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Susan on the Soapbox: Responding to Orlando

Can we talk about that which cannot be named? On June 12 forty-nine people were massacred at a nightclub in Orlando. Alberta’s political leaders expressed their horror at the senseless slaughter. All but one of the politicians recognized that the … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Responding to Orlando

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 23: The year of the fallen icons

The Oxford English Dictionary defines icon as ‘a symbol or graphic representation on a screen of a program, option, or window’, which doesn’t work until you look at the second definition, which is ‘a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of veneration.’ There are few words in English usage today more […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 23: The year of the fallen icons

Susan on the Soapbox: The Wildrose and PCs Weigh In On Medically Assisted Dying

We’ve seen a lot of fireworks in the Alberta Legislature but nothing can match the rhetoric and misinformation that characterized the response of the Wildrose (and to a lesser extent the Progressive Conservatives) to the government’s motion to regulate medical … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Wildrose and PCs Weigh In On Medically Assisted Dying

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Former AUPE president Dan MacLennan now an Alberta Liberal VP

The Alberta Liberal Party held its annual general meeting in Red Deer this weekend where the party elected its executive officers, including a name that will be familiar to government-watchers in Alberta. While many union leaders have lined up to… Co… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Former AUPE president Dan MacLennan now an Alberta Liberal VP

Susan on the Soapbox: How the Conservatives Spun Murray Edwards and Vicki Kaminski

This week the conservatives spun Murray Edwards’ decision to move to England and Vicki Kaminski’s decision to leave Alberta Health Services for a job in Australia to convince Albertans to ditch the NDP. The spin looked like this: Facts [Edwards/Kaminski … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: How the Conservatives Spun Murray Edwards and Vicki Kaminski

Susan on the Soapbox: It’s Time for the Soapy Awards!

Ms Soapbox was trolling through Hansard searching for signs of intelligent life under the Dome when she discovered (sandwiched between the Wildrose Opposition’s accusation that the Premier appointed a Soviet-era communist to serve as her deputy chief of staff and … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: It’s Time for the Soapy Awards!

Alberta Politics: Tory victory in Calgary-Greenway riding turns ‘unite the right’ merger on Wildrose terms into political roadkill

PHOTOS: Progressive Conservative candidate Prabhdeep Gill, centre, celebrates after last night’s results were announced in the Calgary-Greenway by-election. (CBC photo.) Below: The night’s biggest loser, arguably, was Opposition Leader Brian Jean. … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Tory victory in Calgary-Greenway riding turns ‘unite the right’ merger on Wildrose terms into political roadkill

Alberta Politics: Whatever the outcome, today’s Calgary-Greenway by-election is sure to be a spinner’s dream

PHOTOS: Some of the candidates in today’s Calgary-Greenway by-election. (CBC photo) Below: Manmeet Bhullar, the PC MLA for the riding killed in a highway crash last November, NDP candidate Roop Rai and PC candidate Prabhdeep Gill. Today is the day of… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Whatever the outcome, today’s Calgary-Greenway by-election is sure to be a spinner’s dream

Alberta Politics: Unite-the-right poll results ring alarm bells and raise interesting questions, none of which are asked by the media

PHOTOS: A pollster asks a typical Albertan if she’d prefer to vote for a united Wildrose-PC Party … or the NDP. Actual Alberta pollsters and their subjects may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Pollster Quito Maggi, Alberta Prosperity Fund … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Unite-the-right poll results ring alarm bells and raise interesting questions, none of which are asked by the media

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Two in race for NDP nomination in Calgary-Greenway by-election

Two candidates are seeking the New Democratic Party nomination to run in the Calgary-Greenway provincial by-election, which will need to be called before the end of May 2016. The NDP nomination meeting will be held on Feb. 20, 2016. Roop Rai is kn… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Two in race for NDP nomination in Calgary-Greenway by-election

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Opposition parties gear up for a spring by-election in Calgary-Greenway

Greens first to name a candidate in Calgary-Greenway by-election Alberta’s opposition parties are preparing for a spring by-election in Calgary-Greenway. The east Calgary constituency was represented by Progressive Conservative MLA Manmeet Bhullar … . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Opposition parties gear up for a spring by-election in Calgary-Greenway

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: They did what?! Reaction to the NDP Royalty Review from across the political spectrum

Here is what energy industry executives, progressive advocates and opposition politicians had to say about the Royalty Review panel report released on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016: “Our new royalty framework recognizes the economic context of Alberta’s e… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: They did what?! Reaction to the NDP Royalty Review from across the political spectrum

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Delaying Alberta Liberal leadership vote until 2017 a good idea but does it break the party’s bylaws?

The Alberta Liberals have decided to postpone the selection of their next party leader until spring 2017. The party had originally scheduled to hold a leadership vote in April 2016. The only current Liberal MLA, Calgary’s David Swann, has de… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Delaying Alberta Liberal leadership vote until 2017 a good idea but does it break the party’s bylaws?

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: 2015 was a great year for Progressive Politics in Alberta

It was an exciting year to be a progressive in Alberta. May 5, 2015 marked the first time since the 1930s that a conservative party did not win a provincial election in Alberta. The defeat of the Progressive Conservative government, which had… Cont… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: 2015 was a great year for Progressive Politics in Alberta

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Alberta’s Tories Poised to Sweep Election in Spring 2016

December 17, 2015 By: Dirk Pranter, Provincial Affairs columnist, Calgary Sunherald One year after nearly the entire official opposition crossed the floor to join Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives, the 44 year long governing party is expected… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Alberta’s Tories Poised to Sweep Election in Spring 2016

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Alberta NDP face legitimate concerns and kooky conspiracy theories in debate over Bill 6 farm safety bill

Alberta’s NDP government has been in full damage control mode since Bill 6: Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act exploded in their faces late last month. While attempting to bring our province closer to national standards on farm safe… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Alberta NDP face legitimate concerns and kooky conspiracy theories in debate over Bill 6 farm safety bill

Susan on the Soapbox: Refuges? Paris? Wait, what?

What’s the difference between these two sentences? Sentence “A”: “You terrorist, you don’t belong here.” Sentence “B”: “You might be a terrorist, you don’t belong here.” Sentence “A” was uttered by two white males who attacked a 31 year old … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Refuges? Paris? Wait, what?

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: First NDP Throne Speech on message. McIver Tories totally tone deaf in opposition.

The NDP throne speech was predictable and on message The first Speech from the Throne of Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley‘s administration included many of the key promises made during the recent provincial election. The 604,515 Albertans who voted NDP should be pleased… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: List: What’s happened since Alberta’s historic election

It has been an incredible 15 days since Alberta’s historic 2015 election. Here is a quick look back at what has happened in the past two weeks and what will happen in the months ahead. May 5: Rachel Notley‘s New… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Notley’s Best Pick for Speaker: David Swann

By: James Lambert Now that the great orange chinook has finally put an end to 44 years of Progressive Conservative dominance, the hard job of governing Alberta has begun in earnest for Rachel Notley’s New Democratic Party. Among the many… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Hope and Fear: 2 days until Alberta’s election

With only two full days left before the May 5 provincial election, the 43-year long governing Progressive Conservatives and its supporters are waging a thick fear campaign against its electoral challengers. On May 1, five corporate CEOs and PC Party donors held… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Attention Albertans: Get out and vote. Here’s how.

Advanced polls are now open in provincial constituencies across Alberta. If you are unable to cast a ballot on Alberta’s Election Day on Tuesday, May 5, you can now vote in the Advanced Polls from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m…. Continue Reading →

Calgary Grit: Alberta’s Gilligan’s Island Election

Math is difficult. The most difficult math at the moment is figuring out where Prentice finds the 40 seats he needs for a majority.

My latest for the Post:

The 2012 clash between Danielle Smith and Alison Redford was an epic battle between two gifted politicians. It was must-see-TV for political junkies. The 2015 campaign? It reads like a script of Gilligan’s Island with bumbling gaffes and nonsensical plot lines. I mean, honestly, the prospect of an NDP government in Alberta seems about as plausible as a coconut phone.

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Notley wins the debate. Now it’s time to manage expectations

Last night’s leader’s debate was the biggest opportunity for Progressive Conservative leader Jim Prentice to knock NDP leader Rachel Notley off-balance. Since the start of the campaign, the PC Party has focused most of its attacks on Wildrose leader Brian Jean, who has proven… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Alberta Election 2015: Candidate and Fundraising Updates

As of today, only the New Democrats and Progressive Conservatives are the only parties to have nominated a full slate of candidates in all 87 constituencies across Alberta. Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. is the deadline for candidates to submit their… Continue Reading →