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daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: That Totally Weird Anti-Carbon Tax Rally

While I am in the mood to dispense political advice, my next pro tip goes out to Wildrose leader Brian Jean, who was a featured speaker at Ezra Levant’s totally weird anti-carbon tax rally. Mr. Jean and Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: Con gong show at the Legislature had plenty to make Albertans wonder about their opposition parties

PHOTOS: Anybody recognize the clowns with the yellow signs? Inquiring minds want to know … and they say they’re prepared to pay good money to find out! (Duncan Kinney photo, grabbed from Twitter.) Below: Ezra Levant, whose Rebel Media organized Saturday’s demonstration at the Alberta Legislature, which failed to leave a positive impression of the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Con gong show at the Legislature had plenty to make Albertans wonder about their opposition parties

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Growing Darkness of the Cons

Pity poor Rona Ambrose. With every day that passes her claim that she's the leader of the new/nouveau Cons grows darker and more dubious.She's still claiming she knows what she's doing, and that she is in charge.But she just keeps repeati… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Growing Darkness of the Cons

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Justin Trudeau rallies Alberta Liberals just like Notley did five months ago

While Canadians could be on track to elect the country’s first Liberal Party government since 2004, it looks like Albertans could remain firmly in the Conservative Party camp, even after Stephen Harper‘s decade-long reign in Ottawa. But while most of Alberta’s federal… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Mulcair and Trudeau bring “Change” and “Real Change” to Edmonton this week

In a competition to own the “change” message, the NDP are holding a “Rally for Change in Edmonton” on Sept 10 and the Liberals are holding a “Rally for Real Change in Edmonton” on September 9. It is clear that both parties have identified varying degrees “change” as a common theme in this election campaign . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Mulcair and Trudeau bring “Change” and “Real Change” to Edmonton this week

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Federal Election Digest | Alberta Edition

While most Albertans are enjoying the last few weeks of summer, here are some of the more interesting and bizarre news stories from the federal election campaign trail in our province.

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Notley NDP waste no time implementing popular progressive agenda in former conservative heartland

Banning corporate and union donations: Check. Restoring funding to health, education and human services: Check. Increasing corporate taxes: Check. Introducing a new climate change strategy: Coming soon. Phasing in a $15 per hour minimum wage: Coming soon. Reviewing Alberta’s natural resource… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Bizarre MP Peter Goldring admits to wearing a secret video camera pen to work

Edmonton-East Member of Parliament Peter Goldring has spent much of his Ottawa career in pursuit of odd-ball political issues. A holdover from the loony days of the Reform Party of Canada, Mr. Goldring has already announced his plans to retire… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: #abvote Google Hangout with MLA Laurie Blakeman

It has been a banner month for Edmonton-Centre MLA Laurie Blakeman. At the start of last week, the Progressive Conservative government did a 180 degree flip to endorse Ms. Blakeman’s bid to allow students to create Gay-Straight Alliances in Alberta schools. By… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Sunday night federal candidate nomination updates from Alberta

TweetWith signs pointing towards a potential spring 2015 federal election, Canada’s opposition parties are picking up pace in nominating candidates. The Liberals, NDP, Greens and Libertarians are far behind the Conservatives in nominating candidates in Alberta, but they are in the process of compiling their slates. A full list of federal nominated candidates in Alberta . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Sunday night federal candidate nomination updates from Alberta

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Conservatives approach a full-slate of nominated candidates in Alberta

TweetWith the next federal election less than one year away, the Conservative Party of Canada is close to nominating a full slate of candidates in Alberta’s 34 newly redrawn ridings. By my count, Calgary Rocky Ridge, Edmonton-Griesbach, Lakeland and Peace River-Westlock are the only ridings without nominated Conservative candidates in this province. The other parties . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Conservatives approach a full-slate of nominated candidates in Alberta

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Big Money in Edmonton Municipal Election

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

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Kerry Diotte to run for federal Conservative nomination in Edmonton-Griesbach

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

Alberta Diary: Happy New Year! Get ready for generational change in Canadian politics

Expect the new faces of Canadian politics to be young faces – like those of Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, 34, shown above with some clapped-out old geezer, and Manitoba MP and former NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton, 31, below.

“Something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Happy New Year! Get ready for generational change in Canadian politics

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: #yegvote hangout – post-election “after hours” edition

Tweet Last night we hosted the final #yegvote Edmonton election Google Hangout. Not surprisingly, we had a lot of topics to discuss in our post-election “after hours” edition, ranging from school board races, new city councillors, and, of course, the mayoral election. When we started recording these hangouts in June 2013, I don’t believe many . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: #yegvote hangout – post-election “after hours” edition

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Don Iveson’s win a vote for optimism and smart planning

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

In This Corner: Iveson vs. Leibovici a generational battle.

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.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: #yegvote hangout with Patricia Misutka and Chris Labossiere

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

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: 7 City Council races to watch in Edmonton

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

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Mayoral election a race between Don Iveson and Kerry Diotte

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

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: #yegvote Google Hangout with Kerry Diotte

Tweet Last night on the #yegvote Google Hangout, Ryan Hastman, Mack Male and I were joined by mayoral candidate Kerry Diotte. We faced some minor technical difficulties, but overall I feel we had a good conversation with Mr. Diotte about his campaign for mayor and some of the key issues he has been focusing on. . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: #yegvote Google Hangout with Kerry Diotte

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Edmonton Election Substance and Style #1

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

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: PC Party tries to use mayor candidates as headliners for fundraiser

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

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: A/V Club: Edmonton Election Videos

TweetWith Edmonton mayoral candidate Kerry Diotte stirring up controversy over a YouTube video which his campaign has now removed, I thought I would take a look at some of the other election videos floating online. Here are a sample of YouTube videos of varying quality produced by some City Council candidates which have probably not . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: A/V Club: Edmonton Election Videos

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination Day: Edmonton civic election official starts today

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