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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Who are Alberta’s top MLAs of 2012?

TweetIt has become tradition on this blog that near the end of each year I publish a list of Members of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly who have been the best, worst, or most notable of the past year. Each year’s list has taken a different form and focus (see 2010 and 2011), and the addition of [...]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta Conservatives can relate to Tea Party “bozos eruptions.”

TweetGlued to my television last night, I, like probably millions of other Canadians, watched as the blue states and red states were tallied until President Barack Obama defeated former Governor Mitt Romney. Last night and over the course of the Americ… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Alberta Conservatives can relate to Tea Party “bozos eruptions.”

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: big money spent in alberta’s 2012 election.

Tweet  Elections Alberta has released the financial disclosure forms submitted by candidates who ran in the April 2012 provincial election and some of the disclosure forms reveal some interesting information about how much money was fundraised and spent during the campaign. The money spent by candidates and political parties in Alberta elections are nowhere near [...]

djkelly.ca: #abvote Predictions

What’s an election without a couple of predictions? And to avoid any of that “I said that would happen!”/”No you didn’t!” stuff I thought I’d write down a few of mine. (And instead revel in the multiple “Boy, was that guy way off!” that will no doubt come my way.) So here are my thoughts as we head into the final hour of the Alberta provincial election every news outlet has already deemed “historic”.

Let’s start with the questions everyone will ask:

Who will win? My bet is the Wildrose Party. Majority or minority? Minority. Seat breakdown? (Read more…)

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: predicting alberta’s election results.

We have received more than 100 entries for the joint Daveberta and CalgaryGrit Great Alberta Election pool and have entered these predictions into a state of the art spreadsheet to discover some interesting predictions for tomorrow’s vote.

Alberta election pool seat count prediction: Averages (from CalgaryGrit.ca)

The average of the seat count predictions would see Danielle Smith’s Wildrose Party form a minority government with 42 of the 87 seats in the Assembly. The Progressive Conservatives would hold on to 37 (down from 72 in the 2008 election), the NDP would become the third largest party in the Assembly with

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: it’s crunch time!

In the final days of Alberta’s 2012 General Election, party leaders will be focusing their time and energy in the places that will matter on election day.

Premier Alison Redford with Calgary candidates Jason Luan, Teresa Woo-Paw, Sandra Jansen, and Len Webber (photo from Alison4Premier Facebook Page)

Progressive Conservative leader Alison Redford will spend the final day of the campaign making whistle stop appearances with Christine Cusanelli in Calgary-Currie, Alana DeLong in Calgary-Bow, Ken Hughes in Calgary-West, Cecilia Low in Calgary-Mountain View, Moe Amery in Calgary-East, Len Webber in Calgary-Foothills, and Manmeet Bhullar in

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David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Are candidates’ 19th Century views actually helping the Wildrose Party?

Wildrose candidate Ron Leech explains the Caucasian Advantage to a broadcaster. Nevertheless, Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says he’s a fine man and won’t discipline him. Below: Kris Wells, the man behind today’s “Pray for Alberta” newspaper advertisements.

“Social conscience” and human rights issues continue to dominate the final days of the 2012 Alberta election campaign as the governing Progressive Conservatives and other actors try to derail the front-running Wildrose Party juggernaut.

But whether this emphasis on the 19th Century attitudes of some Wildrose candidates and party Leader Danielle Smith’s unwillingness to do or say anything meaningful about them are

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: the great alberta election pool.

Who will run the show after April 23?

On Monday, Albertans will go to the polls in what is already being dubbed a “historic” election. The outcome is uncertain, so why not gaze into your crystal ball and enter the Daveberta and CalgaryGrit election pool. It is simple enough – predict the seat totals for each party and answer 10 bonus questions. Everyone gets 87 points minus one point for each seat you are off per party, plus two points per correct bonus question.

Robert Vollman has generously donated the following political book prize packs (shipping extra, unless we

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CalgaryGrit: Alberta Election Pool

On Monday, Albertans will go to the polls in what is already being dubbed a “historic” election. The outcome is uncertain, so why not gaze into your crystal ball and enter the Daveberta and CalgaryGrit election pool.

It’s simple enough – predict the seat totals for each party and answer 10 bonus questions. Everyone gets 87 points minus one point for each seat you’re off per party, plus two points per correct bonus question.

Robert Vollman has generously donated the following political book prize packs (shipping extra, unless we can arrange a pick-up in Calgary or Toronto):

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CalgaryGrit: There goes another $1,000 "good behaviour" bond

Wildrose candidate Ron Leech sees “being white” as his biggest advantage in this election. Personally, I think his biggest advantage is having a leader who doesn’t seem to care that he sees “being white” as his biggest advantage in this election. Because any other leader would have punted him from the ticket within minutes of saying this.

Wildrose party leader Danielle Smith, who had to defend one of her candidates on Monday for posting anti-gay views online, came to Leech’s defence Tuesday, saying his comments are not cause for concern.

“I think that every candidate puts forward their best

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wildrose Candidate Ron Leech: I Can Speak For All Because I’m White

During the interview, Leech said, “I think, as a caucasian, I have an advantage. When different community leaders such as a Sikh leader or a Muslin leader speaks they really speak to their own people in many ways. As a caucasian I believe that I can speak to all the community.”

Even better is party leader Danielle Smith’s response:

“I’m not concerned about [his remarks]. I think every candidate puts forward their best argument for why they should be the person the way represent the community….

Apparently that’s the best Ron could come up with.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Ambiguous Wildrose abortion statements emerge as NDP support jumps in Edmonton

Wildrose Apocalypse? Abortion chatter sparks new fears about Wildrose as poll shows NDP mini-surge in Edmonton. Below: NDP Leader Brian Mason.

Are residents of the Edmonton region, as disgusted with the antics of the long-ruling Progressive Conservatives as other Albertans, starting to have second thoughts about far-right Wildrose Party’s largely unknown agenda and the little-known characters that populate its slate of candidates?A new poll by a well-regarded national polling company shows NDP support surging in the Edmonton area at precisely the same moment the Wildrose Party has been making ambiguous and contradictory statements on abortion that smack of a

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: thorny candidates could be the wildrose party’s biggest liability.

Danielle Smith (photo from Wildrose Facebook page)

As the face of the campaign, Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith is her party’s biggest asset. She is media savvy, personable and, despite her limited governance experience (one year as a trustee on the dysfunctional Calgary Board of Education), she talks about becoming Premier with more confidence than any opposition leader in a long time.

But looking beyond the high-profile face of the Wildrose Party, which polls from the first week of the campaign suggest could be poised to form government, Albertans should be asking important questions about who would serve

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