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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta election candidate update – january 2012.

With an election fast approaching, Alberta’s political parties are busy nominating candidates across the province. Here is a regional breakdown showing where candidates have been nominated and some of the recent updates.

Nominated Alberta Election candidates by region (January 16, 2012)

Airdrie: Former Airdrie Mayor Linda Bruce and current Alderman Kelly Hegg are seeking the Progressive Conservative nomination.

Banff-Cochrane: Real Estate broker Jon Bjorgum, Canmore Mayor Ron Casey have Rob Seeley have joined businessman John Fitzsimmons and Cochrane Mayor Truper McBride in the contest for the PC nomination on January 28, 2012. The Liberal Party nomination is

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: former culture minister lindsay blackett not seeking re-election.

Lindsay Blackett

First-term Calgary-North West Progressive Conservative MLA and former cabinet minister Lindsay Blackett has announced on his website that he will not be seeking re-election. Mr. Blackett served as Minister of Culture & Community Spirit from 2008 until 2010, when Premier Alison Redford appointed her first cabinet. During his time in cabinet, Mr. Blackett was known for his controversial support of controversial reforms to Alberta’s human rights legislation (Bill 44), his review of Canadian television, and pioneering our new provincial slogan.

He supported Deputy Premier Doug Horner in the 2011 PC leadership contest.

Here is the letter that

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: cabinet building and the game of politics in alberta.

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones With the coming of a new Premier, the great game of cabinet building is underway and the politicians are jockeying for their positions. As reported by the Edmonton Journal, the competition to woo [...] . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: cabinet building and the game of politics in alberta.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: peter sandhu endorses ted morton, lindsay blackett endorses doug horner.

I have updated the list and map of MLAs endorsing candidates in Alberta’s Progressive Conservative leadership contest. Edmonton-Manning MLA Peter Sandhu has endorsed Ted Morton‘s candidacy and Calgary-North West MLA and Culture Minister Lindsay Blackett has endorsed Doug Horner. Gary Mar still has the most MLA endorsements with the support of 17 MLAs, Mr. Horner [...] . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: peter sandhu endorses ted morton, lindsay blackett endorses doug horner.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: No new candidates join Tory leadership race; Calgary not destroyed by earthquake again today!

The Alberta Tory leadership candidates, from left to right: Doug Horner, Gary Mar, Doug Griffiths, Ted Morton and Rick Orman. Alison Redford can be glimpsed crossing the street in the background. Real Conservative candidates may not actually resemble H… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: No new candidates join Tory leadership race; Calgary not destroyed by earthquake again today!

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Lindsay Blackett Out As Alberta Tory Leadership Candidate

 Apparently, his decision was made last month, but done in so low key a fashion that nobody in the MSM noticed.  Meanwhile, Mr. Blackett has issued a ringing defense of the Alberta Human Rights Commission, this in advance of using t… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Lindsay Blackett Out As Alberta Tory Leadership Candidate

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Tory leadership race: Lindsay Blackett gives up his ambition to be premier

Alberta Culture Minister Lindsay Blackett at the Legislature after the February 2010 Budget Speech. Photo by Dave Cournoyer.In case you missed it, as almost everybody did, Calgary-North West MLA Lindsay Blackett, generally acknowledged as the last-plac… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: The Tory leadership race: Lindsay Blackett gives up his ambition to be premier

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Tory leadership race: Lukaszuk’s out, Horner’s still in, Redford is channeling Nenshi

Loneliness of the long-distance runners: Alberta Tory leadership candidates, who may not appear exactly as illustrated, head for the finish line, 11 weeks away. Below: Tom Lukaszuk, Doug Horner, Kevin Taft and Stephen Carter.Farewell, Tom Lukaszuk, we … . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: The Tory leadership race: Lukaszuk’s out, Horner’s still in, Redford is channeling Nenshi

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Will Lindsay Blackett Become Canada’s First Black Premier?

He is apparently considering a run for Mr. Stelmach’s old job. In the past I’ve been quite critical of Mr. Blackett. His handling of Alberta’s human rights legislation revamp (bill 44) was not terribly coherent. In fact, it was confused and co… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Will Lindsay Blackett Become Canada’s First Black Premier?

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Long-shot candidacy by Employment Minister ‘Landslide Lukaszuk’ reappears on Alberta’s radar screen

Tougher than you thought: Premier Lukaszuk convenes his first Conservative cabinet meeting. … Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Lukaszuk, Greystoke.Alberta Employment and Immigration Minister Thomas Lukaszuk was in the… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Long-shot candidacy by Employment Minister ‘Landslide Lukaszuk’ reappears on Alberta’s radar screen

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: PC leadership tipsheet: Mar to win, Morton to place, surprises possible

Punters at the track: These guys all know that in a horserace, anything can happen, and, plus, you ought to dress well just in case it does!This column appeared in yesterday’s edition of the Saint City News.With the federal election out of the way, t… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: PC leadership tipsheet: Mar to win, Morton to place, surprises possible