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daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: What about Bob? Hawkesworth swoops into top political job.

Former Calgary alderman Bob Hawkesworth has been appointed Executive Director of Premier Rachel Notley’s southern Alberta office at the McDougall Centre in Calgary. A press release sent out on Nov. 7 states that Mr. Hawkesworth will be responsible for “the… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Rookie and retiring Conservatives criticize “no show” Southern Alberta MP

Candidates running for office usually reserve their harshest criticism for their political opponents, but in southern Alberta a rookie Conservative candidate and retiring Member of Parliament are turning on one Conservative MP running for re-election.

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: 10 Conservative candidates in Alberta endorsed by radical anti-abortion group

Nearly one-third of federal Conservative candidates running in Alberta ridings have been endorsed by the controversial Campaign Life Coalition for their opposition to women’s reproductive rights, according to a report from Press Progress.

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Tuesday Morning Federal Election Updates from Alberta

Some of the latest from the federal election campaign trail in Alberta: NDP leader Tom Mulcair will visit the Lethbridge riding today to campaign alongside candidate Cheryl Meheden during his visit to Alberta. Mr. Mulcair is back in Alberta this… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Thursday Morning Candidate Nomination Updates from Alberta

With reports that the Conservatives may call the next federal election as soon as next week, resulting in an potential eleven week election campaign, parties are still nominating candidates in Alberta. The Conservatives and Liberals are close to nominating a full-slate of… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination update: Yellowhead by-election, Bow River Tories vote, and Anybody but Xiao

TweetPremier Jim Prentice announced this week that five-term Conservative Member of Parliament Rob Merrifield would be appointed as Alberta’s representative in Washington D.C. Mr. Merrifield’s resignation from the House of Commons means that a federal by-election will need to be called in the Yellowhead riding by March 17, 2015. This would be the fourth federal . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Nomination update: Yellowhead by-election, Bow River Tories vote, and Anybody but Xiao

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Gay Rights, Abortion big issues at Conservative nomination debate in Medicine Hat

TweetThe Medicine Hat News reports that abortion and the rights of sexual minorities were the hot topics at a debate between Dan Hein and MP Jim Hillyer, the two candidates running for the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in southern Alberta’s newly redistributed Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner riding. “…I’m not interested in somebody parading in front of . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Gay Rights, Abortion big issues at Conservative nomination debate in Medicine Hat

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta NDP should embrace an Urban Agenda

TweetToday is the deadline to enter the Alberta New Democratic Party leadership race. With 3 candidates having already entered the race, Edmonton-Calder MLA David Eggen, Edmonton-Strathcona MLA Rachel Notley and labour activist Rod Loyola, the Alberta NDP are having their first contested leadership race since 1996. Advice I would offer to the next leader of . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Alberta NDP should embrace an Urban Agenda

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Parties gear up for federal election 2015 – Alberta nominations update

TweetAside from recent updates about Kent Hehr running in Calgary-Centre and Darshan Kang running in Calgary-Skyview, it has been a while since I have published an update to accompany the list of candidate nominations for the next federal election, expected to be held in 2015. So, without further ado, let me present you the latest . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Parties gear up for federal election 2015 – Alberta nominations update

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Scrappy and strong-willed, Brian Mason punches above his weight

TweetBack in the mid-2000s, when I worked for the Alberta Liberals, Alberta NDP leader Brian Mason was a constant source of frustration for my colleagues and I. Each week, I was amazed at how the leader of the tiny perfect NDP could consistently earn so much press and scoop away the media attention deserved by . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Scrappy and strong-willed, Brian Mason punches above his weight

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Even The X Premier Of Alberta Wants The Fuck Out Of Alberta

She’s fled South to Palm Springs, and I’ve been to Palm Springs, and I’ve been to Lethbridge this time of year, and frankly who can blame her?  The comments on the facebook page of the guy who found her there are really quite judge-y.   But think upon this, Albertans.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Harper endorses Rob Anders and more nomination updates

TweetWith Dave Hancock being sworn-in as the 15th Premier of Alberta and speculation running rampant about who will replace him in four to six months, I thought now would be a good opportunity to provide a quick update about nominations for federal election candidates in Alberta. Calgary-Signal Hill In what could be a deciding factor . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Harper endorses Rob Anders and more nomination updates

Alberta Diary: Small changes may signal glimmer of awareness of trouble ahead among rank and file Tory MLAs

Members of Alison Redford’s brain trust plan the latest hashtags in the Twitter war with AUPE … No! Wait! That’s Bob MacNamara telling LBJ about his plans for the war in Vietnam! What the hey? Below: That rude info-graphic; Red House Chief of Staff Farouk Adatia; White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Small changes may signal glimmer of awareness of trouble ahead among rank and file Tory MLAs

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Big names running for federal party nominations in Alberta

TweetThere has been plenty of activity this week as candidates from all political parties put forward their names to run in Canada’s next federal election, scheduled to be held in October 2015. Wooing voters and potential candidates alike, both New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau travelled through Alberta this . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Big names running for federal party nominations in Alberta

Slap Upside The Head: Lethbridge “Plastered” With Homophobic Graffiti

The city of Lethbridge, Alberta has been plastered with homophobic and racist graffiti, resulting in a citywide cleanup effort. Still, the fact that this story actually made national news is a pretty good indicator of the awesome progress being made in Canada, don’t you think?

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Racist and homophobic graffiti in Lethbridge

We’re a little late on this one, but it’s still worth inclusion: Alberta city plastered with racist, homophobic graffiti The Canadian Press Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:23 PM MT Last Updated: Aug 12, 2012 9:46 AM MT People in southern Alberta are busy cleaning up racist and homophobic graffiti that appeared overnight on many of . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Racist and homophobic graffiti in Lethbridge

Bill Longstaff: Albertans—more progressive than conservative

As Albertans face an election later this month and the Conservative Party is seriously challenged by an even more conservative party, the Wildrose Party, we might stop for a moment and ask just how conservative Albertans really are. If the question pertains to social conservatism, the answer is not very.

Last November, a survey taken . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Albertans—more progressive than conservative