TweetFresh meat Last week, he was publicly criticizing Premier Alison Redford for her over-priced $45,000 trip to South Africa (see below) and faced a threat of expulsion from the Progressive Conservative caucus. This week, coincidentally, Edmonton-Riverview PC MLA Steve Young faces a new set of revelations dating back to his time as a Sergeant with . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Fresh meat and Alberta politics
As part of the Liberal Party of Canada biennial session this afternoon on provincial and municipal best practices, we got an inside look at how the Nova Scotia Liberals won a historic majority government from campaign director (and federal Liberal VP English) Chris MacInnes. And Premier Stephen McNeil was in the room, just to . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Lessons from Stephen McNeil’s landslide Liberal victory in Nova Scotia
A steward serves Alberta Premier Alison Redford as members of her entourage dine nearby during their return flight from South Africa. Don’t worry, this is satire, and actual Alberta politicians and their political advisors will never appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, obviously suffering from a defeatist attitude and . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The view from Alberta: Nova Scotia premier assailed for embarrassingly low travel bill
From February 20-23, federal Liberals will gather in Montreal, and one of their tasks will be to elect a new national executive. In the coming days, I’ll be publishing interviews with some of the candidates seeking election to the party’s national board. Chris MacInnes won a contested election at the 2012 Liberal Party of Canada . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: LPC national board candidate interview: Chris MacInnes for vice-president, English
*Spoiler Alert* In a surprise twist, the Liberal Party isn’t dead after all.
For a while, it seemed like PEI would be the last bastion of Liberalism in Canada. Nearly 10% of the Liberal Party’s parliamentary caucus hailed from the island, and with long-standing Liberal governments in Ontario, Quebec, and BC teetering on . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: The Red Wave
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
– The National Post offers an excerpt from Susan Delacourt’s Shopping for Votes discussing the role branding played in the election of John Diefenbaker. And Jeffrey Simpson discusses the continued drift toward consumer politics.– But in commenting on the Nova Scotia provincial election, Ralph Surette reminds us what’s lost . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links
Making predictions in a sport as unpredictable as politics is very much a fool’s errand. I don’t think anyone saw Dalton McGuinty’s retirement or Justin Trudeau’s left hook coming in 2012. Hell, even something as routine as an Alberta PC election victory turned into a whirlwind thriller.
What we do know, however, is that . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: 2013 A Make It Or Break It Year For The Liberal Party