On October 16-19, Federal Director John Williamson and Alberta Director Scott Hennig helped mentor me (new Saskatchewan Director Lee Harding) on a four-day Alberta tour.
Global TV filmed John as the federal throne speech came down. We ate Japanese food with Dave Maclean that evening and were surprised as the wall of the booth next door collapsed on top of patrons. John's cell phone hardly stopped ringing that day or the next.
On day two, John was interviewed for the morning show for City TV in Edmonton (and Calgary via live feed). Then we headed over to get interviewed by Global. The National Post had us smiling as John's praise of the throne speech was featured on the front page.
The biggest highlight of Day 3 was the Rutherford show on QR77 in Calgary. Dave Rutherford had just finished giving Ussal Dosanjh a hard time for criticizing the Conservatives intentions to get tough on crime and cut the GST. As it ended, Rutherford said, "That was Ussal Dosanjh who for some reason is always on this program." Rutherford is definitely in his element as a radio host.
I watched from the control room where a technician asked me all kinds of questions about Regina, having been yet another one of Saskatchewan's best export: people.
The rest of the time was spent meeting columnists, going to an editorial board meeting, and enjoying Alberta's fine cuisine. We rounded off our journey on the fourth day in Red Deer with a field meeting.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
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