You saw that at the beginning. When chiefs of staff got appointed, many ministers had never met them, because Brian Topp appointed them. Envt Minister did a very poor job accounting for her chief of staff for that reason. - Graham
Audience member interjects: how are they doing with competence, outside of ideology?
Many of them really didn't expect to win. Hoffman has done really well. Phillips is very agressive. Day to day some of them are really shining. A lot are still learning the ropes. An example is Bill 6. Premier was a labour lawyer, so they pushed ahead with this, and got themselves in a huge mess by not talking to farmers, and they started blaming civil servants. That to me spoke to an issue where they were so new and incompetent that it's been months and they're still trying to get that on track. -Graham
They lack experience, but here's something they have that prev govts didn't have: education. Almost all have undergrad degrees. Many are multilingual. But other side is some are hardcore Dippers. That's where Bill 6 came from: let's do the right thing, but let's do it at all costs. - Kim
Muni Affairs Minister, I've heard people saying she's doing a solid job with Fort Mac. She's a nurse but she's a quick study. What could be their downfall is ideological commitment. -Kim
Moderator asks what changes they've seen in Notley herself. Kim says when Notley was an MLA, Kim asked her about father's legacy. She doesn't allow herself to be very emotional. She's got an armour around her that still hasn't changed. Still the brightest light in govt. High profile across the country.
Just like when Klein was leader, everything would go back to him. Notley is similarly NDP's best communicator. - Kim
Another thing that has not changed: she wears very neat shoes. Fluevogs. -Kim
She still acts sometimes like she's surprised we're treating her like a Premier. She still says some things that are very flippant. Like touring Fort Mac, she said it looked like something from the Walking Dead, Trudea didn't say anything, and she caught herself. - Graham
She still thinks really fast on her feet. Still learning to be guarded. If they could clone her, they'd definitely win next election. -Graham
Question before was about competence. Well she's very confident. I'll never forget the debate where she was up with three men in dark suits, and she was in cream blazer. I've never seen her buckle under pressure. She always presents confidence. Some of them don't, like Ceci presently info about credit ratings. - Jason
Moderator: Jason what do you think about her image nationally?
I think she's been having more success changing discourse in province than nationally. People are now comfortable AB is talking about climate change. I'm sure oil patch is happy she's still waving pipeline flag. But she's taken off the table the idea that AB is climate change laggard. - Jason
The country likes the idea of AB having different, more modern face. - Jason
Reaction to her at First Minister's meeting was been very positive. Couillard commended her on her leadership role. Even Wynne the other day commented on her leadership in wildfire crisis. - Kim
Remains to be seen how that translates into pipeline convo. -Kim
She doesn't seem to present nervousness, says Graham, but she gets really nervous before things like debate. It's very endearing. You can see her being very human, and rising to the occasion.
She's very well respected outside of province, she's been attacked in AB, but polling has dropped because of price of oil. I get asked all the time is the NDP a one-term govt. I don't know, they have 3 years left. The saving grace for them is opposition, if they can't get act together. - Graham
Moderator: There's been a lot of talk about uniting the right. Talk about that.
There's a good number of conservatives in AB, a big core of people used to being in power, who find this a really parasitic leadership in power, think it's going to be a one term govt. Brian Jean keeps calling them socialist. His favourables aren't that much higher than Notley's though. - Jason
Right is still trying to find their white knight to overpower and overwhelm Notley. A lot of people don't think that's Jean or McIver. - Jason
There are all these unite the right groups. There always used to be a problem with split left, like Libs and AB Party, but those parties seem irrelevant now. - Jason
There's a lot of time left. At this time right is floundering, but there's a lot of time before next election. Already I've heard discourse changing in Leg, I heard an attack from Premier to Jean saying "You're not ready to govern." To me that says they're noticing they have to start fighting back against Wildrose. - Kim
On one of the things I've noticed is that people just add up PC vote and Wildrose, but lots of people who vote for one won't vote for the other. That's a problem for unite the right. - Graham