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daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Why there is unlikely to be a Conservative Party of Alberta anytime soon

As prospects of a merger of Alberta’s two estranged conservative parties appear more and more unlikely, Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean has suggested that his party may consider rebranding with a name change before the 2019 election. Postmedia… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Why there is unlikely to be a Conservative Party of Alberta anytime soon

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: What a year 2014 has been in Alberta politics!

Tweet This year was a tumultuous time in Alberta politics. What does 2015 have in store for Albertans? December 20, 2014 Story by: Dirk Pranter, Edmonton Journal-Sun Building the next Alberta With the new year just weeks away, speculation is rampant Albertans could go to the polls early next year, less than four years after . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: What a year 2014 has been in Alberta politics!

Alberta Diary: XL Foods, Tories and a frightened, politicized inspection agency offer a textbook case of brand destruction

“If it ain’t Alberta, it ain’t beef!” Not any more, though, thanks to the efforts of Alberta politicians, companies and the federal food inspection agency. From left to right above: Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry “Cold Cuts” Ritz, Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson and Alberta Premier Alison Redford. Actual politicians may not appear exactly . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: XL Foods, Tories and a frightened, politicized inspection agency offer a textbook case of brand destruction

Alberta Diary: Ex PC MLA speaks: Fear and loathing on the Alberta Conservative trail

Conservatives get together to discuss their futures in Alberta. Political figures may not be entirely as illustrated. Below: Former MLA Doug Elniski.

CALGARY

Doug Elniski is a nice guy … for an Alberta Tory … and he’ll tell you that himself. But take it from me, it’s true.

The former Progressive Conservative . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Ex PC MLA speaks: Fear and loathing on the Alberta Conservative trail

Alberta Diary: Ex-MLA speaks: Fear and loathing in the Redford Government’s back rooms

Ex-MLA relations in the government of Alberta Premier Alison Redford. Alberta politicians may not be entirely as illustrated. Below: Former MLA Doug Elniski.

CALGARY

Doug Elniski is a nice guy … for an Alberta Tory … and he’ll tell you that himself. But take it from me, it’s true.

The former Progressive Conservative . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Ex-MLA speaks: Fear and loathing in the Redford Government’s back rooms

Alberta Diary: Some musings on the death of Peter Lougheed, founder of Alberta’s Tory dynasty

Peter Lougheed on the campaign trail in 1971. (Glenbow Archives Photo)

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Peter Lougheed was the last Alberta Conservative leader worthy of the title.

By that I mean the premier who in 1971 founded the Conservative dynasty that rules the province to this day was a member of the now almost forgotten stream . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Some musings on the death of Peter Lougheed, founder of Alberta’s Tory dynasty

Alberta Diary: Fiscal shocker! Redford Tories promise transparency but deliver opacity!

Secretive Redford Tory, left, moves to the right, while Wildrose transparency advocate, right, opts for a totally different course. Below: Doug Horner and Alison Redford, both smirking.

This just in! Alberta’s Progressive Conservative government is secretive!

Well… yeah!

What’s astonishing is that the Alberta news media appears to be astonished by this revelation, . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Fiscal shocker! Redford Tories promise transparency but deliver opacity!

Alberta Diary: The Annals of Law Enforcement: Yeah, Alberta’s Tories are sleazy, but now and then they get it right anyway

Just a year ago, it seemed likely police recruits like these would soon be lounging around the dusty streets of Fort Macleod, where not much has changed since the Mounties pounded in their first tent pegs in 1874. Alas, it shall not be. Below: Col. James Macleod; former MLA Evan Berger; Solicitor General . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The Annals of Law Enforcement: Yeah, Alberta’s Tories are sleazy, but now and then they get it right anyway

Alberta Diary: Departed MP’s endorsement, big donations by candidate’s firm, complicate complicated Conservative nomination race

Candidates for the Conservative Party’s nomination in the Calgary Centre constituency prepare for next Saturday’s vote. Below: Candidates Greg McLean, Joan Crockatt and Jon Lord.

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to … get elected.

The contest to find a federal Conservative candidate to replace Calgary Centre MP . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Departed MP’s endorsement, big donations by candidate’s firm, complicate complicated Conservative nomination race

Interesting framing from Winnipeg Free Press: "Alberta Tories play race card"

I haven’t a dog in this fight except that it seems like a battle royale between two mangy mutts. Perhaps that is why I find this headline, “Alberta Tories play race card, call Wildrose party of old, white men in election”, and accompanying story so interesting. “Race card”? I guess you could also say, “sexism . . . → Read More: Interesting framing from Winnipeg Free Press: "Alberta Tories play race card"

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: One True Conservative Party and Other One True Conservative Party now said in dead heat

A typical Alberta soccer mom contemplates the differences between the province’s two conservative parties. The one on the left has indicated stronger support for public health care.

According to the latest poll, Alberta’s election race has tightened significantly, and the province’s One True Conservative Party is now in a statistical tie with the province’s Other . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: One True Conservative Party and Other One True Conservative Party now said in dead heat

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Wildrose on a roll? The auguries may be in the flakes

Bookies take odds on Alison Redford and Danielle Smith. Actual Alberta political observers may not be as willing to put their money where their mouths are. Below: The four similar, but nevertheless questionable, polls.

A string of flaky polls augmented by some flaky behaviour by Premier Alison Redford and her political brain trust suggest that . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Wildrose on a roll? The auguries may be in the flakes

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: What Alison Redford really needs: a smaller caucus

Members of former premier Ed Stelmach’s caucus discuss their differences in the Legislative Assembly. Is that Ron Liepert top right? Actual Conservative MLAs may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Premier Alison Redford; Tory defector Rob Anderson, in black.

Alberta Premier Alison Redford needs to be praying hard that she wins fewer seats next year . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: What Alison Redford really needs: a smaller caucus

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Three lessons that can’t be drawn from Alison Redford’s election – but will be anyway

Alison Redford shouts to make herself heard over the din Sunday morning after news of her victory had been announced. She can now expect people to simmer down and listen carefully whenever she speaks. Below: the media myth-making machine machinating. T… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Three lessons that can’t be drawn from Alison Redford’s election – but will be anyway

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Surprise! Alberta Tories pick Alison Redford as leader and next premier

Alison Redford meets the press a little after 1:30 this morning at Edmonton’s Northlands Centre. Below: Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach says farewell this morning.Word didn’t arrive until the wee hours of this morning, but Alberta’s Progressive Conservativ… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Surprise! Alberta Tories pick Alison Redford as leader and next premier

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Alberta could do much worse than have Alison Redford as premier – and tomorrow it probably will

Alison Redford during Thursday’s TV debate. (Edmonton Journal photo.) Below: The other Iron Lady.If television debates mattered, Alison Redford would win the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership vote tomorrow hands down.She certainly turned in… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Alberta could do much worse than have Alison Redford as premier – and tomorrow it probably will

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Gary Mar’s TV double-dip debate: You’re ALL right! It’s sleazy AND it’s business as usual!

Front-running Alberta Conservative leadership candidate Gary Mar shows no worry about the fact his challengers complained of his past double-dipping activities during last night’s TV debate. Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. … . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Gary Mar’s TV double-dip debate: You’re ALL right! It’s sleazy AND it’s business as usual!

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Alberta Tory leadership race, Round 2: Still close … but not too close to call

The final moments of the Progressive Conservative leadership race: politically engaged Albertans may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Remaining candidates Gary Mar, Alison Redford and Doug Horner.With two weeks of electioneering to go until th… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: The Alberta Tory leadership race, Round 2: Still close … but not too close to call

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Political avian flu update: Will Doug Horner send the AMA’s chickens home to roost?

Dr. Patrick White ponders the future of the Alberta Medical Association under Premier Doug Horner. Noted Alberta physicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Horner, the actual Dr. White (CBC photo). Will the Alberta Medical Associatio… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Political avian flu update: Will Doug Horner send the AMA’s chickens home to roost?

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Never mind the cookie … AHS and Stephen Duckett parted by mutual agreement

Stephen Duckett and his notorious oatmeal raisin cookie back on Nov. 19, 2010. Turns out that waving a cookie at reporters wasn’t a firing offense, and Dr. Duckett is by mutual agreement $735,630 richer.This just in: Stephen Duckett wasn’t fired fo… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Never mind the cookie … AHS and Stephen Duckett parted by mutual agreement

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: New Alberta poll: Tories way up; NDP up a little; everyone else down… So what else is new?

The Alberta Conservatives cross the North Saskatchewan and head south toward Red Deer. (Alberta political parties may not appear exactly as illustrated. But close enough, eh?)Alberta’s political classes were abuzz last night with news of a credible n… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: New Alberta poll: Tories way up; NDP up a little; everyone else down… So what else is new?

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Alberta NDP has a historic opportunity to surf the Orange Wave

Why shouldn’t Alberta New Democrats surf Jack Layton’s Orange Wave, observed in Alberta last May?Can the New Democrats win the next Alberta provincial election?OK, crazy thought. I was only kidding… I think. But let’s consider another crazy que… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: The Alberta NDP has a historic opportunity to surf the Orange Wave

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: A Tale of Two Tories: which one do you think is typical?

Good Tory versus Bad Tory… “Great God! Can it be!!” Below: The Calgary Herald’s nice sharp photo of Carol Haley and my own only blurry shot of Alison Redford. Where’s Daveberta’s photostream when you need it?When it comes both to releasing … . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: A Tale of Two Tories: which one do you think is typical?

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Well-financed Rick Orman candidacy a grave setback to Ted Morton’s hopes

Beulah, peel me a grape! Alberta Conservative candidate Rick Orman aloft, with grapes on a silver tray and friends. This photo appeared in my in-box, source unknown. Below: Ted Morton.Question: Who wins when Ted Morton and Rick Orman battle it out for … . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Well-financed Rick Orman candidacy a grave setback to Ted Morton’s hopes

Five of Five: Link Byfield "Resigns"

Link Byfield resigned his position as one of Alberta’s senators-in-waiting today. I was hoping at his press conference he might have explained why his friend Senator Bert Brown participated in a shady vote down of a House of Commons Bill, passed by an… . . . → Read More: Five of Five: Link Byfield "Resigns"