New premier facing a challenge
Former Alberta MLA, Len Webber, following his nomination by the federal Conservative Party for Calgary Confederation, vacated the Foothills riding in late September. The riding is being closely watched as Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, vies for the seat in the legislature.
The candidates running for the Calgary Foothills seat are:
Who will ultimately replace Alison Redford?
The Calgary–Elbow riding has been a Progressive Conservative stronghold since it was founded in 1971.
Candidate's platforms are all generally the same with a few variations between parties. Care for seniors, updating Calgary schools, healthcare and maintaining Calgary infrastructure are what the candidates are talking about.
Traditional PC riding up for grabs
The Progressive Conservatives have governed Calgary-West for the better part of 47 years, 19 of which had Peter Lougheed representing this riding as Premier. Between 1993 and 1997, Liberal Danny Dalla-Longa was the MLA in Calgary-West. But the 1997 general election was won handily by the PC's who have remained in this seat ever since.
Calgary West sees five candidates vying for the vacant seat left by Progressive Conservative Ken Hughes who resigned on Sept. 29. The candidates are:
After losing almost 300 lbs, Bill Laplante is more motivated than ever to show people that they can change their lives
It's an all too common story; people decide to lose weight, eat better and focus on their health only to fall back into old routines.
But with radio personality Bill (The Big Man) Laplante, who these days goes by his birth-name, William, that played out resolution meant more than simply staying away from fried food or adding quinoa to his grocery list.
At his heaviest, 707 lbs, Laplante was tired of seeing the inside of a hospital — the fear of death a serious reality.
And with that, he's since lost more than 275 lbs.