The Cracked Crystal Ball II: WRP, The ISS Just Saw Your Reality Cheque Bounce Past Them

When newly minted WildRose leader Brian Jean spoke on the party’s budget plank, he demonstrated just how unrealistic the neoliberal model of government is. “We believe that any Albertan that goes into any government service will see inefficiencies and things they would actually see to change themselves. We are bringing forward practical solutions to change ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: WRP, The ISS Just Saw Your Reality Cheque Bounce Past Them

When newly minted WildRose leader Brian Jean spoke on the party’s budget plank, he demonstrated just how unrealistic the neoliberal model of government is. “We believe that any Albertan that goes into any government service will see inefficiencies and things they would actually see to change themselves. We are bringing forward practical solutions to change ...

Dead Wild Roses: Oh, to a Wild Rose – The Sweet Smell of Schadenfreude

Why isn’t unabashed self interest paying of for meeeeee? The politics in Alberta usually annoy the hell out of me.  How can the people of this province continue to elect a party that is puts the interests of Big Oil first in every fiscal decision.   For the latest example please see the latest Alberta budget, ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On The WRP Collapse

Much has been made of the WRP’s collapse in Alberta this past week.  Everything from speculation about the role of various people, to Ms. Smith more or less admitting that she was being undermined by the Social Conservative rump of the party.   Back when the WRP was just getting itself going, and Ms. Smith ...

Left Over: Reflections on Defections….

  ANALYSIS MP Glenn Thibeault’s defection leaves the NDP feeling ‘hurt’ Sudbury MP’s decision to join provincial Liberals leaves former party searching for answers By Rosemary Barton, CBC News Posted: Dec 18, 2014 11:00 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 11:00 AM ET 9 Wildrose MLAs, including Danielle Smith, cross to Alberta Tories Progressive Conservative ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: RoboCall Boundary Edition #RoboCon 650 days and counting

Last week I got a robocall from “Chase Research” and listened to it all, taking notes when I realized it was a Conservative push-poll and would cause a scandal. I waited for the number to push to repeat the message or options, but pressing 9 just erroneously thanked me for responding, provided a contact phone ...

Dead Wild Roses: Alberta Politics – Danielle Smith the Meta-Populist

Lesson one in Alberta politics – Don’t fuck with private oil revenue. Lesson two in Alberta politics – There is no lesson two, please refer to lesson one for all concerns about governance. Full marks to Ed Stelmach for attempting to get the public’s meagre spoon into firehouse of wealth that is flowing out of ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Tea Party North

The Canadian version of the Tea Party led by the Canadian version of Sarah Palin has let slip a couple of revealing remarks: A Wildrose candidate in the Alberta election is apologizing for suggesting he has an advantage in his ethnically diverse riding because he is white. “I think as a Caucasian I have an ...