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Alberta Politics: Tales from the Political Crypt: Vote for me and I’ll give it all to charity!

PHOTOS: Your blogger with Carl Benito, back in the day. Below: Brian “Clipper” Jean in his wedding canoe, and Jason Kenney, a confirmed bachelor, striking an appropriately W.L. Mackenzie King-like pose. The latter two politicians are the principal … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Tales from the Political Crypt: Vote for me and I’ll give it all to charity!

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Who will run to succeed Amarjeet Sohi in the Ward 12 by-election?

On Oct. 19, City Councillor Amarjeet Sohi was elected as a Member of Parliament in the federal riding of Edmonton-Mill Woods. With Mr. Sohi’s resignation from city council in order to take his seat in the House of Commons, and his… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Alberta Election 2015: Could be more interesting than expected!

Albertans are heading to the polls on May 5, 2015 to elect the next Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Like the past twelve elections since 1971, the May 5 vote will almost certainly result in the re-election of the Progressive Conservative… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Tories invite Mike Allen back in, Wildrose show Joe Anglin the door

TweetProgressive Conservative MLAs have voted to extend an invitation to Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen to rejoin their caucus. Mr. Allen, a relatively popular first-term politician in his constituency, left the PC caucus after he was arrested while trying to hire two prostitutes in St. Paul, Minnesota. Unfortunately for the Mr. Allen, the prostitutes . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Tories invite Mike Allen back in, Wildrose show Joe Anglin the door

CalgaryGrit: Alberta Votes Day 5: This time, when we say "It’s time", it really is time

A collection of random nuggets from the first week on the campaign trail…

1. The leader’s debate has been set for 6:30 mountain time on Thursday, April 12th. Unless of course, the Flames make the playoffs and play that night, in which case the leaders will fall over each other to demand it get moved.

. . . → Read More: CalgaryGrit: Alberta Votes Day 5: This time, when we say "It’s time", it really is time

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta election day 2: health care, balanced budgets, and benitomania.

Premier Alison Redford with PC candidates John Barlow and Evan Berger (photo from Alison4Premier Facebook Page).

Campaigning in the same constituency yesterday, it is interesting to wonder what Premier Alison Redford and Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith would have said to each other if their paths had intersected. Close polls, push polls, and . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: alberta election day 2: health care, balanced budgets, and benitomania.

In This Corner: Election Day 1: The BS hits the fan

Ah, election time. The promises are flying, candidates come out of hiding, and the lowly, forgotten voter becomes the belle of the ball.

The election is underway, so let the blogging begin!

I Call Bullshit On That #1: Alison Redford came out swinging at the Wildrose, saying the party killed the Education Act. “We didn’t . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Election Day 1: The BS hits the fan

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: return of benitomania. will carl benito run as an independent in the upcoming election?

Sign supporting MLA Carl Benito on the corner of 34th Avenue and Mill Woods Road.

Signs supporting MLA Carl Benito on the corner of 34th Avenue and Mill Woods Road.

A reader of this blog spotted these two signs yesterday morning on the corner of 34th Avenue and Mill Woods Road in . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: return of benitomania. will carl benito run as an independent in the upcoming election?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: tories nearing a full-slate of candidates, opposition parties all over the map in election preparation.

After a week away from the blogging world, I spent some time this weekend catching up with plenty of election nomination candidate updates. Alberta’s political parties are all in varying degrees of preparation for the upcoming election and for the next session of the Legislative Assembly. The Spring sitting of the Assembly begins this week . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: tories nearing a full-slate of candidates, opposition parties all over the map in election preparation.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Alberta tidbits: Can market-fundamentalist Wildrose Party be trusted to pull plug on high electricity costs?

Contemplating Alberta electricity prices, consumers are usually not as cheerful looking as illustrated. Below: Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith; Edmonton-Mill Woods MLA Carl Benito, former premier Ed Stelmach.

Now that the far-right Wildrose Party is poaching Alberta NDP policy, could we trust them to carry it out?Doubtful, but you can hardly blame Wildrose Leader Danielle . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Alberta tidbits: Can market-fundamentalist Wildrose Party be trusted to pull plug on high electricity costs?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta tories holding a packed nomination week.

I have updated the list of nominated Alberta election candidates to include the following three Progressive Conservative nominees:

Edmonton-Centre: Young lawyer Akash Khokhar defeated Nicole Martel to win the PC nomination. In the next election, Mr. Khokhar will face Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman, who has represented the constituency since 1997.

Edmonton-Gold Bar: Past Mayoral candidate . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: alberta tories holding a packed nomination week.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta election candidate update – january 2012.

With an election fast approaching, Alberta’s political parties are busy nominating candidates across the province. Here is a regional breakdown showing where candidates have been nominated and some of the recent updates.

Nominated Alberta Election candidates by region (January 16, 2012)

Airdrie: Former Airdrie Mayor Linda Bruce and current Alderman Kelly Hegg are seeking . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: alberta election candidate update – january 2012.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta election candidate update – december 2011 (part 2)

The list of candidates nominated to stand in the next provincial general election continues to grow.

Nominated Alberta election candidates by region. December 15, 2011

Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock: Westlock Town Councillor David Truckey is the first candidate to enter the Progressive Conservative nomination contest in the constituency being vacated by long-time MLA Ken Kowalski. The PCs . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: alberta election candidate update – december 2011 (part 2)

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta candidate nomination update – november 2011 (part 3)

For the past year I have been maintaining a list of declared and nominated candidates planning to stand in Alberta’s next provincial general election. To give readers a better idea about where in the province the five main political parties are actually nominating candidates, I have created an easy spreadsheet with a regional breakdown.

. . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: alberta candidate nomination update – november 2011 (part 3)

Straight Outta Edmonton: Carl Benito Throws Wife Under Bus, Figuratively Speaking

Edmonton-Milwoods MLA Carl Benito provides a bizarre explanation for paying his property taxes. His wife forgot… even though he disclosed these unpaid taxes months before he submitted his Public Disclosure Statement to Alberta’s Ethics commissioner (found below).

Listen to audio of Benito’s press scrum

Benito by Karen Kleiss

Benito’s Public Disclosure Statement:

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Straight Outta Edmonton: Carl Benito Throws Wife Under Bus, Figuratively Speaking

Edmonton-Milwoods MLA Carl Benito provides a bizarre explanation for paying his property taxes. His wife forgot… even though he disclosed these unpaid taxes months before he submitted his Public Disclosure Statement to Alberta’s Ethics commissioner (… . . . → Read More: Straight Outta Edmonton: Carl Benito Throws Wife Under Bus, Figuratively Speaking