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daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: NDP hires political strategist Corey Hogan to run the Public Affairs Bureau

Political strategist Corey Hogan has been hired as the government’s new managing director of the Public Affairs Bureau. He replaces Mark Wells, who announced last week that he was leaving after a year in the job. Mr. Wells previously served as… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: ‘Bernard the Roughneck’ campaign has been in preparation for months, may soon target Rachel Notley

PHOTOS: Neal (Bernard the Roughneck) Hancock’s first appearance on a well-known right-wing video blog in January 2015. (Screenshot) Below: Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Jason Kenney with his new friend Bernard, who was making a rare public appearance in mufti; Shannon Stubbs with her husband Shayne Saskiw and a friend; and Conservative Energy Critic John Barlow. . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: ‘Bernard the Roughneck’ campaign has been in preparation for months, may soon target Rachel Notley

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Conservatives nominate candidate in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner

Glen Motz will be the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the upcoming federal by-election in the riding of Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner. Mr. Motz defeated five other men, including former Wildrose Party leader and Cardston-Taber-Warner MLA Paul… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Conservatives nominate candidate in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner

Alberta Politics: Keeping things in in the Right perspective: Wildrose says NDP’s carbon levy is much like killing 10 million people

PHOTOS: Wildrose Agriculture Critic Rick Strankman thinks the NDP Government’s carbon levy is just murder. (Photo grabbed from his Facebook page.) Below: NDP Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous, Wildrose MLA Drew Barnes, another member of the … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Keeping things in in the Right perspective: Wildrose says NDP’s carbon levy is much like killing 10 million people

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Wildrose Recall Bill would let 20% of voters overturn a fair and democratic election

A private members bill proposed by Chestermere-Rockyview Wildrose Party MLA Leela Aheer would allow 20 percent of eligible voters – a significant minority of eligible voters – the ability to overturn the results of a previously held fai… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Wildrose Recall Bill would let 20% of voters overturn a fair and democratic election

Alberta Politics: Will Wildrose Leader Brian Jean repudiate his Calgary-Foothills candidate’s ‘communist’ characterization of the NDP?

PHOTOS: Part of the Wildrose Chinese-language brochure that compared the NDP to communists. Below: Wildrose Calgary-Foothills candidate Prasad Panda, former Tory education minister Thomas Lukaszuk, NDP candidate Bob Hawkesworth, former Wildrose House leader Rob Anderson and former Wildrose leader Paul Hinman. What words should we use to describe the Chinese-language brochure the Wildrose Party wrote . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Will Wildrose Leader Brian Jean repudiate his Calgary-Foothills candidate’s ‘communist’ characterization of the NDP?

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Wednesday night candidate nomination update in Alberta

I have made the following updates to the list of nominees and nomination candidates planning to run in Alberta’s next provincial election. Please email david.cournoyer [at] gmail.com if you have additions to the list. Thank you. Bonnyville-Cold Lake: City of Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland… Continue Reading →

Alberta Diary: Wildrose Party endures its cruelest day as two MLAs quit to join Jim Prentice’s PC government

Ian Donovan, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and Kerry Towle at yesterday afternoon’s floor-crossing news conference in the Legislature Building. (Ici Radio-Canada photo.) Below: Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith and quotable former prime ministers Harold Wilson, Brian Mulroney and Winston Churchill.

There was the cruelest sort of irony in the battering suffered yesterday by Alberta’s . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Wildrose Party endures its cruelest day as two MLAs quit to join Jim Prentice’s PC government

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta By-Elections can be risky ventures

TweetA closer look at twenty years of provincial by-elections in Alberta As newly selected Progressive Conservative leader Jim Prentice begins his transition into the Premier’s Office (having just named his transition team), attention will soon turn to a provincial by-election that will allow the new premier an opportunity to be elected as an MLA. In . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Alberta By-Elections can be risky ventures

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta Politics Catch Up: Pipelines, Planes, Cities and Rob Anders

TweetSpending a few days in another province can sometimes give you a different perspective on important national issues. Spending the last week in British Columbia served as a good reminder to this political watcher about how emotional the debate around pipelines and the Oilsands are in Alberta’s neighbouring province. While I am sure opinion is . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Alberta Politics Catch Up: Pipelines, Planes, Cities and Rob Anders

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Can the Alberta NDP win in Calgary?

TweetTo describe it as a long-shot is polite, but two Edmonton MLAs running for the leadership of Alberta’s New Democratic Party say that growing support in Calgary is critical. Edmonton-Strathcona MLA Rachel Notley launched her campaign for her party’s leadership at Niko’s Bistro in Kensington this week. And Edmonton-Calder MLA David Eggen described Alberta’s largest . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Can the Alberta NDP win in Calgary?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: IT’S STILL A RACE! With one week left, a second poll shows three-way race in Calgary-Centre.

TweetWith one week left until voting day, a new survey released by Forum Research continues to show a three-way race in the Calgary-Centre by-election between Conservative Joan Crockatt, Liberal Harvey Locke, and Green Chris Turner. As reported by … . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: IT’S STILL A RACE! With one week left, a second poll shows three-way race in Calgary-Centre.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta PCs propose uninviting federal Tories to annual meetings.

TweetAn amendment proposed to the constitution of the Progressive Conservative Party by party supporters in Calgary-Glenmore would remove the automatic invitation and voting privileges of federal Conservative Party Members of Parliament at PC Party annual general meetings. The explanation for the proposed amendment was listed in documents circulated by the PC Party this week (pdf): . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Alberta PCs propose uninviting federal Tories to annual meetings.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Inside Baseball: Alberta’s conservative parties hold executive elections.

TweetFormer cabinet minister Ray Danyluk dropped out of race for the presidency of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party this week, prompting a few political insiders to ask the question “why was he running in the first place?” The recently defeated three-term Tory MLA from Lac La Biche-St. Paul joined the race to replace outgoing president Bill . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Inside Baseball: Alberta’s conservative parties hold executive elections.

Calgary Grit: Calgary Centre By-Election

As David Wilks reminded us last week, Conservative backbenchers are “not going to make a difference”. So it’s not at all surprising that Lee Richardson has turned his back on Ottawa to take a job as Alison Redford’s principal secretary.

This gives Stephen Harper six months to call a by-election in Calgary Centre, and one . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Calgary Centre By-Election

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: who are they? meet alberta’s wildrose official opposition.

When Alberta’s Legislative Assembly reconvenes in the next few months, for the first time since 1982 the title of Official Opposition will given to a caucus of MLA’s representing a party other than the New Democrats or the Liberals. Following the April 23 general election, seventeen Wildrose Party MLA’s were elected, creating the largest Official . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: who are they? meet alberta’s wildrose official opposition.

Five of Five: Morton, Hinman and Some Bickering

The last pre-election message on Ted Morton’s website:

To our Supporters:

Thank you for supporting me and the PC Party—a party that has madeAlbertathe best place to work, to live and to raise a family. As your MLA for Chestermere-Rocky View, I will work for you to keep it that way.

I wasn’t really sure . . . → Read More: Five of Five: Morton, Hinman and Some Bickering

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: who should be invited to the televised leaders’ debate?

PC leader Premier Alison Redford, Wildrose leader Danielle Smith, NDP leader Brian Mason, and Liberal leader Raj Sherman.

The televised Leaders’ debate for Alberta’s 2012 election will be aired on April 12 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Global Television.

The debate will include Progressive Conservative leader Premier Alison Redford, Liberal Party leader Raj . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: who should be invited to the televised leaders’ debate?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: tories scramble into damage control mode over no-work committee pay.

Alberta MLA's are scrambling to control the monster that has become the "Pay for No Work Committee."

Scrambling to balance damage control with party unity on the eve of an election call, MLA’s in Premier Alison Redford‘s Tory caucus are returning pay earned over the past six months from the Standing . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: tories scramble into damage control mode over no-work committee pay.

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 . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: 15 races to watch in alberta’s 2012 election.

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

As an election approaches, Alberta’s political parties are busy nominating candidates across the province. Listed below are some of the most recent updates made the list of nominated candidates, including recent Progressive Conservative nominees in Calgary-Fish Creek, Calgary-McCall, Calgary-West, Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, and Sherwood Park.

Nominated Alberta Election candidates by region – January 23, . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: alberta election candidate update – january 2012.

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 . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: alberta election candidate update – january 2012.

DeSmogBlog: Cozy Ties: Astroturf ‘Ethical Oil’ and Conservative Alliance to Promote Tar Sands Expansion

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As the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project Joint Review Panel begins hearing over 4,000 comments submitted by community members, First Nations, governments, and environmental groups, the tar sands front group EthicalOil.org has launched its latest PR offensive in support of the pipeline. OurDecision.ca, the new astroturf ad campaign, is . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Cozy Ties: Astroturf ‘Ethical Oil’ and Conservative Alliance to Promote Tar Sands Expansion

Five of Five: Alberta Legislature: Scumbags, Holodomor and Property Rights

There was a debate in the Legislature today (29 Nov 2011) regarding landowner property rights. There is no doubt that at least 4 of the bills passed in the Stelmach era went too far by removing basic landowner rights, eliminating public consultation and removing the appeal process.

Wildrose MLA Paul Hinman was talking in circles . . . → Read More: Five of Five: Alberta Legislature: Scumbags, Holodomor and Property Rights

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta candidate nomination update – november 2011 (part 3)

For the past year I have been maintaining a list of declared and nominated candidates planning to stand in Alberta’s next provincial general election. To give readers a better idea about where in the province the five main political parties are actually nominating candidates, I have created an easy spreadsheet with a regional breakdown.

. . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: alberta candidate nomination update – november 2011 (part 3)