POLITICS
04/22/2012 04:30 EDT | Updated 06/21/2012 05:12 EDT

A look at the sound bites from a wild 28-day Alberta election campaign

EDMONTON - A look at Alberta's wild 28-day election campaign through sound bites:

"We've met before but never under circumstances like this." — Premier Alison Redford to Lt.-Gov. Don Ethell as he signs the paperwork calling the election for April 23. March 26.

___

"I would move the wheels down." — Jay Leno commenting on the original paint job for the Wildrose bus, featuring a smiling Danielle Smith on the side, the dual wheels of the bus right bellow her neckline. March 26.

___

"I think it's about the future, understanding that we're a different community, that we're a different society, that we have the opportunity to make some really wise and long-term decisions that will change the character of our province." — Redford when asked about her Progressive Conservatives. March 27.

"I think Ms. Redford doesn't like Alberta all that much." — Smith's take on Redford's comment. March 28.

___

"I made a mistake on these issues and now I'm fixing them." — Redford declaring unconditional surrender on the so-called no-meet committee, ordering members to pay back the money they received. March 29.

___

"If electDanielle likes young and growing families so much, why doesn't she have children of her own?" — Conservative staffer Amanda Wilkie tweet. March 30.

"After a few years we sought help from the Calgary Regional Fertility Clinic. I appreciated the support and assistance of the caring staff as we went through tests and treatments, but in the end we were not successful." — Smith, in a news release, the following day talking about how she and her husband could not have children. Wilkie resigned. March 31.

___

"No I'm not, but I am frightened." — Redford when asked if she is fear-mongering going after the Wildrose on conscience rights and the public funding for abortions. April 5.

"When our members elected me they knew they were electing a candidate that was pro-choice and pro-gay marriage." — Smith at a candidates forum in her constituency as social issues continue to dog her campaign. April 10.

___

"As politicians we agree to disagree — that's what democracy is about — but we stand together against violence.'' — Redford responding to reports that Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk was punched by a voter while campaigning in his constituency. April 7.

"I'm 67 years old, I've got severe asthma, I'm in the final stages of liver failure. I don't know how much longer I've got to live. I couldn't punch my way out of a wet paper bag." — Al Michalchuk in denying he hit Lukaszuk. April 7.

___

"I want them to think about it and I want them to listen carefully to what Alison Redford is saying, to reflect on what I've been saying, to look forward to an Alberta in the future." — Former Tory premier Peter Lougheed, urging Conservatives who have left for the Wildrose to come back. April 13.

___

"You see, you can live the way you were born, and if you die the way you were born then you will suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire, hell, a place of eternal suffering." — Wildrose candidate Allan Hunsperger in a year-old church blog post speaking about gay people.

"I fully support equality for all people, and condemn any intolerance based on sexual orientation or any other personal characteristic." — Hunsperger after the blog post made headlines. April 15.

"I don't think there's any place in our province for homophobia and or diminishing the value of any group to the greater good of our city and our society." — Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel on Hunsperger's comments. April 18.

___

"We have always said the science isn't settled." — Smith in an online debate facing a question about climate change. April 16.

"I wonder if she thinks the flat Earth debate is settled?" — University of Alberta ecologist David Schindler. April 17.

___

"I think as a Caucasian I have an advantage. When different community leaders such as a Sikh leader or a Muslim leader speaks, they really speak to their own people in many ways. As a Caucasian, I believe that I can speak to all the community." — Wildrose candidate Ron Leech in a radio interview. He later apologized saying he misspoke. April 15.

"All I'm saying is don't say 'I shouldn't have said offensive thing.' Say 'I don't actually believe it!'" — Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi on Twitter criticizing Leech's retraction. April 18.

___

"Do we really have to vote for two false choices — a bunch of bullies who've been wrecking our health and education ... systems, and a bunch of bigots, who want to further wreck our health and education systems?" — Liberal Leader Raj Sherman in a leaders forum at CBC. April 19.

"I take it personally when accusations of racism and bigotry are aimed at me and at my party. Let me be perfectly clear — a Wildrose government will not tolerate discrimination against any individual on the basis of ethnicity, religion, beliefs, background, disability or sexual orientation ... period." — Smith responding to her critics. April 20.

___