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daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Sunday evening candidate nomination updates in Alberta

With a provincial election expected in the next few months, the 43-year long governing Progressive Conservatives are expected to have all their candidates nominated by the end of March 2015 and be in a position to trigger an election soon after…. Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Alberta can’t afford to ignore the Provincial Sales Tax

“Rat-free, PST-free and Liberal-free” has been a Conservative mantra in Alberta since the reign of Pierre Elliott Trudeau. But is this trifecta now in jeopardy? The decline of government revenues caused by the drop in the price of oil has once again sparked… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Goodbye? The future looks bleak for the Alberta Liberals

TweetIt has been a long time since things have looked good for the Alberta Liberals. The provincial party has been teetering on the verge of the political abyss for years but lately the future looks especially bleak. Recent announcements that popular Calgary Liberal MLAs Kent Hehr and Darshan Kang are moving to greener pastures in . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Goodbye? The future looks bleak for the Alberta Liberals

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Will MLA Steve Young survive the PC caucus?

TweetWhen former cop Steve Young was elected as the MLA for Edmonton-Riverview, it was considered to be a huge coup for the Progressive Conservatives. With Mr. Young as their candidate, the Tories succeeded in scooping the traditionally Liberal voting constituency previously represented by popular MLA Kevin Taft. All indications suggest that Mr. Young has worked . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Will MLA Steve Young survive the PC caucus?

Alberta Diary: Looking back in perplexity: where did all of Alberta’s money go again?

First World money and Third World roads. If we’re so rich in Alberta, why do we seem so poor? A motorist negotiates one of Edmonton’s famed potholes. Actual Edmonton drivers may not have snappy uniforms like this fellow. Below: Author, professor and former Alberta Liberal politician Kevin Taft, the cover of Follow the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Looking back in perplexity: where did all of Alberta’s money go again?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: When did Alberta become a have-not province?

TweetEighteen days ago, Alberta became a have-not province. Eighteen days ago, Premier Alison Redford appeared on Albertans television screens to warn them of the notorious “bitumen bubble” that has been keeping the price of our oil down. Today, after eighteen days of political spin about deep budget cuts and tough economic times, it would be . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: When did Alberta become a have-not province?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Will Premier Redford’s TV message address Alberta’s tax dilemma?

Tweet“Our party was elected to keep building Alberta — to focus our spending on the priorities that you told me were important, and that is exactly what we’ll do.” – Premier Alison Redford in an email to Progressive Conservative Party supporters on January 23, 2013 Premier Alison Redford will star in a pre-recorded television message . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Will Premier Redford’s TV message address Alberta’s tax dilemma?

Alberta Diary: Misleading with statistics: the Fraser Institute on health care and ‘value for money’

This just in! The latest mainstream media news straight from the Vancouver studios of the Fraser Institute, complete with no fact checking!

No sooner noted than illuminated – yesterday morning mainstream media was credulously reporting another “Fraser Factoid,” this one a report by the far-right political lobby group purporting to show Albertans get . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Misleading with statistics: the Fraser Institute on health care and ‘value for money’

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Who are Alberta’s top MLAs of 2012?

TweetIt has become tradition on this blog that near the end of each year I publish a list of Members of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly who have been the best, worst, or most notable of the past year. Each year’s list has taken a different form and focus (see 2010 and 2011), and the addition of . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Who are Alberta’s top MLAs of 2012?

calgaryliberal.com: The Katz Katastrophe

The bending of election rules by the provincial Conservatives isn’t new. It’s a regular affair by now. Kevin Taft’s lawsuit against Elections Alberta, the ongoing debacle of large union and corporate donations, and the disproportionate sway that the oil patch has on Albertan democracy, are not new. Daryl Katz is just one more tick on . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: The Katz Katastrophe

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta Liberals set to rebrand as Liberalberta, sources say.

TweetThe Alberta Liberal Party is rebranding its image with plans to relaunch its website, adopt a new logo, change its official colours, and, according to Liberal sources, rename itself Liberalberta. Last forming government following the 1917 election, Liberals are the constant underdogs of Alberta politics and being severely hampered by connections to unpopular Liberal governments . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Alberta Liberals set to rebrand as Liberalberta, sources say.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta liberals choose to keep raj sherman as leader.

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Liberal leader Raj Sherman at Edmonton’s 2012 Pride Festival.

Edmonton-Meadowlark MLA Raj Sherman will keep his job as leader of Alberta’s Liberal Party after a vote at the party’s annual general meeting in Calgary. Of the estimate 300 Liberal Party members who attended last weekend’s AGM, 94% voted to confirm their support of . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: alberta liberals choose to keep raj sherman as leader.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: After the Big Zero, the Alberta Party awaits the Big Goodbye

Your blogger with Dave Taylor, back in 2010. Below: Glenn Taylor, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Chima Nkemdirim.

While it’s true former Alberta Party MLA Dave Taylor never crossed a bridge he couldn’t burn, the political experiment he was part of is likely finished all on its own without his incendiary assistance.

Alberta Party . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: After the Big Zero, the Alberta Party awaits the Big Goodbye

atypicalalbertan: Election Predictions and Ridings to Watch

Today is election day in Alberta and quite a day it will be. I am guaranteed to be glued to my television screen and interweb module well into the wee hours of the morning. I suspect that it will be late before we know who the premier will be and whether they will have a … Continue reading Election Predictions and Ridings to Watch . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan: Election Predictions and Ridings to Watch

atypicalalbertan: Election Predictions and Ridings to Watch

Today is election day in Alberta and quite a day it will be. I am guaranteed to be glued to my television screen and interweb module well into the wee hours of the morning. I suspect that it will be late before we know who the premier will be and whether they will have a . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan: Election Predictions and Ridings to Watch

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: If you have any doubts left Alberta’s Conservatives are done like dinner, this should settle ’em

“I never thought I’d vote PC” … just embarrassing. Below: Ralph Klein back when he was premier of Alberta; Saddam Hussein.

If you have any doubts left there are only three more sleeps before the end of the Progressive Conservative Era in Alberta, look no further than the video and website called “I never . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: If you have any doubts left Alberta’s Conservatives are done like dinner, this should settle ’em

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta election: the leaders’ debate will matter.

In a typical provincial election in Alberta, the televised Leaders’ debate is a mere formality in a process that would inevitably lead to the election of another massive Progressive Conservative majority government. Even when the perceived winner of the debate is from an opposition party, the effects only . In the last election, expectations were . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: alberta election: the leaders’ debate will matter.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: On the trail of the party crasher … and where’s Kevin Taft now that the Liberals really need him?

Third (or fourth) party leader Raj Sherman crashes Premier Alison Redford’s party this afternoon. Sheesh! Ms. Redford must be thinking: “Oh butt out, Raj!” Below: Kevin Taft; Dr. Sherman – “Uh oh! Here he comes!” – accompanied by an uncomfortable looking local candidate Bruce Miller. (This photo by David Cournoyer.)

When Alberta Liberal Leader . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: On the trail of the party crasher … and where’s Kevin Taft now that the Liberals really need him?

In This Corner: Two good men: Hugh McDonald and Kevin Taft.

Just before we get into full election mode, with all the name calling and accusations and all that stuff that makes politics such a classy profession, I’d like to take a few moments before I launch into 28 days of name calling and accusations to say a few nice words about two true gentlemen who . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Two good men: Hugh McDonald and Kevin Taft.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: edmonton tory candidate posing for photos at police service media conference.

PC candidate Steven Young on the Edmonton Journal website.

Staff Sergeant Steven Young was the face of the Edmonton Police Service at a media conference held yesterday announcing the police service’s new advertising campaign.

Mr. Young also happens to be the nominated Progressive Conservative Party candidate in Edmonton-Riverview, a position that should make . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: edmonton tory candidate posing for photos at police service media conference.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: worthwhile ideas from the alberta liberal party.

Raj Sherman

The title of this blog post will sound like an oxymoron to many Albertans.

Launching an election campaign early, PC MLA-turned-Liberal leader Raj Sherman released his party’s 2012 election platform yesterday. After reading the platform, I was surprised that the Liberals were actually able to pull together such a well-presented document.

. . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: worthwhile ideas from the alberta liberal party.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Kevin Taft follows Alberta’s money and finds out where it all went

Your blogger, with another doomed politician, this time the author of Follow the Money, Where is Alberta’s Wealth Going? Just in case you’re thinking of being sarcastic, the sign says “Red Deer Public Library.” Below, the cover of the book.

Sooner or later, all conversations about the Alberta economy in the modern era come . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Kevin Taft follows Alberta’s money and finds out where it all went

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Sorry, an Order of Canada for Ralph Klein is not appropriate

Ralph Klein, as premier of Alberta. Below: Kevin Taft, an Order of Canada gong.

Does the kind of man who would call immigrants to Alberta from Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada “bums” and “creeps” deserve the Order of Canada?

Surely one would think not! But anything can happen in the weird and wacky world . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Sorry, an Order of Canada for Ralph Klein is not appropriate

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta tories holding a packed nomination week.

I have updated the list of nominated Alberta election candidates to include the following three Progressive Conservative nominees:

Edmonton-Centre: Young lawyer Akash Khokhar defeated Nicole Martel to win the PC nomination. In the next election, Mr. Khokhar will face Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman, who has represented the constituency since 1997.

Edmonton-Gold Bar: Past Mayoral candidate . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: alberta tories holding a packed nomination week.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Liberal Conservative appoints conservative Liberals to battle progressive conservatives, true conservatives

I’m with him… Conservative Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman with his new chief of staff, Jonathan Huckabay. Below: Jeff Melland, from his Facebook page.

Earlier today, Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman emailed out a press release announcing big changes to his staff.

Key among these were the additions of Jeff Melland, a former spokesthingy for . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Liberal Conservative appoints conservative Liberals to battle progressive conservatives, true conservatives