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Alberta Politics: Alberta NDP defies voters by continuing to govern as if it won the election that put it in power: political scientist

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, running the province as if she had a majority government! What next? Below: University of Calgary political scientist and Calgary Herald columnist Barry Cooper, Broadbent Institute Director Rick Smith and Wildrose… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Alberta NDP defies voters by continuing to govern as if it won the election that put it in power: political scientist

Alberta Politics: If we’d been paying attention, perhaps we wouldn’t be so shocked by the U of C’s corporate-influence scandal

PHOTOS: The University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, conveniently located adjacent to the oil corporations’ towers in downtown Cowtown. Below: The writers of the notorious Alberta separatist Firewall Manifesto, which then-premier Ralph Klein wisely tossed into the garbage; Calgary School alumni and Firewall signa-Tories Stephen Harper, Tom Flanagan and Ted Morton in appropriate garb. . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: If we’d been paying attention, perhaps we wouldn’t be so shocked by the U of C’s corporate-influence scandal

Alberta Diary: What are Premier Jim Prentice and his three ‘agents of change’ planning for Alberta’s public service?

Alberta civil servants: do you get the feeling someone may have their eye on you? Below: Agents of change Richard Dicerni, Ian Brodie, Oryssia Lennie and Steve West.

Premier Jim Prentice says he intends to “reform” Alberta’s public service, fix its low morale, reverse its “shocking” turnover and deal with its other “very . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: What are Premier Jim Prentice and his three ‘agents of change’ planning for Alberta’s public service?

Alberta Diary: Don’t let any ‘celebrities’ tell you different, we’ve got friends of science here in Alberta

Don’t worry: you have absolutely nothing to do with the apocalypse. You might as well mine more bitumen while you wait for it. Below: Barry Cooper; another version of the Friends of Science billboard; yet another great billboard supporting democracy and the people. Billboard photos found on the Internet.

Alberta’s “Friends of . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Don’t let any ‘celebrities’ tell you different, we’ve got friends of science here in Alberta

Alberta Diary: Tom Flanagan, neoconservative spiritual leader, consigned to utter darkness

Conservative icon Tom Flanagan’s defining moment. Below: Dr. Flanagan in happier times; the six signatories of the Alberta separatist Firewall Manifesto; Richard Nixon saying goodbye during his 1952 Checkers speech. Unlike Dr. Flanagan’s likely career trajectory, Mr. Nixon came back.

Who could have predicted that yesterday would be the pope’s last . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Tom Flanagan, neoconservative spiritual leader, consigned to utter darkness

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Why Friedrich Von Hayek Must be Barred From Canada

A CULTURE OF DEFIANCE: History of the Reform-Conservative Party of Canada I realize that Friedrich Von Hayek died in 1992, but he is one of the “scholars” who helped to draft neoconservative theory.In Lawrence Martin’s book Harperland, he states that h… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Why Friedrich Von Hayek Must be Barred From Canada

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Allan Bloom Writes Harper’s War on Women Strategy

(Left to right, William Gairdner, Leo Strauss, Allan Bloom)A CULTURE OF DEFIANCE: History of the Reform-Conservative Party of Canada I first read Susan Faludi’s 1991 classic, Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, several years ago, and I… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Allan Bloom Writes Harper’s War on Women Strategy

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Calgary School, Chicago School and the Committee on Social Thought

Canada’s neoconservative movement has been slow to reach awareness in Canada, though throughout the 1990’s, neoconservatism was a term used by many journalists and political pundits, to separate the conservatism of people like Mike Harris in Ontario, R… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Calgary School, Chicago School and the Committee on Social Thought

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: On Being Shock Doctrined by the Media

While reading Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, it occurs to me that Canada, like many other nations, had become the science lab for Milton Friedman and the Chicago School.Stephen Harper’s strong connections with the Republican neoconservative movement… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: On Being Shock Doctrined by the Media