Alberta Politics: Wildrose Party wins the second-quarter fund-raising horserace – but can the pace be sustained?

PHOTOS: Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean has every right to smile about the party’s second-quarter fund-raising results. The question is: Can they be sustained? (Photo grabbed from Wildrose.ca.) Below: Results for all parties, as compiled by your blogger from Elections Alberta’s confusing website. Any errors are likely mine, not theirs. Below that: PC leadership candidate ...

Alberta Politics: Perfesser Dave explains ethics in lobbying and how to manage political marriages

VICTORIA, B.C. Some stories are just too confusing for ordinary bloggers to explain. That’s when we turn to the expert knowledge offered by such distinguished academics as Perfesser Dave, The Answer Guy ™, Canada’s No. 1 expert in politics, now at the Observatory of Political Phenomena in Victoria, B.C. As a result of his years ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Duff in the Hole #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Dwight Ball’s announcement last week about Liberal Party funding was a good example of how relatively simple mistakes can turn a good-news announcement into a major public relations problem. Another aspect to the story is a good example of how false information can make the story worse. (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Non-voters and Influence #nlpoli

There is a new scourge among us. An evil that causes “problems”. Russell Wangersky found them and wrote about them this past weekend. They are the people who do not vote. (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Following the money: Lawyers giving back #nlpoli

When Nalcor needs a bunch of Quebec lawyers, one of the firms they go to is Fasken Martineau. Nalcor has been relying on FM for lots of things over the years, including the infamous series of appeals to the Quebec energy regulator. Last week, FM issued a news release about the close of the financial ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Lead by Example #nlpoli

Dwight Ball is the leader of the Liberal Party. He now has a chance to lead by example when it comes to donations for his leadership campaign. Ball told CBC News that he spent somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000 on his leadership campaign. Even though the party executive failed to provide any rules for campaign ...

Alberta Diary: Despite a lot of distraction, illegal political donations still stink up Alberta

Political culture in Alberta? Maybe not exactly as illustrated, but it’s still a problem for the Redford Government if Albertans see it that way. Below: O. Brian Fjeldheim. OK, we’re all enjoying a nice quiet Family Day long weekend. This gives us an opportunity to look back at the interlocking illegal political contribution eruptions that ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Thy Redeemer Liveth #nlpoli

Tuckamore Capital made a single political donation during the 2011 general election. The company gave $1500 to Keith Hutchings, who ran for the Conservatives in Ferryland. Dean MacDonald is president and chief executive officer of Tuckamore Capital. In 2011,  MacDonald was being courted behind the scenes to take over the leadership of the Liberal Party ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Party Political Finance: much more to read #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Telegram took a very light look on Saturday at the most recent figures on political contributions released by the provincial elections office a couple of months ago. For some reason, the Telly singled out Aliant for its record of donations even though the telecommunications company is by no means the big story in the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Follow the money: political finance edition #nlpoli

If you have eyes, be prepared to have them popped by labradore’s latest comparison of party financing. He looks at the pattern of corporate political donations in metro Halifax and metro St. John’s from 2005 to 2009.  The results are startling.  In a region with a smaller population, the corporate sector in St. John’s gave ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Joy of Political Giving: Look for the Union label

The single biggest political donation, bar none in 2010 did not come from any private sector business. It came from the United Steelworkers of America (Toronto, On). $20,000. That’s from the most recent figures released by the chief electoral office for the province. They gave the same amount in 2009 while in 2008, the United ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Joy of Political Giving: if you want to build it, they will give

Construction, design and engineering companies gave the provincial Conservatives $239,725 in political donations in 2010, according to figures from the province’s chief electoral office. Companies in the design, engineering and construction field gave a mere $3, 950 to the Liberal Party and none to the New Democrats. – srbp –

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Joy of Political Giving: punch in the bake edition

It’s always interesting to see who gives to political parties.  The province’s chief electoral office quietly released the 2010 summary of political donations by individuals and corporations. Interesting to see that the production company for Republic of Doyle – doing business as Republic Season II Inc. – coughed up $250 for the provincial Conservatives. And ...