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Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney quits his job on federal electoral reform committee – so why are we paying him, again?

PHOTOS: Ride, Jason, Ride! Moving day in Ottawa. Jason Kenney’s arrangements to pack up his office and return to Alberta may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Kenney in Calgary; commentator Corey Hogan on TV. Softly, softly, Jason Kenney has quit his job on the Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform, presumably to give […]

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daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Election Reform Town Halls in Alberta

As a committee of Members of Parliament study, discuss and debate potential changes to Canada’s federal electoral system, three Alberta MPs are scheduled to hold town hall meetings in their ridings to discuss electoral reform with their constitu… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Election Reform Town Halls in Alberta

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Trudeau Liberals crack Conservative “Fortress Alberta” in nationwide sweep

The dust has yet to finally settle on tonight’s election night results but we know that the Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau will form a majority government with more than 180 seats in the next parliament. Conservative Party leader Stephen… Continue Reading →

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 show Alberta some love in the final days of Election 2015. Where’s Harper?

There is no longer any doubt that Alberta is an important battleground in this federal election campaign. While Conservatives will dominate in the provincial seat count, the Liberals and NDP believe they are in a position to win competitive races in Edmonton… 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: Calgary Stampede an important marker of political change in Alberta

Billed as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Calgary Stampede is a must-stop destination for political leaders of all stripes and all levels of government. The event also provides a good historical marker of how quickly the political winds of change can… 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

Alberta Diary: Why Edmonton Strathcona electors should vote NDP, as (not exactly) explained by Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland

Toronto Spadina MP Chrystia Freeland, a Liberal, after speaking at the University of Alberta Faculty Club last week. Below: Eleanor Olszewski, nominated Liberal candidate in the federal Edmonton Strathcona riding; Linda Duncan, NDP MP for Edmonton Strathcona.

Last Wednesday night, during an engaging talk at the University of Alberta Faculty Club, Chrystia Freeland . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Why Edmonton Strathcona electors should vote NDP, as (not exactly) explained by Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland

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

Alberta Diary: Be there or be square: When pride goes mainstream, is just being there enough?

Riders from the Gay Rodeo welcome Edmontonians to the New West yesterday! Scenes from Edmonton’s Pride Parade below: Alberta Premier Dave Hancock, left, and Edmonton City Councillor Scott McKeen, right, with a parade participant; Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson on his bicycle with his kids; a couple of parade participants trying to sell underwear; . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Be there or be square: When pride goes mainstream, is just being there enough?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination battles in Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, Griesbach

TweetWhat happens when three federal ridings become one? South of Edmonton, large portions of the Wetaskiwin, Edmonton-Leduc and Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont ridings have been merged into the new Edmonton-Wetaskiwin riding. The three Conservative MPs representing the area have chosen not to run against each other for their party’s nomination in the new amalgamated riding – Blaine . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Nomination battles in Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, Griesbach

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Underdog Liberal has a shot in Fort McMurray-Athabasca by-election

TweetFour federal by-elections will be held across Canada on June 30, 2014, including in Alberta’s Macleod and Fort McMurray-Athabasca ridings made vacant by the retirements of Conservative Members of Parliament Ted Menzies and Brian Jean months ago. While most general elections in Alberta can be counted on to result in broad Conservative sweeps, Albertans have . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Underdog Liberal has a shot in Fort McMurray-Athabasca by-election

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

Alberta Diary: Battles in the ’Burbs: Independent St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber eyes formation of party as fund-raising vehicle

Independent MP Brent Rathgeber with machine gun, looking as if he could use some closer supervision, takes aim at the CBC. (Joke.) And, yes, that is Jack Layton with the other one. Below: Teddy Roosevelt. (That’s enough politicians with firearms! – Ed.)

ST. ALBERT, Alberta

Edmonton-St. Albert Member of Parliament Brent Rathgeber – . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Battles in the ’Burbs: Independent St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber eyes formation of party as fund-raising vehicle

Alberta Diary: Rising Tory interest in St. Albert-Edmonton nomination could set the stage for something completely different!

Ryan Hastman’s business card, handed out at last weekend’s Conservative Convention in Calgary. Below: Mr. Hastman, Independent MP Brent Rathgeber, competing Tory candidate Michael Cooper and the other side of Mr. Hastman’s card.

ST. ALBERT, Alberta

There’s a new candidate in the race for the Conservative Party of Canada’s nomination in the St. . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Rising Tory interest in St. Albert-Edmonton nomination could set the stage for something completely different!

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Politics with your Folk

TweetFor this political junkie, one of the small highlights of attending Edmonton’s Folk Music Festival each year is flipping through the $5 programme book to sneak a look at the political ads placed in the programme guide. The political ads are always from politicians sitting in the political centre or left and the best ones . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Politics with your Folk

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: University students and staff rally against Advanced Education cuts.

TweetHundreds of students and staff from the University of Alberta marched to the Alberta Legislature yesterday to protest the 7% cut to the Advanced Education budget. Students and staff were joined by Liberal leader Raj Sherman, NDP MLA Rachel Notley, and NDP MP Linda Duncan. In response to the provincial budget cuts, University of Alberta . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: University students and staff rally against Advanced Education cuts.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Liberals cringe and Conservatives jeer at David McGuinty’s anti-Alberta rant.

TweetComments made yesterday by Ontario Liberal Member of Parliament David McGuinty undoubtably triggered a collective “W^@* THE F#*%” moment in Calgary-Centre Liberal candidate Harvey Locke‘s by-election campaign headquarters. The … . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Liberals cringe and Conservatives jeer at David McGuinty’s anti-Alberta rant.

Alberta Diary: Undemocratic impulses? Who ya gonna call? Not Jimmy Carter!

When it comes to ensuring the integrity of foreign elections, take it from Alberta Diary, Jimmy Carter is outstanding in the field. Below: Alberta MP Linda Duncan and Ukrainian President Viktor F. Yanukovich.

By the sound of it, the international observers of Sunday’s Ukrainian parliamentary elections did manage to catch the government of . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Undemocratic impulses? Who ya gonna call? Not Jimmy Carter!

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: How Alberta’s federal politicians voted on Motion 312.

TweetThis week, Members of Parliament in Ottawa voted on Motion 312, which if passed could have re-opened a divisive debate about a woman’s right to make decisions concerning her own body. Thankfully, Motion 312 was defeated 203-91 votes, but it remains disappointing that in this modern age one-third of federal MPs stood in favour of . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: How Alberta’s federal politicians voted on Motion 312.

Alberta Diary: If Alberta’s Tories loved Peter Lougheed so much, why do they have so little to say about him?

Linda Duncan at the Alberta NDP’s 50th annual convention over the weekend. Below: Ralph Goodale, Peter Lougheed.

We have 28 federal electoral districts in Alberta of which 27 elected members of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Of those 27 Conservative MPs, one has since been kicked out of caucus for refusing to blow . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: If Alberta’s Tories loved Peter Lougheed so much, why do they have so little to say about him?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: fifty years of alberta ndp.

TweetNew Democrats from across Alberta have gathered in Edmonton this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their party’s founding. Attendees at this weekend’s annual convention will hear from NDP leader Brian Mason, MLAs Rachel Notley, Deron Bilous, and David Eggen, Member of Parliament Linda Duncan, and federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. With only 4 . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: fifty years of alberta ndp.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Can a ‘progressive’ win in Calgary-Centre? It is not impossible, but it might not be very likely.

TweetCan the online campaign 1 Calgary Centre succeed in its goal to unite (or crowd-surf) progressive voters behind one candidate in the impending Calgary-Centre by-election? It is not impossible, but it is improbable. The existence of a Naheed Nenshi, Linda Duncan, or Chima Nkemdirim style of candidate who progressive voters could unite behind could make . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Can a ‘progressive’ win in Calgary-Centre? It is not impossible, but it might not be very likely.

Alberta Diary: Mystery story: is there an opposition candidate who can win the Calgary Centre by-election?

Your blogger with David Swann: Remember, when the author of this blog appears in a picture with a politician, it does not necessarily imply an endorsement. (That’s enough photos with politicians for one week, thanks – ed.) Below: Likely Conservative winner Joan Crockatt, Edmonton Strathcona NDP MP Linda Duncan and successful political strategist . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Mystery story: is there an opposition candidate who can win the Calgary Centre by-election?