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daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: 12 races I’m watching on Election Night in Alberta

With all the polls showing the 43-year long governing Progressive Conservatives trailing the NDP and Wildrose across the province, there could be a race to watch in every constituency in Alberta when the provincial election polls close at 8:00 p.m. tonight. Here are 12 races that… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Conservative MP backs Wildrose leader in Fort McMurray

Provincial Tories in northern Alberta are not pleased with Fort McMurray-Athabasca Conservative Member of Parliament David Yurdiga after he appeared in a photo on social media this weekend helping Wildrose leader Brian Jean and party volunteers assemble election signs [see photo above]. Mr. Jean is the former… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Friday morning provincial candidate nomination updates from Alberta

Alberta MLAs will return to the Legislature for a spring sitting on March 10, 2015, the Progressive Conservative Party plans to have candidates nominated in all 87 constituencies by March 15, 2015 and Finance Minister Robin Campbell is expected to introduce… Continue Reading →

Alberta Diary: Strap on your seat belts? Jim Prentice’s cabinet is more like a drive down memory lane

Jim Prentice prepares to be sworn in yesterday. Below: Health Minister Stephen Mandel and social media gadfly Olav Rokne.

Things were going to change in Alberta so much once his capable hands were on the steering wheel, Jim Prentice warned us, that we’d better make sure we’d strapped on our seatbelts!

Well, . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Strap on your seat belts? Jim Prentice’s cabinet is more like a drive down memory lane

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

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Redford’s top advisor earns more than Obama’s top advisor, claims Wildrose

TweetPremier Alison Redford‘s chief of staff earns a bigger salary than his counterpart in the West Wing, claimed the official opposition Wildrose in a press release yesterday. As the salary disclosure ”sunshine list” of Alberta’s senior public servants who earn more than $100,000 annually was released late last week, opposition critics honed in on Ms. . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Redford’s top advisor earns more than Obama’s top advisor, claims Wildrose

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Big names running for federal party nominations in Alberta

TweetThere has been plenty of activity this week as candidates from all political parties put forward their names to run in Canada’s next federal election, scheduled to be held in October 2015. Wooing voters and potential candidates alike, both New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau travelled through Alberta this . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Big names running for federal party nominations in Alberta

Alberta Diary: Shining you on: Alison Redford calls for a little selective sunshine on civil service salaries

The scene in February 2014: CBC investigative journalist Charles Rusnell pores through a list of senior Alberta civil service salaries as horrified deputy ministers and university professors look on. Actual Alberta public employees may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Associate Minister of Accountability, Transparency and Transformation Don Scott, left, with some guy . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Shining you on: Alison Redford calls for a little selective sunshine on civil service salaries

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: What if… a Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo by-election?

TweetAfter being arrested in a prostitution sting in St. Paul, Minnesota, Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen resigned from the Progressive Conservative caucus. For the time-being, Mr. Allen will remain an Independent MLA, as police in St. Paul have yet to place charges against him. Barring charges and a conviction, Mr. Allen could reasonably be . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: What if… a Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo by-election?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: big money spent in alberta’s 2012 election.

Tweet  Elections Alberta has released the financial disclosure forms submitted by candidates who ran in the April 2012 provincial election and some of the disclosure forms reveal some interesting information about how much money was fundraised and spent during the campaign. The money spent by candidates and political parties in Alberta elections are nowhere near . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: big money spent in alberta’s 2012 election.

Alberta Diary: Alberta’s Expensesgate scandal: Just saying it’s over doesn’t mean it’s over

Transparency, Alberta style, with Gloria Stuart as Alison Redford, William Harrigan as Dr. Chris Eagle and Claude Rains as Fred Horne. Below: Don Scott, yesterday’s Invisible Man.

Alberta’s mainstream media finally got around yesterday to acknowledging the obvious, that Alberta Health Services may have left itself (and the rest of us who pay . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Alberta’s Expensesgate scandal: Just saying it’s over doesn’t mean it’s over

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: by-elections replace new mla’s in canmore, fort mcmurray, strathcona, and westlock.

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As I wrote about weeks ago, a number of municipal by-elections were held across Alberta this and last week to replace municipal officials who were elected in the April 23 provincial election.

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Canmore By-Election

On June 19, Vi Sanford and Sean Krausert were elected to Canmore Town Council in a by-election . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: by-elections replace new mla’s in canmore, fort mcmurray, strathcona, and westlock.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: local by-elections heating up across alberta.

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Municipal by-elections are heating up across Alberta.

As I first mentioned in a previous post, the election of municipal politicians as Members of the Legislative Assembly in the recent provincial election has triggered a handful of municipal by-elections across Alberta. Most of these municipalities have now set dates for by-elections to fill these . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: local by-elections heating up across alberta.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: election of rookie mla’s kicks off municipal by-elections across alberta.

The results of the April 23 provincial general election in Alberta will cause a series of municipal by-elections as some successful candidates move from the previously held municipal roles into their new jobs as Members of the Legislative Assembly.

New Stony Plain Mayor William Choy

In the Town of Stony Plain, newly elected Stony . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: election of rookie mla’s kicks off municipal by-elections across alberta.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: return to the dome and inside baseball politics.

Alberta's Legislative Assembly Building

With election withdrawal setting in like a bad hangover, much of the media attention this week focused on the 38 rookie MLA’s attending outgoing Speaker Ken Kowalski‘s Legislature 101 course and the resumption of inside baseball politics under the Dome.

Bridget Pastoor and Premier Alison Redford (photo from . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: return to the dome and inside baseball politics.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: return to the dome and inside baseball politics.

Alberta's Legislative Assembly Building

With election withdrawal setting in like a bad hangover, much of the media attention this week focused on the 38 rookie MLA’s attending outgoing Speaker Ken Kowalski‘s Legislature 101 course and the resumption of inside baseball politics under the Dome.

Bridget Pastoor and Premier Alison Redford (photo from . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: return to the dome and inside baseball politics.