seems that though he is black, it’s only skin deep.

      On this point alone, Obama should be voted out.

  3. Joe Schmo says:

    Funny how McLean supporters, nor this article, fail to mention that their ‘red tory’ hero donated a total of $34,000 to the Wildrose Party during the Provincial Election.

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