So far, the number of Tweets is very light. I expect that to pick up in 15 minutes. I'll be tweeting about the social media aspects of the leadership debate. #pcldr #pcdb8
moments away from the live debate on Global. My counterpart Chris Bassett from Calgary will be in studio, and I'll be watching from the Global Newsroom
Some of the hashtags to follow (or use) for tonight's leadership debate: #pcdb8 #pcldr #ableg. Some people use them all of them and include #yeg or #yyc for their local city. Others use more colorful hashtags that include their political agenda or message.
I could be corrected, but I believe that this is the first televised debate of a party's leadership in Canada. Federal debates have been covered, but not provincial ones. Usually only electoral debates are covered. Only in Alberta.
Good luck to Vassy, Gord and Gord with their role tonight. Let's get some sizzle
No orange tie for Mar, no blue scarf for Horner.
Those watching the live Internet streaming event are several seconds ahead of the live television feed. #pcdb8
In most debates, the candidates are not allowed notes. All of the candidates are using notes for their opening statement. Given the amount of time they have been campaigning, would they not have memorized it?
Alison gets into health care right away
Gary Mar says he's not afraid to bring up a debate on health care - will that follow through after the election if he's in charge?
Mar defends public health, while allowing for more privatized delivery of health care services. Redford and Horner argue that increasing privatization will damage public system.
Is the issue the amount of health care spending or how that money is spent? While any of them get into the allegations of politicization of health care that Stephen Duckett has put forward, ie., a new hospital in Sherwood Park when Edmonton is 10 minutes away, the "Noah's Ark" syndrome of duplicating services for Edmonton and Calgary, etc..
some fireworks over health care
Gary Mar just pointed out his two opponents could have fixed the Health quality Council problem while a member of government - but does he want an inquiry?
All of them want a stronger Health Quality Council. Yet all of them played a role in its creation and operation. Mar created it. Horner was deputy premier. Redford was also in cabinet for three years. Which of the three is most credible as the agent of change for the Health Quality Council?
More fireworks in this debate, then in the previous forums, the Herald online debate, or Primetime Alberta's debate. Something about standing behind a podium with a larger audience....
Redford's answer on education sounds like a future minister to me!