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daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Levelling the playing field in Alberta Elections

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

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: The Myth of the Alberta Advantage

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

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: PCs have a long history of nomination scandals in Calgary-Greenway

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

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Albertans are more progressive than you might think. I’m not surprised.

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.

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Alberta’s Tories Poised to Sweep Election in Spring 2016

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

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: PC Party financials reveal $1.5 million debt from 2015 election

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 →

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

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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

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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