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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Rejection of Gay-Straight Alliances motion shows some Alberta MLAs need a reality check

TweetBe it resolved that the Legislative Assembly urge the Government to introduce legislation, like Manitoba’s and Ontario’s, requiring all school boards to develop policies to support students who want to lead and establish gay-straight alliance activities and organizations, using any name that is consistent with the promotion of a positive school environment that is inclusive, […]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Should the Alberta NDP accept corporate donations?

TweetWith vibrant progressive campaigns winning on the municipal-level in Calgary and Edmonton, it is difficult to understand why there is not be a progressive party, or even a non-conservative party, able to compete on the provincial-level in Alberta. Alberta’s progressive political parties are being left in the dust by the large fundraising machines of the […]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Albertans defend modest pensions, Redford staff defend Palm Springs flight

TweetAbout 2,000 Albertans from every corner of the province braved the -33C windchill yesterday to defend their modest pension plans at a rally in Edmonton’s Churchill Square. Many municipal and provincial employees are concerned that Finance minister Doug Horner‘s proposed changes to Alberta’s public sector pension plans could impact their retirement security. Despite rhetoric about ‘gold-plated pension […]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Phone poll suggests NDP MLA testing waters for leadership bid?

TweetIs there an undeclared race underway to become leader of the Alberta NDP? An interactive voice response poll calling Albertans on February 11 suggests there just might be. The automated phone poll conducted by the Toronto-based Research House began with innocuous questions aimed at gaging opinions about the current Progressive Conservative government and other political party leaders, […]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination races begin for federal election 2015

TweetThere are 705 days until Monday, October 19, 2015, when the next Canadian federal election is scheduled to be held. With less than two years until Canadians choose who will serve as Members of Parliament and with new electoral boundaries coming into effect at the next election, candidates across Alberta are preparing to seek party […]

Alberta Diary: Rising Tory interest in St. Albert-Edmonton nomination could set the stage for something completely different!

Ryan Hastman’s business card, handed out at last weekend’s Conservative Convention in Calgary. Below: Mr. Hastman, Independent MP Brent Rathgeber, competing Tory candidate Michael Cooper and the other side of Mr. Hastman’s card.

ST. ALBERT, Alberta

There’s a new candidate in the race for the Conservative Party of Canada’s nomination in the St. Albert-Edmonton riding: Ryan Hastman, who carried the Conservative banner in the last federal election in Edmonton-Strathcona.

This isn’t quite official, but it’s official enough, seeing as business cards were being circulated at last weekend’s federal Conservative convention in Calgary saying “Ryan Hastman for St. Albert-Edmonton” on one (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Queue-jumping inquiry report surely wounds Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman

Wildrose Opposition Leader Danielle Smith, looking for all the world like a future premier, lands a few easy punches on the government after the release yesterday of the health care queue-jumping inquiry report. Below: Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman and former AHS CEO Stephen Duckett, both assailed in the report by Commissioner John Z. Vertes.

Time will tell if the report of Alberta’s inquiry into medical queue jumping turns out to be the skillful strategic win for the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Alison Redford it appeared to be when it was released yesterday morning.

But one thing is virtually (Read more…)

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Queue-jumping report quashes another Tory scandal

TweetOver the past eight months, Premier Alison Redford‘s Tories have been quickly dispatching the handful of scandals and allegations that dogged them and robbed them of their political agenda throughout 2012. Facing an aggressive Wildrose official opposition, the Progressive Conservatives were marred by controversy as they struggled to put forward a coherent government agenda in the months […]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Politics with your Folk

TweetFor this political junkie, one of the small highlights of attending Edmonton’s Folk Music Festival each year is flipping through the $5 programme book to sneak a look at the political ads placed in the programme guide. The political ads are always from politicians sitting in the political centre or left and the best ones are […]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Scott McKeen, Bev Esslinger enter open city council races

TweetWith three of Edmonton’s City Councillors in the mayoral election and two councillors retiring, there are now five open Ward’s in this year’s municipal election. With five out of twelve city councillors not running for re-election, the open races are attracting a handful of eager candidates. As first reported on this blog, former Edmonton Journal [...]

Alberta Diary: Redford Government, Alberta Health Services Division, drops two political hot potatoes

Health Minister Fred Horne, at the wheel of Alberta Health Services, reverses course on some unpopular policies faster than you can say “take action to improve care.” The actual AHS does not actually resemble an NDP-orange Dodge Charger from Hazzard County, Alberta. Below: AHS Administrative Officer Janet Davidson, at right, with the real Fred Horne.

If you ever wanted proof there’s more to democracy than just elections, and that democratic protest can really make a difference, all you have to do is think about the screeching bootleg turn executed by Alberta Health Services yesterday.

The G-forces must have been (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Four-day school scheme shows Tories view Fort McMurray as not much more than a work camp

Public School District students await dismissal for the week on a Thursday afternoon in Fort McMurray. Actual students may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Edmonton-Calder NDP MLA David Eggen; former Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Guy Boutilier.

And where, the good people of Fort McMurray should be asking themselves today as Canadians scratch their heads at the idea of four-day school for children in the Alberta oil sands boom town, is Guy Boutilier now that they really need him?

Mr. Boutilier, as readers with long memories may recall, was the Conservative MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo who was kicked out

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Alberta Diary: Why wait? Read 2013’s shocking political headlines right now on Alberta Diary!

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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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Scandal, controversy, and electoral fortunes? What does 2013 hold for Alberta politics?

TweetWhat does 2013 hold for Alberta’s political leaders? Do their performances in 2012 shed any light on how the next year will play out? Saved from defeat by controversial comments made by social conservative elements of the Wildrose Party, Premier Alison Redford led the Progressive Conservative Party to its 12th consecutive electoral victory since 1971. [...]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Who are Alberta’s top MLAs of 2012?

TweetIt has become tradition on this blog that near the end of each year I publish a list of Members of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly who have been the best, worst, or most notable of the past year. Each year’s list has taken a different form and focus (see 2010 and 2011), and the addition of [...]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: IT’S A RACE! New poll shows emerging three-way race in Calgary-Centre by-election.

TweetA new survey conducted by Forum Research shows a three-way race in the Calgary-Centre by-election between Conservative Joan Crockatt, Liberal Harvey Locke, and Green Chris Turner. As reported by the Globe & Mail, the November survey of 376 ran… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: IT’S A RACE! New poll shows emerging three-way race in Calgary-Centre by-election.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Beyond Question Period: Debating Bill 1.

TweetIf you pay attention to political pundits or follow the #ableg hashtag on Twitter, you will have read about how nasty and partisan the fall sitting of the Legislative Assembly has been. But if you logout of Twitter for a bit and ignore the embarrassing theatrics of Question Period, you will find some substantial debate and [...]

Alberta Diary: Ex PC MLA speaks: Fear and loathing on the Alberta Conservative trail

Conservatives get together to discuss their futures in Alberta. Political figures may not be entirely as illustrated. Below: Former MLA Doug Elniski.

CALGARY

Doug Elniski is a nice guy … for an Alberta Tory … and he’ll tell you that himself. But take it from me, it’s true.

The former Progressive Conservative MLA for Edmonton-Calder, who may have decided not to run again in the April 23 Alberta election rather than be beaten by New Democrat Dave Eggen, can be described as pretty easy going, careless about the implications of what he says, and really, really big. Like, six-foot six,

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Alberta Diary: Ex-MLA speaks: Fear and loathing in the Redford Government’s back rooms

Ex-MLA relations in the government of Alberta Premier Alison Redford. Alberta politicians may not be entirely as illustrated. Below: Former MLA Doug Elniski.

CALGARY

Doug Elniski is a nice guy … for an Alberta Tory … and he’ll tell you that himself. But take it from me, it’s true.

The former Progressive Conservative MLA for Edmonton-Calder, who may have decided not to run again in the April 23 Alberta election rather than be beaten by New Democrat Dave Eggen, can be described as pretty easy going, careless about the implications of what he says, and really, really big. Like, six-foot

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: fifty years of alberta ndp.

TweetNew Democrats from across Alberta have gathered in Edmonton this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their party’s founding. Attendees at this weekend’s annual convention will hear from NDP leader Brian Mason, MLAs Rachel Notley, Deron Bilous, and David Eggen, Member of Parliament Linda Duncan, and federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. With only 4 elected MLAs [...]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: carmangay confusion puts tory southern alberta prospects to the torch.

TweetConfusion about the closure of the Little Bow Continuing Care Centre in the tiny southern Alberta village of Carmangay has triggered a backlash by local residents against the Progressive Conservative government. The closure of the facility, which houses local residents and is the main employer in the community, has also united politicians from across the [...]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: it’s getting a little more crowded on the ndp tarp.

TweetThe Alberta NDP ad in the 2012 Edmonton Folk Music Festival program.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Alison Redford opens Edmonton Pride Festival – but goes AWOL from parade

Your blogger, with Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman. Where were the PCs? Below: Some of the throng in Churchill Square, NDP MLAs David Eggen, Rachel Notley and Deron Bilous, Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman.

Edmonton’s Pride Parade yesterday can only be described as a massive success, proof of the assertion real Albertans don’t care a fig about a person’s sexuality, gender identity or even how they dress.

Surely there were 20,000 people in the streets for the parade, including, God bless them, Albertans in hijabs and Hutterite bonnets. Rain was promised by the weatherperson but the warm sun beamed down, approval

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: photos: politicians in edmonton’s pride parade 2012.

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Dave Colburn, chair of Edmonton's Public School Board.

NDP MLA's David Eggen and Deron Bilous.

Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman (second from the left)

Edmonton City Councillors Ben Henderson, Kim Krushell, and Dave Loken.

Liberal MLA Raj Sherman

Quebec NDP MP Dany Morin and former Edmonton candidate Lewis Cardinal.

See more photos here.

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: the day after: alberta election analysis.

Alberta Election Results 2012

What was expected to be the most exciting provincial election in history of our province turned out to be a continuation of the 41-year old Progressive Conservative dynasty. The pollsters, the media, and the pundits (including this blogger) appear to have completely misjudged the electoral climate in the final days of the election.

Unofficial Results PC: 61 Wildrose: 17 Liberal: 5 NDP: 4

It appears that the PC Party call to moderate voters to vote strategically to block the Wildrose Party from forming government was successful in Calgary, Edmonton, and northern Alberta.

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