daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Delaying Alberta Liberal leadership vote until 2017 a good idea but does it break the party’s bylaws?

The Alberta Liberals have decided to postpone the selection of their next party leader until spring 2017. The party had originally scheduled to hold a leadership vote in April 2016. The only current Liberal MLA, Calgary’s David Swann, has declined to seek the permanent job…. Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: murky waters ahead for alberta’s liberal party.

Tweet Raj Sherman delivers his leadership victory speech as leadership chair Josipa Petrunic, and candidates Laurie Blakeman, Hugh MacDonald, and Bruce Payne look on (September 2011). The Alberta Liberals will be holding a vote to affirm or oppose the continued leadership of  Raj Sherman on June 16 at the Whitehorn Community Association in northeast Calgary. ...

CalgaryLiberal: PC candidate throws Allison under bus.

You know it’s bad in Tory town when their candidates start to throw the central campaign under a bus. Ms. Kennedy-Glans, running against Bruce Payne (Lib) in Calgary-Varsity, has called out her premier on the infamous “Do-Nothing” committee. A committee that Dr. Swann, when he was on it, used his $1,000 a month from that ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: 15 races to watch in alberta’s 2012 election.

In the lead up to the Alberta’s 2012 election, I have identified fifteen constituencies across the province that could produce interesting contests and results when the election is called. 15 races to watch in Alberta's 2012 election. 1) Highwood The Wildrose Party has staked their future in the success of leader Danielle Smith and I ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta candidate nomination update – november 2011.

The Progressive Conservatives have opened their nomination process, leading a number of candidates to declared their interest in opposition held constituencies. This first wave out of the floodgates have allowed me to update the list of declared and nominated candidates for the next provincial election: Calgary-Buffalo: Dawna Haslam announced on her Facebook profile that she ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: photos: alberta liberals choose raj sherman as their new leader.

Alberta Liberals chose their new leader today in Edmonton. Former Tory MLA Raj Sherman was selected on their first ballot over veteran MLAs Hugh MacDonald and Laurie Blakeman, and Calgarians Bill Harvey and Bruce Payne. Here are some photos of today’s event: About 150 people attended the Alberta Liberal leadership event today at the University ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: the doc is in. former tory mla raj sherman is the new alberta liberal leader.

Results of today’s Alberta Liberal leadership vote: Raj Sherman wins with 54% on te first ballot (more results coming soon). Raj Sherman 54% 4684 votes Hugh MacDonald 26% 2239 votes Laurie Blakeman 9% 854 votes Bill Harvey 7% 626 votes Bruce Payne 2% 197 votes Total: 8640 votes Dr. Raj Sherman was first elected as ...

CalgaryGrit: This Week in Alberta – The Liberals Pick a Leader

It will be a busy fall politically, with provincial elections in Ontario, Saskatchewan, PEI, Newfoundland, and Manitoba. Although we likely won’t see an Alberta vote until 2012, the province will get a new Premier, thanks to Ed Stelmach’s surprise resignation in January. The first round of voting takes place on September 17th, and assuming no ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: raj sherman sweeps alberta liberal leadership poll.

Readers voted in this poll between September 6 and 9. When asked who will win the Alberta Liberal Party leadership vote on September 10, readers of this blog overwhelmingly chose former Tory MLA Raj Sherman. Four-term Edmonton-Gold Bar Liberal MLA Hugh MacDonald placed a distant second and Edmonton-Centre MLA Laurie Blakeman and conservative Calgarian Bill ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: guest post: decision time for the alberta liberals.

Alberta Liberal Party leadership candidates (left to right) Bill Harvey, Bruce Payne, Raj Sherman, Laurie Blakeman, and Hugh MacDonald On Saturday September 10, the Alberta Liberals will select their next leader following current leader David Swann’s resignation from the post, announced this past January. An understanding of the dynamics that lead to the initiation of ...

CalgaryLiberal: Alberta Liberal Leadership Survey: Bruce Payne

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David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The other leadership race: Can the Alberta Liberals survive Raj Sherman as leader?

Your blogger with Dr. Sherman, back in the day. Below: Hugh MacDonald, Laurie Blakeman. Can the Alberta Liberals survive the election of Raj Sherman as their leader? This question has to be asked because the probability now seems quite high that Dr. Sherman will in fact win the Liberal leadership on Sept. 10. Dr. Sherman ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta liberals register more than 27,000 eligible voters. no surprise that their leadeship contest is a largely urban affair.

Map of eligible voters in the September 10 Liberal leadership contest by constituency. The Alberta Liberal Party announced yesterday that over 27,567 Albertans are eligible to vote in their party’s September 10 leadership contest. The eligible group of supporters include 3,690 paid members and 23,877 “registered supporters” who could participate by registering their name and ...

CalgaryGrit: ALP Leadership Candidate Profiles: All Aboard the Payne Train!

The Alberta Liberals will be selecting a new leader on September 10th, from among 5 candidates: Laurie Blakeman, Hugh MacDonald, Raj Sherman, Bruce Payne, and Bill Harvey. To vote, simply register here as an ALP supporter by August 19th. Today, the first of a five part series profiling the candidates. I’m not supporting anyone in ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta liberals boast boost in supporters.

Toasting the success of their open membership program, the Alberta Liberals have announced that over the course of the past few months, their party has signed up 15,500 “supporters” to participate in their upcoming leadership contest. These supporters do not have to purchase memberships (of which the Liberals claim to have 3,500 paid members) and ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: what to make of the wildrose drop, the ndp growth, and the tory restoration?

I am not the first political watcher to weigh in with my views on the Calgary Herald–Edmonton Journal poll conducted by Environics that I mentioned on my blog yesterday morning, but I am going to offer my thoughts nonetheless. The poll of 900 Albertans showed that the Progressive Conservatives have once again risen to a ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: liberal leadership candidates woo edmonton supporters.

  Liberal leadership candidates (L-R) Bruce Payne, Raj Sherman, Laurie Blakeman, and Hugh MacDonald. More than 200 dedicated Liberal Party supporters piled into Edmonton’s Santa Maria Centre yesterday evening to hear candidates for their party’s leadership speak and answer questions. I attended and was surprised to discover a fairly lively evening for a traditional style all-candidates ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: liberal mla accused of leading “super secret cabel.”

The accused cabeller, MLA Laurie Blakeman. Former Liberal Communications Director Neil Mackie has accused leadership candidate and Edmonton-Centre MLA Laurie Blakeman of being part of a secret conspiracy to merge the Liberal Party with the Alberta Party. Commenting on a recent post on this blog, Mr. Mackie, who is also Campaign Director to leadership candidate ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: a look at the alberta liberal leadership candidates.

You might be forgiven if you have not paid much attention to the Alberta Liberal Party leadership contest, which is currently underway. The Liberal contest is not as exciting as the Progressive Conservative’s leadership contest, as flashy as the Wildrose (now minus the Alliance), or intriguing as the new Alberta Party, but it is important ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: bill harvey enters liberal leadership contest.

Calgary financial services executive Bill Harvey is the fifth candidates to join the Alberta Liberal leadership contest. Mr. Harvey was the Liberal candidate in Calgary-East in 2004 and 2008, where he earned 28% of the vote each time. He was also an unsuccessful candidate for the Liberal nomination in Calgary-McCall in 1991. While running a “tough ...

CalgaryLiberal: Bruce Payne: Why I’m an Alberta Liberal

Bruce Payne, leadership candidate for the Alberta Liberal Party, talks about why he’s an Alberta Liberal.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta liberals hype structural changes.

Groundbreaking. Gargantuan. Real renewal. Politics re-imagined. These are all words that I have heard used to describe the changes made to the Liberal Party’s internal structure at a special general meeting last weekend. Do any of these words really apply? Not really, but that does not mean that the changes are not good. In a ...

CalgaryLiberal: New Liberals: Alberta Liberals Convention recap

As I left the Alberta Liberal Party convention yesterday I was exhausted. Between doing a panel on social media, attending almost 24 hours of straight training and politics, and then being at the Bruce Payne suite until 3 am in the morning with a bunch of young Liberals yacking it up about what needed to ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Alberta Liberals’ open nomination scheme will not fix the party’s existential crisis

Alberta Liberals follow party leader Dr. David Swann down a street in Calgary. Alberta political party supporters may not be exactly as illustrated. (Photo grabbed from sveinnbirkir.tumblr.com/.) Below: the real Dr. Swann, Dr. Raj Sherman. Are they nuts?In an effort to end their party’s continuing implosion, Alberta Liberals voted at their convention in Calgary yesterday ...