daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Mulcair and Trudeau bring “Change” and “Real Change” to Edmonton this week

In a competition to own the “change” message, the NDP are holding a “Rally for Change in Edmonton” on Sept 10 and the Liberals are holding a “Rally for Real Change in Edmonton” on September 9. It is clear that both parties have identified varying degrees “change” as a common theme in this election campaign ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Bizarre MP Peter Goldring admits to wearing a secret video camera pen to work

Edmonton-East Member of Parliament Peter Goldring has spent much of his Ottawa career in pursuit of odd-ball political issues. A holdover from the loony days of the Reform Party of Canada, Mr. Goldring has already announced his plans to retire… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Conservatives approach a full-slate of nominated candidates in Alberta

TweetWith the next federal election less than one year away, the Conservative Party of Canada is close to nominating a full slate of candidates in Alberta’s 34 newly redrawn ridings. By my count, Calgary Rocky Ridge, Edmonton-Griesbach, Lakeland and Peace River-Westlock are the only ridings without nominated Conservative candidates in this province.  The other parties lag behind, ...

Montreal Simon: Where YOU Get to be the Judge of the Con Clown Awards

As you know I've been having a bit of trouble lately trying to decide who should be awarded my monthly weekly daily Con Clown Award.There are just so many candidates, starting with Great Leader, who deserve it so much.And today it was just too hard, and too dark in Harperland, for me to make up ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination update: Yellowhead by-election, Bow River Tories vote, and Anybody but Xiao

TweetPremier Jim Prentice announced this week that five-term Conservative Member of Parliament Rob Merrifield would be appointed as Alberta’s representative in Washington D.C. Mr. Merrifield’s resignation from the House of Commons means that a federal by-election will need to be called in the Yellowhead riding by March 17, 2015. This would be the fourth federal ...

Alberta Diary: Russia must be stopped! And Peter Goldring’s just the man to do it! We’ll fight to the last Frenchman and German!

After we’ve won the war with Russia, a beachhead in the Caribbean! Edmonton MP Peter Goldring as illustrated by Press Progress. Below: Rob Ford, Louis Riel, Ann of Green Gables and last year’s military licence plate, which is presumably the same as this year’s military licence plate. Whenever you think it’s safe to start ridiculing ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Kerry Diotte to run for federal Conservative nomination in Edmonton-Griesbach

Tweet Former City Councillor and mayor candidate Kerry Diotte announced on his Facebook page today that he plans to seek the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in the new Edmonton-Griesbach riding. Mr. Diotte represented Ward 11 on Edmonton City Council from 2010 until 2013. He ran against Don Iveson for mayor in the 2013 election, placing ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Big names running for federal party nominations in Alberta

TweetThere has been plenty of activity this week as candidates from all political parties put forward their names to run in Canada’s next federal election, scheduled to be held in October 2015. Wooing voters and potential candidates alike, both New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau travelled through Alberta this week. ...

Calgary Grit: The Best Intentions

Michael Chong is one the most respected people in the country when it comes to democratic reform. He quit his cabinet position on principle, and proposed a series of thoughtful Question Period reforms in 2010, which seem all the more overdue after the Paul Calandra show we saw last week. So when Michael Chong tables ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination races begin for federal election 2015

TweetThere are 705 days until Monday, October 19, 2015, when the next Canadian federal election is scheduled to be held. With less than two years until Canadians choose who will serve as Members of Parliament and with new electoral boundaries coming into effect at the next election, candidates across Alberta are preparing to seek party ...

Autonomy For All: A Skeptical Look at Turks And Caicos Joining Canada

I’m sorry, I can’t get enthusiastic about Canada having its own tropical paradise without wondering what the financial angle is.  The biggest alarm bells for me come from Turks and Caicos being notoriously corrupt (to the point that the UK Government took away home rule in 2009), with a higher banking secrecy rating (90) than ...

Alberta Diary: The coda to Oda was writ bright with orange juice

Bev Oda, foreground, enjoys a celebratory dinner at the Savoy, her orange juice just visible under her right arm. Departing Canadian politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Oda in happier times; Ms. Oda has a last cigarette before barking out the order to the firing squad. Bev Oda had to know she ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: In which Rob Anders cedes the title of Alberta’s most embarrassing MP

A couple weeks ago, many on the non-Conservative side of of the #cdnpoli blogosphere were making fun of veteran Tory MP Rob Anders falling asleep in Parliament. At the time, we were content to let sleeping dogs lie. We firmly believe that a sleeping Rob Anders is far less embarrassing than a speaking one. And ...

Leftist Jab: Peter Goldring is a Man of Principle

It’s easy to voice your beliefs when you won’t have to face any consequences from it but only the truly courageous are willing to follow through on those principles by acting on them knowing it may have legal ramifications. His defence: no Army helicopter was available to airlift him out Refusing to follow the law due ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Where’s the helicopter when you need it? Tory political liability drives into sunset … unbreathalized

An Edmonton police officer pulls over a local Conservative MP. Alberta police and politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Peter Goldring. If it’s true it doesn’t matter what you say about a politician as long as you spell his name right, Peter Goldring’s timing was impeccable. That said, it just doesn’t seem like ...

Another Lawn Order Harpercon Not Practicin’ What He a Preaches

Well, well, well! What have we here, boys ‘n’ girls? A Harpercon MP has bit it. Yes indeedy! Peter Goldring, MP for Edmonton-East has been arrested for drunk driving and refusing a breathalyzer! Apparently, he is has ‘voluntarily’ withdrawn from Harpercon caucus.  Yeah, right! If you say so.  Didn’t they originally say that Helena . . ...

CalgaryGrit: Peter Goldring Resigns

Edmonton East MP Peter Goldring charged with impaired driving: sources EDMONTON – According to sources within the federal government, Edmonton East MP Peter Goldring has voluntarily resigned from caucus after being charged with impaired driving following a weekend fundraising event. No word yet on whether or not Rahim Jaffer was in the car.