Uneventful weeks have become rare in Alberta politics and this week in particular has been uniquely interesting. We started with the release of political party fundraising data from Elections Alberta showing the NDP raised more funds in the last quarter than… Continue Reading →
Elections Alberta has released the results of political party fundraising from the third quarter of 2016 and it shows that the Alberta NDP raised more money than the Wildrose Party for the first time since the second quarter of 2015. This marks the… Continue Reading →
Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives officially kicked off their leadership race on October 1, 2016 at a party event in Lethbridge. The PC Party formed government in Alberta from 1971 until 2015, when it was reduced to third-place in the Legislative Assembly… Continue Reading →
For many decades, Alberta’s old Progressive Conservative government benefited greatly from large corporate donors which would help keep the governing party’s campaign war-chest flush with cash. It was well-known in Alberta political circles that th… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Levelling the playing field in Alberta Elections
August 31, 1993 marked the first time the words “Alberta Advantage” were uttered on the floor of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly. “Unlike some others, my government will not try to buy prosperity through higher taxes. Instead, it will build on A… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: The Myth of the Alberta Advantage
The March 22 by-election in Calgary-Greenway kicked off this week with the defending Progressive Conservatives already embroiled in scandal. Four candidates were expected to contest the PC nomination at a meeting scheduled for Feb. 27, but the local c… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: PCs have a long history of nomination scandals in Calgary-Greenway
A new report, “The Quiet Majority“, released by a new group called Progress Alberta shows that we Albertans may be more progressive than we believe we are. According to a survey conducted by Abacus Data, when Albertans were asked whethe… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Albertans are more progressive than you might think. I’m not surprised.
December 17, 2015 By: Dirk Pranter, Provincial Affairs columnist, Calgary Sunherald One year after nearly the entire official opposition crossed the floor to join Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives, the 44 year long governing party is expected… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Alberta’s Tories Poised to Sweep Election in Spring 2016
Reports of the death of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta might only be slightly exaggerated. Financial disclosure reports submitted to Elections Alberta show the former governing party amassed a $1.5 million debt during the May 2015 election. After reportedly nearly missing the deadline to submit… Continue Reading →
Liza Minelli and Joel Grey explain the surprising results in the 2012 Alberta Election.
Also, the Toronto Star won five National Newspaper Awards.
The last pre-election message on Ted Morton’s website:
To our Supporters:
Thank you for supporting me and the PC Party—a party that has madeAlbertathe best place to work, to live and to raise a family. As your MLA for Chestermere-Rocky View, I will work for you to keep it that way.
I wasn’t really sure . . . → Read More: Five of Five: Morton, Hinman and Some Bickering
What’s an election without a couple of predictions? And to avoid any of that “I said that would happen!”/”No you didn’t!” stuff I thought I’d write down a few of mine. (And instead revel in the multiple “Boy, was that guy way off!” that will no doubt come my way.) So here are my thoughts . . . → Read More: djkelly.ca: #abvote Predictions
Mr. T: Don’t be messin’ with him! That was then.
This just in: Alberta Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk allegedly assaulted by resident while door knocking in Edmonton-Castle Downs!
What’s more, according to the CBC, the house attached to the door in question had a Wildrose sign on the lawn. The Journal says there were . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: ‘Don’t be messin with Mr. T,’ Part II
Get me Wildrose, Rewrite! Your blogger, who many not be exactly as illustrated but used to have a typewriter just like that, pounds out a last plea for a poll showing Alberta Conservative fortunes in decline before heading off to Okinawa. No soap!
According to the Edmonton Journal’s political columnist yesterday morning, “if recent public . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Is Alberta’s most entertaining political season in a lifetime drawing to a close? Gosh I hope not!
Alberta Premier Alison Redford, immediately after ‘jumping the shark.’ Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Whaaaaaaaaat?! Below: The quotable LBJ.Is this the worst start ever, or what?Barely sworn in as Progressive Conservati… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Flippity flop flip… has Alison Redford’s government ‘jumped the shark’ already?
I’m not a big fan of party politics. I could care less which party is in charge. I care more about who the people in government are and what kinds of decisions they make. [Note: This last sentence was cut from the printed version, but I thought it was important so I added it back […] . . . → Read More: djkelly.ca: Metro column: Focusing on the individual, not the party
Ed Stelmach’s communication style is oblique and opaque most of the time. Opaque in the sense of being impenetrable by light. Today he all but confirmed that Stephen Duckett would be relieved of his duties as the Alberta Health Services CEO. At leas… . . . → Read More: Five of Five: When a Witch Weighs the Same as a Duck
Here’s a podcast of CBC Calgary’s noon hour show today, featuring Danielle Smith talking about the Alberta Health Care system. It starts at around 25:40. Her critiques of the existing system are mostly right on. Everyone knows that the Stelmach gover… . . . → Read More: Five of Five: Health Care WAP Style.
Link.Congratulations to Naheed Nenshi for winning the Mayor’s job in Calgary. Now we know obnoxious conservatives can be defeated in Calgary. Next task: Alberta PC’s. . . . → Read More: Five of Five: D-Bag of the Year Award