Last week, we examined four “Jewish” battleground ridings, including two – York Centre in Toronto and Mount Royal in Montreal – where, one way or another, a Jewish candidate is likely to win. This week, we look at Jews running for all four major parties across the country. Jews have served in the House of . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: Who will be the next big-name Jewish MP?
With only 111 days left until Canada’s next federal election, parties are scrambling to nominate candidates in Alberta’s thirty-four new electoral ridings. Despite their win in the recent provincial election and sharp rise in the polls, the federal NDP are still… Continue Reading →
Numerous sources report that former Edmonton city councillor Karen Leibovici is preparing a jump into federal politics by seeking the federal Liberal Party nomination in the new Edmonton-West riding. Ms. Leibovici is a long-time local politician who was first elected as a Liberal MLA… Continue Reading →
With Alberta’s provincial election expected to be called tomorrow, both the governing Progressive Conservatives and New Democratic Party are expected to have candidates in place in all 87 constituencies today. If the writ is dropped tomorrow, April 7, then the provincial election will… Continue Reading →
TweetThree weeks after being selected as leader of the governing Progressive Conservative Party, Premier Jim Prentice still does not have a seat in the Alberta Legislative Assembly. Although his party has already nominated candidates to run in the impending Calgary-Elbow and Edmonton-Whitemud by-elections, Mr. Prentice remains coy about where, and when, a third by-election will . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Where will Jim Prentice run in a by-election?
Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith introduces her party’s Edmonton-Whitemud candidate, Tim, Grover, at a news conference in the riding yesterday. Below: NDP Candidate Dr. Bob Turner, Mr. Grover again, and former Edmonton mayor, unelected health minister and PC candidate Stephen Mandel.
In the race to knock off an unelected health minister whose main qualification . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The best candidates aren’t necessarily the best candidates in important Edmonton-Whitemud by-election
Tweet“Alleged death threats, implied bribes, constituency association ambushes and supposed Progressive Conservative Party skulduggery,” is how a Red Deer Advocate report described the unexpectedly interesting Wildrose Party nomination in the Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre constituency. First-term MLA Joe Anglin is being challenged for his nomination by former local Wildrose president Jason Nixon. Mr. Anglin is long-time . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Anglin for a fight (and more nomination updates)
Tweet$4.35, $19.75, and $5.45 are how much Don Iveson, Karen Leibovici and Kerry Diotte‘s campaigns spent for each vote received in Edmonton’s October 21, 2013 mayoral election. With the most efficient dollar-to-vote ratio is Mr. Iveson, who won the election with a landslide 132,162 votes (62% of the total votes cast). With a less efficient . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Big Money in Edmonton Municipal Election
Tweet Former City Councillor and mayor candidate Kerry Diotte announced on his Facebook page today that he plans to seek the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in the new Edmonton-Griesbach riding. Mr. Diotte represented Ward 11 on Edmonton City Council from 2010 until 2013. He ran against Don Iveson for mayor in the 2013 election, . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Kerry Diotte to run for federal Conservative nomination in Edmonton-Griesbach
Tweet Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson took the the streets, and then to YouTube, to ask Edmontonians if they support expansion of Edmonton’s Light Rail Transit system. The campaign is part of Mr. Iveson’s bid to convince provincial and federal politicians to support the expansion of Edmonton’s light rail transit system, a key part of the . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Don Iveson asks: Do you support LRT expansion?
TweetThere will be plenty of analysis about what last night’s election means for the city of Edmonton. With 132,162 votes – 62% of the vote – Don Iveson earned a commanding victory in the mayoral election over his two main opponents, Karen Leibovici and Kerry Diotte. This is a win for the positive campaign and . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Don Iveson’s win a vote for optimism and smart planning
Polls indicate that Don Iveson will be the next mayor of Edmonton. Of course, polling has been about as on-target lately as the Edmonton Eskimo offence. Polls also said Christie Clark would not be the premier of B.C. (she is), and that Danielle Smith could be the premier of Alberta (she isn’t).
But Iveson’s lead . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Iveson vs. Leibovici a generational battle.
Tweet With only 4 days left until the conclusion of Edmonton’s 2013 municipal election, Mack Male and I were happy to welcome guests Patricia Misutka and Chris Labossiere to our latest #yegvote Google Hangout. Over the course of the hour-long hangout, we had a great discussion that touched on some of the biggest issues of . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: #yegvote hangout with Patricia Misutka and Chris Labossiere
TweetWith most attention focused on Edmonton’s mayoral election, it is important to remember there are a number of contest for City Council that could produce interesting results on election day. There are seven Wards that I will be keeping a close watch on when voting ends on October 21. Ward 1 After three-terms, councillor Linda . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: 7 City Council races to watch in Edmonton
TweetIt has become clear to this political watcher that Edmonton’s mayoral election has become a race between two candidates with distinct competing visions for Edmonton. And those two candidates are Don Iveson and Kerry Diotte. Don Iveson has positioned himself as the candidate who is looking beyond the status-quo and planning for Edmonton’s future. His . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Mayoral election a race between Don Iveson and Kerry Diotte
TweetWith Edmonton’s election campaign in full-swing, it is easy for this political watcher to miss a moment or campaign announcement over the course of a week. At the beginning or end of each week, I plan to compile ‘Substance and Style’, a summary of some the week’s events that I may have missed. Please share . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Edmonton Election Substance and Style #1
TweetIn a strange departure from the non-partisan politics of civic elections, it appeared for a moment today that three main candidates in Edmonton’s mayoral election were headlining a fundraiser for a Progressive Conservative Party constituency association. Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths was even slated as its host. Once the event came to the attention of . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: PC Party tries to use mayor candidates as headliners for fundraiser
TweetDedicated citizens across Alberta will gather this morning in town halls and community centres to submit their nomination forms to become official candidates in this year’s municipal elections. In the capital city, the excitement is taking place at Edmonton’s downtown City Hall. With three-term Mayor Stephen Mandel not seeking re-election, three Councillors and a handful . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Nomination Day: Edmonton civic election official starts today
Tweet After a week-long break from the world of political writing and social media, I was happy to return just in time for yesterday’s sixth edition of the #yegvote Google Hangout. This week, Ryan Hastman and I were joined by guest Steven Dollansky, who sat in for Mack Male, who could not make it this . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: #yegvote Google Hangout with Steven Dollansky
Tweet Last night, we had the pleasure of having Edmonton mayoral candidate Don Iveson as our special guest on the fourth #yegvote Google Hangout. Over the course of the hangout, Ryan Hastman, Mack Male, and I questioned Don on some of the hottest issues of the election campaign. The conversation topics coverted potholes, the downtown . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: #yegvote Google Hangout with Don Iveson
TweetTo the surprise of many political watchers, Councillor Linda Sloan announced in a press release this morning that she will not seek re-election to Edmonton City Council in Ward 1. She had previously announced on June 28, 2013 that she would seek re-election. A former president of the now-defunct Staff Nurses Association of Alberta, Councillor . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Councillor Linda Sloan not seeking re-election
TweetJim Gibbon, the founder and president of Amber’s Brewing Company, announced this week that he will run for City Council in west Edmonton’s Ward 5. Speaking over the phone this week, the owner of the popular local craft beer company explained his reasons for wanting to run in the October 21 elections. Last year, Amber’s . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Beer man Jim Gibbon runs for Edmonton City Council
TweetCouncillor Don Iveson announced his candidacy for mayor this week, rounding out the list of the most likely candidates expected to run for Mayor of Edmonton this year. Councillor Iveson has represented south Edmonton on city council for two terms and is well-known as an advocate of sustainability and smart growth. First elected to city . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Don Iveson brings new energy to Edmonton’s mayoral election.
First off, thank you Kerry Diotte, Karen Leibovici and Don Iveson. Thank you all for giving Edmontonians the best mayoralty race in years, likely better than 2004 when Stephen Mandel upset Bill Smith, and maybe even better than the three-way fight between Bill Smith, Robert Noce and Mike Nickel in 2001. Mayoralty races bring out . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Pros and cons of Edmonton’s mayoralty candidates.