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Trashy's World: The Cons are already lining up their hate campaign in Ottawa South…

…in advance of next year’s Federal election. I was just cruising through Twitter and found this: Looking through the followers of this anonymous account, there is a veritable who’s-who of the Ottawa conservative Twitter attack dawg crew. Same ol’, same ol’…. David is and has been a very effective and responsive MP. And as the . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: The Cons are already lining up their hate campaign in Ottawa South…

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Underdog Liberal has a shot in Fort McMurray-Athabasca by-election

TweetFour federal by-elections will be held across Canada on June 30, 2014, including in Alberta’s Macleod and Fort McMurray-Athabasca ridings made vacant by the retirements of Conservative Members of Parliament Ted Menzies and Brian Jean months ago. While most general elections in Alberta can be counted on to result in broad Conservative sweeps, Albertans have . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Underdog Liberal has a shot in Fort McMurray-Athabasca by-election

Calgary Grit: Old Habits Die Hard

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

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Joan Crockatt wins close race in Calgary-Centre.

TweetIt was an exciting race for the history books! Conservative Joan Crockatt has narrowly defeated her opponents to win the federal by-election in Calgary-Centre. At 10:30pm with 241 of 263 polls reporting, Ms. Crockatt’s 9,479 (37%) votes plac… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Joan Crockatt wins close race in Calgary-Centre.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Will Calgarians surprise the nation in tomorrow’s by-election vote?

TweetVoters in Calgary-Centre will mark their ballots tomorrow in what has become a unexpected hotly contested by-election in the centre of Alberta’s largest city. The race should have been a cake-walk for the Conservatives, who have held the rid… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Will Calgarians surprise the nation in tomorrow’s by-election vote?

Alberta Diary: Wildrose leader to Albertans: You’re gullible and stupid!

Pastor Allan Hunsperger in exile, as seen by the Wildrose Party’s leadership. Below: Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith (mean photo by Dave Cournoyer); the real Allan Hunsperger; party strategist Tom Flanagan; Wildrose House Leader Rob Anderson. Despite an amusing Pierre Poutine moment before it started, the Wildrose Party’s one-day annual general meeting in Edmonton yesterday seems … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Wildrose leader to Albertans: You’re gullible and stupid!

Alberta Diary: EXCLUSIVE! Calgary Centre and Stephen Harper’s Canada bashing fallout! Did I say exclusive?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper tells the rest of Canada to be afraid, very afraid. Actual Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: the real Mr. Harper, sort of; the “despised” Bill Phipps. In the wake of Sun News Network’s stale “exclusive” about Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s commentary on Alberta politicians two years ago, … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: EXCLUSIVE! Calgary Centre and Stephen Harper’s Canada bashing fallout! Did I say exclusive?

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany…

… unapologetically-a-fan-of-my-MP edition… I am getting more than a little pissed off about the treatment that my MP, David McGuinty, is getting these days just because he lost his composure for an instant and blurted something that, albe… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Friday miscellany…

Alberta Diary: On Monday in Calgary, will the Tories come second … or third?

Conservative candidate Joan Crockatt campaigns in Calgary while a supporter covers his face in embarrassment. (Joke.) Below: The winner of Monday’s by-election, as forecast by Perfesser Dave, Chris Turner. The great political minds of Alberta are pondering today where Conservative Party candidate Joan Crockatt will place in Monday’s Calgary Centre by-election. Will she come second? … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: On Monday in Calgary, will the Tories come second … or third?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Right-wing Sun News tries to rescue Conservative fortunes in Calgary-Centre.

TweetJust when it seems like Conservative candidate Joan Crockatt was losing ground and a tight three-way contest in the Calgary-Centre by-election, right-wing cable channel Sun News swooped in with news that will stir up the anti-Liberal sentiments … . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Right-wing Sun News tries to rescue Conservative fortunes in Calgary-Centre.

In This Corner: Loose lips sink Locke.

You have to feel badly for Harvey Locke. Locke is a Liberal candidate in Monday’s federal byelection in Calgary Centre. Normally, being a federal Liberal candidate anywhere in Alberta generates sympathy, but not enough to win any pity votes. Liberals here are sacrificial lambs, names on the ballot, road kill. But Locke, against all odds, […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Loose lips sink Locke.

Trashy's World: David McGuinty is an honourable man….

… And I suppose he did the honourable thing by apologising for what was spun as an anti- Alberta slur. But he was utterly and unequivocally accurate in what he said. Wasn’t he? No, as an MP, he shouldn’t have said it. But I can. And t… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: David McGuinty is an honourable man….

calgaryliberal.com: Taking Calgary Seriously: David McGuinty Resigns Over Alberta Comments

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

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Poor Wording

…got David McGuinty sacked.  And indeed we must not begrudge Alberta MPs their championing of local tar mines to the exclusion of all other methods of powering the national economy.  That’s all the ruling current federal government sees whe… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Poor Wording

Impolitical: David McGuinty statement

Here is the appropriate accountability for David McGuinty’s remarks: Statement by Liberal MP David McGuinty OTTAWA– Liberal MP David McGuinty made the following statement today:”As Member of Parliament for Ottawa South I would like to unreservedly an… . . . → Read More: Impolitical: David McGuinty statement

Calgary Grit: Role Reversal

Now I know how Conservative candidates running in tight Ontario races must feel whenever Rob Anders opens his mouth during a federal election campaign: Rae forced to apologize after David McGuinty says Alberta Tories should ‘go home’ Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae has apologized for a colleague who suggested Alberta Conservative MPs are shills for the oil industry and should “go home.” Rae says Ottawa MP David McGuinty’s comments were a mistake and certainly not helpful, coming less than a … . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Role Reversal

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Liberals cringe and Conservatives jeer at David McGuinty’s anti-Alberta rant.

TweetComments made yesterday by Ontario Liberal Member of Parliament David McGuinty undoubtably triggered a collective “W^@* THE F#*%” moment in Calgary-Centre Liberal candidate Harvey Locke‘s by-election campaign headquarters. The … . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Liberals cringe and Conservatives jeer at David McGuinty’s anti-Alberta rant.

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Nick’s Home Had a Birthday!

When Nicholas was born in August of 1988, we thought he was perfectly healthy and normal – except perhaps for the fact that he was premature and weighed under four pounds.  It was five months later, after several trips to the emergency room for dehydration due to Nick’s inability to suck and swallow that . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Nick’s Home Had a Birthday!

Calgary Grit: An update on all the people MAYBE running for Liberal leadership

The expectation is that rules for the Liberal leadership race will come down in June, setting the stage for a summer of getting to know the men and women wanting to lead Canada’s third party.

But while we won’t know the rules of the race for another month or two, that hasn’t limited speculation in . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: An update on all the people MAYBE running for Liberal leadership

Calgary Grit: The Race for Third

Back in February I asked readers of this blog who they thought would run for Liberal leader, and who they’d consider voting for. Admittedly, this is as far from a scientific poll as you’ll ever get, and I won’t pretend that the 500+ voters in this straw poll are all Liberals. But we’re not . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: The Race for Third