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daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Who will run to succeed Amarjeet Sohi in the Ward 12 by-election?

On Oct. 19, City Councillor Amarjeet Sohi was elected as a Member of Parliament in the federal riding of Edmonton-Mill Woods. With Mr. Sohi’s resignation from city council in order to take his seat in the House of Commons, and his… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Trudeau Liberals crack Conservative “Fortress Alberta” in nationwide sweep

The dust has yet to finally settle on tonight’s election night results but we know that the Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau will form a majority government with more than 180 seats in the next parliament. Conservative Party leader Stephen… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Mulcair and Trudeau show Alberta some love in the final days of Election 2015. Where’s Harper?

There is no longer any doubt that Alberta is an important battleground in this federal election campaign. While Conservatives will dominate in the provincial seat count, the Liberals and NDP believe they are in a position to win competitive races in Edmonton… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Mulcair and Trudeau bring “Change” and “Real Change” to Edmonton this week

In a competition to own the “change” message, the NDP are holding a “Rally for Change in Edmonton” on Sept 10 and the Liberals are holding a “Rally for Real Change in Edmonton” on September 9. It is clear that both parties have identified varying degrees “change” as a common theme in this election campaign . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Mulcair and Trudeau bring “Change” and “Real Change” to Edmonton this week

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: NDP catching up in Alberta – Sunday morning federal nomination update

Initially slow to nominate federal candidates, the New Democratic Party is now catching up to the other three main parties with nominated candidates in Alberta. As of this morning, the NDP have chosen candidates in 22 of Alberta’s 34 ridings,… Continue Reading →

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 4: Musical MLA chairs; Apple has a very, very good year; Greece goes rogue.

Will the last MLA out of the Alberta legislature please turn out the lights?

Resignation fever swept the Legislature on this week, as another six MLAs announced they were not going to run in the next election. Most notable was the resignation of Liberal leader Raj Sherman, who announced on Monday that he was quitting . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 4: Musical MLA chairs; Apple has a very, very good year; Greece goes rogue.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination battles in Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, Griesbach

TweetWhat happens when three federal ridings become one? South of Edmonton, large portions of the Wetaskiwin, Edmonton-Leduc and Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont ridings have been merged into the new Edmonton-Wetaskiwin riding. The three Conservative MPs representing the area have chosen not to run against each other for their party’s nomination in the new amalgamated riding – Blaine . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Nomination battles in Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, Griesbach

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Conservatives spar for safe Alberta ridings

TweetWhile the epic battle between Rob Anders and Ron Liepert in Calgary-Signal Hill was entertaining to watch, preparation for the next federal election has sparked nomination contests in ridings across the province. And with two by-elections expected to be called within weeks, federal political parties are lining up their candidates for the vote. By-Election nominations . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Conservatives spar for safe Alberta ridings

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination races begin for federal election 2015

TweetThere are 705 days until Monday, October 19, 2015, when the next Canadian federal election is scheduled to be held. With less than two years until Canadians choose who will serve as Members of Parliament and with new electoral boundaries coming into effect at the next election, candidates across Alberta are preparing to seek party . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Nomination races begin for federal election 2015

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Octopus Monster

OMG. Run for your lives. It's the octopus monster from outer space, or the Creature from the Con Lagoon. And it seems like NOTHING can stop Jason Kenney !!!!Two weeks ago I told you how he was refusing to give up his old job, and humiliating not one but TWO new Con ministers. And . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Octopus Monster

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Two-Headed Monster

I always knew Jason Kenney was a man of many faces eh?Some hidden and some not.I always knew he was extremely vain and incredibly ambitious.But who knew he was so inflated with his own sense of self importance, that he would steal another Minister's portfolio? Read more »

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: How Brent Rathgeber changed Edmontons political map and why the Tories might like it

TweetEdmonton-St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber unleashed a political storm last night when he announced on Twitter that he is leaving the Conservative Party of Canada caucus. Initially citing a “a lack of commitment to transparency and open government,” he expanded his criticisms to the control Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s office exercises over backbench MPs as . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: How Brent Rathgeber changed Edmontons political map and why the Tories might like it

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives Delay Robocalls Justice… Again!

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Harper Conservatives will not be introducing the comprehensive “election reform act” they promised Canadians, after all. The bill was due to be tabled in Parliament on Thursday. Apparently, the Conservatives have discovered a “last minute” issue with their own piece of legislation. An issue so […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: How Alberta’s federal politicians voted on Motion 312.

TweetThis week, Members of Parliament in Ottawa voted on Motion 312, which if passed could have re-opened a divisive debate about a woman’s right to make decisions concerning her own body. Thankfully, Motion 312 was defeated 203-91 votes, but it remains disappointing that in this modern age one-third of federal MPs stood in favour of . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: How Alberta’s federal politicians voted on Motion 312.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: federal riding boundaries being readjusted in alberta.

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How will Alberta’s federal riding boundaries be altered?

Likely unbeknownst to most Canadians, commissions have been struck across the country and tasked with redrawing our federal electoral boundaries in advance of the expected 2015 general election. The process of electoral redistribution, which is done every decade, accounts for population change in the ridings . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: federal riding boundaries being readjusted in alberta.

Leftist Jab: Want To Know Who Leaked Jason Kenney’s "Asshole" Email?

Camouflage won’t help this man.

Let’s work through the list of suspects, shall we?

Here’s a copy of the email in question:

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So the suspects are obviously all Alberta Conservative caucus members. Let’s trim that down using the evidence in question. There were 27 Conservatives from Alberta elected in 2011. Easily excluded are . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: Want To Know Who Leaked Jason Kenney’s "Asshole" Email?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: tories nearing a full-slate of candidates, opposition parties all over the map in election preparation.

After a week away from the blogging world, I spent some time this weekend catching up with plenty of election nomination candidate updates. Alberta’s political parties are all in varying degrees of preparation for the upcoming election and for the next session of the Legislative Assembly. The Spring sitting of the Assembly begins this week . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: tories nearing a full-slate of candidates, opposition parties all over the map in election preparation.

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Making it up as they go

In 2009, the Harper Tories had a clear plan to replace the long gun registry with something that could work: We want to return to the better system of having retailers record their sales of non-restricted weapons instead of having to register them with the long-gun registry. – Guy Lauzon, MP (Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry)We want to return . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Making it up as they go

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Tories who tout Internet lawbreaker must remember: what’s good for the goose…

Your blogger with Minister of State of Making Canada Way More Democratic, Really, Tim Uppal. Pssst! Tim! Dump that election reporting law, would ya? Below: Paul Bryan, Victoria Times Colonist picture snatched off the Internet.

What should you do when good legislation is introduced by bad political parties?

It’s hard – though not completely impossible . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Tories who tout Internet lawbreaker must remember: what’s good for the goose…

Accidental Deliberations: On uneven playing fields

Nancy is understandably concerned about different rules applying to the NDP’s leadership race in 2012 than the Libs’ in 2013. But it’s worth pointing out that there are gaps going in both directions: in particular, the Libs will also get the benefit of… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On uneven playing fields

Edmonton-Sherwood Park Update

With the NDP membership in Edmonton-Sherwood Park nominating Mike Scott, an active member of CUPE Local 30 as their candidate for the next federal election (which could be happening as early as next week) it appears that all candidates are in place in the riding that hosted what was the second closest race in Alberta . . . → Read More: Edmonton-Sherwood Park Update

Letter to My MP – Re: Home Renovation Tax Credit and Proroguing Parliament

I wrote a letter to my MP (Conservative Tim Uppal) today after receiving a ten-percenter reminding me to take advantage of the home renovation tax credit. Here it is:

Dear Mr. Uppal, I received a notice from your office today reminding me to take advantage of the Home Renovation Tax Credit. I also learned . . . → Read More: Letter to My MP – Re: Home Renovation Tax Credit and Proroguing Parliament