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Mad Hatter
02-18-2014, 05:52 PM
http://www.highrivertimes.com/2014/02/14/conservatives-to-elect-macleod-candidate-in-early-march

Just a brief re-hash of the upcoming nomination, but a good summary.


Update - Tuesday, Feb. 18: Rick Waljamaa has withdrawn from the nomination process and is no longer a candidate.

By Jane Deacon

MULTIMEDIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

Earlier this week, the Conservative Party of Canada announced it will elect its candidate for the Macleod riding the first week of March.

Nomination meetings will be held in Pincher Creek on March 6, in Claresholm on March 7 and in Okotoks on March 8.

To vote in the nomination contest, residents must be a Conservative party member as of Feb. 10.

Four Conservative nominees have come forward for the federal Macleod riding since MP Ted Menzies stepped down in November.

They include John Barlow, associate publisher and editor of the Okotoks Western Wheel; Melissa Mathieson, a researcher at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy; Springbank businessman Scott Wagner; and Foothills rancher Phil Rowland.

Rick Waljamaa, manager of engineering services for Rocky View County, has withdrawn from the race.

Conservative candidate forums will be in Pincher Creek on Feb. 26, Claresholm on Feb. 27 and Foothills Centennial Centre on Feb. 28.

Candidates from Canada's other political parties have not yet stepped forward in advance of the byelection.

A date for the byelection has not been set, but must take place by mid-May.

The locations for both the Conservative candidate forums and nomination meetings are: Pincher Creek Heritage Inn (919 Waterton Ave., Pincher Creek), Claresholm Community Centre (5940 59 Ave. W., Claresholm) and Foothills Centennial Centre (4 204 Community Way, Okotoks).

The Macleod Conservative nomination race has heated up with controversy in recent weeks.

It began when a local resident questioned John Barlow on Facebook about the way the RCMP handled firearm confiscation when High River was evacuated during the June flood. His reply, which pointed to lack of communication on the part of the RCMP but ultimately expressed confidence that the police had acted with the best interests of the community at heart, received considerable backlash from commenters who believe the RCMP violated residents' rights.

Barlow followed up with a Facebook post that stated he welcomed feedback and discussion, and encouraged residents with concerns to contact him in person or via phone or email to discuss issues.

Scott Wagner issued a press release shortly after, stating, “John Barlow’s position on this flies in the face of the values of law-abiding gun owners and is especially disturbing considering the number of farmers and ranchers that he would like to represent.”

Melissa Mathieson recently drew criticism from a Calgary Muslim leader when a photograph surfaced of the candidate with Calgary West MP Rob Anders at a firing range. In the background is a target, called “Zombie Osama bin Laden,” that depicts a caricature of a bearded terrorist wearing a turban and torn clothing.

Souheil Merhi, chairman of the Muslim Council of Calgary, said the caricature promotes hatred by portraying Muslims as terrorists.

Mathieson responded with a written statement that said the paper targets were under the control of range organizers and changed frequently throughout the day.

While appearing on Ezra Levant's Sun News program, Phil Rowland was questioned on his involvement with the Southern Alberta Land Trust Society (SALTS), a charitable organization dedicated to preserving the ecological values of land in the region. Rowland had served as director and secretary-treasurer of the land trust from 2007 to 2013.

Levant asked about Rowland's stance on the oil sands, pointing to SALTS' acceptance of $195,000 from the Switzerland-based Oak Foundation through the Tides Canada Foundation, organizations Levant considers to be anti-oil sands.

Rowland replied that the money was used for watershed testing in southern Alberta, and that SALTS has never spent any money fighting the oil sands and has no involvement in the province north of Olds. He added that he is a supporter of the oil sands and recognizes the economic development of the resource.

“I'm a pro-business kind of guy, that doesn't mean we can't have balance with the environment,” he replied to Levant.

Shortly after the program aired, Wagner responded with a press release further questioning Rowland's involvement with SALTS and left-wing funding sources, and asked the candidate to provide full details on his involvement with the Tides and Oak Foundation organizations.

Follow the Times for coverage of the candidates forum in late February. To read profiles of each candidate, visit us online at www.highrivertimes.com.

BrotherRockeye
02-18-2014, 07:10 PM
I like this

Barlow followed up with a Facebook post that stated he welcomed feedback and discussion, and encouraged residents with concerns to contact him in person or via phone or email to discuss issues.
but where is the part where he deleted all the feedback and discussion?
oh...phone or email...riiiight....

Mad Hatter
04-09-2014, 08:13 PM
Just heard that anti-gunner John Barlow is now the CPC candidate for Macleod. Pro gunners Roland and Mathieson lost out.:mad1:

Geoff Capp
05-17-2014, 08:43 PM
I don't know where John Barlow stands on firearms, but the Conservative Party as a party is too centrist-conscious to have the courage to do what really needs to be done.

Criminals write their own laws, therefore, they are the only people in Canada who can "legally" carry arms on their persons and use them. They have the advantage over law-abiding citizens, and this has to stop! We need those who've passed the firearm safety course and have a PAL to be also legally entitled to carry firearms and to not have to lock them up except when they're being taken to a firing range. We need to change the categories of firearms, with Non-Restricted becoming Schedule I, Restricted becoming Schedule II, and move some small firearms presently prohibited into the Schedule II category.

As to the firearm confiscations in flooded communities last spring, firearm owners were caught between a watery grave for their investments, and illegally transporting them in order to protect the devices. A thoughtful and merciful enforcement force would have allowed owners to transfer them far enough to a safe haven for safekeeping, and no-questions-asked return, but we NEED TO HAVE the storage regulations overhauled so that people can carry them at home or around town, and protect themselves, innocents and property!

This is one reason why I am running as the Christian Heritage Party candidate in the June 30, 2014, Macleod federal byelection. I ask you to help me, and let me help you, get the attention of the Conservative Party. Electing John Barlow will not get that attention, but voting for me and the CHP will get their attention. Even if Barlow wins, if our votes are maximized, they will be looking over their shoulders at us! And we are fiscal conservatives - smaller government, freedom, property owner rights, firearm owners' rights, respect for the traditional family and the family's sphere of authority, paying down the federal debt (not merely clearing off the deficit), and privatizing wasteful government corporations.

We're offering you a conservative choice without the liberalism-tainted parties that are catering to the politically-correct middle ground of semi-socialist indulgences.

Foxer
05-18-2014, 09:46 AM
Just heard that anti-gunner John Barlow is now the CPC candidate for Macleod. Pro gunners Roland and Mathieson lost out.:mad1:

As much as i hate to say it, it might be wise to allow him to lose the byelection. Then retake the seat at the next fed election. If he loses there will be another candidate race.

Spread the word - Stay home on byelection day and refuse to volunteer this time around. Send a letter to the riding saying why. (obviously this only applies to those in the riding)

Geoff Capp
05-19-2014, 08:54 PM
Foxer, it would be better to vote for a different candidate, rather than let those who do vote make a decision without you. I never skip going to the voting station, though in the past, I have deliberately spoiled my ballot by marking "no" in each circle, then having it go into the ballot box, where it will be counted as rejected, but the turnout is not impacted.

Foxer
05-19-2014, 09:20 PM
Foxer, it would be better to vote for a different candidate, rather than let those who do vote make a decision without you. I never skip going to the voting station, though in the past, I have deliberately spoiled my ballot by marking "no" in each circle, then having it go into the ballot box, where it will be counted as rejected, but the turnout is not impacted.

Well lower voter turnout sends a pretty strong message - the CPC would know their vote did not show up. And although it's not uncommon and i've never heard of anyone getting arrested - it is illegal to spoil a ballot after all. (side note - i honestly believe there SHOULD be a box that says "none of the above" on it).

IT is especially telling if, when they call to get out the vote, you answer "I'm not going, i don't approve of the candidate's position on firearms'. That will wind up in hte CIMS database and when they run the numbers they'll realize that for whatever reason a lot of CPC supporters stayed home, and they'll start to get the message that it's because we felt he was 'insufficiently supportive' of the firearms community.

The other advantage is that even if he wins, it will be quite obvious that he didn't win by as many votes as last time and that voter turn out was low. A spoiled ballot could be for any party, but if they see a narrow victory and low turn out, they'll know that we were not happy. That allows locals to pressure him on firearms issues or next time, the turn out could be even lower. The next election isn't far off - he'll be a little nervous if it's too close and the obvious reason was that CPC supporters stayed away. If we can't beat 'em, scare them into joining us :)

Byelections are nice in that they don't really affect things permanently as far as the overall gov't goes, and they're a nice way to send a bit of a protest message if necessary. In this case - the message can be sent that it is not wise to take our support for granted, and putting up anti gun (Or at least non-pro-gun) candidates might well have a very negative result.

If he does lose - we should encourage as many people as possible to write in and say they stayed at home just because of that, and we hope the riding association keeps that in mind when putting forward candidates in the future.

I hate losing a seat to a liberal even for 18 months but - better to do it to one guy now than have to do it to the whole party later. We don't want to go thru that again this soon.

killer kane
05-19-2014, 11:49 PM
Or the head office could do something.....Or not.:mad1: Remember this douche was kissing the turd jr.s rump. I can just see how much he gives a rip about Albertans.

Foxer
05-20-2014, 12:13 AM
Or the head office could do something.....Or not. Remember this douche was kissing the turd jr.s rump. I can just see how much he gives a rip about Albertans.

Killer, one of the biggest issues regarding elections is 'parachuting' candidates into ridings and interference by the party in ridings. That's what trudeau is in hot water right now. If the head office did anything, we should smak them in the face. The people of the riding have to own what's happened, and now they'll have to deal with it.

killer kane
05-20-2014, 12:15 PM
You're right, but from where I'm sitting it looks like another step to the left.

Foxer
05-20-2014, 04:45 PM
I think that's a fair assessment. Obviously this candidate had their ducks in a row early and made sure they had all the support lined up possible and managed to secure the nomination while the people of the riding weren't entirely mobilized. However, if he doesn't get the support of the people in the riding during the byelection, he'll have to at the least face another nomination contest and then we can look at being a little more organized and donate/help a candidate who's a little more to our liking :) at the end of the day tho, it all comes down to the people in the riding and what they want.

Geoff Capp
05-22-2014, 06:23 PM
All good points, Foxer, but if Barlow still wins because nobody else got enough votes to overtake him...

Even in a general election, about 70 percent of people vote, which means in most ridings, enough people don't vote that - if they all voted for the same candidate - they could push someone else over the leader. In a byelection, that possibility is even greater, because byelection turnouts typically mirror municipal elections.

I am in favour of firearm freedoms that presently don't exist, partnered with severe penalties for using a firearm in crime (e.g. if a rape, 2x the rape sentence if you have a gun, 4x the rape sentence if it's loaded, 12x the rape sentence if the gun is fired). Canadians shouldn't have criminal penalties for a storage violation, but they should have a penalty if they do not maintain proper control of a firearm and someone commits an offence or if someone is injured because they touched/picked it up.

What if small firearms, presently prohibited, were legal and women could carry them in their purses? Even though the men tucked tail and walked out of the classroom when Lepine told them to leave, any of those women could have shot Lepine before he shot very many of the women in that Ecole Polytechnique classroom. We do not need to be helpless victims, and our paternalistic Liberal-driven law (that the Tories lack the courage to change) insists that we be helpless victims, relying on the police. The police are minutes away but seconds count!

Only the party I'm representing in the Macleod byelection, the CHP, intends to restore our rights to protect ourselves when we are threatened. We should not be guilty of a criminal offence to defend ourselves from a gun-toting criminal. Give us your protest votes, and one of two things will happen:

1) We will take so many votes away from the Conservatives that they'll have to face the fact that they've alienated your support, and their victories are no longer to be taken for granted.

2) We will take so many votes away from the Conservatives that they'll lose the riding, and one of the others - either pro-firearms rights CHP or anti-firearms rights Liberal, NDP or Green - will win, without affecting the standings in Parliament. The combination of Conservative-CHP votes would still tell the Liberals and NDP that the people don't favour them.

Votes do not belong to parties. They belong to each voter, and the voters just loan their votes to a party.

As to any "splitting" complaint: splitting is the natural function of an election, to determine how the support is distributed. The moment the second candidate files nomination papers, it is already a split vote.

Foxer
05-22-2014, 07:22 PM
All good points, Foxer, but if Barlow still wins because nobody else got enough votes to overtake him...

Even in a general election, about 70 percent of people vote, which means in most ridings, enough people don't vote that - if they all voted for the same candidate - they could push someone else over the leader. In a byelection, that possibility is even greater, because byelection turnouts typically mirror municipal elections.
Well true enough as far as it goes. In fact these days even during a general election we're seeing turn out closer to 55-60 percent. Without a doubt the possibility of a 'leader' coming from a party not traditionally supported in the area is strong.

As to the rest - as you may have notice i'm kind of staying away from commenting on your party and policy mostly because I believe that you should have a fair chance to present your ideas as a candidate in an active by-election without being challenged or questioned or the like every time you put your views forward so people know what you're about. So I'm kind of just letting you have your say without approving or disapproving or taking a position right now, so don't take it personal that I've been ignoring that part of your posts :)

Mad Hatter
06-29-2014, 11:16 PM
So the bi-elections are set to be held in all ridings. Tomorrow. When most people will be on vacation. Not at the polls. Well Mr. Harper. This is either a really smart move on your part or it will backfire in your face. Just sayin'.