If you get a chance, be sure to check out the mind-blowing exchange over the Tuesday Alberta by-elections that took place during the "At Issue" panel discussion on the National last night. On the strength of the Calgary-Elbow results [discussed here], Chantal Hébert chose Kevin Taft as her pick for the biggest "Future Newsmaker" of the next 12 months ("I looked up his name!"), which, since I have a lot of respect for Chantal Hébert, fills me with terror at the possibility that I may at some time have written or said something equally preposterous about Quebec politics. CBC panelists aren't placed under oath or anything before the broadcast: a little silliness is allowable. But they proceeded to crank up the surrealism when Allan Gregg asked "Yeah, when was the last time the Liberals won a seat in Calgary?" and Ms. Hébert replied "I think 36 years was what I saw." The Liberals currently hold three Calgary seats in the legislature, so this answer was only off by a factor of about ten.
But Jim Dinning, wherever he may be, will no doubt be comforted to hear that both these experts on Alberta politics are in complete agreement that the Conservative Party picked the wrong guy. [þ: Bryan Rogers]