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Alberta Diary: In one day, the ground shifts in Alberta politics in ways unexpected, sometimes uplifting, sometimes troubling

On March 23, Lewis Cardinal became the first nominated federal NDP candidate in Canada for the expected 2015 election. (Photo by Dave Cournoyer, used with permission.) Yesterday he stepped aside in the face of undisclosed health problems. Below: Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson.

What a strange day it was yesterday, at times uplifting, . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: In one day, the ground shifts in Alberta politics in ways unexpected, sometimes uplifting, sometimes troubling

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Lewis Cardinal steps down as NDP candidate in Edmonton-Centre

TweetLewis Cardinal announced today that, due to personal and health reasons, he is stepping down as the New Democratic Party candidate in Edmonton-Centre for the upcoming federal election. Although he had been campaigning for longer than a year, on March 27, 2014, Mr. Cardinal was officially nominated as his party’s first candidate for the next . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Lewis Cardinal steps down as NDP candidate in Edmonton-Centre

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Thomas Mulcair reminds me of Stephen Harper

TweetMore than 500 people packed into the lobby of the Winspear Centre yesterday to watch the New Democratic Party of Canada officially nominate Edmonton-Centre‘s Lewis Cardinal as the first candidate for 2015 federal election. The selection of Edmonton-Centre as the NDP’s first nomination demonstrates that party’s desire to turn Edmonton into a battle ground in . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Thomas Mulcair reminds me of Stephen Harper

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

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Laurie Hawn to retire, blowing Edmonton-Centre race wide open

TweetEdmonton-Centre Conservative Member of Parliament Laurie Hawn has decided to retire when the next election is called, according to the latest column by the Edmonton Sun’s Lorne Gunter. The retired Air Force lieutenant-colonel first entered politics in 2004, running unsuccessfully against Liberal MP and Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan. Mr. Hawn defeated Ms. McLellan in . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Laurie Hawn to retire, blowing Edmonton-Centre race wide open

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination races begin for federal election 2015

TweetThere are 705 days until Monday, October 19, 2015, when the next Canadian federal election is scheduled to be held. With less than two years until Canadians choose who will serve as Members of Parliament and with new electoral boundaries coming into effect at the next election, candidates across Alberta are preparing to seek party . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Nomination races begin for federal election 2015

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: photos: politicians in edmonton’s pride parade 2012.

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Dave Colburn, chair of Edmonton's Public School Board.

NDP MLA's David Eggen and Deron Bilous.

Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman (second from the left)

Edmonton City Councillors Ben Henderson, Kim Krushell, and Dave Loken.

Liberal MLA Raj Sherman

Quebec NDP MP Dany Morin and former Edmonton candidate Lewis Cardinal.

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politics on CAPS LOCK: Meeting the Candidates

I’ve made my mind up about who gets my #1 vote in the NDP leadership election, March 24, 2012, in Toronto. It’s Tom Mulcair.

Almost every declared and non-declared (or expectant) candidate for the national NDP leadership were in Edmonton this weekend. At first, we heard that Paul Dewar was coming Saturday night for a . . . → Read More: politics on CAPS LOCK: Meeting the Candidates