How did so many get it so wrong in Alberta – especially the pollsters? That seems to be the question that everyone is asking today.
Or all the above?
But speaking of the Flintstones, a side story to this disaster is the crystallization of the fact that print media is a dinosaur in the age of the internet.
Today’s print edition of the National Post is a snapshot of what could have happened if the Wildrose had won. All the stories seem to be running with that premise. Obviously the deadline approached before anyone there had any inkling that the Alberta PC party would defy the pollsters and march to victory.
So the front page boasts a column by Andrew Coyne – “Wildrose changed political game”. It begins, “Unless something astonishing happens, the Wildrose Party will form the next govenrment of Alberta.” Well it did and they didn’t.
But whereas the print media may be a dinosaur today, Danielle Smith and the Wildrose Party may actually be ahead of their time. Perhaps a little smoothing out the rough edges is in order, but they are still a force to be reckoned with.
And perhaps next time the good people of Alberta will realize that real change means kicking the bums out.
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John Ivison: ‘Devastated’ federal Tories should look on bright side of Wildrose loss – Full comment:
Yet under Wildrose, the imbedded constitutional principle of provinces providing roughly comparable services at roughly comparable levels of taxation would be under threat.
“Equalization and other wealth transfer programs are failed Trudeau-era reforms that are clearly not working as originally intended and do not treat Albertans fairly,” the platform states.
Could this possibly have been one of the reasons that Ontario seemed to get so involved in the Alberta election?
Andrew Coyne: Why I’m no longer making election predictions after Alberta – But will this actually end up in tomorrow’s print edition of the National Post?
Contrast that with Gerry Nicholls who seems somewhat humbled – Read it here first — how I got the election wrong.