daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: How to vote in the Calgary-Heritage and Calgary-Midnapore by-elections

By-elections will be held in the federal ridings of Calgary-Heritage and Calgary-Midnapore on April 3, 2017. Voting stations in those ridings will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on that day. If you are unable to cast a ballot on the by-election day on Monday, April 3, 2017, you can vote in the advance polls on March 24, 25, 26 and 27 ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: BREAKING NEWS: By-Election Results Offer No Compelling Narrative!!!

Status Quo.  Close in Brandon.  Whumped ’em in T.O. Center and Bourassa  LPC increased its vote share, so that’s nice but no big thng.  Didn’t I tell you so?  I did! PS.  Dear Forum Research, your crappy polls were only off by like 30 percent in Brandon.  You officially suck.

Alberta Diary: He haunts us still: ‘Welcome to the 1980s’

Welcome to the 1980s, everybody. Above, Pierre Trudeau, saying just that. Below: Justin Trudeau, embracing victorious Liberal candidate Emmanuel Douburg last night in Montreal’s Bourassa riding. (Montreal Gazette photo.) “Well, welcome to the 1980s!” He haunts us still. I don’t know about you, but I could almost hear Pierre Trudeau’s familiar, scratchy, defiant, weirdly challenging ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Public Affair, On Recent Forum Polls

The occasion is this story in the Winnipeg Free Press: Forum released its latest round of polling late Sunday night following calls into the riding during the day. The survey has a relatively small sample size but suggests Liberal Rolf Dinsdale enjoys 59 per cent support, a commanding lead over Conservative Larry Maguire’s 30 per ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: By-Election Prediction

No seats change hands and everyone spins the status quo.  With a small chance that Rolf wins out in Brandon, which would be a real victory, and a true sign.  Otherwise wake me when the pontificating dies down.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Victory Or Valhalla!

The race is on in the federal ridings of Toronto-Centre, Provencher, Brandon-Souris and Bourassa. A special shout-out to Rolf Dinsdale, once lead guitarist for SFH and a guy with what might only be described as a thing for hats.  Good luck as LPC candidate out in  Brandon-Souris, dude, because I don’t think they’ll let you back ...

Impolitical: Summerville making waves in Victoria by-election #yyjbyelxn

Great video report from the local Victoria TV station. It’s clear that Paul Summerville is the candidate who has shown leadership on an issue that is resonating with local citizens. Hope they give him the credit for the foresight and his political gut instincts on election day.

Impolitical: Quote of the day

From a Globe article quoting Joan Crockatt and the prospect of Calgary Centre by-election voters lining up to back one “ABC” candidate just as they did in 2000 when they backed Joe Clark against the Canadian Alliance: “I think that they conveniently forget that Joe Clark was a conservative,” she said. “He was a conservative ...

Impolitical: Nomination battles these days

Joan Crockatt’s winning numbers at Saturday’s Calgary Centre nomination meeting: Two sources indicated that three candidates were dropped and their votes redistributed before Crockatt emerged with more than 50 per cent of the vote. She had 445 votes on the fourth and final tally followed by investment manager Greg McLean with 283 votes and former ...

Impolitical: Benchquest: The what to do with Vic Toews saga rolls on

Just reading Tim Harper’s latest, hot off the internets: “Vic Toews and his quest for the bench.” This part jumped out: The Court of Appeal post is a federal appointment and Harper is believed to have told Toews that he would not appoint his minister directly to the bench. Instead, he would be expected to ...

Impolitical: Let’s play 3: Oda retires

A little bit of by-election mania in our near future… Durham. Calgary-Centre. Etobicoke-Centre. Do I hear Peterborough, anyone? Maybe four in our future. Or Provencher? Go for 5?

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Oh Please Let It Be True

Ezra Levant urged to run in newly vacant Calgary Centre There would be an endless amount of muck to fling that would stick to Ezra and any Tory stupid enough to be seen within a 100 meters of him.  Starting with, just for example, this.  Remember: to know Ezra is to sue him.

Impolitical: On keeping elections out of court

Now that Conservative Ted Opitz has launched his appeal of the nullification of the Etobicoke-Centre election result, it looks like a bit of a public relations effort has started by Conservative friendlies to raise doubt about the judgment. See Tom Flanagan in the Globe today fixating on the 79 votes that the judge found to ...

Impolitical: Conservatives appeal in Etobicoke-Centre

“Tory in overturned Toronto election to go to Supreme Court.” Under the Canada Elections Act, the Supreme Court is required to hear an appeal of a contested election result “without delay and in a summary manner.” Andres Garin, the court’s executive legal officer, couldn’t give firm details of how the case will be handled, noting ...

Impolitical: Judge overturns Etobicoke-Centre election result

“I declare the election null and void as contemplated under s.531(2) of the Canada Elections Act.” (para. 154) The overturned result is making the rounds all over, reported here at CBC & Canadian Press. Described as “rare” and “groundbreaking.” In other words, it suits the times considering the new, highly organized electoral challenges we have ...

Impolitical: The day after Toronto-Danforth

(Source) OK, so it wasn’t Seabiscuit after all. That’s part of a campaign and trying to swing momentum your way toward the end. This was, as everyone recognized, a very tough riding for Liberals to come back in given the circumstances of the by-election and the result ultimately bore that out. Liberals did improve the ...

Impolitical: "Pass the frickin’ puck"

Now that’s a different kind of political ad. Fun.