Calgary Grit: Canada Day Quiz

We all know him as “Justin Trudeau’s father” today, but there was a time when Pierre was just a lowly Justice Minister, needing 4 ballots to win the party’s leadership. Test your political skills with this 10-question quiz about the present – and the past – of Canadian politics. 1. You may not be aware ...

Calgary Grit: Old Habits Die Hard

“I’d like to thank the voters, my volunteers, and, of course, David McGuinty.” In all my years blogging about Calgary politics, I never thought “Liberals blow by-election” is a story I’d have to write. “Liberals lose” is a common headline for a party that hasn’t won a seat in Calgary since 1968, during the height ...

Calgary Grit: Battleground Calgary Centre

“Harvey’s a great guy – for an Albertan” Voters in Durham, Victoria, and Calgary Centre head to the polls tonight in what were originally pegged as three “safe” by-elections. The story appears to be following the script in Durham and Victoria but, unexpectedly, Calgary Centre has become the riding to watch. When Lee Richardson resigned ...

Calgary Grit: Role Reversal

Now I know how Conservative candidates running in tight Ontario races must feel whenever Rob Anders opens his mouth during a federal election campaign: Rae forced to apologize after David McGuinty says Alberta Tories should ‘go home’ Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae has apologized for a colleague who suggested Alberta Conservative MPs are shills for ...

Calgary Grit: Liberal Heartland Calgary

Like most Liberal campaigns launched in Calgary, Martha Hall Findlay’s leadership bid is a longshot. Wednesday was not a typical day for Calgary Grits. While leadership candidates must all fly into town, knowing the party’s weighted-by-riding leadership system makes a vote there far more valuable than a vote in Toronto, I have never seen a ...