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Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley’s demand for a pipeline quid pro quo demonstrates the steely side of Alberta’s premier

PHOTOS: Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley. Below: Peter Lougheed, Alberta’s first Progressive Conservative premier, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his father, the late prime minister Pierre Trudeau. GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alberta Rachel Notley’s decision yesterday to make support for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan put a national price on carbon conditional on getting a pipeline approved . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley’s demand for a pipeline quid pro quo demonstrates the steely side of Alberta’s premier

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and Abraham Lincoln’s Ominous Warning

There have been quite a few stories and cartoons in the media recently, wondering what Abraham Lincoln, if he was alive today, would say about the dangerous demagogue Donald Trump.All seem to agree that the Great Emancipator wouldn't be impressed…. . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and Abraham Lincoln’s Ominous Warning

Alberta Politics: Justin Trudeau’s victory speech was generous, but toughly repudiated Stephen Harper’s divisive rule

PHOTOS: Justin Trudeau addresses supporters in Montreal last night in this screen shot from the CBC’s broadcast of the prime minister elect’s victory speech. Below: the Trudeaus, son and father. Justin Trudeau’s victory speech last night touched a gracious note of tribute to the losers, especially the evening’s principal loser, Stephen Harper, as such speeches . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Justin Trudeau’s victory speech was generous, but toughly repudiated Stephen Harper’s divisive rule

Alberta Politics: Thomas Mulcair comes to Edmonton bringing the promise of flinty eyed fixes to our national malaise

PHOTOS: NDP supporters lined up to take selfies with the man they hope will be the next prime minister of Canada. And if Thomas Mulcair wasn’t available, as below, there was always his bearded visage on the side of a bus for a selfie. Bottom: Mr. Mulcair, still smiling, as he leaves the Shaw Conference . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Thomas Mulcair comes to Edmonton bringing the promise of flinty eyed fixes to our national malaise

Alberta Politics: Memo from The Old Copy Editor: The offensive flag in question is not ‘the Stars ‘n’ Bars’

PHOTOS: An offensive symbol on the front of a Canadian truck, right here in Alberta. The Old Copy Editor reminds readers that this is not the Stars ’n’ Bars. Below: HMCS Iroquois back in the day when she still had a gun on her foredeck. The Old Copy Editor reminds readers that there is no . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Memo from The Old Copy Editor: The offensive flag in question is not ‘the Stars ‘n’ Bars’

Alberta Diary: Nelson Mandela: ‘An international emblem of dignity and forbearance’

Nelson Mandela, in about 1964.

Nelson Mandela is the father of modern South Africa, but he belongs to all humanity now, and all of humanity seems ready to embrace him at last.

The New York Times accurately observed that Mr. Mandela, who died today at the great age of 95, had become “an . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Nelson Mandela: ‘An international emblem of dignity and forbearance’

drive-by planet: Dakota ‘Trail of Tears’ march in Minnesota: setting the historical record straight

In November of last year in Minnesota native Americans and supporters took part in a trek known as the Dakota Commemorative March – the 10th year it has been reenacted. Minnesota’s ‘Trail of Tears’ pays tribute to the 1,700 Dakota captives, mostly women and children, who were force marched 150-miles from the Lower Sioux . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Dakota ‘Trail of Tears’ march in Minnesota: setting the historical record straight

Alberta Diary: Tales from the political root cellar: Alberta’s liberal War on Spuds and the Harper election strategy

David Swann in Alberta’s political root cellar, contemplating all those potatoes. Actual Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: The real David Swann, Alberta’s likely reaction to his quixotic efforts.

Perhaps it’s just as well that Dr. David Swann, former leader of the Alberta Liberals still toiling away as MLA for . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Tales from the political root cellar: Alberta’s liberal War on Spuds and the Harper election strategy

Left Over: On Irony….

It is more than just a little ironic that the first black president in US history is hesitant about giving support to the concept of legalizing, or legitimizing, the right to universal marriage .

I hate the term ‘gay’ used as some sort of blanket coverage for LGBT issues, as if such a light-hearted term . . . → Read More: Left Over: On Irony….

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Thomas Mulcair? We can’t spare that man. He fights!

Ulysses S. Grant, exactly as he appeared. Below: Thomas Mulcair (from a Toronto Star photo), for comparative purposes; President Lincoln.

I like Thomas Mulcair for the same reason Abraham Lincoln liked Ulysses S. Grant.

As President Lincoln famously said of Gen. Grant, the Commanding General of the Union Army in America’s great Civil War: . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Thomas Mulcair? We can’t spare that man. He fights!