daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: July 6 is Jason Kenney Day in Alberta Politics

Conservative Member of Parliament Jason Kenney is expected to announce his candidacy for the leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta tomorrow, July 6, in Calgary, deliver a speech in Grande Prairie that evening and then travel to Edmonton on July 7 for another… Continue Reading →

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 Politics: Preston Manning is now publicly, openly at the centre of Alberta’s latest ‘unite-the-right’ effort

PHOTOS: The Ambassadors reimagined. Actual unite-the-righters appearing with Preston Manning may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Preston Manning, Wildrose Opposition Leader Brian Jean, “united alternative” Ambassador Rick Orman, and Alberta Prosperity Fund President Barry McNamar. Despite being asked none too diplomatically last February by Wildrose Opposition Leader Brian Jean to take his ...

Alberta Politics: It’s going to take more than Valentine cards and chocolate to unite Alberta’s fractious right

ILLUSTRATIONS: Hey Wildrose Party … the Tories send their love to you! But will this idea “bomb”? Actual Progressive Conservative strategists may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Former PC cabinet Minister Rick Orman, photographed during his most recent run for the Tory leadership in 2011, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean, photo grabbed from the Wildrose ...

Alberta Politics: One day after his graceless departure, former Alberta ‘envoy’ to Washington lands lobbying gig

PHOTOS: Sour grapes! Actual former Alberta trade representatives may not appear exactly as illustrated. (Photo from Barkpost.com.) Below: Alberta Conservative-connected lobbyists Rob Merrifield, Hal Danchilla, Brian Storseth and Rick Orman. Rob Merrifield’s parting shot at the Alberta government: tacky. Canadian Strategy Group’s decision to hire Mr. Merrifield as a lobbyist: Um, are you sure you’re ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: lee richardson resigns, calgary-centre by-election could be a conservative proxy war.

Tweet Recently resigned MP Lee Richardson, soon to be Principal Secretary to Premier Alison Redford. (Photo from 5of7 on Flickr) After a bitterly fought provincial election campaign drove a deep rift into Alberta’s conservative movement between the moderate institutional Progressive Conservatives and the ideologically-driven Wildrose Party, a federal by-election in Calgary may be the first real test ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: gary mar ordered to take unpaid leave pending investigation. alberta pc party releases leadership campaign audited financial reports.

Gary Mar Premier Alison Redford has ordered former cabinet minister Gary Mar, now the Government of Alberta’s representative in Asia, to take an unpaid leave of absence during an ethics investigation of a recent fundraiser held in Edmonton. Mr. Mar, who placed second in the 2011 PC leadership, hosted a fundraiser to help pay off ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: What’s the matter with Gary Mar? The guy just can’t stay out of hot water!

Gary Mar: Now in state of suspension, he’s probably not smiling all that much. Below: the unforthcoming Rick Orman, private citizen. What’s the matter with Gary? Gary Mar’s a smart guy, brilliant even. Last year, he came that close to becoming the premier of Alberta. Despite the disappointment the former Alberta envoy plenipotentiary to the ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: redford’s ‘change from within’ is a nice slogan, but when you take a closer look…

"Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss …" Was Pete Townshend on to something? Despite the narrative of “change from within” that was made popular after the October 1 leadership vote, the wave of change has not spilled far into the Progressive Conservative ranks since Alison Redford was elected into her new role ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Sure, Gary Mar’s $264,576 Asian sinecure is sweet, but does it come with severance?

Gary Mar stands in Hong Kong and gazes back toward Alberta. Albertan politicians-in-exile may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Mar as others see him; Rick Orman aboard business jet with plate of fruit. Word that Gary Mar is about to be sent into a comfortable voluntary exile in Asia by Premier Alison Redford ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Will Gary Mar reinvent the Alberta Tories? Fat chance!

Gary Mar at the wheel of the new, improved, “reinvented” Alberta Conservative Party. Alberta politicians and the parties they lead may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Mar, Ralph Klein and a Tory electoral strategist speaking with an Alberta voter about reinvention. One of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives’ key talking points is that every ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: blue man group plans to unite the right in alberta.

  The original blue man group united the right in Ottawa: Ted Morton, Stephen Harper, and Ken Boessenkool. Aiming to ‘unite the right’ in Alberta by mending fences in Alberta’s conservative political camps, a new “Alberta Blue Committee” has been formed by long-time conservative strategist Ken Boessenkool. From the Edmonton Journal: He has promised its ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Top Ten reasons to worry about Premier Gary Mar

Gary Mar exactly as he appeared at a recent Conservative leadership forum, as some guy looks on. Your blogger is on the road, has limited Internet access and needs to keep it short…. so, perhaps we can explore this theme in greater detail soon. Photo by Dave Cournoyer. CALGARY 10) He’s supported by Doug Griffiths ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Why those drat blamed cowboy poets make me so darned ornery

Your blogger, centre, at the June 1994 gathering of cowboy poets in Pincher Creek, wondering why they reckoned him for a city slicker. Online Alberta political commentators may not have appeared exactly as illustrated. Below: A couple of actual Alberta Conservative politicians, looking really foolish. Astonishingly, there appears to be no photo of Gary Mar ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: second-ballot math: alberta tory caucus splits between redford, mar, horner.

Map of MLA support in the 2011 Alberta PC leadership contest (September 21, 2011) The three candidates eliminated on the first-ballot vote to choose the next leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives have all announced their support for front-runner Gary Mar. Carrying 40% of the vote on the first-ballot, it is understandable why the three would ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: doing second-ballot math: ted morton and rick orman endorse gary mar.

Ted Morton has endorsed Gary Mar Ted Morton and Rick Orman have endorsed Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership front-runner Gary Mar. It is unclear how many of Dr. Morton’s supporters may show up to support Mr. Mar on the second-ballot vote on October 1, but it may have saved his political career, which appeared to be ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: mapping alberta’s progressive conservative leadership first-ballot vote results.

Maps: Number of total votes cast in the first-ballot, MLA endorsements of leadership candidates, poll-by-poll results in the first-ballot vote. (Click to enlarge) Maps: Percentage of PC voter support for Gary Mar, Alison Redford, and Doug Horner. (Click to enlarge) Maps: Percentage of PC voter support for Ted Morton, Rick Orman, and Doug Griffiths. (Click ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The ‘Freddy Lee’ Loser Factor: Albertans plain didn’t like a sneak

Finalists Gary Mar, Alison Redford and Doug Horner. The remaining Alberta Progressive Conservative candidates are, well, pretty much exactly as illustrated! Below: Dr. Freddy Lee Morton. Never mind the winner. Yeah, Calgary lawyer Gary Mar got way more votes than anyone else – enough to clinch it decisively had Alberta’s Conservative leadership ballot count last ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: results: alberta progressive conservative leadership first ballot.

First ballot results of today’s Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership vote: Gary Mar: 24195 Alison Redford: 11129 Doug Horner: 8635 Ted Morton: 6962 Rick Orman: 6005 Doug Griffiths: 2435 As no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, the top three candidates will contest a second ballot on October 1. More detailed poll by poll ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: living in the one party state of alberta: “vote today. today is election day.”

"Vote today. Today is election day." Today is election day in Alberta, but not the kind of election day that would dominate the airwaves and twitter streams in most other provinces in a modern liberal democratic state like Canada. Today, Alberta’s forty-year governing Progressive Conservatives are casting their vote in the first ballot for their ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: You can vote today to promote and legitimize Tory domination of Alberta – or you can Just Say No!

Leadership voting day in Alberta. Warning: Alberta political scenes may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Ted Morton and Alison Redford, doing deals? “The danger,” some Calgary political scientist solemnly intoned in last night’s on-line edition of the Edmonton Journal, is that many “Two-Minute Tories” who bought party memberships to take part in today’s vote ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Tomorrow’s episode of Alberta’s Next Top Premier will see someone voted off the island!

A crowd of Albertans solemnly awaits word of the outcome of the first ballot in the Tory leadership race. Typical Albertans may not always appear as illustrated. Then again, maybe they will… Below: Ted Morton, Doug Horner and Alison Redford. Where’s Gary Mar’s hat? After the voting ends at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Tory party brass ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta progressive conservative leadership poll results.

Readers voted in this poll between September 6 and 9. Over the past four days, readers of this blog have voted for their top three Progressive Conservative leadership candidates of their choice. The results show Gary Mar placing first and Alison Redford in second with Doug Horner and Ted Morton competing for third place. A ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: when you really want to win.

With three days left until the results of the first ballot voting in Alberta’s Progressive Conservative leadership contest are tallied, some candidates are being accused of breaking campaign rules. Perceived front-runner Gary Mar is facing accusations that his campaign was selling memberships outside an advanced polling station set up in Edmonton, something that is no ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: new environics poll shows gary mar in the lead, alison redford in close second.

The Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald have published the results of a joint-Environics poll gauging support for Progressive Conservative leadership candidates among 800 card-carrying party members: Province-wide Gary Mar: 31% Alison Redford: 20% Doug Horner: 12% Ted Morton: 10% Rick Orman: 5% Doug Griffiths: 4% Undecided/Won’t vote: 17% Edmonton Gary Mar: 43% Doug Horner: 14% ...