Slap Upside The Head: Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives Finally Acknowledge Their Progressive Side

Alberta Premier Alison Redford took part in Edmonton’s annual Pride parade earlier this month, making her the province’s first premier to ever participate in a Pride event. While this might seem awfully late compared to other provinces, it’s actually a pretty big deal for Alberta. When I left Alberta in the mid-2000s, premier Ralph Klein ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: National Post poll bad news for Alberta Tories … in the unlikely event it’s right

A word of advice, boys: don’t bet all your kibbles on the results of a one-day demon-dialer poll! Alberta political analysts or the chances they take may not be exactly as illustrated. Toronto’s National Post – or, as I prefer to think of it, the National Pest – states in its meta tags that it’s ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Listen up, people! Hear the entire mystery push-poll for yourself

Your Voice Alberta pollsters somewhere in Alberta get ready to call you with the latest information about Alison Redford. Alberta push-pollers, of course, may not be exactly as illustrated. Click below and hear the push poll for yourself: Push-Poll Questions by djclimenhaga Well, we may not exactly be running the NSA, CHHQ or even the ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Wildrose leader nails the problem – but not the solution – with Calgary’s shortage of health professionals

The “Calgary South Health Campus” rises from a field in Calgary’s southeast corner. Below: Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith, Tory Health Minister Fred Horne, radio host Dave Rutherford. I just hate to agree with Danielle Smith. Regular readers of this blog will understand why I’m uncomfortable finding myself on the same side of any issue as ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Never mind the media narrative… the real fight’s between the NDP and the Wildrose!

NDP supporters in the streets of Edmonton. Caution, Alberta crowds may not be exactly as illustrated, and neither may Alberta polls. Below: Brian Mason; Queen Victoria and Prime Minister William Gladstone – cabinet making was always tough. A poll by conducted during the weekend that the Tories were selecting Alison Redford as their leader illustrates ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Alison Redford’s premiership wrong-footed on Day 2 by brutal Calgary Sun story

The Calgary Sun’s front page Saturday morning. Below: Sun columnist Rick Bell; Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi; a technician demonstrates the proper procedure for handling a typical Sun story. Has former Alberta premier Ed Stelmach’s bad luck rubbed off on newly installed Premier Alison Redford? She’s been premier for, what? … two days now, and the ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Alison Redford sworn in as premier and … uh … that’s all for now

Alison Redford, the 14th premier of Alberta, raises her right hand and promises to be different from the last Conservative premier. Below, she greets well-wishers as she leaves the Legislature with her family. Now that Alison Redford has been safely sworn in as Alberta’s first woman premier, the fun can really begin.The gloves can come ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Will Gary Mar reinvent the Alberta Tories? Fat chance!

Gary Mar at the wheel of the new, improved, “reinvented” Alberta Conservative Party. Alberta politicians and the parties they lead may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Mar, Ralph Klein and a Tory electoral strategist speaking with an Alberta voter about reinvention. One of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives’ key talking points is that every ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Where will Gary run? A good question to ask on the campaign trail…

Conservative front-runner Gary Mar may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Mar announcing his plans to run for Tory leader on March 17 in Edmonton; Ron Liepert, looking very much as if he didn’t want to be photographed, at Mr. Mar’s announcement. Now that his leadership of the Alberta Conservative Party is all but ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The ‘Freddy Lee’ Loser Factor: Albertans plain didn’t like a sneak

Finalists Gary Mar, Alison Redford and Doug Horner. The remaining Alberta Progressive Conservative candidates are, well, pretty much exactly as illustrated! Below: Dr. Freddy Lee Morton. Never mind the winner. Yeah, Calgary lawyer Gary Mar got way more votes than anyone else – enough to clinch it decisively had Alberta’s Conservative leadership ballot count last ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Strange Case of Dr. Morton and Mr. Lee … not to mention that of Mr. Sparrow

Dr. Morton and Mr. Lee. Note that Alberta political aspirants may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Ryan Sparrow with some guy on a plane; the real Freddy Lee. Having been accused of getting up to something with a real government of Alberta email account and a not-quite-so-real name, Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Freddy Lee ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Ted Morton says everybody does it? Well, stand up straight Alberta, and listen to your mother!

Do what your mama tells you! Below: My Mom, circa 1937; Ted Morton; Charles Rusnell. It’s been a few hours now since a CBC investigative reporter revealed that front-running Conservative leadership candidate Ted Morton used a fake name on a real government email address to evade Freedom of Information searches and had government documents pertaining ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Canadian Federation of Independent Business: another AstroTurf organization attacking the interests of its own members

Alberta small businesses: not helped by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Below: The CFIB’s Dan Kelly, the CLC’s Ken Georgetti. Why does the so-called Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses push a far-right agenda that benefits the country’s richest corporations and individuals at the expense of independent businesses?Well, it’s not that complicated, really. Like the ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: A half dozen harsh truths about Alberta politics in the summer of 2011

Alberta political analysts discuss the results of the latest Environics poll of voter intentions, although perhaps not exactly as illustrated. Below: Brian Mason, as likely to be Opposition leader as … Danielle Smith (David Cournoyer photo). Now that the air is clouded with spin, let’s review the results of the Environics poll published by a ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Ted Morton can 4GEDIT, this vanity plate idea is just 2DUM2LV

Ted Morton’s vanity plate idea, photo grabbed from the Calgary Herald, which won’t mind because they’ve been attracting readers by linking to my blog. Below: New Hampshire vanity plate: “Live free or die,” Freddy Lee Morton with gun. Holy Cow! Holy sheep, actually. If you wondered what uber-right-wing Tory leadership candidate Ted Morton’s been plotting ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Build schools and lay off teachers? Hey, it’s the Alberta way!

New school. Lots of students. No teachers. What’s your problem? Below: Ed Stelmach, Dave Hancock. Does it seem odd to you that Alberta’s Conservative government would be spending more than half a billion dollars to build new schools at the same time as it’s squeezing school board budgets and forcing the layoff of hundreds of ...