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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, he might have given us a mild scare as he motored through the political equivalent of a yellow light yesterday afternoon by appointing a couple of unelected, well-off, older, gentlemen to his cabinet.

These two fellows may or may not turn out to be a matched set (Read more…)

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Jim Prentice appoints another Pipeline Focused Cabinet

TweetAs he prepared to be sworn-in as the 16th Premier of Alberta at Government House today, Jim Prentice aimed to project the image of a leader who is in command and in control of the situation. And today’s tightly controlled cabinet shuffle achieved that goal. Unlike previous cabinet shuffles, the news around today’s appointments were […]

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, […]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Anti-Redford coup fails to materialize at PC MLA meeting

TweetA rumoured coup d’etat within Alberta’s Progressive Conservative caucus failed to materialize yesterday as government MLAs gathered at Government House to discuss Premier Alison Redford‘s future. Cancelling all public appearances and media events for the day, including the premier’s trip to Regina to participate in the New West Partnership meeting, PC MLAs cloistered themselves in […]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Redford’s Christmas cabinet shuffle

TweetAs reported yesterday on this blog, rumours that Ms. Redford would shuffle her cabinet before the Christmas break began to intensify this week. Today, those rumours proved to be true. Built around the government’s “Building Alberta” slogan, today’s Government of Alberta press release boasts a new cabinet that will focus on “innovation and economic growth.” And […]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Pipelines before persons with developmental disabilities?

TweetFresh from a surprise election win, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark‘s government formally announced its opposition this week to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline that would carry bitumen from Alberta to Kitimat. A controversial issue during the heated election campaign, BC Environment Minister Terry Lake told the media that evidence supporting the pipeline “simply is insufficient [...]

Alberta Diary: Alberta Tories respond to protests by disabled citizens with instinctive diversionary attack

An Albertan protests the Redford Government’s cuts to “persons with developmental disabilities” at the Legislature in Edmonton on Friday. Below: Associate Minister of Services for Persons with Disabilities Frank Oberle.

The optics of a government like Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives cutting $42 million from programs designed to help the province’s most vulnerable citizens become more employable are pretty horrible.

What’s astonishing, though, is that it seems to have come to a huge surprise to the government of Premier Alison Redford that large numbers of the province’s “persons with developmental disabilities” would vigourously protest the cuts – and that such heart-rending demonstrations (Read more…)

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Beyond Question Period: Debating Bill 1.

TweetIf you pay attention to political pundits or follow the #ableg hashtag on Twitter, you will have read about how nasty and partisan the fall sitting of the Legislative Assembly has been. But if you logout of Twitter for a bit and ignore the embarrassing theatrics of Question Period, you will find some substantial debate and [...]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: cabinet building and the game of politics in alberta.

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones With the coming of a new Premier, the great game of cabinet building is underway and the politicians are jockeying for their positions. As reported by the Edmonton Journal, the competition to woo [...] . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: cabinet building and the game of politics in alberta.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Redford Files: ‘Cabinet speculation continues’ – well, duh!

Your blogger, figuring out who will be named to Alison Redford’s cabinet next week. Alberta bloggers may not be exactly as illustrated, and their self-referential jokes may not be all that funny.Moving on to the “second-day lead,” the Edmonton Jo… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: The Redford Files: ‘Cabinet speculation continues’ – well, duh!

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: mla support in the alberta pc leadership contest (july 14, 2011)

Here is a preliminary list and map of MLAs who are supporting candidates in the 2011 Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership contest. Please comment below or send me an email at david.cournoyer@gmail.com if there are additions or subtractions to be made to this list.   Candidate: Doug Griffiths (1 MLA) Kyle Fawcett (Calgary-North Hill) Candidate: Doug [...] . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: mla support in the alberta pc leadership contest (july 14, 2011)

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: doug horner reminds albertans that he is still running for premier.

Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Doug Horner held a media conference on the steps of the Legislative Assembly building in Edmonton today. The presser was billed as a launch of his “Enhancing Education” policy framework and his plan to “unite the PC Party,” but in reality it was used as an opportunity to remind the [...] . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: doug horner reminds albertans that he is still running for premier.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: pc leadership candidate doug horner announces mla endorsements.

See my Flickr page for more photos of today’s media conference with PC leadership candidate Doug Horner and his MLA supporters. Tweet This Post . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: pc leadership candidate doug horner announces mla endorsements.