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Alberta Politics: You take the high road and we’ll take the low road: The Kenney Cabal’s strategy to grab back power in Alberta for the right

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney with Preston Manning. Below: Likely Kenney opponents Sandra Jansen, another possible PC candidate, and Brian Jean, leader of the Wildrose Party in happier times. In many ways, as was said here two days ago, Jason Kenney is a miscas… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: You take the high road and we’ll take the low road: The Kenney Cabal’s strategy to grab back power in Alberta for the right

Alberta Politics: The tragedies we ignore: Recent Wildrose gaffe won’t end right’s bogus equivalencies in Canadian political discourse

PHOTOS: The Famine Memorial in Dublin. The Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s and ’50s is ignored in current Canadian political discourse while the Ukrainian Famine of the 1930s is frequently evoked. Both are real historical events with ideological roo… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The tragedies we ignore: Recent Wildrose gaffe won’t end right’s bogus equivalencies in Canadian political discourse

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney: Conservative saviour or a guy with the appeal of a trip to the dentist?

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney at a NATO do, looking positively Nixonian (from his Facebook page). Below: The only shot I ever managed to get of Mr. Kenney myself; former Progressive Conservative saviour Jim Prentice; Mr. Kenney letting his hair down at Toronto . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney: Conservative saviour or a guy with the appeal of a trip to the dentist?

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: In or Out? Jason Kenney could have a rough landing into Alberta politics

CBC reports that after 19 years as a Member of Parliament in Ottawa, former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney, 48, is considering entering provincial politics in Alberta. Postmedia’s Jen Gerson writes that he will not confirm whether this i… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: In or Out? Jason Kenney could have a rough landing into Alberta politics

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: How Young Voters are accessing information about elections, from the National Youth Voter Survey

“Young people don’t vote,” is a common refrain heard in Canadian politics and until recently, low voter turnout by younger voters supported that claim. The recently released National Youth Voter Survey conducted by Elections Canada following th… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: How Young Voters are accessing information about elections, from the National Youth Voter Survey

Alberta Politics: Explaining how the right wing echo chamber operates … operates … operates … The Strange Case of the Canada Pension Plan

PHOTOS: “Alright, everyone, here’s what we’re gonna say: ‘Expanding the CPP is a solution in search of a problem.’ Everybody got that? Fraser? Check! APEC? Check! CFIB? Check! Taxpayers? Check! … ” Actual right-wing echo chamber conferenc… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Explaining how the right wing echo chamber operates … operates … operates … The Strange Case of the Canada Pension Plan

Alberta Politics: Time for parties of the Canadian and Alberta right to deal with the violent extremists in their midst

PHOTOS: Nigel Farage, leader of the extremist U.K. Independence Party, at the 2013 Manning Conference in Ottawa. That’s former Australian prime minister John Howard with his back to the camera, for what it’s worth. Below: The target picturing Alber… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Time for parties of the Canadian and Alberta right to deal with the violent extremists in their midst

Alberta Politics: When Tories, the Fraser Institute and media team up to attack plans to improve the CPP, you have to know it needs fixing!

ILLUSTRATIONS: A luxurious retirement? Do you get the feeling that ship may have sailed? Well, rich conservatives and their flunkies want you to think that a better Canada Pension Plan is a bad idea anyway. Below: Conservative Party of Canada Finance C… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: When Tories, the Fraser Institute and media team up to attack plans to improve the CPP, you have to know it needs fixing!

Alberta Politics: Appalling gun lobby press release begs Canadians not to blame the gun used in massacre

PHOTOS: Retired Quebec Liberal Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette (Alchetron.com), whose Senate bill would make a sensible model for government gun-control legislation. Below: Conservative British Columbia MP Bob Zimmer, an advocate of lifting all Canadi… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Appalling gun lobby press release begs Canadians not to blame the gun used in massacre

Alberta Politics: After the fall: The world needs more Meat Loaf

PHOTOS: My only, terrible, mobile phone photo of Meat Loaf on stage, before the fall. Below: The author and his daughter in their Meat Loaf T-shirts, likely to become a collectors’ item if the remaining dates in the concert tour are cancelled. Reader… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: After the fall: The world needs more Meat Loaf

Alberta Politics: Athabasca University documents suggest institution’s leadership remains out of sync with Alberta’s NDP government

PHOTOS: Athabasca University’s headquarters in the Town of Athabasca, 145 kilometres north of Edmonton. Below: Alberta Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt and AU Interim President Peter MacKinnon. Two recently completed reviews springing from … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Athabasca University documents suggest institution’s leadership remains out of sync with Alberta’s NDP government

Alberta Politics: OMG! Energy industry faces ‘existential threat’ from Hollywood, ‘ever-growing matrix of activists’

PHOTOS: Brad Wall, increasingly the Mr. Disagreeable of Confederation. Below: Calgary’s Glenmore Reservoir as dreamed of by supporters of the Saskatchewan Party of Alberta. Actual Calgary beaches may not appear exactly as illustrated, either with reg… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: OMG! Energy industry faces ‘existential threat’ from Hollywood, ‘ever-growing matrix of activists’

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: The Revolution starts at the Hyatt Regency

Premier Rachel Notley received an endorsement from 97.8 percent of New Democratic Party delegates at this past weekend’s convention at the fancy Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Calgary. The event was attended by more than 850 delegates who debated… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: The Revolution starts at the Hyatt Regency

Alberta Politics: Government’s dismissal of Crown corporation’s board indicates NDP is paying attention to Alberta’s ABC sector

PHOTOS: Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier seen walking through an angry crowd of Bill 6 protesters last fall, chatting with participants. Below: Brad Klak, suspended president of Alberta’s Crown-owned Agriculture Financial Services Corporati… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Government’s dismissal of Crown corporation’s board indicates NDP is paying attention to Alberta’s ABC sector

Alberta Politics: We need a referendum on electoral reform? No! We need a national referendum on the TPP!

PHOTOS: Justin Trudeau, back in 2015 before he was prime minister, promising Canadians real change, including electoral reform, if we gave him the chance. We gave him the chance. Below: Opposition Conservative interim Leader Rona Ambrose (CBC Photo) an… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: We need a referendum on electoral reform? No! We need a national referendum on the TPP!

Alberta Politics: Wilting Roses: Wildrose ‘coup’ bid pushes party toward social conservative fringe, former leader Danielle Smith says

PHOTOS: Danielle Smith leads Wildrose Party members in the 2014 Calgary Pride Parade, with then-MLAs Kerry Towle is on her right and Jeff Wilson on her left. She was punished for this defiance by the party’s social conservative wing. Below: Ms. Smith… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Wilting Roses: Wildrose ‘coup’ bid pushes party toward social conservative fringe, former leader Danielle Smith says

Alberta Politics: A Tale of Two Parties: NDP stages slick post-victory convention while Wildrose Opposition tears itself to pieces

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley addresses the provincial NDP Convention in Calgary yesterday. (Photo from Ms. Notley’s Facebook page.) Below: Wildrose Leader Brian Jean, his supporter, MLA Pat Stier, and NDP party first VP candidates Ann Wilson… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: A Tale of Two Parties: NDP stages slick post-victory convention while Wildrose Opposition tears itself to pieces

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Party Business

– The Wildrose constituency association in Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills passed a motion this week calling for Brian Jean to face a leadership review at the party’s annual meeting in Red Deer on October 28 and 29, 2016. That… Continue Readi… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Party Business

Alberta Politics: Alberta Opposition Leader Brian Jean now officially ‘embattled’ as Wildrose insurrection appears to spread

PHOTOS: Is Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean contemplating being given the boot by his party’s radicals … or giving it to them? (Wildrose.ca photo.) Below: Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills MLA David Hanson (photo also from Wildrose.ca), Twitter infor… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Alberta Opposition Leader Brian Jean now officially ‘embattled’ as Wildrose insurrection appears to spread

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: What new laws did Alberta’s NDP government pass in Spring 2016?

The Spring session of the Alberta Legislature ended yesterday after forty-days of debate. The evacuation of more than 88,000 Albertans sparked by the wildfires in Fort McMurray dominated the attention of our political leaders during this session. In … . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: What new laws did Alberta’s NDP government pass in Spring 2016?

Alberta Politics: The Annals of Cybercrime: U of C pays ransom to cyberbandits, argues it’s OK because data was at risk

PHOTOS: Don’t worry, now that the ransom has been paid, Calgary Police are on the job investigating the cybercrime at the University of Calgary. Actual Calgary Police Service personnel may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: University of Calga… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The Annals of Cybercrime: U of C pays ransom to cyberbandits, argues it’s OK because data was at risk

Alberta Politics: NDP environmental policies: Who’re ya gonna believe? Mark Carney or Rick Strankman?

PHOTOS: Bank of England Governor and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at yesterday’s brief news conference in the provincial Legislature Building. (CBC Photo) Below: Rick Strankman and Michael Bloomberg. Who’re ya gonna believe, huh? Mark Carney, form… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: NDP environmental policies: Who’re ya gonna believe? Mark Carney or Rick Strankman?

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Party like it’s 2016! Alberta NDP hold their convention in Calgary

In the past, the media and political watchers would pay little attention to a provincial convention held by Alberta’s New Democratic Party. Back in 2009 during a stint as a freelance writer, I covered the NDP convention for the now-defunct alt-wee… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Party like it’s 2016! Alberta NDP hold their convention in Calgary

Alberta Politics: A timely reminder on this historic day: The hammer of D-Day crushed Hitler on the anvil of Russia

PHOTOS: Canadians soldiers storm ashore at Juno Beach on June 6, 1944, 72 years ago today. Below: The late University of Victoria Professor Reginald H. Roy, author of 1944: The Canadians in Normandy. It’s now been two years since I wrote this piece o… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: A timely reminder on this historic day: The hammer of D-Day crushed Hitler on the anvil of Russia

Alberta Politics: Keeping things in in the Right perspective: Wildrose says NDP’s carbon levy is much like killing 10 million people

PHOTOS: Wildrose Agriculture Critic Rick Strankman thinks the NDP Government’s carbon levy is just murder. (Photo grabbed from his Facebook page.) Below: NDP Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous, Wildrose MLA Drew Barnes, another member of the … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Keeping things in in the Right perspective: Wildrose says NDP’s carbon levy is much like killing 10 million people