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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Signs of change are sweeping the nation

The NDP’s historic triumph in Alberta shows that ordinary people can overcome corporate power and effect democratic change, argues environmentalist David Suzuki.

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In This Corner: How to build a cabinet using mismatched pieces: pointers for Rachel Notley

Now that the euphoria of the election has worn off, I wonder if Rachel Notley is waking up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night, wondering, “What the hell do I do now?”

If she isn’t, she should. She has a big, big job ahead of her, and the first thing she has to do is put a cabinet together. Compared to that job, winning the election was a snap. Forming a cabinet from mismatched pieces is like trying to, well, put together a real cabinet with mismatched pieces.

How do you build a cabinet with (Read more…)

In This Corner: Coming to grips the the ungrippable.

Sometimes, there are events that are so huge, it’s difficult to wrap your brain around all of the elements involved, and try to come up with some sort of reason as to why it happened.

The Alberta election of 2015 is one of those events. For 43 years, we’ve had one-party rule in this province. Going into this election, it looked as if the Progressive Conservative party would be (a little less) large and in charge for another four years. But on Monday, Albertans enthusiastically went to the polls and turfed out the PCs in favour of the New Democratic (Read more…)

Maple-Flavoured Politics: The Alberta Election’s Federal Implications

As I look at my Twitter feed today, May 6, 2015, the day after the Alberta provincial election, I see that some federal Conservatives are saying that the results of the Alberta election don’t worry them. I’m not surprised they are saying that. After all, it is literally the politically correct thing to say. Never … Continue Reading

Dead Wild Roses: Shameless Political Advertising – Vote for Alberta’s Orange Crush!

Time for a change in Alberta. Let’s give Ms. Notley a chance.

 

A link here to the official Elections Alberta site. I’m look at you younger crowd, ‘unbusy’ yourself and vote this time to make a difference.

Filed under: Canada, Politics Tagged: Alberta Election, NDP, Orange Crush, Shameless Political Plug

Cowichan Conversations: Alberta Conservatives Failed to collect $13 billion in Royalties Over The Last Five Years

It is election day in Alberta tomorrow and it appears that the Progressive Conservatives are going to get a whupping.

They can blame the NDP’s rising star and soon to be Alberta’s premier Rachel

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Susan on the Soapbox: Fearmongering or Hopemongering? It’s Your Call Alberta

“I think it has deteriorated into groundless name-calling, and it’s certainly not the strategy that I would take.”—Rachel Notley reflecting on comments made by Jim Prentice and Brian Jean

To hear Jim Prentice and Brian Jean tell it, Rachel Notley’s plan to create a royalty commission and increase corporate taxes to 12% is an anti-free market experiment that will plunge Alberta into economic armageddon.

Once everyone stops hyperventilating we’ll take stock…

…okay, ready?

Impact (or lack thereof) on Big Oil

On the last day of the spring legislative session, Brian Mason tabled Bill 209 which would create a resource (Read more…)

Pop The Stack: If an election falls in the forest and nothing changes…ever, is it still a democracy?

I’m an outsider to Alberta politics so I will attempt to refrain from making any statement about who I think should win or what the important issues are in the election. But there are some disturbing, anti-democratic threads in the wave of editorial endorsements for the ruling PC party in Alberta that I want to highlight.

I was going to build a careful argument about the message in the editorials but some of their ideas seem so directly absurd, cautious or insulting to democracy that I think they can almost stand on their own, all emphasis added is my (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Toronto Globe & Mail Endorsement of ‘Jim’ Will Help Elect NDP’s Rachel Notley in Alberta

The smart grey suited thin lipped editorial guys at Toronto’s Globe and Mail have once again thought it over and surprise, surprise they are backing the PC ‘s Jim Prentice for premier in Alberta.

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Dead Wild Roses: The Edmonton Journal Saturday Editorial – Grade ‘A’ Propaganda

The amount of horseshit per square centimetre in this Edmonton Journal editorial must violate the laws of physics, it just isn’t reasonable to pack this much fail into one column of newspaper. Who wrote this tepid work of Tory apologia? To me it smells like the business owners out East decided they needed to nobly stand up for the privileged in our province.

I’ve excerpted the parts I wanted to comment on, but you really should read the entire slavering, propagandistic ode the PC party over at the lowly esteemed Edmonton Journal. Duly note that this is (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Will we see an NDP majority in Alberta?

Polls have been suspect for some time, especially in BC and Alberta.However repeated polls by a number of polling outfits continue to show remarkable growth for Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP.

This will one

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Alta Liberal Leader David Swann: I’ll Just Lay Here And Bleed, Thank You Very Much

If you can’t vote Liberal, vote for someone else?  That’s his message?  Not: we’re Liberal and we’ve got great, progressive ideas?  No!  It’s:  WE’RE LAME!  KICK OUR ASS!  PLEASE!  BETTER YET: KILL US! WE’RE TIRED OF THE WHOLE FUCKING TAWDRY SPECTACLE!!!  And that’s the kind of message that gets your party mentioned in paragraph 19 of a 22 paragraph story.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: A Hard Luck Campaign For Minister Penis…I Mean Denis

Just some notes recycled from twitter:

@davecournoyer @a_picazo Prentice to self: “I’ll just call an early election.  What can possibly go wrong?”— Bigcitylib (@Bigcitylib2) April 25, 2015

And: @a_picazo @davecournoyer This is same guy had to deny he defaced his own signs to read “penis” for “denis”.  Rather poor luck this campaign.— Bigcitylib (@Bigcitylib2) April 25, 2015

And: @pierrebourque @bourque This is this guy: http://t.co/nk2lU8eslJ  He’s had a rough campaign. #cdnpoli— Bigcitylib (@Bigcitylib2) April 25, 2015

Just to come clean here.  I thought the Prentice budget was an honest attempt by Albertans to enter the (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Oh Alberta! NDP Way In Front?

Even the pollsters involved don’t quite buy it.  And they are using “google surveys” to compile their results, so make of that what you will.  As an aside, sure he’s wildrose but I’ve met Derek Fildebrandt once or twice and he seems a decent enough fellow.  

centerandleft: Alberta and Polls: Never Again

The Calgary Flames are preparing to host their first playoff game since 2009 in a matter of days. While the Flames are working hard to even up their series, the politicians are working the doors. The province of Alberta may be preparing to elect a new party to power for the first time since 1971.

Does this sound familiar? Just three years ago I was responsible for the following assumption:

Danielle Smith is likely to be the next premier of Alberta

It doesn’t sound like a terrible statement, but this type of statement reveals a foolish reliance on poor (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Oops!

It seems that a candidate for Alberta’s Wildrose party, Rick Strankman, has made a bit of a faux pas, one that he blames, as politicians are wont to do, on a volunteer: A Wildrose candidate was forced to apologize and retract a poster Thursday that called on party supporters to bring their wives’ pies to a meet-and-greet.

The poster encouraged constituents in Drumheller-Stettler to attend an “old fashioned pie auction” next week and “BYWP (Bring Your Wife’s Pie!!)”

Meanwhile, rumours abound that Strankman has hired a new campaign manager:

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In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 14: And they’re off! But why?

This week, Premier Jim Prentice called his uncalled-for election. The question remains, why?

The election — a year ahead of the lawful election date — has no validity. The PCs have a majority that any government in Canada, or the world, would kill for (and in some countries, that’s exactly how they do it). His “transformative” budget is unpopular, an ugly hodge-podge of tax hikes and service cuts. It does not, in any way, address the basic problem of the Alberta economy. The only possible outcome of this election is a win for the PCs, of course. But with the (Read more…)

In This Corner: Why good polls may be bad for the Rachel Notley Party

In the first week of the Unnecessary Election of 2015, the big story has been the polling numbers. The media, desperate to find something to report on in the early going, has fixated on the numbers which show the Rachel Notley Party with shockingly high numbers. The stats are so out of whack, even the pollsters are advising to take them with a grain of salt.

Pollsters have taken a beating lately due to a long string of wildly wrong results pretty much everywhere. That is in part due to the down-and-dirty method of polling, which is cheap and not (Read more…)

In This Corner: Stuff happens, week 13: Election? What election?; this week in atrocities.

There was plenty of speculation amongst the political class about when Premier Grim Jim Prentice would call his (illegal) election. Monday came and went with no word. Then came the polls — suddenly the Wildrose was on the rise, and the polls were giving the budget the thumbs down. So Tuesday came and went, then Wednesday, then Thursday… then it was Good Friday, and Prentice would have been crucified for calling an election then. So, at earliest on Monday, but that’s Easter Monday, so Tuesday it is. Or is it? What a great way to run a democracy.

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In This Corner: Everything you need to know about 2015 right here.

As a dues paying member of the blogosphere, I feel compelled to do at least one of the annual blogs: the year in review, or the predictions column. Since the year in review blog takes lots of work, guess which way I’m going? Besides, it’s really easy to write a predictions blog, because you can predict only what you want to talk about, and by the end of the year, nobody remembers any of what you’ve said.

Prediction no. 1: RIP Keystone XL

The Keystone XL pipeline was first proposed in 1922 to transport kerosene from Alberta’s vast kerosene fields, (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Spring Signs of A Thaw In Our Political Passivity?

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen in print the term ‘Red Tory’, used to describe an economic conservationism balanced by a social progressiveness. Yet it is included in columns today by The Star’s Thomas Walkom and Chantal Hebert as both reflect upon the significance of Alison Redford’s Progressive Conservative victory in Monday’s Alberta election. Walkom goes so far as to suggest the term is also applicable to both Dalton McGuinty and Andrea Horwath, given their recent budget deliberations that yielded some real results.

As well, public editor Carol Goar writes on the growing backlash against the outrageously inflated

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Montreal Simon: The Wild Hog Gang and the New Alberta

Wow. What a dramatic finish. The rednecks were squealing with anticipation. The beer was on ice.The Big Oil Barbie was so sure she would win.

But in the end the old wild hog couldn't make it up the hill of its own excrement and bigotry.Read more »

Red Tory v.3.0.3: A Red Tory Victory in Alberta!

Well, go figure. Who would have thought that a resurgence of the “Red Tory” political brand would occur in, of all places, Alberta? For weeks now, right-wing pundits across the land have been viciously excoriating the Alberta PCs for being “Red Tories” and for having drifted so far to the left in recent years as to have become a supposedly oppressive Liberal government in all but name – something that would surely result in them being, as Ezra Levant confidently predicted last week, decisively “crushed” in yesterday’s election.

Ah, but as things turned out, clearly not so.

It seems that (Read more…)

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Time for a Change

After four continuous decades in power during which time the ruling Progressive Conservative party was virtually unchallenged in any serious fashion, is it any wonder that so many Albertans are apparently now so eager for a change? Given the inevitable “throw the bums out” impetus amongst the normally feckless electorate usually kicks in a good deal sooner than that, a steady run of 41 years at the helm is an impressive achievement by any measure.

While it’s a shame that opposition to the entrenched establishment had to orginate from the more extreme, crackpot wing of the conservative movement, it’s no (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Just a reminder – Alberta, Go Vote.

Exercise the bare minimum of what is required for us to have a democracy, if you’re an Albertan make your way down to the polls and participate in the political process.

Filed under: Canada, Politics Tagged: Alberta Election, Democracy in Action, Voting