The Party of Calgary is kaput. As the by-election in Ralph Kleins riding of Calgary Elbow shows.
said one senior Tory strategist. "Here's the [former] premier's riding and nobody wanted to run."
So instead their candidate ran as a Liberal.
And once on the hustings, things were evidently hostile enough that local reporters observed Mr. Heninger on one doorstep remarking that he would personally like to "choke" Mr. Stelmach for crimes against Calgary.
With even their own candidate unable to defend the government record, several Tories admitted ahead of the byelection that the bigger surprise would be if Mr. Heninger somehow managed to prevail.
Why vote for a disgruntled Tory when you can vote for a real Liberal.
Having dominated the province under King Ralph, the Party of Calgary saw a political sea change with the loss of the leadership race by Jim Dinning, the 'liberal' Calgary candidate.
Now the next election portends a Liberal sweep in Calgary and an Opposition sweep in Edmonton between them and the NDP.
Leaving the PC's with the rural ridings. Just like what happened to Harry Strom.
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