PHOTOS: Former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney looks like he’s describing how he’ll capture the Alberta PC Party, then the Wildrose, and unite them whether they like it or not, in this shot grabbed from his Parliamentary Flickr a… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney reported ready to announce his bid to lead a Tory Restoration effort as soon as tomorrow
I must admit when I first saw that 300 South African firefighters had arrived to help battle the Fort McMurray wildfire I was a bit shocked.I wondered didn't we have enough firefighters in this country to finish the job ourselves?But then I saw … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Fort McMurray Fire and Mandela’s Children
Former prime minister Brian Mulroney just received the Supreme Companion of Oliver Reginald Tambo, South Africa’s highest award to a foreign national. Other recipients of the honour include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., former Brazilian President Luis… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Brian Mulroney receives South Africa’s highest award
One of the questions I posed in this space a few weeks ago was: who will be the next big-name Jewish MP? With apologies to Joe Oliver, Canada’s first Jewish federal finance minister, what I may subconsciously have been asking is who will be the next Irwin Cotler, now that the 75-year-old Mount Royal Liberal . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: A national icon takes his leave
TweetAs the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline dominates political debate in Washington D.C., Alberta Premier Jim Prentice announced that he will soon travel to the American capital to lobby in favour of the pipeline. Although most politicians in the capital appear to support the pipeline’s construction, United States President Barack Obama has not made public whether . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Keystone XL, Alberta Oil Sands and International Travel in 2014
Former premier Alison Redford at the moment of her leadership campaign victory in 2011. Former opposition leader Danielle Smith in a typical campaign pose last summer.
Back in the mists of time, or rather, Time, there used to be a regular December feature called “Man of the Year.”
That was amended to “Person . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Alberta, I give you Alison Redford, Person of the Year for 2014!
Well, we arrived back in the early hours of yesterday, having enjoyed a relaxing week in Cuba. Unfortunately, there was no English-speaking Canadian television available, so I feel unprepared to offer any political commentary until I get caught up. Fortuitously, however, my son sent me the following item, which, I hope, you will find of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Remembering A ‘Superstar’
TweetMany Canadians hoped to have bid a final farewell to offensive conservative Member of Parliament Rob Anders when he lost the Conservative Party nomination in Calgary-Signal Hill to Ron Liepert earlier this year. But perhaps it was wishful thinking to believe a stunning rebuke in the area of the city he represented for 17 years . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Dear Rob Anders, Take a Hint and Take a Hike.
Rob Anders in his second most famous pose, the most famous with his eyes open, with 4.5-litre hat plus circa-.45 revolver. Mr. Anders is thought to be Canada’s Worst MP and hopes to keep it that way. Below: Bow River Conservative candidates Rolly Ashdown and Martin Shields.
Rob Anders to Canada: “I’m baaaaaaaaack!”
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Blogosphere heaves sigh of relief: ‘Canada’s Worst MP’ Rob Anders is back, for now anyway
by: Obert Madondo Follow @Obiemad | Published Sat. Aug 9, 2014
“Die-In” protest in front of NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s office in Montreal, held on Aug 5, 2014. (Photo: Darren Ell/FACEBOOK)
Gaza, Palestine and you, freedom lovers everywhere, you’ve educated me.
Now I know why they didn’t support indigenous Zimbabweans’ justified armed struggle against . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: #DayofRage: For Gaza, Palestinians, History and Humanity
TweetIt finally happened. The man who called Nelson Mandela a terrorist, insulted Canada’s veterans, and called for war against Russia, has suffered his first major defeat since he was first elected in 1997. After a campaign filled with accusations of dirty tricks and political mischief, arch conservative Member of Parliament Rob Anders lost the Conservative . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Good riddance, Rob Anders
by: Obert Madondo
Chances are you would never vote for Rob Anders even if you were a hard-core Conservative. The Calgary West MP is one of the most disagreeable politicians in Canada.
In 2001, the former Reform Party MP once called South African anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, a “terrorist“. He prevented the House of . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: He called Nelson Mandela a terrorist, now claims Harper endorsement
There will be no more scenes like this aboard Government of Alberta aircraft, thank you very much! Actual Alberta cabinet ministers and cabin crew may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: a screenshot of Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s news conference yesterday.
Fresh from her public relations triumph in Edmonton’s Churchill LRT station Tuesday, . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Payment of $45,000 travel bill by Alberta Premier raises as many questions as it answers
TweetFresh meat Last week, he was publicly criticizing Premier Alison Redford for her over-priced $45,000 trip to South Africa (see below) and faced a threat of expulsion from the Progressive Conservative caucus. This week, coincidentally, Edmonton-Riverview PC MLA Steve Young faces a new set of revelations dating back to his time as a Sergeant with . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Fresh meat and Alberta politics
Former Progressive Conservative Whip Steve Young gets ready to give it to his premier and party leader at yesterday’s caucus meeting in Edmonton. Actual unrepentant Tory MLAs may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The actual Mr. Young, apparently yelling something; his friend Wildrose MLA Ian Donovan; Premier Alison Redford’s executive assistant, Brad . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The Airline Ticketgate saga continued… Alberta’s Redford Tories, forever young, now have Young forever
The offending photo of MP Rob Anders and would-be MP Melissa Mathieson, which first turned up on a National Firearms Association Facebook page, then a political blog, then the mainstream media and has now entered the annals of idiocy. Below: the offending target; an example of a target Mr. Anders would have been . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Dumber than a bag of Anders: Have gun-slingin’ Cowtown MP’s pistol-packin’ pals shot their patron in both feet?
A steward serves Alberta Premier Alison Redford as members of her entourage dine nearby during their return flight from South Africa. Don’t worry, this is satire, and actual Alberta politicians and their political advisors will never appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, obviously suffering from a defeatist attitude and . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The view from Alberta: Nova Scotia premier assailed for embarrassingly low travel bill
Alberta Premier Alison Redford, left, glares at Rob Anders, far right (as it were), Canada’s Worst MP, as challenger Ron Liepert, centre, with an unidentified vole who is not authorized to speak on the record, look on. Actual Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated, but pretty much. Below: The real Rob . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: NDP-Grit coalition to defeat Rob Anders? Unlikely! This is a Tory civil war
Your blogger in 2011 with Ron Liepert, Alberta’s former Worst Provincial Cabinet Minister. Below: Calgary West Member of Parliament Rob Anders, Canada’s worst MP, with his friend and supporter, Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Coming soon to the new federal riding of Calgary Signal Hill: fear and loathing on the campaign trail.
Come . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Fear & Loathing in Calgary Signal Hill: rumble on the right breaks out in Calgary
TweetWill former provincial cabinet minister Ron Liepert make the jump into federal politics? With the launch of the TimeToDoBetter.ca website today, rumours began to spread that the former two-term Calgary-West Progressive Conservative MLA turned consultant could challenge ultra-conservative Rob Anders for the Conservative Party nomination in the new Calgary Signal Hill riding. Mr. Liepert’s candidacy . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Ron Liepert versus Rob Anders: the next PC-Wildrose proxy war?
Raúl Castro at Mandela memorial service / Nelson Mandela with Fidel in Cuba
At the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, the media seized on the handshake between Barack Obama and the president of Cuba, Raúl Castro, as possible evidence of something more significant afoot in the relations between the two countries. The handshake has . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Irony of Raul Castro – Obama handshake: Cuba helped defeat S.A. apartheid in battle whereas U.S. sent Stingers to UNITA
TweetA new provincial cabinet was sworn-in this morning, one a week after the cabinet shuffle was announced. The original announcement, made by press release at the unusual time of 4:45pm on Friday, December 6, was typical of a tactic used by government when it wants a story to be underreported. After facing a week of . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Alberta politics this week