Nenshi made history in 2010. His Chief of Staff might do the same in 2015.
We’ve all heard the jokes.
When Calgary was hit with flooding in 2005, the Calgary Herald ran a delicious cartoon showing a giant ark being loaded up at the Stampede grounds, and Noah lamenting that, despite his instructions to rescue 2 of each kind, he couldn’t find a second Liberal.
It’s been 46 years since the Liberals won a seat in Calgary, meaning local grits are 0 for their last 83. However, loss number 83 in that streak – Harvey Locke’s near miss in the (Read more…)
TweetThere has been plenty of activity this week as candidates from all political parties put forward their names to run in Canada’s next federal election, scheduled to be held in October 2015. Wooing voters and potential candidates alike, both New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau travelled through Alberta this week. […]
TweetWill former provincial cabinet minister Ron Liepert make the jump into federal politics? With the launch of the TimeToDoBetter.ca website today, rumours began to spread that the former two-term Calgary-West Progressive Conservative MLA turned consultant could challenge ultra-conservative Rob Anders for the Conservative Party nomination in the new Calgary Signal Hill riding. Mr. Liepert’s candidacy […]
2013 has been a rather tough year for this blogger. I ran for the Vice Presidency of the Alberta Liberal Party and was unsuccessful. Quite quickly I found I had little support in Edmonton and that I had to work harder to earn the trust of people. It was truly a humbling experience. When the Alberta […]
Samara — a non-partisan group focused on involving more people into the political process — has nominated yours truly for its Everyday Political Citizen Project. As a young man of 22 years who has been involved in all three levels of politics as a volunteer, writing this blog for the last four years, and someone […]
Don’t gloat. Don’t lose that smile. Don’t get distracted. The real goal is the election in 2015. The NDP have been pushed aside. In the 2012 byelection in Calgary-Centre the NDP went down to 2%, and in Labrador they were moved aside in today’s byelection. The Conservatives have been somewhat humbled — taking illegal donations [...]
Either after the upcoming federal election, or the one after, the Green Party of Canada will fade away from existence. Firstly, its fundamental reason for existence has been taken on by other parties. Preston Manning, arch-conservative of the Conservative Party of Canada and head of the Manning Centre for Democracy, has called for a green [...]
The Alberta Liberals are under attack. The Liberals are being assailed from every party from every corner of this province. The march to the middle has been of pronounced presence by almost every political faction in Alberta. The NDP have made open moves toward Liberal voters, campaigning hard in long held seats like Edmonton-Gold Bar and [...]
Harvey Locke ran a great campaign in Calgary-Centre taking a strong second place. and keeping the Conservatives under 40% in the so-called “Conservative heartland” is nothing to sneeze at. I am proud of the campaign the Liberals ran in all … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Lessons for the Liberals from the Calgary-Centre by-election
It has been a wonder of a campaign. For the Harvey Locke campaign the Liberals doubled their support from 2011 (going from 17% to 32%) and sent a message that Calgarians were willing to give the Liberals a crack at representing them. It was a 4% spread… . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Calgary-Centre: The Day After
The media love a good narrative, and once they decide on a narrative they’ll do anything to force events into their box, whether the events fit inside that box. Right now, one of their favourite narratives is that the Liberal Party is dying. Sadly for them, we refuse to go.
They said our fundraising would dry up; it hasn’t. They said we’d stay down in the polls; not lately we haven’t. They said no one would run for our leadership; there’s more potential contenders than you can shake a good-sized stick at. They said it will be a coronation; the (Read more…)
In all my years blogging about Calgary politics, I never thought “Liberals blow by-election” is a story I’d have to write. “Liberals lose” is a common headline for a party that hasn’t won a seat in Calgary since 1968, during the height of Trudeaumania (the first round of Trudeaumania that is). But while some Liberals have come down with “candidate’s disease” over the years (symptoms include house hunting in Ottawa), the reality is the Liberal Party is never even in … → . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Old Habits Die Hard
Alice offers up the definitive analysis of last night’s federal by-elections, and I won’t go over too much of the same territory. But I’ll quickly add a few observations for each party – as everybody looks to have some reason for concern.And yes, I inc… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On post-mortems
Voters in Durham, Victoria, and Calgary Centre head to the polls tonight in what were originally pegged as three “safe” by-elections. The story appears to be following the script in Durham and Victoria but, unexpectedly, Calgary Centre has become the riding to watch. When Lee Richardson resigned from Parliament last spring, no one could have fathomed the type of bizarro world we’d find ourselves in, with the Tories on the ropes, the Greens attacking the Liberals, and two-year old comments … → . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Battleground Calgary Centre
A lot of talk has been made of strategic voting in the last week. While Harvey Locke does have the best chance (see this poll for the latest information and Locke’s appeal here) there is something to be said about him as a candidate. There is no… . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Three Reasons You Should Vote for Harvey Locke
It’s close. Yesterday the Harvey Locke team in Calgary-Centre ID untold numbers of voters and knocked on 10,000 doors. The race is close in Calgary-Centre and, for the first time in almost 40 years, a Liberal might be sent to Ottawa from Calgary…. . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: 10,000 Doors in One Day — Calgary-Centre: It’s Close.
If Harvey Locke is elected in Calgary-Centre the portfolio of energy critic for the Liberals is wide open. This may be a plus for the Liberal campaign in Calgary-Centre after all. Anyway, properly tarred and feathered for his comments the member who … . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Taking Calgary Seriously: David McGuinty Resigns Over Alberta Comments
There’s been plenty of talk in recent weeks about how the Calgary Centre by-election might serve as either the time for an inter-party pact to limit voters’ options opposing the Harper Cons, or a spur to future movement on the same front. But before we… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On competitive questions
New Globe and Mail Poll Liberal Harvey Locke is within the margin of error of Tory Joan Crockatt. It’s close. Just as close as last week’s poll. Harvey Locke, who has been consistently talking about having progressive values — of bein… . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Liberals still in hairs breadth from Tories in Calgary-Centre — MoE has them in statistical heat
Jack Layton’s stunning success in the May 2011 election broke the grip of the do-nothing Bloc in Quebec, and made it legitimate for voters across Canada to consider the unthinkable.Now along comes the by election of Calgary Centre, and the polls have t… . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Calgary Center by-election: Move over, Peek a Boo Tories, here comes the Red Tide!
With a week to go Harvey Locke is 2% short of taking on the Tories and winning in Calgary-Centre. It’s that close. That’s some 100 votes. This is a once in 40 years chance to upset the Tories, send them a message, and show that Calgarians w… . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: 2%.
Wednesday was not a typical day for Calgary Grits. While leadership candidates must all fly into town, knowing the party’s weighted-by-riding leadership system makes a vote there far more valuable than a vote in Toronto, I have never seen a serious candidate launch their leadership campaign from the heart of Conservative country. But there was Martha Hall Findlay at the Stampede grounds, declaring her intentions to run for Liberal leader. It’s tempting to write off the Calgary launch as a … → . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Liberal Heartland Calgary
… of 376 randomly selected residents puts Ms. Crockatt in first place – but pegs her support at just 32 per cent, down from 48 per cent in a similar poll held two weeks earlier. Liberal candidate Harvey Locke had the backing of 30 per cent of t… . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Libs are 2% behind the Tory in Calgary-Centre. Huh.
There’s a split in Calgary in the conservatives. And it’s about principles. Calgary Herald: Provincial rift spreads to federal realm Calgary Herald: “Pat Moore says she doesn’t like the way the Conservative nomination was controlle… . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: By-Election Update: Tories Flipping to Liberals in Calgary-Centre