Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney reported ready to announce his bid to lead a Tory Restoration effort as soon as tomorrow

PHOTOS: Former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney looks like he’s describing how he’ll capture the Alberta PC Party, then the Wildrose, and unite them whether they like it or not, in this shot grabbed from his Parliamentary Flickr account. Below: Rick Orman, Rob Anders, Thomas Lukaszuk and Brian Jean. Jason Kenney, putative leader of ...

Alberta Diary: Fear & Loathing in Calgary Signal Hill: rumble on the right breaks out in Calgary

Your blogger in 2011 with Ron Liepert, Alberta’s former Worst Provincial Cabinet Minister. Below: Calgary West Member of Parliament Rob Anders, Canada’s worst MP, with his friend and supporter, Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  Coming soon to the new federal riding of Calgary Signal Hill: fear and loathing on the campaign trail. Come with me on ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Ron Liepert versus Rob Anders: the next PC-Wildrose proxy war?

TweetWill former provincial cabinet minister Ron Liepert make the jump into federal politics? With the launch of the TimeToDoBetter.ca website today, rumours began to spread that the former two-term Calgary-West Progressive Conservative MLA turned consultant could challenge ultra-conservative Rob Anders for the Conservative Party nomination in the new Calgary Signal Hill riding. Mr. Liepert’s candidacy ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Michael Harris continues to highlight some of the fundamental problems with the Cons’ view of politics, this time identifying Stephen Harper as being afflicted with “master of the universe syndrome”: When you control all the levers of power, when you have no scruples, when you are surrounded by ...

Impolitical: Another feckless accountability mechanism weighs in

The Ethics Commissioner has finally gotten around to deciding on the Rahim Jaffer matter where, if you will recall from way back in 2010 when this arose, Mr. Jaffer was seeing the ministerial door swung wide open to him. This report, coming in March 2012, is just way, way too late to put the fear ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: One Young Staffer is Not Enough

Conservative operative Michael Sona, is taking the fall for the voter suppression scandal and has resigned as a staffer.  What the conservatives would like us to believe is that he acted alone.  Give me a break. Sona, in the background during Ezra Levant’s sponsorship of Ann Coulter, is a product of the Manning Centre for ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The Lost Boys of Neverland Have Been Discovered

In March of 2001, Rahim Jaffer, an Alliance MP, got into a bit of trouble when a hoax he had helped to perpetrate, blew up in his face. Jaffer then owned a string of coffee shops in Edmonton, one of them set to open on the very day that he was supposed to do a ...

Law is Cool: Helena Guergis Sues Harper, CPC, and Cassels

When former Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) Member of Parliament, Helena Guergis, filed a claim yesterday against Prime Minister Harper and the CPC at the Ontario Superior Court, the story made headlines. What didn’t attract as much attention is that the claim also included as defendants Arthur Hamilton and his law firm, Cassels Brock & ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta liberals register more than 27,000 eligible voters. no surprise that their leadeship contest is a largely urban affair.

Map of eligible voters in the September 10 Liberal leadership contest by constituency. The Alberta Liberal Party announced yesterday that over 27,567 Albertans are eligible to vote in their party’s September 10 leadership contest. The eligible group of supporters include 3,690 paid members and 23,877 “registered supporters” who could participate by registering their name and ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Zombie Youth and the Canadian Property Rights Research Institute

A CULTURE OF DEFIANCE: History of the Reform-Conservative Party of Canada In November of 2009, the Canadian Press learned that a government program designed to recruit the best and brightest from Canada’s universities, had been politicized for partisan interests. Before being granted an interview, those seeking to enter the Accelerated Economist Training Program, had to ...

Edmonton-Sherwood Park Update

With the NDP membership in Edmonton-Sherwood Park nominating Mike Scott, an active member of CUPE Local 30 as their candidate for the next federal election (which could be happening as early as next week) it appears that all candidates are in place in the riding that hosted what was the second closest race in Alberta ...

Tories tab former Mallcop Fantino as Vaughan byelection candidate

Former mallcop Julian Fantino has been handpicked by the Conservatives to run as the party’s candidate in the upcoming federal byelecton in Vaughan, it was revealed at a press conference this morning. The erstwhile security guard has served as the top cop of the London, Toronto and OPP forces, as well as Cloverdale Mall and ...

Rahim Jaffer implicated in Guergis pregnancy

OTTAWA – At a parliamentary committee hearing, Rahim Jaffer was revealed to be the mastermind behind his wife Helena Guergis’ pregnancy. Jaffer admitted to cooking up the entire scheme when it appeared that no one else would step forward to take responsibility. A private investigator who was tailing the couple said Jaffer and Guergis were ...

Confused about the Guergis/Jaffer Affair?

Here’s the bottom line: Nobody is taking responsibility for anything (which pretty much sums up everything you need to know about government as well). And if you’re really into making your head explode, you can watch Snowdy’s testimony here.  

Memo to Helena Guergis

Memo to Helena Guergis: If you want to be believed, try telling the truth. Don’t rely on crocodile tears about how Stephen Harper isn’t your BFF anymore; what a good Christian you supposedly are; tales about how you were working so hard that you had absolutely no idea what was going on in the rest ...

Jaffer – The Victim

Rahim Jaffer, appearing in front of the government operations committee this afternoon – choking back crocodile tears while proclaiming what a victim he is – claimed that he has never lobbied the government on behalf of his business, Green Power Generation Corporation [link to conveniently scrubbed web site], and, speaking about his arrest last fall ...

The Wheatsheaf: This and that, here and there

The lack of inspiration, motivation, and recreation to complete a blog entry with any degree of analytical thought prevents a lengthy post. Rather here is a summary of thoughts on recent topics. Guergis and Jaffer – the power couple we love to hate:I am sick of this news story. The salacious gossip has news media ...

A. Picazo: Rahim Jaffer And The ‘Tough On Crime’ Facade

Former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer, who was charged with cocaine possession and drunk driving on September 11, 2009, has just been given a sweetheart deal: plead guilty to carless driving and pay a $500 fine in exchange for dropping the drunk driving and cocaine possession charges, and escape with no criminal record. I’m curious as to ...