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Alberta Politics: NDP moves to rein in Tory patronage and boondoggles at Alberta’s many boards, agencies and commissions

PHOTOS: NDP Finance Minister Joe Ceci on the day he was sworn in. Below: The full list of agencies to be amalgamated or eliminated by the government in the first round of its “ABC” review; NDP Environment Minister Shannon Phillips; and Tory health … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: NDP moves to rein in Tory patronage and boondoggles at Alberta’s many boards, agencies and commissions

Alberta Politics: If the Wildrose Party can’t unite the right on its terms, maybe there’s another way to skin that particular conservative cat

PHOTOS: Don’t look for a happy occasion like this any time in the near future of the Alberta Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties (grabbed from FashionEra.com). Below: Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean, Progressive Conservative Party Presiden… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: If the Wildrose Party can’t unite the right on its terms, maybe there’s another way to skin that particular conservative cat

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Are the Alberta NDP keeping their promise to improve ethics in government?

Days after the Alberta New Democratic Party was elected with a majority government in 2015, I wrote a column outlining the promises made in the party’s election platform to improve ethics in government. One year later, here is a look at thos… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Are the Alberta NDP keeping their promise to improve ethics in government?

Susan on the Soapbox: The Fort McMurray Wildfire: Another Wasted Opportunity for the Wildrose

On May 10, Danielle Larivee, minister of Municipal Affairs, welcomed Wildrose MLAs Brian Jean and Tany Yao back to the Legislature. They’d been in Fort McMurray surveying the damage from the wildfire. Mr Jean received a standing ovation. He personally … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Fort McMurray Wildfire: Another Wasted Opportunity for the Wildrose

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Fort McMurray provides a humanizing break from hyper-partisan politics in Alberta

One year ago, the Edmonton Journal published a letter written by Greg Stevens, in which the former cabinet minister sent Alberta’s newly elected New Democratic Party best wishes at the start of its term as government. Mr. Stevens, who served in … . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Fort McMurray provides a humanizing break from hyper-partisan politics in Alberta

Susan on the Soapbox: What We Learned from the Fort McMurray Wildfire

The government calls it MWF-009. Darby Allen, the regional fire chief of Wood Buffalo, calls it The Beast. Regardless of what it’s called the Fort McMurray wildfire is erratic, unpredictable and extremely dangerous. It was spotted on Sunday May 1; … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: What We Learned from the Fort McMurray Wildfire

Alberta Politics: Notley Government navigates a profound crisis with grace and empathy, as even some conservatives begin to recognize

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who has risen to the challenge of a difficult moment in Alberta’s history. Below: Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee and a scene from the Fort McMurray fire catastrophe, which continues to burn. The lat… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Notley Government navigates a profound crisis with grace and empathy, as even some conservatives begin to recognize

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: One year ago today the NDP won in Alberta. The next day hell froze over.

The attention of most Albertans this week is rightfully focused on the wildfires that are raging through northern Alberta and the more than 80,000 residents of Fort McMurray who have fled to safer ground in the south. It is a… Continue Reading → . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: One year ago today the NDP won in Alberta. The next day hell froze over.

Alberta Politics: Fort Mac fire overshadows an earthshaking political anniversary – the NDP’s election one year ago today

One year ago today, Premier Rachel Notley and her New Democratic Party government swept in to power in Alberta. But celebration of Alberta’s unexpected and historically earthshaking Cinco de Mayo moment – and, of course, other emotions too on the p… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Fort Mac fire overshadows an earthshaking political anniversary – the NDP’s election one year ago today

Alberta Politics: Votaries of right-wing unity gather in Red Deer, vote to form yet another conservative party

PHOTOS: Progressive Conservative interim Leader Ric McIver and Wildrose Leader Brian Jean in a rare recent moment of amity at, but of course, the Manning Centre’s Ottawa beanfest for right wingers in February 2016. This snapshot, the only one of its … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Votaries of right-wing unity gather in Red Deer, vote to form yet another conservative party

Susan on the Soapbox: The Wildrose Sips Leninade. Really?

Just when you thought you’d seen it all the Wildrose Official Opposition upped the ante on red-baiting. They’re using Members’ Statements, a part of the Legislature’s Daily Order of Business, to push their “NDP-are-commies” narrative. Members’ Statements Members’ Statements give … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Wildrose Sips Leninade. Really?

Alberta Politics: Don’t blame loudmouth extremist Craig Chandler for PC Leader Ric McIver’s troubles – they’re all his own

PHOTOS: Tory Dream Team, 2014 edition. From left to right, Jim Prentice, Ric McIver and Thomas Lukaszuk. You’ve got to admit, from the perspective of 2016, Mr. Lukaszuk is lookin’ pretty good, and not just because of the orange tie! Below: Extreme … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Don’t blame loudmouth extremist Craig Chandler for PC Leader Ric McIver’s troubles – they’re all his own

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Five CEOs hold a press conference in a penthouse boardroom

It was a case of political friendly fire. With only days left before Election Day, the anti-NDP fear campaign was in full-gear but this shot might have been the final nail in the coffin for Alberta’s 44-year old Progressive Conservative… Continue R… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Five CEOs hold a press conference in a penthouse boardroom

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau urged to reject pressure to champion expansion of tar sands operations, pipelines

On Wednesday, over 40 Canadian groups wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal cabinet and urged them to reject the pressure to champion the expansion of tar sands operations and pipelines. The post Trudeau urged to reject pressure to ch… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau urged to reject pressure to champion expansion of tar sands operations, pipelines

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: The election rally that convinced me Notley’s momentum was real

“I think the PC Party needs a break from government and Albertans need a break from the PC Party,” New Democratic Party leader Rachel Notley told a massive crowd of more than 2,000 supporters at a May 3, 2015 rally… Continue Reading → . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: The election rally that convinced me Notley’s momentum was real

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: The election rally that convinced me the Tories were running on fumes

I will be reminiscing on this blog over the next few days about some of the key moments from Alberta’s May 5, 2015 election campaign that stand out in my memory. The one year anniversary of that historic election, which saw the defeat of… C… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: The election rally that convinced me the Tories were running on fumes

Alberta Politics: Motion demanding public support for private and charter schools backfires on Alberta Tory Leader

PHOTOS: Interim Alberta Tory Leader Ric McIver and another PC are ejected from the Legislature yesterday by the Sergeant at Arms. Actual Alberta MLAs may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The Real Ric McIver and Edmonton Public School Board Cha… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Motion demanding public support for private and charter schools backfires on Alberta Tory Leader

Susan on the Soapbox: Notley’s Budget: Myths and Facts

The NDP government unveiled its budget on Thursday. The conservatives reacted as if the government dropped a neutron bomb on the people. Wildrose leader Brian Jean worried that parents driving their kids to hockey practice would end up in the … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Notley’s Budget: Myths and Facts

Alberta Politics: If you were secretly relieved by yesterday’s NDP Alberta budget, you weren’t alone …

PHOTOS: Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci addresses the media during a lockup early yesterday afternoon in Edmonton before reading the 2016 Budget Speech to the Legislature. Below: CFIB Alberta spokesperson Richard Truscott, Edmonton-Centre MLA David S… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: If you were secretly relieved by yesterday’s NDP Alberta budget, you weren’t alone …

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Corey Hogan makes the case for Rachel Notley’s NDP to develop a progressive fix to Alberta’s fiscal mess:No matter what you decide to do, you’re going to take a political hit with somebody. Credibility will be… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

Alberta Politics: Just when the nattering nabobs of neoliberal negativism felt safe to write off the NDP, the crack of Doomsday opens!

PHOTOS: Actor David Suchet as Agatha Christie’s imaginary Hercule Poirot. Below: Postmedia Alberta Frankenpaper political columnist Lorne Gunter, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Prosperity Fund President Barry Mc… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Just when the nattering nabobs of neoliberal negativism felt safe to write off the NDP, the crack of Doomsday opens!

Alberta Politics: The federal NDP’s ‘Leap’ of faith advocates and Alberta’s right-wing opposition: strange bedfellows?

PHOTOS: Rachel Notley pushes back against the Leap Manifesto Monday in this screen grab from a CBC broadcast. Below: Outgoing federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Vancouver environmentalist Tzeporah Berman, ProgressAlberta.ca blog author Duncan Kinney, a… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The federal NDP’s ‘Leap’ of faith advocates and Alberta’s right-wing opposition: strange bedfellows?

Alberta Politics: The mystery of NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s long fall: Why didn’t he see it coming?

PHOTOS: NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair accepts his defeat at his party’s national convention in Edmonton yesterday. Below: Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman, Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan, former Ontario NDP leader Stephen Lewis and Albert… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The mystery of NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s long fall: Why didn’t he see it coming?

Alberta Politics: On stage in Edmonton: The tough Rachel Notley who frightens conservatives, and may scare certain New Democrats too

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is not tall, but she casts a long shadow on both sides of the political aisle. She is seen here addressing the national NDP convention in Edmonton yesterday in a tough, memorable speech. Below: Federal NDP Leader T… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: On stage in Edmonton: The tough Rachel Notley who frightens conservatives, and may scare certain New Democrats too

Accidental Deliberations: Spun out

Sadly, there are far too many half-baked outside arguments being made about the federal NDP’s leadership review and how it connects to provincial-level choices. (To be clear, I contrast those against some genuine concerns being raised by members.) But … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Spun out