Rob Breakenridge: Citizens’ Election Panel on 770 CHQR

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announces election
Alberta’s NDP leader Rachel Notley dropped the writ on Tuesday, March 19 at the National Music Centre in Calgary.

Alberta’s upcoming election campaign promises to be a campaign like no other.

The NDP are seeking an historic second term in office and the newly created UCP is looking to form government for the first time.

The differences in philosophy and vision couldn’t be starker and, with the precarious state of Alberta’s economy, this election represents an important decision as to which direction we choose to take the province.

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The stakes are high and, as such, Albertans are likely to be far more engaged in this campaign than they have been in quite some time.

Certainly from our perspective, we have an obligation to deliver extensive, engaging and meaningful coverage of the election and the issues being discussed. That means, among other things, hearing from the politicians, the pollsters, the policy experts and the pundits.

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This time, however, we want to hear from the average Albertan.

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Our talk shows obviously are designed to incorporate listener feedback through phone calls, texts, social media and email. We want to go a little deeper, though.

We will have four members of the public be a part of our election coverage by sitting on our 770 CHQR Citizens’ Election Panel.

Once a week throughout the campaign, we’ll bring the panel in for an hour to have a conversation about the issues being discussed – and the issues being ignored – on the campaign trail.

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I really think this will offer a unique and insightful snapshot of how the average voter feels about the parties, the leaders, the candidates, and the issues.

Tune in to Global News Radio 770 CHQR on March 28, April 4 and April 11 at 1 p.m. to hear the Citizens’ Election Panel.