Yesterday was April fools day. All the parties in Alberta has some fun except, REDford's PCs.
Alberta political parties tried their hand at humour on Sunday, with a smattering of April Fools’ jokes on a quiet day on the election campaign trail.Election campaigns are long and grueling. Issues are discussed hopefully and sometimes campaigns can turn nasty. So it's nice at least to see some parties take a break and have some fun.
The Liberals issued a news release responding to a made-up PC party plan to build a Calgary airport overpass instead of a tunnel. Attached to the news release is a link to what appears to be the Calgary Herald’s political blog – until you look more closely at the web address.
The Wildrose issued a press release calling for a merger with Saskatchewan to form a new province called Saskberta. The merger would see the capital located in the border town of Lloydminster, which would be renamed Regimonton.
The tongue-in-cheek news release said the merger presents a number of important economic benefits for Alberta, including significantly expanded parking.
“Alberta and Saskatchewan are both blessed with abundant natural resources, which is clearly an area we can better pursue as a single province,” leader Danielle Smith said in the statement. “We also have a shared commitment to eliminate pirate activity on the North Saskatchewan River.”
The Alberta Party announced a plan for reducing congestion on the QE2 with a new “high-speed” gondola connection between Edmonton and Calgary.
The party said the project would be designed to take advantage of corridor that will come with PC government plan for high-voltage transmission lines between Alberta’s two largest cities.
“The towers are already being built to accommodate the transmission lines,” said party leader Glenn Taylor. “We’re simply adding one new line, suspended between the towers. This is a shovel-ready program, no further regulatory approvals would be needed.”
The news release added “according to leading gondola transportation authorities, the commute time could as little as a blazingly fast 7 1/2 hours.”
Probably the best of the April Fools’ Day pranks is the NDP re-posting their video from the 2010 legislature Christmas party as an “attack ad” against the Wildrose. The joke video features NDP Leader Brian Mason in a drill sergeant role, trying to whip Wildrose party members into shape for question period. It will likely be the only time you see the Wildrose members dressed up in NDP orange, or Airdrie Wildrose incumbent Rob Anderson professing his admiration for Tommy Douglas (under duress).
Albertans go to the polls on April 23. (h/t) Calgary Herald
Come on what's wrong with you PCs? Do you have no sense of humor?