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Alberta Diary: The Santa Clause: A holiday gift of biting humour from Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley

NDP Leader Rachel Notley, helping to improve the New Democrats’ game in Alberta. Below: Education Minister Gordon Dirks, restored Tory MLA Peter Sandhu and former PC cabinet minister Evan Berger; Alberta Premier Jim Prentice.

No one can say Rachel Notley hasn’t upped the Alberta NDP’s game since she was elected party leader in . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The Santa Clause: A holiday gift of biting humour from Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: a dash of transparency over here, a pinch less over there.

TweetSurrounded by dozens of Tory MLAs at a late-afternoon press conference, Premier Alison Redford announced plans to make the expense claims of all cabinet ministers, MLAs, and government officials publicly available on the internet. After a summer of scandals and embarrassing revelations, ranging from the overflowing expense accounts of former regional health authority executive Allaudin . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: a dash of transparency over here, a pinch less over there.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: tory strategy leaves wildrose looking rookie green and bruised pink.

TweetLearning how to be an effective opposition MLA in Alberta includes a very steep learning curve and the constant challenge of facing a governing party that despises opposition. As any observer of Alberta politics can point out, the Progressive Conservatives have not sustained 41 uninterrupted years in government by being “nice.” Their veteran Liberal and . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: tory strategy leaves wildrose looking rookie green and bruised pink.

Alberta Diary: The Annals of Law Enforcement: Yeah, Alberta’s Tories are sleazy, but now and then they get it right anyway

Just a year ago, it seemed likely police recruits like these would soon be lounging around the dusty streets of Fort Macleod, where not much has changed since the Mounties pounded in their first tent pegs in 1874. Alas, it shall not be. Below: Col. James Macleod; former MLA Evan Berger; Solicitor General . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The Annals of Law Enforcement: Yeah, Alberta’s Tories are sleazy, but now and then they get it right anyway

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: guest post: evan berger and the politicization of the alberta public service.

TweetBy Jerry MacDonald As we observe the farce of a defeated former MLA & Agriculture Minister, Evan Berger, being hired by the Deputy Minister of his former department, we must take a long and serious look at the politicization of the Alberta public service caused by over 40 years of one-party rule, and how it . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: guest post: evan berger and the politicization of the alberta public service.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: who are they? meet alberta’s wildrose official opposition.

When Alberta’s Legislative Assembly reconvenes in the next few months, for the first time since 1982 the title of Official Opposition will given to a caucus of MLA’s representing a party other than the New Democrats or the Liberals. Following the April 23 general election, seventeen Wildrose Party MLA’s were elected, creating the largest Official . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: who are they? meet alberta’s wildrose official opposition.

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 . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: the day after: alberta election analysis.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta election day 2: health care, balanced budgets, and benitomania.

Premier Alison Redford with PC candidates John Barlow and Evan Berger (photo from Alison4Premier Facebook Page).

Campaigning in the same constituency yesterday, it is interesting to wonder what Premier Alison Redford and Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith would have said to each other if their paths had intersected. Close polls, push polls, and . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: alberta election day 2: health care, balanced budgets, and benitomania.