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daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: PCs don’t need the Wildrose to win, NDP should watch their Liberal flank

Uneventful weeks have become rare in Alberta politics and this week in particular has been uniquely interesting. We started with the release of political party fundraising data from Elections Alberta showing the NDP raised more funds in the last quarter than… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: “Over My Dead Body” – This week in Alberta’s Big Happy Conservative Family

It was only last week that the leaders of Alberta’s two main conservative political parties – Progressive Conservative interim leader Ric McIver and Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean – were in Ottawa hobnobbing with the conservative … . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: “Over My Dead Body” – This week in Alberta’s Big Happy Conservative Family

Alberta Politics: Wherever there’s Alberta unite-the-right chatter, Preston Manning’s name keeps popping up

PHOTOS: Preston Manning, looking right as usual, photo taken at the 2013 Manning Conference in Ottawa. Below: Alberta PC leader Ric McIver, Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean Wildrose Party photo), federal Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose (CBC photo) and… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Wherever there’s Alberta unite-the-right chatter, Preston Manning’s name keeps popping up

Alberta Diary: Pretty rich: Manning Centre founder and namesake lectures Ottawa Press Gallery on ethics

The Parliamentary Press Gallery, apparently as seen, sort of, but not quite, by Preston Manning. New ethical guidelines required? Doubtful. Below: The founder and namesake of the Calgary-Based Manning Centre; Senator Mike Duffy.

Let me get this straight: the founder and namesake of the Manning Centre presumes to lecture Ottawa’s Parliamentary Press Gallery . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Pretty rich: Manning Centre founder and namesake lectures Ottawa Press Gallery on ethics

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta politics 2013: Big City Mayors

TweetA generational shift in Edmonton Framed as a lacklustre and uneventful campaign, local media and many mainstream pundits missed one of the most important stories of this year’s mayoral election in Edmonton. The city’s crusty local establishment has lamented for years about the constant stream of locally-raised young talent choosing to build their careers and . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Alberta politics 2013: Big City Mayors

Alberta Diary: The Annals of Digital Recording: ‘Preston is out of the country and cannot comment’

Your blogger with Preston Manning, both exactly as illustrated, although, in fairness, Mr. Manning may not have known just who your blogger was. Then again, maybe he did. He did say something like, “Oh, you…” Below: Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Is somebody going around trying to pull a Mitt Romney on . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The Annals of Digital Recording: ‘Preston is out of the country and cannot comment’

Alberta Diary: Preston Manning’s well-funded ideological hobbyhorse takes aim at civic progressives

Calgary City Hall: The next target for former Reform Party leader Preston Manning’s not-very-merry band of far-right ideologues? Below: Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and neoconservative ideological guru Manning back in the day.

Is the so-called Manning Centre for Building Democracy preparing to target Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and other progressive city councillors for . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Preston Manning’s well-funded ideological hobbyhorse takes aim at civic progressives

Alberta Diary: Preston Manning is no saint, as secretive Carleton University scheme illustrates

Preston Manning and his then-protégé Stephen Harper back in the day. Below: Mr. Manning as he now appears (United Church Observer photo): Alberta premier E.C. Manning, Preston Manning’s father; Mr. Harper as a Reform Party candidate.

Nowadays, folks think of Preston Manning as a benign force in Canadian politics – possibly because of . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Preston Manning is no saint, as secretive Carleton University scheme illustrates

Impolitical: Charitable activities?

Why hasn’t the Manning Centre’s charitable status gotten more attention? CRA’s own guidelines on political activities raise some interesting questions. For e.g., Under the Income Tax Act and in common law, an organization established for a political purpose cannot be a registered charity. The courts have determined political purposes to be those that seek . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Charitable activities?