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Alberta Politics: Wildrose blames NDP for a sensible labour relations practice implemented in 2013 by Alison Redford’s Tories

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Alison Redford was welcomed to the annual convention of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees by AUPE President Guy Smith in October 2012. And what does the Wildrose Party make of that? Below: Former Tory Premier Ralph Klein… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Wildrose blames NDP for a sensible labour relations practice implemented in 2013 by Alison Redford’s Tories

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 a… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney reported ready to announce his bid to lead a Tory Restoration effort as soon as tomorrow

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: In or Out? Jason Kenney could have a rough landing into Alberta politics

CBC reports that after 19 years as a Member of Parliament in Ottawa, former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney, 48, is considering entering provincial politics in Alberta. Postmedia’s Jen Gerson writes that he will not confirm whether this i… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: In or Out? Jason Kenney could have a rough landing into Alberta politics

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: What is at stake for who in the Calgary-Foothills by-election

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 →

Calgary Grit: Politicians in Cowboy Hats 2015: Lassoing Votes, Stampeding to the Polls, and Other Puns

For a brief history of Stampede fashion, you can read the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 round-ups – or “100 Years of Bad Photo-Ops“

All eyes were on Calgary this weekend, as Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, and Thomas Mulcair kicked off the pre-election BBQ circuit. Despite the extra media attention, this . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Politicians in Cowboy Hats 2015: Lassoing Votes, Stampeding to the Polls, and Other Puns

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Rob Anders still lurking around the Wildrose Party

Twice denied an opportunity to run for the leadership of the Wildrose Party, controversial Conservative Party Member of Parliament Rob Anders is still lurking in the shadows of the deflated Alberta conservative opposition party. As reported by the Medicine Hat News,… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Can Wildrose survive Rob Anders? Can floor crossers survive PC Party?

Initially turned away by Wildrose Party officials, controversial Conservative Member of Parliament Rob Anders has asked the Wildrose Party for a “waiver” to run for the party’s leadership. Having lost bids for federal Conservative nominations in Calgary-Signal Hill and Bow River last… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Election Alert! PCs set March 15 nomination deadline!

The Progressive Conservatives gave hints today that they could be preparing for a Spring 2015 provincial election. Reported by the Calgary Herald and confirmed by sources close to this blogger, the PC Party has set a deadline for candidates to be nominated… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Who will be the next leader of the Wildrose Party?

TweetAfter 11 of the party’s 16 MLAs crossed the floor to the Progressive Conservatives in November and December 2014, the Wildrose Party has been thrown into chaos. Left without its most public faces, most notably former leader Danielle Smith, the party will choose its next permanent leader sometime in the next year, likely between the . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Who will be the next leader of the Wildrose Party?

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Top 10 moments in Alberta Politics in 2014

TweetIn my nearly ten years writing about politics in Alberta on this blog, 2014 was easily the most exciting. The sheer number of scandals, controversies, fumbles and resignations made for new content on a daily basis. If I had the time and resources, I could have easily written three or four posts a day for . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Top 10 moments in Alberta Politics in 2014

Progressive Proselytizing: The Conservative’s scripted talking points get them into trouble

This little scandal Tories have gotten themselves into is a bit delightful, but underscores a more important point about the dissemination of talking points. The problem started when a Conservative operative secretly recorded a conversation including, allegedly, a Liberal MP Rob Anders saying some not-so-lovely things about the people benefiting from the Conservative’s income . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: The Conservative’s scripted talking points get them into trouble

Politics and its Discontents: I See That Rob Anders’ Replacement Is No Prize Either

I’m sure some hoped that when Rob Anders, the Conservative MP for Calgary Signal Hill and national embarrassment, lost his riding’s nomination to run in the 2015 election, he might be replaced by someone with at least a modicum of balance and rationality. Alas, the new torchbearer for the riding, Ron Liepert, is proving such . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: I See That Rob Anders’ Replacement Is No Prize Either

Susan on the Soapbox: The Conservative Government Responds to the Deaths of Two Canadian Soldiers

Two Canadian soldiers were killed this week.

The first, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, was run down by a car in a parking lot in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. The second, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, was killed while standing guard at the National War Memorial. Both were unarmed.

On Saturday a small group of Calgarians gathered at the Central . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Conservative Government Responds to the Deaths of Two Canadian Soldiers

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Dear Rob Anders, Take a Hint and Take a Hike.

TweetMany Canadians hoped to have bid a final farewell to offensive conservative Member of Parliament Rob Anders when he lost the Conservative Party nomination in Calgary-Signal Hill to Ron Liepert earlier this year. But perhaps it was wishful thinking to believe a stunning rebuke in the area of the city he represented for 17 years . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Dear Rob Anders, Take a Hint and Take a Hike.

Alberta Diary: Rob Anders, Canada’s Worst MP, has been handed his great big hat a second time

Calgary West MP Rob Anders waves farewell from the back of a pickup truck, a type of vehicle that along with firearms was numbered among his most loved things. Below: Nomination victor Martin Shields; Mr. Anders in one of his favourite poses, with a great big pistol, and asleep in the House of . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Rob Anders, Canada’s Worst MP, has been handed his great big hat a second time

Calgary Grit: The Rob Anders Rejection Tour Continues

Rob Anders, hard at work

I know I said I wouldn’t blog much over the next year, but if I have to come on here every time Rob Anders loses a nomination, I’m going to run out of bandwidth.

Here was Rob back in July, on his decision to seek the CPC nomination . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: The Rob Anders Rejection Tour Continues

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination update: Yellowhead by-election, Bow River Tories vote, and Anybody but Xiao

TweetPremier Jim Prentice announced this week that five-term Conservative Member of Parliament Rob Merrifield would be appointed as Alberta’s representative in Washington D.C. Mr. Merrifield’s resignation from the House of Commons means that a federal by-election will need to be called in the Yellowhead riding by March 17, 2015. This would be the fourth federal . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Nomination update: Yellowhead by-election, Bow River Tories vote, and Anybody but Xiao

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta Politics Catch Up: Pipelines, Planes, Cities and Rob Anders

TweetSpending a few days in another province can sometimes give you a different perspective on important national issues. Spending the last week in British Columbia served as a good reminder to this political watcher about how emotional the debate around pipelines and the Oilsands are in Alberta’s neighbouring province. While I am sure opinion is . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Alberta Politics Catch Up: Pipelines, Planes, Cities and Rob Anders

Alberta Diary: Blogosphere heaves sigh of relief: ‘Canada’s Worst MP’ Rob Anders is back, for now anyway

Rob Anders in his second most famous pose, the most famous with his eyes open, with 4.5-litre hat plus circa-.45 revolver. Mr. Anders is thought to be Canada’s Worst MP and hopes to keep it that way. Below: Bow River Conservative candidates Rolly Ashdown and Martin Shields.

Rob Anders to Canada: “I’m baaaaaaaaack!”

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Rob Anders New Gig: Smitin’ The Infidel For YOU, Alberta!

@Bigcitylib2 @paulisci @colbycosh Brooks Medieval Faire a short while ago. Anders was introduced as “MP for this area.”— Chris Turner (@theturner) August 9, 2014

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Rob Anders to run in new Bow River riding?

TweetSources say that controversial Member of Parliament Rob Anders is preparing to run for the federal Conservative nomination in new rural Bow River riding south east of Calgary. The six-term MP has represented Calgary-West since 1997 but lost a heated Conservative nomination contest in the new Calgary-Signal Hill riding to former Progressive Conservative MLA Ron . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Rob Anders to run in new Bow River riding?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Tories invite Mike Allen back in, Wildrose show Joe Anglin the door

TweetProgressive Conservative MLAs have voted to extend an invitation to Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen to rejoin their caucus. Mr. Allen, a relatively popular first-term politician in his constituency, left the PC caucus after he was arrested while trying to hire two prostitutes in St. Paul, Minnesota. Unfortunately for the Mr. Allen, the prostitutes . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Tories invite Mike Allen back in, Wildrose show Joe Anglin the door

Calgary Grit: 10 Years of Blogging

Happy Trails

Back when I first sat down to rant about politics on May 15th 2004, I never expected I’d still be doing this over 3,000 posts later. The blog has outlasted 3 Liberal leaders, been through 4 federal elections, and documented my involvement on a handful of losing leadership campaigns. During that . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: 10 Years of Blogging

Alberta Diary: With friends like these… How much did gun lovers’ aid hurt Rob Anders’ candidacy?

Soon-to-be-former MP Rob Anders with would-be MP Melissa Mathieson. Did this photo help, or hurt, his unsuccessful candidacy? Below: Ron Liepert, the Conservative who beat Mr. Anders in the Calgary Signal Hill riding nomination battle.

How big a role did the guns ’n’ ammo crowd play in the defeat Calgary West MP Rob . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: With friends like these… How much did gun lovers’ aid hurt Rob Anders’ candidacy?

Alberta Diary: Waiting in ambush for PC leadership candidate Ken Hughes: the ghosts of health care disasters past and present

Back in the day when Alberta Health Services was still full of promise, AHS board chair Ken Hughes, above left, got his instructions from health minister Ron Liepert, right. Mr. Hughes is now a candidate for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party and Mr. Liepert is a candidate for Parliament. So far, . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Waiting in ambush for PC leadership candidate Ken Hughes: the ghosts of health care disasters past and present