Alberta Liberals slam Alberta Party tactics in Elbow

CALGARY, AB (October 25, 2014): Alberta Liberal candidate for Calgary-Elbow Susan Wright confirms her campaign has been approached by members of the Alberta Party seeking to make a backroom by-election deal.

“There was talk that they wanted to cut a deal to get us out of the race," says Wright. "The direct message we received on Twitter from Alberta Party campaign team member Marc Doll certainly lends credence to rumours they wanted to get me to drop out. It's very disappointing to see this sort of behaviour from a senior member of a party that speaks so piously about doing politics differently." 

The message read: “Interesting crossroads… I think your numbers are saying what ours are. Do you see a path forward that could be a win-win for everyone?” (see screen shot below.)

The request from the Alberta Party came shortly after Alberta Party campaign strategist Stephen Carter indicated he had thoughts on how to bring together progressive parties. (see screen shot below)

Alberta Liberals slam Alberta Party tactics in Elbow

 

Stephen Carter is former PC Premier Redford's campaign manager and Chief of Staff who is now working on the Alberta Party campaign in Calgary-Elbow. 

 "I got into politics because I believe democracy should be about giving Albertans a real choice to decide what policies they support and who will best represent their values in the legislature," says Wright. "There are some people who will do anything to gain power, but I am not one of them.”

"I believe in putting my best foot forward and campaigning in an open and transparent manner because that is what the people of Calgary-Elbow expect from someone who seeks to earn their trust."

Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman says with two days remaining before polling day, the Alberta Liberals will focus on making a strong finish in all four by-elections.

“We’re knocking on doors and making phone calls right up to the last minute,” says Sherman. “The people are wise. Let's let them decide who they want as their representative. We’re focused on making the case that the best choice for a strong economy and a strong society is Alberta Liberal." 

Founded in 1905, the Alberta Liberal Party has a long and proud history in Alberta. A major reason for the Party's longevity despite whatever challenges it faces is the commitment to the principle that a Liberal MLA is a local MLA first, and, as such, the primary objective is to stay true to the values of the people they represent and to stand up for constituents regardless of being in government or in opposition.  

"Media has repeatedly noted that we Liberal MLAs punch above our weight," says Sherman. "Albertans need to know that they are getting highly qualified and highly ethical representation by electing a Liberal, and I would encourage them to vote accordingly."

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Press Release: Mandel needs to answer questions about connections to tobacco lobbyist

Mandel needs to answer questions about connections to tobacco lobbyist
EDMONTON, AB (October 23, 2014):Alberta Liberal candidate for Edmonton-Whitemud Dr. Donna Wilson says her opponent, and current health minister, Stephen Mandel should clear the air about his recent musings on exempting menthol cigarettes and his close connections to tobacco lobbyists.
During a recent meeting of provincial and territorial health ministers, Stephen Mandel surprised media by saying electronic cigarettes were “dangerous materials”, but then refused to answer allegations that he is planning to exempt menthol cigarettes from a ban on all flavored tobacco products (Bill 206), which was passed last year but has yet to be proclaimed.
“Exempting menthol cigarettes makes no sense from a public health policy standpoint,” says Wilson, who is also a professor of nursing at the University of Alberta. “Menthol cigarettes are very attractive to young people, who then get hooked on smoking tobacco.
“There must be more to this story than Mr. Mandel is telling us.”
One connection that may help explain this inconsistency is Mandel’s close relationship to his 2004 mayoral campaign strategist Hal Danchilla, who is a registered lobbyist for Rothmans, Benson & Hedges. Danchilla is also a principal at Canadian Strategy Group, a lobbying firm that also employed Mandel’s former Chief of Staff, and current Principal Secretary to Premier Jim Prentice. 
“Albertans have a right to know whether or not these personal or lobbying relationships are influencing Mandel’s decision to exempt menthol from the flavoured tobacco ban,” says Wilson. “Mr. Mandel needs to tell us if he or any other Ministry of Health officials have met with Hal Danchilla or anyone else from Canadian Strategy Group in the last year regarding an exemption for menthol cigarettes.”
Dr. Donna Wilson and the Alberta Liberal Party are campaigning on the message that it is time for Alberta to have both a strong economy AND a strong society. This means policy and performance in vital areas such as health care, seniors’ care, and education must be greatly improved.
 
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Alberta Liberals announce candidates for Calgary-West and Calgary-Foothills

The Alberta Liberal candidates in the ridings of Calgary-West and Calgary-Foothills are David Khan and Robert Prcic.

“I am proud to have David Khan and Robert Prcic running under the Alberta Liberal banner in Calgary-West and Calgary-Foothills,” says Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman. “These gentlemen will both speak with knowledge and passion on issues of vital importance to Albertans.”

David Khan practices Aboriginal Law across Western Canada. He has represented or assisted in the representation of clients at all levels of court in numerous Canadian jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

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