The “big story” this week is one that may have long-term implications. Of course, I’m talking about the Edmonton Oilers literally defying the odds and winning the no. 1 NHL draft pick for 2015. This is a big deal because the kid who will be the no. 1 pick, Connor McDavid, is apparently a “generational” . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 14: Oilers get lucky; Hillary hits the road.
The halo over Jim Prentice is getting more and more tarnished. Prentice, who has been on a PR offensive over his upcoming budget and unnecessary and illegal election, put his foot in it on CBC Radio on Thursday. Prentice told listeners that when it comes to Alberta’s economic woes, everyone is to blame; or, as . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff happens, week 9: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the dumbest of them all?
Ah, politics. It has the potential to inspire, and an even greater potential to inspire derisive laughter or fits of rage. Here, for your reading and enraging enjoyment, are my choices for the top 10 political blunders of 2012, local edition.
1. Allan Hunsperger and the ‘lake of fire’
In the April provincial election, the . . . → Read More: In This Corner: The year in political bloopers.
One hundred and twenty-three thousand, seven hundred and seventeen.
That’s not the number of votes the Alberta Liberals got in the not-so historic election of 2012 — that’s the number of votes the Liberals LOST from the 2008 election.
The final Liberal vote count was slightly better than half that of the 2008 election; 251,158 . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Whither the Liberals: a post-mortem
Well, this is actually a half-satisfying morning for me – one I haven’t had in Canadian political affairs for quite awhile.
First, the Ontario Liberals and NDP came to an agreement yesterday that will allow the Ontario Liberals Budget to pass, and avert an election a mere 6 months after the last one. The key . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Sanity prevails in both Ontario and Alberta.
Just stepped off an interstellar Greyhound from Alpha Centauri, AB? Alberta Diary is here to help. Toronto media here to cover the campaign may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Tom Flanagan.
As the 2012 Alberta election campaign moves through its final 24 hours this Sabbath day, all party leaders are hard at work, . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Alberta campaign ends with all-party disobedience of Fourth Commandment
The majority of Albertans are finding themselves dissatisfied with a Redford government they see as wasteful and bulky, and are savouring the opportunity for change. The last time citizens were upset to this degree with the Progressive Conservatives, they seriously considered a Liberal government in 1993, boosting the Grit seat count from eight to thirty-two, . . . → Read More: centerandleft: Wildrose Modernization of Democracy
Important note: The following blog is intended only for people who usually vote Liberal, but who are thinking of switching their vote to either the PCs (to stop the Wildrose) or to the Wildrose (to defeat the PCs). Unwavering PC supporters, bedrock Wildrose supporters and compulsive NDP backers, please leave the virtual room. This blog . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Now is the time for all good Liberals to come to the aid of their party.
Today, for your amusement/outrage, your humble correspondent presents MLAs Behaving Badly. By sheer coincidence, all of the MLAs in this blog are PCs. Seriously, it’s just a coincidence.
The first example of an MLA Behaving Badly was widely reported: Thomas ‘Tommy Boy’ Lukaszuk’s run-in with a constituent. You remember the story. Lukaszuk . . . → Read More: In This Corner: MLAs Behaving Badly.
The other day, one of my sons (the one who actually knows there’s an election going on) asked me which I would prefer: a Progressive Conservative government, or a Wildrose government.
I had time to think about my answer, as the mere thought of that Sophie’s Choice resulted in a prolonged bout of vomiting. After . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Wildrose or PCs? Having fingernails pulled out, or toenails?
OK, PC party, listen up.
I’ve been cheering for your demise ever since Peter Lougheed stepped down, so I really shouldn’t be giving you any advice. And please, don’t take this as any kind of endorsement.
But seriously, people. You guys just do NOT know how to campaign.
I mean, c’mon. You’ve got one of . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Memo to PCs: Here’s how to go negative on Danielle Smith
Albertans pay little attention to politics at the best of times. Even during elections, the public shows little interest until about two weeks before the vote.
Well, here we are, about two weeks before the vote. Let the real campaign begin.
For the crafty, well-financed and nasty Wildrose party, the next two weeks is where . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Let the pushback begin: Wildrose in the crosshairs
Ah, election time. The promises are flying, candidates come out of hiding, and the lowly, forgotten voter becomes the belle of the ball.
The election is underway, so let the blogging begin!
I Call Bullshit On That #1: Alison Redford came out swinging at the Wildrose, saying the party killed the Education Act. “We didn’t . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Election Day 1: The BS hits the fan