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Five of Five: Friday Night

Liza Minelli and Joel Grey explain the surprising results in the 2012 Alberta Election.

Also, the Toronto Star won five National Newspaper Awards.

Five of Five: Morton, Hinman and Some Bickering

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 if that was a premature victory speech or an awkwardly worded appeal to get out the vote

djkelly.ca: #abvote Predictions

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 as we head into the final hour of the Alberta provincial election every news outlet has already deemed “historic”.

Let’s start with the questions everyone will ask:

Who will win? My bet is the Wildrose Party. Majority or minority? Minority. Seat breakdown? (Read more…)

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: ‘Don’t be messin with Mr. T,’ Part II

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 two Wildrose signs.

So was this the work of a Wildrose supporter who forgot to read the Edmonton Sun? Or what? Property rights debate turns ugly? There were no injuries.

Alert Sun readers – and I know that concept sounds oxymoronic, but just stick

. . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: ‘Don’t be messin with Mr. T,’ Part II

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Is Alberta’s most entertaining political season in a lifetime drawing to a close? Gosh I hope not!

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 opinion polls prove prescient, the Alberta Conservatives could win somewhere between 70 and 80 seats – that’s out of 87 seats total. One poll even suggests they could win 82 seats, the most for any government in Alberta history.”

And according to a Valentine’s

. . . → 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!

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Flippity flop flip… has Alison Redford’s government ‘jumped the shark’ already?

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?

djkelly.ca: Metro column: Focusing on the individual, not the party

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

Five of Five: When a Witch Weighs the Same as a Duck

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

Five of Five: Health Care WAP Style.

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.

Five of Five: D-Bag of the Year Award

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