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
And now PCs aren't in favour of it and Jean says he's not in favour either. And now fringe groups are trying to get new party formed. You could have three parties fighting over conservative vote. NDP would love this. - Graham
NDP would love to have Wildrose painted extreme like Fildebrandt. - Graham
Audience member interjects what do you think will happen to "kudatah" people. The far-right. Will they get squeezed out? They're a lot more vocal now.
Kim agrees they're more vocal now on Twitter.
Perhaps the right is hoping someone will emerge that can unite them all, and silence those really on the fringe. The trolls. - Kim
By the way, the hashtag for this session is #CAJ16ableg!
The PCs used to play into splits on the left. - Graham
Audience question: living in Toronto, I'm wondering if Rae govt still has any impact here.
First time NDP govt in Nova Scotia also had trouble with economy and ended up in trouble in the next election, says Jason. If Notley can get help from oil prices, and her team can prove they're all competent behind her, then they can win.
A lot of people do think about Rae but are still willing to give NDP a chance. Especially in Edmonton. - Jason
I've heard those comparisons, but you also have a younger population going Bob who? - Kim
I think people in AB realize they've been living pretty well over past 50 years because of high price of oil. Big challenge is taking climate change plan and shifting entire economic lens through which AB sees itself. -Kim
Of course oppo is implying she's responsible for all the layoffs. But if oil went up to $100 a barrel, NDP would be doing very well. Klein was very popular even though he wasn't a very great premier because of price of oil. - Graham
Or if they get a pipeline approved, that'll help NDP. That's one of the contradictions in NDP climate plan, is that it's a loop partly to allow pipelines. - Graham
It's exceedingly hard to predict things in AB. I do think things will shift on the right. Part of me doesn't expect Jean to be in power. - Jason
I'm not willing to write them off, we're way too far away from prov election. How will they manage wildfire, population, economy, pipeline... if you get a picture of Notley in hard hat digging a pipeline... - Kim
If people don't vote for NDP who are they going to vote for? We could see three way split in province with NDP in Edmonton, PCs in Calgary, Wildrose rural. - Graham
And Libs aren't dead in AB yet. That's bad news for NDP, if their vote fragments that way. - Kim
Moderator thanks panelists for sharing their insights. That's all folks!
Thanks for reading along.