October 12, 2018 12:00 pm
Updated: October 12, 2018 8:51 pm

Bob Layton: The company you keep

WATCH ABOVE: Months before Albertans head to the polls, Bob Layton has some advice for UCP candidates: "You'll be known by the company you keep."

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As we head for the Alberta spring election, with past polls favouring the United Conservative Party, the question is how big of a “bozo bump” it would take to knock the Jason Kenney car off the road to the legislature.

READ MORE: Poll shows UCP would ‘easily win’ Alberta election today


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The NDP, always on the look-out for a bozo eruption, have now come close with a bozo interruption at a bar, where members of the Soldiers of Odin posed for pictures with Conservatives, who later said they did not know who the Soldiers of Odin were.

READ MORE: UCP clarifies its position after candidates pose for photos with the Soldiers of Odin

The NDP accused the UCP members of running with bigots and anti-immigrants.

READ MORE: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley calls on UCP Leader Jason Kenney to stop ‘dog-whistle’ politics

I don’t know if Conservative voters even care about seemingly desperate NDP criticisms, but these UCP political beginners may want to look up the history of the Soldiers of Odin and where and especially why they started.

Otherwise, these members run the risk of being treated like children again, with Premier Notley chastising them like she was their mother, as we saw this week.

READ MORE: Alberta premier calls on UCP leader to address candidates who ‘espouse hate’ in any form

And, remember the words of your own mother, who may have told you, you will be known by the company you keep.

Let me know what you think.

Bob Layton is the news manager of the Corus Edmonton group of radio stations.

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