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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Prentice tells Albertans to strap on their seat belts

Tweet“After two weeks with me as the premier, there will be no doubts in anyone’s minds that this a time of renewal and a time of change. Put your seat belts on.” – Jim Prentice speaking with Roger Kingkade and Rob Breakenridge on September 9, 2014 on News Talk 770. Wearing your seat belt while . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Prentice tells Albertans to strap on their seat belts

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Albertans defend modest pensions, Redford staff defend Palm Springs flight

TweetAbout 2,000 Albertans from every corner of the province braved the -33C windchill yesterday to defend their modest pension plans at a rally in Edmonton’s Churchill Square. Many municipal and provincial employees are concerned that Finance minister Doug Horner‘s proposed changes to Alberta’s public sector pension plans could impact their retirement security. Despite rhetoric about . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Albertans defend modest pensions, Redford staff defend Palm Springs flight

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Redford’s top advisor earns more than Obama’s top advisor, claims Wildrose

TweetPremier Alison Redford‘s chief of staff earns a bigger salary than his counterpart in the West Wing, claimed the official opposition Wildrose in a press release yesterday. As the salary disclosure ”sunshine list” of Alberta’s senior public servants who earn more than $100,000 annually was released late last week, opposition critics honed in on Ms. . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Redford’s top advisor earns more than Obama’s top advisor, claims Wildrose

Alberta Diary: Alberta’s ‘Sunshine List’ – let a little light shine in … but only a little, and only where we want it

Alberta’s ‘Sunshine List’ – mostly moonshine? Below: Premier Alison Redford.

Today’s the day the government of Alberta is supposed to publish its “Sunshine List” of its supposedly most highly paid civil servants.

It’s not appeared yet – so, it being a Friday and all, it’ll probably show up at about 4:45 p.m.

The . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Alberta’s ‘Sunshine List’ – let a little light shine in … but only a little, and only where we want it

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Hope and Debt

TweetThe political battle between the Wildrose opposition and long-governing Progressive Conservatives continued today as the Legislative Assembly resumed for the fall sitting. Debt was the biggest issue of the day. Wildrose leader Danielle Smith jumped at the opportunity to make light of comments Premier Alison Redford made that compared the government’s decision to accept debt . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Hope and Debt

Alberta Diary: Are rats abandoning a sinking Alberta Tory ship? The evocative departure of Doug Elniski

Doug Elniski, back and centre, always the tallest guy in the room, at Alison Redford’s side on Oct. 2, 2011. Below: Kirk Patterson aboard Silk Purse somewhere, by the look of the clipping snatched from his Facebook page, in Japan; the ingenious Sir Winston Churchill.

My university friend Kirk Patterson, who is alone . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Are rats abandoning a sinking Alberta Tory ship? The evocative departure of Doug Elniski

Alberta Diary: Alberta Health Services to be run from Vancouver Island? Top 99 execs to get bonuses after all?

Alberta Health Services CEO Chris Eagle, Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne and AHS Administrative Officer Janet Davidson at yesterday’s press conference in Edmonton.

Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne began the day yesterday explaining why he may not be able to prevent Alberta Health Services’ 99 top managers from getting their controversial bonuses – . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Alberta Health Services to be run from Vancouver Island? Top 99 execs to get bonuses after all?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Welcome to Queen’s Park West.

TweetThe staff overhaul in Premier Alison Redford‘s Communications Office has resulted in two new hires. One was already working in Alberta’s Legislature and the other comes direct from Ontario’s provincial legislature. Already under the dome, Michael Norris left his job as Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths‘ press secretary to become the Premier’s Issues Manager. Mr. . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Welcome to Queen’s Park West.

Alberta Diary: The Progressive Conservatives and Alberta’s government: one entity, indivisible, under God?

Participants in today’s Alberta Economic Summit solemnly await Premier Alison Redford’s arrival at Calgary’s Mount Royal University. Many are called but few are chosen, and they may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Stefan Baranski, Charles Rusnell and Stephen Carter.

As befits an almost exclusively political event, criticism of today’s Alberta economic summit . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The Progressive Conservatives and Alberta’s government: one entity, indivisible, under God?

Alberta Diary: ‘Leading thinkers’ to set Alberta’s new economic course lickety-split – and you’re not invited

Premier Alison Redford eyeballs an uninvited visitor to the province’s economic summit. Without the password, you’re not getting in. Below, Premier Redford and Deputy Premier Tom Lukaszuk present their bona fides at the door. Actual Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below them: The premier’s communications director, Stefan Baranski.

In just . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: ‘Leading thinkers’ to set Alberta’s new economic course lickety-split – and you’re not invited

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Big turnover in Premier’s communications office.

TweetAfter staff departures, Ontarians hold two top roles in Alberta Premier’s Office. Last week it was announced that Jay O’Neill is departing his job as Director Communications under Premier Alison Redford‘s. Although Mr. O’Neill only joined the Premier’s office in late 2011, it is not uncommon for individuals to only fill these types positions for . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Big turnover in Premier’s communications office.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alison Redford’s revenue problem will define 2013 budget fight.

TweetThe low price of oil and natural gas and an election promise of “no new taxes, no service cuts” has put Alberta’s Tories in an unenviable political bind and set the tone for this year’s provincial budget debate. This week, Lee Richardson, Principal Secretary to Premier Alison Redford, released a trial balloon suggesting the government . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Alison Redford’s revenue problem will define 2013 budget fight.