If it wasn’t obvious already, the last decade of resource politics in Canada should offer us a reminder that the immediate development of resources without meaningful consideration of externalities and risks is all too often a default position.
But if there’s anything that can shatter the consensus of developing resources based on the bare hope that people will benefit as a result, it’s a sufficiently laughable attempt to push it past what people can reasonably accept – particularly by explicitly prioritizing the resources themselves over the people who are supposed to support their development.
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Initially turned away by Wildrose Party officials, controversial Conservative Member of Parliament Rob Anders has asked the Wildrose Party for a “waiver” to run for the party’s leadership. Having lost bids for federal Conservative nominations in Calgary-Signal Hill and Bow River last… Continue Reading →
Edmonton Public School Board Trustee Sarah Hoffman is expected to make an announcement on Monday, January 19 that could signal a jump into provincial politics. Speculation is rampant that Ms. Hoffman could be announcing plans to seek the New Democratic Party nomination in Edmonton-Glenora constituency. The… Continue Reading →
TweetThis week’s defection of nine Wildrose MLAs to the Progressive Conservative Caucus has drastically impacted Alberta’s electoral map. The governing PCs now hold 72 of 87 electoral constituencies with the remaining opposition consisting of 5 Wildrose MLAs, 5 Liberal MLAs, 4 New Democrats and 1 Independent MLA. The mass-floor crossing could increase the likelihood of an early … Continue reading Could the Wildrose collapse mean an early 2015 election? →
Fort McMurray, before the Bitumen Boom. Things have changed. Below: Conservative Fort McMurray-Athabasca candidate David Yurdiga, Liberal candidate Kyle Harrietha, NDP candidate Lori McDaniel, former Conservative MP Brian Jean.
If the good people of Fort McMurray climb out of bed this morning and decide to elect a Liberal to represent them in Parliament, there will be shock, dismay and consternation throughout Alberta.
But, fear not my fellow Albertans, even in the unlikely event this happens, it almost certainly won’t mean whatever you are told it means.
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He says he’s been:From here. A weird smell to this. Alison Redford won last time by rejecting teh crazies. Can’t see her embracing them any time soon.
PS. Here’s my entire Craig Chandler file.
The Dagny Taggarts, a synchronized skating team from Ottawa get ready to do their popular routine, “Where Is John Galt?” Defence Minister Joan Crockatt is in the front row, second from right. Below: Senator Tom Flanagan; U of C economics student Kim Jong-un, in full Calgary drag; Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk, ecstatic for his boss; and Nobel Prize winner Raj Sherman with the author. Actual events may not turn out exactly as predicted.
Why wait for 2013’s headlines when you can read them here on Alberta Dairy right now? In a spirit of transparency bordering on clairvoyance, Alberta Diary
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TweetOn Saturday, August 25, Conservative Party members in the riding of Calgary-Centre will choose a candidate to carry their party’s banner in an upcoming and yet-to-be called by-election. Six candidates are contesting the nomination. The Conservative candidate is widely expected to win the by-election in this moderate conservative voting downtown Calgary riding. Here is a [...]
Your blogger in happier times with departing Alberta Party Leader Glenn Taylor. Below: Party luminaries Michael Walters and Sue Huff.
Get ready for the Big Re-Think. Or the Long Goodbye. Or something…
Alberta Party Leader Glenn Taylor has resigned, the world learned yesterday. He’ll step from the provincial political stage on Sept. 22, when the party holds its annual general meeting.
Not that the former mayor of Hinton had much choice, having failed to gain the toehold of even a single seat in the Legislature for the bold experiment in doing politics differently in Alberta.
Always a party inclined to
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After weeks of bad press caused by the disqualification of nominated Calgary-West candidate Shiraz Shariff, the Progressive Conservatives announced yesterday that they would be holding a new nomination meeting in that constituency.
In what amounts to a re-vote, only the four candidates involved in the original vote will be allowed to contest the new nomination on March 3. In the original vote, which was marred with controversy, Mr. Shariff was said to have defeated past Alberta Health Services chairman Ken Hughes by only a handful of votes. The third and fourth place candidates were Calgary Police
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Fresh from his campaign to get right-winger Bill Harvey elected as leader of the Liberal Party, ultra-conservative activist Craig Chandler and his acolytes from the Progressive Group for Independent Business have now set their sights on Danielle Smith‘s Wildrose Party. Mr. Chandler has pushed his internet campaign machine into high-gear by adding hundreds of his Facebook [...] . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: craig chandler launches anti-wildrose facebook group.
What kind of leader will Raj Sherman be? This is a tough question to answer. As Edmonton Journal columnist Graham Thomson somewhat dramatically described yesterday: Sherman – energetic, intelligent, charismatic – could prove to be a political white knight riding to the Liberals’ rescue. Or Sherman – inexperienced, mercurial, impetuous – could yet prove to [...] . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: what’s next for raj sherman and the alberta liberals?
There’s this story in the G&M, so you know it isn’t a joke. Nevertheless, the email from Craig Chandler at the PGIB (Progressive Group for Independent Business) wants you to know:Craig Chandler, the “don’t move to Alta. if you… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Craig Chandler Goes Liberal!
This week’s sign of the apocalypse – an e-mail sent out today by Craig Chandler to all PGIB members:From: “PGIB Head Office” Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2011 11:33:02 -0600To: Craig ChandlerReplyTo: “PGIB Head Office” Subject: A Serious Leadership Message For Alb… . . . → Read More: CalgaryGrit: Craig Chandler Supports the Liberals
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 [...] . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: a look at the alberta liberal leadership candidates.
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 [...] . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: bill harvey enters liberal leadership contest.
The hyper-conservative Progressive Group for Independent Business is targeting Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Gary Mar with a low-quality online campaign ad. The ad compares Mr. Mar’s four years as Alberta’s representative in Washington DC to former Liberal Party of Canada leader Michael Ignatieff‘s decades living outside of Canada. I am nothing close to a supporter [...] . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: pgib attack gary mar with ad channeling michael ignatieff.
BONUS Chandler rants! Chandler on Calgary mayoral candidate Naheed Nenshi: Poetry in motion, Chandler style: You think Veterans are safe from Chandler’s hysterics? No. (He’s in the 4th shot, but the full conversation is provided for context): The federal election will be held May 2, which means …. Liberals hate Christians. Tagged: Craig Chandler, PGIB, … Continue reading →