Let the games begin, Part Deux

It would seem that the Premier will be actually calling the election today instead of tomorrow so we are officially in election mode in New Brunswick – not that anyone will notice. This is about the best possible time for an incumbant to call an election because people are on vacation and in early September will be getting back into gear -school, work, yard clean up. One of the early posters was right when he/she said this will probably be the lowest voter turn out in years.

For me, I would like to see this election as a referendum on Al Hogan. He started what will undoubtedly be a steady stream of Tory propaganda today with ‘friendly advice’ for Shawn Graham in the We Say. This guy will do everything in his power to get Premier Lord re-elected and may just do it.

I was in a meeting one time and one time only with Al Hogan where he insinuated that he personally brought Camille Theriault down. That was the point when I started to dislike Mr. Hogan – and his systematic avoidance for years of the issues of relevance to the voters of Greater Moncton is unpardonable. He has savaged City Hall about bike trails while praising the Premier’s ‘vision’. He has hammered City Hall about downtown development – irony abounds – but defended the Tory’s provincial record on economic development.

Now, as with Camille, the guns are pointed at Shawn Graham.

Forget Lord or Graham, I think people should vote against Al Hogan on September 17th.

And which ever Irving is at the head of that totem pole should have a long look at what the implications of the T&T editorial style will have on the residents of Greater Moncton. Dumbing down the discourse is an insult to the residents of Greater Moncton. This community does not exist in a vacuum. The economic woes of the rest of the province (save Fredericton) will eventually catch up to Moncton and by that time Al Hogan will be off spewing his partisan vitriol at the readers in Sudbury or Regina.

Heaven help them.

So vote on September 17th. Vote for your favourite candidate – as long as its against Al Hogan.

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0 Responses to Let the games begin, Part Deux

  1. Anonymous says:

    There’s a little added ‘surprise’ in store for Mr. Hogan that you won’t hear about, but you’ll be seeing it on the streets of Moncton, particularly Mr. Lord’s riding. I’ll post it here once its running (and I guess it better be quick)

    I’m not sure which Irving an editor answers to, I know the young Irving in Saint John fired their editor, I don’t know if his position is ‘publisher’ or what.

    But keep in mind Al Hogan is just an Irving soldier. The editors of ALL Irving papers have been fired in the past two years, and Al knows who butters his bread. Lord has done ENORMOUS favours for Irvings that I doubt McKenna would have even considered. No doubt there is a REASON that Al wanted to take down Camille.

    These people often have an inflated sense of their own importance however, the liberals lost ridings all over the place and the liberals had to deal with Ottawa’s massive cuts to social services.

    As I’ve said, if anybody out there gets the paper-hold onto it, I would like the papers from now til the election for study. Newspapers exist under very specific conditions in Canada, what would be interesting is if there were a way to launch a civil suit against Al personally for using his position in such a subjective way. At the very least such things get people’s attention.

    I’ll again mention this to you people out there, a newsletter is a good idea and paying some kid a little to deliver it wouldn’t be a bad idea. The point is, there is a certain percentage that get their info from print, and that percentage needs to go somewhere to get election information.

    In Lord’s riding that percentage is small, in fact our efforts are to just get people out to vote, as they have the lowest voter turnout in the province, and Lord only won by 1000 votes.

    Anyway, things to think about. At the very least, design some posters for your website and stick some around town. You might want to get in touch with the political parties since you are an ‘objective’ source that is no fan of Lord. They would do advertising for you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    And wheres that podcast!

  3. scott says:

    This is about the best possible time for an incumbant to call an election because people are on vacation and in early September will be getting back into gear -school, work, yard clean up.

    Don’t tell that to “Oilcan Ernie” in Ontario. However, I think the Geoff Norquay budget stunt (holding it in Magna auto plant) had more to do with it. That’s just me though.

  4. David Campbell says:


    It’s too bad you’re not blogging on the election. Your knowledge of the nitty gritty aspects of campaigning would make for tasty tidbits on a daily basis. Why not blog? Are you running for office? If so, remember Monte Solberg. His blog played, I think, a support role in his wildly high popularity.

  5. scott says:

    Yeah, I miss Monte’s daily rants about his lawnmowing follies with his supposedly lazy son, banging the door at Timmys frantically at 4 am on a cold Ottawa morning hoping for a caffein fix, fighting with Chuck Strahl about dish duty at their apartment, getting walked by his dog along the canal in Medicine Hat, etc., etc. Not to mention, his satirical comedy about political issues.

    As for me David, I’m seriously burnt out. I have nothing left in the tank to blog. I may be back and I may not?? We’ll see. As for running, no, I have no intention now or in the future to do this. I am happy helping others get elected. That is more fun and less stress.LOL