Mason kicks off Calgary campaign



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Alberta New Democrat Leader Brian Mason was in Calgary yesterday to kick off the party’s campaign for the city.


Alberta New Democrat Leader Brian Mason brought his voice for ordinary families to the city yesterday as the party kicked off its Calgary campaign — on the fourth day of the election.

Mason rallied his city candidates with a message of sweeping change coming to Calgary.

"I think Calgary is tired from electing wall-to-wall Conservatives with the odd little (Alberta) Liberal thrown in now and again," said Mason. "The Stelmach government’s history of neglect needs to be challenged."

The New Democrat leader faced a barrage of questions about his party’s relevancy in Alberta.

"I am here to tell you the NDP is going to win seats in Calgary in this election," Mason stated.

Tim Stock-Bateman, NDP candidate in Calgary-Varsity, told Metro there has never been a more opportune time for his party in Calgary.

"I think it’s more realistic now than it has been in a long, long time," he said.

"Now more than ever, Calgarians are asking questions that are shaping the community… and when they start looking for the answers to those questions, I think they find the answers in the NDP."

Meanwhile, the game plan for the Alberta Liberal Party was climate change and delivering a Red Deer and rural agenda.

The rural agenda was highlighted by Alberta Liberal Leader Kevin Taft’s assertion that his party would re-regulate electricity in order to protect rural Albertans from skyrocketing energy costs.

Alberta Progressive Conservative leader Ed Stelmach was in Red Deer announcing a 10 per cent increase in the tax credit for day-care costs, along with the income ceiling for credits.

Stelmach also talked of increasing day-care spaces by 14,000 over the next three years.