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Greg Clark shines a light on NDP's biggest scandal

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With the exception of Edmonton’s 21 seats in the 2015 Alberta provincial election, many of the NDP candidates won their seats because of vote splitting on the right between the Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose — something that has largely been eliminated by the creation of the United Conservative Party.

There were a few Calgary MLAs who won their seats outright where the split votes didn’t play a role in their victory, including the gentlemanly Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann, who is not running again in this election, former Calgary city councillor Joe Ceci, Alberta’s current finance minister, and Greg Clark of the Alberta Party.

Clark, the incumbent in Calgary-Elbow, pulled in 8,707 votes in 2015 to the PCs’ 6,254 votes and the Wildrose’s 1,786. In other words, he beat the combined vote total of those two party’s candidates by 667 votes.

Clark is hoping to be re-elected, and if his performance Thursday at an all-candidates’ forum is any indication, he stands a good chance.

First, he actually showed up for the forum put on by the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University. Two of the other candidates did not — the Liberal party’s Robin MacIntosh was apparently in Toronto on a business trip and was replaced by that party’s candidate for Calgary-Currie, Josh Codd, who did an admirable job. The UCP’s Doug Schweitzer, who ran for the leadership of the UCP and placed a distant third, put out a statement saying he’s looking forward to debate the other candidates on April 11 at Elbow Park School, but didn’t provide........

© Calgary Herald