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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: The ghosts of senate reform haunt the Harper Conservatives

TweetThe ghosts of Senate reform will haunt Prime Minister Stephen Harper as his party establishment gathers in Calgary on Halloween to discuss and debate party policy. After more than seven years in office, Mr. Harper’s Conservatives have accomplished little on the issue of reforming the Canadian Senate. Who would have thought that a Senate scandal […]

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Thank You Link Byfield

…one of the Wildrose party’s “trouble” candidates:

As a personal note, Joanne and I are thrilled to have met so many fine new friends. Together we can all be proud that we fought a clean campaign, we almost won, and we will win next time.

And I’m sure Alison Redford also thanks you.  And those of us who first discovered your Alberta Report this time out, but didn’t have near time to extract and publicize all the crazy shit in it,we thank you too.

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Extremism in Wildrose

Well, what our newest member lacks in total post, he certainly makes up in impact.

Naberius200′s article on Link Byfield’s association with white supremacist Paul Fromm has resulted in more than 3000 hits since it was published, becoming the third most viewed article on this blog in only a little over 2 weeks. No doubt that is in large part due to the interest in the upcoming provincial election which, for the first time in more than 40 years, is actually a contest. The most recent poll numbers we’ve read place Wild Rose 7 points higher than the Progressive Conservatives, . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Extremism in Wildrose

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Link Byfield Going Down?

 Westlock County Councillor Maureen Kubinec placed highest among our poll takers with 41.43 per cent of the vote. Kubinec was followed by former Alberta Report publisher Link Byfield with 30 per cent of the poll vote.

An “informal” poll, unfortunately, so it doesn’t tell us much.  More links on Link here and here.

A. Picazo: Link Byfield – Another Thorn On The Wildrose

Though it took longer than I anticipated, it seems Wildrose leader Danielle Smith, gag order and all, has failed to contain the radical views held by some in her party from seeping out into the public sphere. These views would have been discovered eventually, mind you, as Smith cannot muzzle her candidates (or MLAs, for … Continue reading →

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Be thankful for our Canadian Charter of Rights, 30 years old today, and remember who hates it

April 17, 1982: The Queen signs the Constitution as Pierre Elliott Trudeau, then Canada’s prime minister, looks on, apparently bemused. Below: The Charter; a sterner Mr. Trudeau.

CALGARY

Today is the 30th anniversary of our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. On April 17, 1982, Queen Elizabeth signed our new Canadian Constitution, of which the Charter is part.It should come as no surprise that the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper – normally so obsessed with history, at least when it involves feats of arms – is ignoring this turning point in Canadian history.

Part of this, naturally, is

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David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Ambiguous Wildrose abortion statements emerge as NDP support jumps in Edmonton

Wildrose Apocalypse? Abortion chatter sparks new fears about Wildrose as poll shows NDP mini-surge in Edmonton. Below: NDP Leader Brian Mason.

Are residents of the Edmonton region, as disgusted with the antics of the long-ruling Progressive Conservatives as other Albertans, starting to have second thoughts about far-right Wildrose Party’s largely unknown agenda and the little-known characters that populate its slate of candidates?A new poll by a well-regarded national polling company shows NDP support surging in the Edmonton area at precisely the same moment the Wildrose Party has been making ambiguous and contradictory statements on abortion that smack of a

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: WildRose Candidate Once Ran Afoul Of Human Rights Commision

After posting this on the 1999 meetup of Wildrose candidate Link Byfield and White Nationalist Paul Fromm, I got to thinking of an old on-line document I stumbled over once while doing something else.  This one in particular.  It pertains to a 2002 Alberta HRCC (Human Rights and Citizenship Commission) complaint brought by Harvey Kane of the Jewish Defense League against The Alberta Report and several of its employees, including Link Byfield and his brother Michael.  It concerns an article, A Canmore mall project ends in a bitter feud, which ran in The Report on October 13th of 1997,

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Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Byfield "Linked" To Extremist

"That view [that white people have a disproportionate share of power] is based on the error that all people are equal. Blacks are on the whole less intelligent than whites." – Paul Fromm

Oh hi. First a brief introduction. I was asked by a vampire to make an occasional post while she was on hiatus. I picked the name "Naberius200" because Nos has this weird obsession with names that start with the letter "n" and the number 200. Who knows why? In any case, like the other members of the Collective (and I guess I can count myself in

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: thorny candidates could be the wildrose party’s biggest liability.

Danielle Smith (photo from Wildrose Facebook page)

As the face of the campaign, Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith is her party’s biggest asset. She is media savvy, personable and, despite her limited governance experience (one year as a trustee on the dysfunctional Calgary Board of Education), she talks about becoming Premier with more confidence than any opposition leader in a long time.

But looking beyond the high-profile face of the Wildrose Party, which polls from the first week of the campaign suggest could be poised to form government, Albertans should be asking important questions about who would serve

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta election day 1: campaign kick-offs and legalizing prostitution.

Alberta's political leaders are off to a slow start on the first day of the 2012 election.

With hours of the election being called yesterday, Premier Alison Redford kicked-off the Progressive Conservative campaign at the campaign office of Edmonton-Glenora MLA Heather Klimchuk.

First-term MLA Ms. Klimchuk is facing one of the most hotly contested races in the province, with strong challenges by former public school trustee and Alberta Party candidate Sue Huff, former Liberal MLA Bruce Miller, former NDP MLA Ray Martin, and past mayoral candidate and Wildrose candidate Don Koziak. The central Edmonton constituency has become a swing-riding in recent

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: 15 races to watch in alberta’s 2012 election.

In the lead up to the Alberta’s 2012 election, I have identified fifteen constituencies across the province that could produce interesting contests and results when the election is called.

15 races to watch in Alberta's 2012 election.

1) Highwood The Wildrose Party has staked their future in the success of leader Danielle Smith and I expect that party will pull out all the stops to ensure she is elected. The PCs have nominated newspaper editor John Barlow to replace retiring PC MLA George Groeneveld.

2) Edmonton-Meadowlark This area has deep Liberal roots, having first elected MLA Grant Mitchell in 1986,

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: ken kowalski chooses retirement over death in office.

Retiring Speaker Ken Kowalski

He once told Albertans that he would “die in office” rather than retire and collect his gold plated severance package, but this week Speaker Ken Kowalski opted for retirement instead of the afterlife. The long-time MLA announced yesterday in a letter to the Progressive Conservative Party that he would not be seeking re-election in the Spring 2012 provincial election. He was in August 2011.

Speaker Kowalski is the longest serving MLA in the Assembly and was first elected in a 1979 by-election in the Barrhead constituency. His absence will undoubtably lead to a

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: joe anglin speaks. wildrose candidates learn some creative editing.

As reported on this blog earlier this week, and reported by the mainstream media today, Joe Anglin has been nominated for the Wildrose candidate in Rocky Mountain House-Sundre. Mr. Anglin is a well-known landowners rights advocate and was the last leader of the now defunct Alberta Green Party, but you would not know that from [...] . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: joe anglin speaks. wildrose candidates learn some creative editing.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Remember where you heard it first! Former St. Albert city councillor James Burrows gets Wildrose nomination

Former St. Albert city councillor James Burrows on municipal election night 2010. The TV monitors in the background did not display particularly good news for Mr. Burrows. Now he has the Wildrose Alliance nomination for the St. Albert riding. Below: St… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Remember where you heard it first! Former St. Albert city councillor James Burrows gets Wildrose nomination

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta senate elections in 2011 or 2012.

Via Postmedia News, Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidates are calling for another round of Senator-in-Waiting elections to happen concurrent with the next provincial election: “We want them (Senate nominees) to be current. We don’t want to end up with a stale list,” said Alison Redford, Calgary-Elbow member of provincial legislature and the lone female candidate [...] . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: alberta senate elections in 2011 or 2012.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Perfesser Dave explains the problems with separatists in the Canadian government

Bryan Mulroney having fun with his confidant and Quebec lieutenant Lucien Bouchard, one of many Conservative separatists who have spent time in the House of Commons. Below: Perfesser Dave; Western sovereignist Stephen Harper.Some stories are just too c… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Perfesser Dave explains the problems with separatists in the Canadian government

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: From Forlorn to Forbearing: Feminism Never Stood a Chance

I Burned my Bra For This? REAL Women of Canada and the Men Behind ThemWe all remember the scene in When Harry Met Sally, when Meg Ryan shows Billy Crystal how easy it is for a woman to fake an orgasm, and another patron declares “I’ll have what she’s h… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: From Forlorn to Forbearing: Feminism Never Stood a Chance

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: wildrose drops the alliance.

As hundreds of party members meet at their annual general meeting in Calgary this weekend, political observers may have noticed a quiet marketing shift that has seen the Wildrose Alliance drop the word “Alliance” from their logo on their website and url in their press releases (using wildrose.ca instead). It also puts behind them a [...] . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: wildrose drops the alliance.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Internet buzz predicts Speaker Ken Kowalski’s imminent retirement

Your blogger lectures Speaker Ken Kowalski on something or other at the Alberta Legislature as one of Mr. Kowalski’s aides desperately searches for an avenue of escape. Below: Link Byfield, Lloyd Bertschi.As Alberta Speaker Ken Kowalski might say aft… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Internet buzz predicts Speaker Ken Kowalski’s imminent retirement

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Is the Wildrose Alliance’s loony fringe finally beginning to emerge at nomination meetings?

The Wildrose Alliance waits at the crossing (in the Buick, not the train). Below: Cory Morgan.It’s been said here that the biggest problem Danielle Smith’s Wildrose Alliance would ever have is the kind of candidates the right-wing party attracts.Ms… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Is the Wildrose Alliance’s loony fringe finally beginning to emerge at nomination meetings?

Five of Five: Link Byfield "Resigns"

Link Byfield resigned his position as one of Alberta’s senators-in-waiting today. I was hoping at his press conference he might have explained why his friend Senator Bert Brown participated in a shady vote down of a House of Commons Bill, passed by an… . . . → Read More: Five of Five: Link Byfield "Resigns"