Thursday 3 September 2009

DCU – "Decline Comment Urquhart"

DCU – Some might say those are Diane Colley-Urquhart’s initials, but almost daily now we are seeing examples that it really stands for “Decline Comment Urquhart”.


Ald. Colley-Urquhart shuts out FFWD

Posted April 20, 2009 by Jeremy Klaszus in Klaszus Corner

Ald. Diane Colley-Urquhart told me this morning that she doesn't want to be interviewed by me anymore.


August 15, 2009

Her own comments disappear into the internet abyss.


August 24, 2009

She blocks individuals from following her on Twitter.


August 28, 2009
CTV Calgary

CTV News tried to talk to PC candidate Diane Colley-Urquhart about Alberta's current financial situation and whether the growing deficit was having an impact on her campaign. We were told she was too busy to speak to us.

September 3, 2009
CBC Calgary

Although she didn't want to give up her Ward 13 seat on council, she did say she would take a leave of absence once the byelection in Calgary-Glenmore was called.

Colley-Urquhart has since changed her mind and she isn't commenting on her decision.



  1. I listened to Diane on 770 today stating she gave back $5000 of her salary back to the city. How long has she been campaigning? Is this all we pay our Alderman for the months she has been working on her campaign or is there some type of reason she feels the people of ward 13 to cover the rest of the campaign time? Seems to think she is entitled for some reason, or not too sure of the outcome of the by election anymore. Which do you think it is?

  2. I like the PC's campaign method, just shut up and ride the PC wave into office.. Its sad when people just vote the brand and not the person..It really shows a lack of real representation, and even voting for an indivual candidate, essentially gets you nothing.

  3. Altruist,

    She claims to have been campaigning since mid-June. There is also documented evidence of her attending City functions (ie: Methadone meeting) in July and most recently at an event with Harper (her as deputy mayor).

    I wonder if her campaign is also paying her a salary?

    I am sure they are doing polling (just as we are) so they must know it is not looking that great for them.

  4. @ Anon,

    The tide is going out on the PC wave.

  5. Other Alderman have not resigned from council when they ran for provincial office, Richard Magnus and Yvonne Fritz are two names that come to mind. So what's the big deal?

  6. @ Anon 10:57

    There are a couple things. She has flip flopped on the issue. And the whole optics of it is in very poor taste.

    You think she should justify her behavior because "others have done it"? WOW. Ok then, where is her line? Just how far will she go because "others have done it".

    Just because others do something, it does not make it "right".

  7. I have been provided a very interesting document, so I will be posting more on this later today.

  8. I'm very pleased she's giving back her salary for the campaign. Shows a lot of integrity. So what if she was campaigning before - this happens in the evenings and public officials are entitled to their own time.

  9. Anon @10:57: For me the big deal is this: when we asked, she is on record as saying that she was going to take a leave of absence. Now she is not, and will not give a reason. I am a voter in Ward 13, and if she runs for city council next year this will be a big deal for me in casting my ballot.

  10. @Jane Morgan 11:38
    No I never said that, I think she should have made it VERY clear that she was taking a LOA and paying back her salary.

    I was simply pointing out that it has happened before yet you (by you I mean the bloggers and media) are all making it seem like this is the first even through there is a precedence of it happening.

    @altapo so if she did take a LOA you would be ok with that? And you won't have to vote for her in ward 13 next year as she'll be an MLA by then.

  11. We (bloggers) are making a big deal of it because she flip flopped.

    Originally she said she was taking a leave of absence and next thing we know she is back in her role as Deputy Mayor.

    As I previously pointed out, just because it was done before does not make it right.

    And your final comment about her being MLA made me LOL.

  12. Anon @1:19. She said on the radio she was giving back $5,000. She has been campaigning since June, and I think we pay aldermen more than $1600 per month. Plus the expense accounts...

    Anon @2:12. I respect people who follow through when they give their word, so no, I wouldn't hold it against her if she had taken a leave of absence. I still wouldn't vote for her, because I don't like her party's policies or record in office, but following through would have made this a non-issue.

    And I'm expecting to have a chance to vote on this when she's still sitting as an alderman in 2010.

  13. "Conservative candidate Diane Colley-Urquhart was not available for comment."