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daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Can we not go a week without someone threatening to harm the Premier?

“I’ve been beating this drum for 10,11 years. I will continue to beat it, I promise. But it’s against the law to beat Rachel Notley…” – Wildrose leader Brian Jean Speaking at a town hall forum in Fort McMurray, Fort… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Can we not go a week without someone threatening to harm the Premier?

Alberta Politics: Brian Jean’s crack about beating Rachel Notley may have ended his hopes to lead Alberta’s right

PHOTOS: Opposition Leader Brian Jean, haunted by the radicalism of his own rural-dominated party, now looks like he’s stumbled into the same snake pit of anger and misogyny. (Photo from Wildrose.ca.) Below: Premier Rachel Notley, the subject of Mr. J… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Brian Jean’s crack about beating Rachel Notley may have ended his hopes to lead Alberta’s right

Alberta Politics: If anything, the headlines are getting worse for Jim Prentice and Alberta’s faltering PCs

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Jim Prentice just hasn’t been getting the good headlines a guy in his position would normally be looking for at a time like this. Typical Fort McMurray street scenes from 2013 may not have appeared exactly as illustrated. Below: Actual Tory MLA Mike Allen in his St. Paul Police Department mug shot, . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: If anything, the headlines are getting worse for Jim Prentice and Alberta’s faltering PCs

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: The Final Countdown: 6 days left until Election Day in Alberta

Staying above the fray of Alberta’s wild 2015 election campaign, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson argued in his annual State of the City Address that which ever political party forms the provincial government after the May 5 election will have to focus… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Some controversy with your candidate nomination update

As the Progressive Conservative Party rushes towards an early election call, party officials are investigating nomination irregularities and allegations of bribery, reports Metro Edmonton. According to Metro, the PC Party is investigating the process that led to the acclamation of… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Monday morning candidate nomination updates in Alberta

The Progressive Conservatives held their first “Super Saturday” on Feb. 21, 2015, during which contested nominations were held in seven constituencies. The handful of contested PC nominations have been overshadowed by the nearly forty acclamations by incumbent PC MLAs across the province…. Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Friday morning provincial candidate nomination updates from Alberta

Alberta MLAs will return to the Legislature for a spring sitting on March 10, 2015, the Progressive Conservative Party plans to have candidates nominated in all 87 constituencies by March 15, 2015 and Finance Minister Robin Campbell is expected to introduce… Continue Reading →

Alberta Diary: Cabinet making in a shallow talent pool: what’s Alberta’s Jim Prentice going to do?

The Alberta Tory talent pool in 2014. Shallow, and not much fun for the guy in charge. Actual Alberta PC leaders may not appear as illustrated. Below: The real Mr. Jim Prentice. Main photo grabbed from the Internet.

Never mind the transition team. What about the cabinet?

It’s not just a question of . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Cabinet making in a shallow talent pool: what’s Alberta’s Jim Prentice going to do?

Alberta Diary: Alison’s Albertan airplanes and architecture: Who knew? No one, it turns out!

A search for a member of Alison Redford’s cabinet or caucus who knew what was going on in the premier’s office might look something like this. Nothing like this is necessary in Alberta, though, because no one knew anything. It’s hardly necessary to say that real Alberta Tories may not appear exactly as . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Alison’s Albertan airplanes and architecture: Who knew? No one, it turns out!

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Fundraising numbers expose PC, Wildrose strengths and weaknesses

TweetThe latest quarterly fundraising disclosures from Alberta’s provincial political parties were released by Elections Alberta this week, and Alberta’s two conservative parties remain the dominant forces in political fundraising. Continuing a trend that has become the norm in Alberta politics, the Wildrose Party has once again raised more money than the long-governing Progressive Conservatives. Wildrose . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Fundraising numbers expose PC, Wildrose strengths and weaknesses

Alberta Diary: Wild Rose Country no more? What are we gonna call this place if the Alberta Party starts soaring in the polls?

Alberta Minister of Licence Plates Doug Griffiths poses with some of the versions of Alberta’s plates considered by provincial officials before they settled on the three finalists unveiled yesterday. Below: Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen, centre, examines a licence-plate-making facility on a recent government trip to Minnesota. Below that: The real Doug . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Wild Rose Country no more? What are we gonna call this place if the Alberta Party starts soaring in the polls?

Alberta Diary: Alberta Tory MLA arrested in U.S. prostitution sting? Not a problem, apparently…

Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Tory MLA Mike Allen: Excited to be back in the Tory caucus. (Dave Cournoyer photo, used with permission.)

Say what you like about the many flaws of former Alberta premier Alison Redford, she never would have let Mike Allen back into the Progressive Conservative caucus, not as long as the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Alberta Tory MLA arrested in U.S. prostitution sting? Not a problem, apparently…

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Tories invite Mike Allen back in, Wildrose show Joe Anglin the door

TweetProgressive Conservative MLAs have voted to extend an invitation to Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen to rejoin their caucus. Mr. Allen, a relatively popular first-term politician in his constituency, left the PC caucus after he was arrested while trying to hire two prostitutes in St. Paul, Minnesota. Unfortunately for the Mr. Allen, the prostitutes . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Tories invite Mike Allen back in, Wildrose show Joe Anglin the door

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Anglin for a fight (and more nomination updates)

Tweet“Alleged death threats, implied bribes, constituency association ambushes and supposed Progressive Conservative Party skulduggery,” is how a Red Deer Advocate report described the unexpectedly interesting Wildrose Party nomination in the Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre constituency. First-term MLA Joe Anglin is being challenged for his nomination by former local Wildrose president Jason Nixon. Mr. Anglin is long-time . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Anglin for a fight (and more nomination updates)

Alberta Diary: Electoral math is calculus, not arithmetic, so 15 more Tory defectors won’t necessarily bring down Alison Redford’s shaky government

Alberta Premier Alison Redford and her crack team of Tory political strategists consult the Billion Dollar Brainiac, the Alberta government’s carbon- and vote-capture supercomputer, to figure out how many members must remain in her shrinking caucus for the party to survive a non-confidence motion. Actual crack Alberta political strategists may not appear exactly . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Electoral math is calculus, not arithmetic, so 15 more Tory defectors won’t necessarily bring down Alison Redford’s shaky government

Alberta Diary: Back to the future with Guy Boutilier: a run to be Fort Mac’s MP looks to be in the cards

Guy Boutilier in his Wildrose caucus office in Edmonton back in 2009. Notice Ralph Klein peering over his shoulder. Below: Other Fort Mac politicians Brian Jean, the Conservative Crossword King, and Mike Allen, a saxophonist, in his St. Paul Police mugshot.

Guy Boots, Member of Parliament?

Why not? When you think about it, . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Back to the future with Guy Boutilier: a run to be Fort Mac’s MP looks to be in the cards

Alberta Diary: In four letters, Brian Jean, the Crossword King of Parliament Hill, has Q-U-I-T

How Brian Jean may have started to see himself after whiling away too many hours on Parliament Hill over the decade. Amateur psychologizing by blog authors is unlikely to resemble the actual mental state of real Parliamentarians. Below: The real Mr. Jean, who announced yesterday he is quitting his job as MP for . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: In four letters, Brian Jean, the Crossword King of Parliament Hill, has Q-U-I-T

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: What a year 2014 has been in Alberta politics!

Tweet This year was a tumultuous time in Alberta politics. What does 2015 have in store for Albertans? December 20, 2014 Story by: Dirk Pranter, Edmonton Journal-Sun Building the next Alberta With the new year just weeks away, speculation is rampant Albertans could go to the polls early next year, less than four years after . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: What a year 2014 has been in Alberta politics!

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Wildrose can grow from Tory seeds of doubt

TweetDo you drain a Lake of Fire or do you dam it? Whatever it takes, Wildrose Party activists are expected to moderate the tone of their policies at their weekend policy convention in the booming central Alberta city of Red Deer. A delicate and sometimes shaky coalition of libertarians and social conservatives (among other groups), . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Wildrose can grow from Tory seeds of doubt

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: What if… a Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo by-election?

TweetAfter being arrested in a prostitution sting in St. Paul, Minnesota, Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen resigned from the Progressive Conservative caucus. For the time-being, Mr. Allen will remain an Independent MLA, as police in St. Paul have yet to place charges against him. Barring charges and a conviction, Mr. Allen could reasonably be . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: What if… a Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo by-election?

Alberta Diary: Ill wind blows no good for Alberta PCs: caucus member arrested on U.S. prostitution rap

Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen and Alberta Premier Alison Redford in happier times (Edmonton Sun Photo). Below: Mr. Allen’s Minnesota police mug shot; the former Wildrose MLA for the riding, Guy Boutilier.

The sordid arrest in St. Paul, Minn., of the Hon. Member for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo puts the government of Premier . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Ill wind blows no good for Alberta PCs: caucus member arrested on U.S. prostitution rap

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Fort McMurray MLA Mike Allen arrested in U.S. prostitution sting

TweetMike Allen is the second MLA to resign from the Progressive Conservative caucus since last year’s election. The Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA resigned today from the Tory caucus after he was arrested in a prostitution sting in St. Paul, Minnesota. The first-term MLA and former Wood Buffalo municipal councillor was in St. Paul to represent . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Fort McMurray MLA Mike Allen arrested in U.S. prostitution sting

Alberta Diary: Four-day school scheme shows Tories view Fort McMurray as not much more than a work camp

Public School District students await dismissal for the week on a Thursday afternoon in Fort McMurray. Actual students may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Edmonton-Calder NDP MLA David Eggen; former Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Guy Boutilier.

And where, the good people of Fort McMurray should be asking themselves today as Canadians scratch . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Four-day school scheme shows Tories view Fort McMurray as not much more than a work camp

Alberta Diary: Who leaked Alberta’s budget details? And who plugged the leak?

Some of the members of Alberta’s Treasury Board are pictured above. While not exactly as illustrated, they are all suspects in the leakage of budget details, in the office, with an email to the Calgary Herald. Below: Columnist Don Braid, detective Sherlock Holmes and Treasury Board President Doug Horner.

It’s a whodunit, a . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Who leaked Alberta’s budget details? And who plugged the leak?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: by-elections replace new mla’s in canmore, fort mcmurray, strathcona, and westlock.

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As I wrote about weeks ago, a number of municipal by-elections were held across Alberta this and last week to replace municipal officials who were elected in the April 23 provincial election.

John Borrowman

Canmore By-Election

On June 19, Vi Sanford and Sean Krausert were elected to Canmore Town Council in a by-election . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: by-elections replace new mla’s in canmore, fort mcmurray, strathcona, and westlock.