Alberta’s new NDP government has taken steps to fulfill one of their key election promises by appointing a panel to ensure Albertans are receiving their fair share from their natural resource wealth through the royalty rates paid by the oil industry to the Alberta government. The… Continue Reading →
PHOTOS: Never mind the Opposition parties, guys like these want Alberta’s energy royalty review to get cracking right now! Below: CAPP President Tim McMillan, Wildrose Opposition Leader Brian Jean, Progressive Conservative Party Leader Ric McIver and NDP Labour Minister Lori Sigurdson. While Alberta’s New Democratic Party government has been pushing ahead with its plan to […]
The post Now that CAPP’s president has called for quick energy royalty review, Wildrose and PC leaders can be expected to fall into line appeared first on Alberta Politics.
PHOTOS: A Chinook arch moves across the sky of Calgary in 2007, bringing warmer temperatures and, for some people, headaches. The same kind of thing happens in politics. Below: NDP Calgary-Foothills candidate Bob Hawkesworth, Conservative Blair Houston and Wildroser Prasad Panda. So, what happens if the Alberta NDP wins the Calgary-Foothills by-election on Sept. 3, […]
The post NDP strength in Calgary-Foothills riding suggests May 5 election was no fluke – and could rattle federal Tory narrative appeared first on Alberta Politics.
As I noted here, it’s well worth comparing what’s happening in any given election to any recent precedents. While past performance never guarantees future results, we can tell both what lessons a party has drawn from experience, as well as how strategies change when they don’t work out as planned.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the choices which have shaped recent elections where provincial NDP parties were competitive – and how they’ve been applied at the federal level.
Staying Above The Fray
Let’s start with two examples from the leading example (Read more…)
PHOTOS: Former premier Ralph Klein, now elevated to sainthood by the neoliberal cargo cult, celebrating the retirement of Alberta’s debt in 2004, never mind the mess the infrastructure was in. Below: Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci, Canadian economist Jim Stanford and Wildrose Finance Critic Derek Fildebrandt, with, bottom, his old debt-trailer. Anyone remember Ralph Klein’s […]
The post Give a thought to Alberta’s approaching budget day: there’s little to gain and plenty to lose from ‘debt free’ government appeared first on Alberta Politics.
ILLUSTRATIONS: A typical Alberta conservative voter, with orange hair, flirts with NDP leader Thomas Mulcair while Prime Minister Stephan Harper, in the background, tries to warn her to stop. Actual Alberta political figures may not appear exactly as illustrated. With apologies to Normal Rockwell. Below: Alberta political commentator Duane Bratt. Could there be enough momentum […]
The post Is there enough Orange Wave left in Alberta to propel more Dippers to Ottawa? appeared first on Alberta Politics.
Taking place in the backdrop of a federal election, the September 3 provincial by-election in the Calgary-Foothills constituency could have a profound impact on the federal election in Alberta. A win by the NDP would almost certainly boost momentum for the… Continue Reading →
PHOTOS: More medical lab techs examining specimens, still not illustrated exactly as they’re likely to appear nowadays. Below: Progressive Conservative health ministers Gary Mar, Iris Evans, Stephen Mandel and Fred Horne, every one a would-be privatizer and every one in a picture personally snapped by your blogger. Viewed with 20/20 hindsight, a Frequently-Asked-Questions document published […]
The post The Sonic privatization mystery: what were the Tories thinking? appeared first on Alberta Politics.
PHOTOS: Medical lab techs examine a specimen, perhaps appearing not exactly as illustrated nowadays. Below: Alberta NDP Health Minister Sarah Hoffman, former PC health minister Stephen Mandel, Alberta Health Services CEO Vickie Kaminski and long-ago Conservative premier Peter Lougheed. In a bombshell move reminiscent of Peter Lougheed’s 1974 takeover of Pacific Western Airlines, Rachel Notley’s […]
The post Notley Government channels Lougheed to protect Alberta jobs and services, dumps medical lab privatization ‘experiment’ appeared first on Alberta Politics.
When Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper claimed on the campaign trail last week that Alberta’s new government was “a disaster,” Premier Rachel Notley and Finance Minister Joe Ceci calmly and cautiously responded. But when Mr. Harper again criticized Alberta’s new… Continue Reading →
The Calgary-Foothills by-election to replace former Progressive Conservative leader Jim Prentice, who resigned on the evening he was re-elected as MLA on May 5, will take place on September 3, 2015. Like most constituencies in Calgary before this year’s election, Foothills… Continue Reading →
PHOTOS: Zzzzzzzzz … Why are these men smiling? Below: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, sneering; Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair, smiling unnervingly; Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, doing his best to look pugnacious; Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, happy to be there. Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair stayed calm, smiled and looked prime ministerial during last night’s “national” televised […]
The post No losers except Canadians in last night’s ditchwater-dull debate appeared first on Alberta Politics.
PHOTOS: Stephen Harper, as imagined during tonight’s TV debate. (Photo of Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore.) Below: The real Mr. Harper and another shot of the real Mr. Trump. Now, about that debate tonight, the big question has to be whether it will help the Conservatives or hurt them when Canadian voters tune into the […]
The post Is it good news or bad news for the Conservatives if Stephen Harper trumps Trump tonight? appeared first on Alberta Politics.
This year, the Organization for Security and Economic Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), will be sending a delegation to Canada to monitor our upcoming election. This is primarily in response to sweeping changes to our electoral system, as a result of the Conservative’s so-called Fair Elections Act.
Those concerns include: whether the law will prevent large numbers of voters from actually casting their ballots; whether campaign finance rules will benefit some parties and not others; the process for complaints and appeals; and whether the law negatively affects turnout among aboriginals and other groups.
We know that the Harper Conservatives have cheated in (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: How We Are Helping Stephen Harper Destroy Our Democracy
PHOTOS: All that remains of Pacific Western Airlines sits in a grain field northwest of Edmonton. Below: Alberta premier Peter Lougheed, looking sort of visionary. On this day in 1974, the Conservative government of Alberta took over Pacific Western Airlines. The takeover engineered by Premier Peter Lougheed and his cabinet wasn’t exactly a nationalization, but […]
The post From Pacific Western to Trans Pacific: more evidence of how far Canada’s Conservatives have fallen appeared first on Alberta Politics.
PHOTOS: Former Wildrose House Leader Rob Anderson in the steps of the Alberta Legislature in November 2014, joining union members protesting against Tory premier Alison Redford’s anti-union legislation. Below: Mr. Anderson with Alberta Union of Provincial Employees President Guy Smith and Liberal MLA David Swann. Below them: Former Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith and Independent MP […]
The post Former Wildrose House leader Rob Anderson to test blogging as a cure for politics appeared first on Alberta Politics.
PHOTOS: Loose-lipped New Democrat Nathan Cullen – whatever was he thinking? Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, former Alberta Liberal leader Raj Sherman, federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP strategist Ian Capstick. Whatever Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen was thinking when he flapped his lips to the delight of the conservative mainstream media about how […]
The post Alberta shows why there will be no NDP-Liberal entente, Nathan Cullen’s mistimed musing notwithstanding appeared first on Alberta Politics.
“The Tories have bet $2 billion taxpayer dollars and our oil and gas industry’s sustainability on CCS. There’s no scientific consensus that the technology is safe in the long term. Any report of a failed CCS project should have the… Continue Reading →
PHOTOS: Carbon capture: The oil company executive in the bow tie places the carbon in a bottle, which is then stored underground by his corporation for billions of dollars. Or something like that. If the bottle breaks, of course, we’re screwed! Actual carbon capture schemes may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Premier Rachel Notley, […]
The post Alberta’s NDP needs to react more quickly, plus throw the Tories under the bus where they belong appeared first on Alberta Politics.
This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Brendan O’Neill writes that the UK Cons are following in Stephen Harper’s footsteps by pushing the concept of thought policing. And George Monbiot rightly criticizes the gross inflation of supposed terror threats and simultaneous neglect of far more serious risks: A global survey published last week by the Pew Research Centre found that while the people of North America, Britain, Australia, Japan, France and Germany see Isis as the greatest threat they face, most of the countries surveyed in poorer parts of the world – Africa, Latin America and Asia – place (Read more…)
PHOTOS: New York, New York … You gotta love it! Below: Fast food, New York City style. Below that: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Alberta’s New Democratic Party government got a powerful boost from an unexpected quarter yesterday for its plan, which is controversial among certain well-heeled interest groups, […]
The post Fast food and fair wages: What happens when a good idea from Alberta hits the big time in New York? appeared first on Alberta Politics.
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Jerry Dias discusses how the Cons have pushed Canada into an avoidable recession by slashing useful funding in order to send out pre-election baubles: How far has Canada’s economic star fallen? Only recently Prime Minister Stephen Harper boasted that Canada’s economy was “the envy of the entire world.” That claim was always overstated. Now it is downright ludicrous.
The Bank of Canada cut interest rates for the second time this year, but few expect this to pull us out of the tailspin. After all, Canadians are already tapped out: household debt now (Read more…)