now the party is choosing a new leader today to replace him. The new leader will either be former TV host Danielle Smith (pictured) or Calgary chiropractor Mark Dyrholm, and the race is being watched closely because there's a growing sense that this party could be the bunch that could finally topple the Tories after 38 years in power. And Alberta political history is rife with stories of parties coming out of nowhere to sweep incumbent governments out of power. So it's a big day for politics in Alberta, too. Don Braid has a live blog of the leadership vote on right now.Over in Alberta the rising upstart Wildrose Alliance party is making a lot of noise as an alternative to the unpopular Ed Stelmach PC government, a government a lot of conservatives aren't happy with because they think it isn't very conservative these days. The Wildrose Alliance's outgoing leader recently won a big byelection, and
I kinda wish I was covering one of these leadership things this weekend - these are the types of events political reporters live for and they are pretty darned interesting to follow.
Instead, this week I have been covering a sleep-inducing municipal election where the big issue is whether the community can afford to build a multipurpose facility. Now, that's what I call excitement. Woo hoo!!