No one lost or gained much from the Alberta debate, and that’s bad news for Redford: Analysts

Originally posted on National Post | News:

CALGARY — Danielle Smith may have talked her way into the premier’s office by avoiding any major pitfalls in her performance in Thursday’s televised leaders debate, according to some political observers.

The Wildrose party leader is leading in most polls, but it was Progressive Conservative leader Alison Redford — who has held the premier’s office for six months — who had a target on her back for most of the debate, which also included Liberal Raj Sherman and New Democrat Brian Mason.

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Heading into the contest, commentators suggested Redford had to score a decisive victory to change the course of the April 23 election campaign into the Tories’ favour, thus continuing the party’s four-decade run in office.

But several observers said Redford didn’t hit a home run.

“Danielle Smith is the front-runner and she didn’t deliver a knockout punch and she was not knocked out. She won the debate…

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