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Cowichan Conversations: Manitoba PC’s Thump the NDP – Whither Today’s NDP!

By Éric Grenier, for CBC News The Manitoba Progressive Conservatives under Brian Pallister won a majority government in a historic fashion Tuesday night, putting up some of the biggest numbers by any party in Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Manitoba PC’s Thump the NDP – Whither Today’s NDP!

Alberta Politics: B.C. politics as seen from Alberta: Christy Clark’s re-election strategy exposed

PHOTOS: B.C. Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon reads the notorious Throne Speech attacking Alberta on Tuesday. Below: B.C. Premier Christie Clark, NDP strategist Brian Topp, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and B.C. NDP leader John Horgan. You no longer … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: B.C. politics as seen from Alberta: Christy Clark’s re-election strategy exposed

Alberta Politics: New board in; CEO Vickie Kaminski out … just another day at Alberta Health Services!

PHOTOS: Outgoing AHS CEO Vickie Kaminski at an Edmonton news conference last year. Below: Redford-era health minister Fred Horne, PC premier pro tem Dave Hancock, NDP Health Minister Sarah Hoffman and Premier Rachel Notley’s just-appointed deputy chi… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: New board in; CEO Vickie Kaminski out … just another day at Alberta Health Services!

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Will the NDP save or shutter Athabasca University?

Residents of one northern Alberta community want to know what Alberta’s new New Democratic Party government has planned for their local university.

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Alberta’s new political insiders mostly come from outside Alberta

Edmonton Journal report Karen Kleiss published a story this week naming the new Chiefs of Staff hired to advise Alberta’s twelve NDP cabinet ministers and manage their offices at the Legislature. The new government has faced criticism for hiring too many staff from outside… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Alberta NDP draft outsiders from Manitoba, BC and Ottawa for Transition Team

Despite this current historic period in Alberta politics as a new party transitions into government for the first time in 44 years, almost no public focus has been directed at the team who are managing the Alberta NDP move into government. We have heard that former Saskatchewan… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: List: What’s happened since Alberta’s historic election

It has been an incredible 15 days since Alberta’s historic 2015 election. Here is a quick look back at what has happened in the past two weeks and what will happen in the months ahead. May 5: Rachel Notley‘s New… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: By ignoring Ed Stelmach, the oiligarchy and the ideological right overreached and lost plenty

PHOTOS: Ed Stelmach in the premier’s office at the Alberta Legislature. Below: Preston Manning, the Godfather of the Canadian right; Stelmach’s finance minister, Ted Morton; New Democrat political strategist Brian Topp. Ed Stelmach, the last good premier the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party managed to elect, spoke up yesterday about the tactics used by his party . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: By ignoring Ed Stelmach, the oiligarchy and the ideological right overreached and lost plenty

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Can Alberta’s Tories Navigate their way back to relevance?

As most Albertans head to work tomorrow morning, the Tory-connected public relations firm Navigator will host an invite-only session for clients in downtown Edmonton titled “Alberta’s New Government: What to Expect.” The session is being hosted by former Ottawa television… Continue Reading →

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the sudden disappearance of Danielle Smith and her fellow Wildrose Party defectors offers a case in point of the dangers of forgetting that politicians ultimately answer to the public.

For further reading…– CBC reported on the actual deal between Smith and Jim Prentice here, while Darren Krause reported on Smith’s nomination defeat. . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Stephany Griffith-Jones points out the lack of any coherent argument against a Robin Hood tax on financial transactions – and the public support when political parties actually raise it for debate: Major financial sectors such as the United States, Hong Kong and South Korea already have FTTs . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Accentuate the Positive

I’ve been giving a lot of thought on what to talk next about on the blog, and with news of the Saskatchewan Party’s newest round of attack ads, I thought that would be a good place to start. But first, we need to have a small detour before we discuss attack ads themselves.

Recently, Brian . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Accentuate the Positive

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Accentuate the Positive

I’ve been giving a lot of thought on what to talk next about on the blog, and with news of the Saskatchewan Party’s newest round of attack ads, I thought that would be a good place to start. But first, we need to have a small detour before we discuss a… . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Accentuate the Positive

Politics, Re-Spun: Fixing the BC NDP, 2013 Version

Can the BC NDP actually Think Forward?

About 4 years ago, there was a movement within the BC NDP to make it more relevant. It was called Think Forward BC NDP. The party had just lost the election and there was some soul-searching about what went wrong and what was systemically broken in . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Fixing the BC NDP, 2013 Version

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Rethinking the Senate

I’ve had to give this topic a lot of thought, given my past views favouring reform of the Senate over complete abolition. For the longest time, at least from my perspective, it had appeared that corrupt Senators was the abnormality in the Upper Chamber rather than the norm; of course, recent events have cast doubt . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Rethinking the Senate

Cowichan Conversations: NDP Campaign-The Topp Guy Was Not All That Kool!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

One of the burning questions begging for answers as to WTF happened that saw the BCNDP lose the election is how is that Brian Topp ran the campaign after it was know that he was in business with the political enemies of the campaign.

Topp was an actual leadership candidate . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: NDP Campaign-The Topp Guy Was Not All That Kool!

Cowichan Conversations: All BC Political Parties Need A Democratic Shakeup!

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

Let’s face it folks politics and governance in BC has become soiled by the top down control mechanisms and practices of all of BC’s political parties.

Many of those who have really been involved see that quickly, well not all, many choose to turn a blind eye if the . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: All BC Political Parties Need A Democratic Shakeup!

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: fifty years of alberta ndp.

TweetNew Democrats from across Alberta have gathered in Edmonton this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their party’s founding. Attendees at this weekend’s annual convention will hear from NDP leader Brian Mason, MLAs Rachel Notley, Deron Bilous, and David Eggen, Member of Parliament Linda Duncan, and federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. With only 4 . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: fifty years of alberta ndp.

Calgary Grit: The Dog Days of Summer

Pauline Marois will make Quebecers long for the tolerant Premiership of Jacques Parizeau

With politicians away from Ottawa and politics the last thing on the minds of Canadians, the summer news cycle usually slows to a crawl. Short of extraordinary events – war, disaster, or the great Census crisis of 2010 – politicians . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: The Dog Days of Summer

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– On the anniversary of Jack Layton’s death, Tim Harper points out how far the NDP has come in just a year, while Brian Topp highlights where the party still needs to go: (W)hat to do about the federal government’s crisis of relevance? Recent Liberal and Conservative governments have . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Progressive Proselytizing: NDP leadership election campaign debt

The NDP leadership campaign sparked considerable interest among Canadians and saw NDP membership soar, rising over 50% in six months to 128,351 on election day. Many of these first time members, such as myself, may well be interested in the NDP but may not be long term loyalists. After the campaign, the key is . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: NDP leadership election campaign debt

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Friday reading.

– Michael Harris neatly sums up the Harper Cons’ legacy: In many ways, the Harper legacy will come down to this: how much can he get away with? Incumbency furnishes a speedy getaway car. From a legislative perspective, Harper might as well be King Tut. He can do whatever . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Sunday reading.

– It’s undoubtedly an embarrassment for John Baird to have leapt at a thoroughly implausible bit of anti-UN spin. But I’d think there’s more reason for hope than concern in the long run: if a year into their majority mandate the Cons are still operating based on the minority-government . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Harald Bauder comments on the Cons’ continued efforts to provoke a race to the bottom when it comes to wages: (B)oth the planned EI reforms and the temporary foreign workers program are part of a wider strategy of lowering the bar on minimal working conditions. Both policies . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Brian Topp weighs in on Canada’s history of raw resource exploitation that should offer a lesson for anybody interested in learning. And pogge points out why Thomas Mulcair is right to dig his heels in, while Frances Russell observes that Mulcair is just plain right.

– Meanwhile, this . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links