Alberta Politics: Database shows how schools, cities, charities, plus media and Alberta firms bankroll Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party

PHOTOS: Premier Brad Wall, whose Saskatchewan Party has been receiving donations from such taxpayer-supported institutions as municipalities, a health region, public libraries, school boards, universities, colleges, a Crown corporation and registered charities. Below: Progress Alberta Executive Director Duncan Kinney; blogger and non-New Democrat Dave Cournoyer; and former Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith. Maybe Brad Wall ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean Photographed with Aryan Guard/Blood & Honour Associate

Okay, the title of this article could rightfully be accused of being click bait and of being  unfair to Brian Jean, but it is also an accurate title. Much like the late Rob Ford was photographed a an event with an individual well known to those familiar with the racist movement in Canada, so too ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean Photographed with Aryan Guard/Blood & Honour Associate

Okay, the title of this article could rightfully be accused of being click bait and of being  unfair to Brian Jean, but it is also an accurate title. Much like the late Rob Ford was photographed a an event with an individual well known to those familiar with the racist movement in Canada, so too ...

Terahertz: State of Albertan Politics

Having just got back from vacation (we visited the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida), it’s time to get a bit more back into blogging. I posted the following as an extended comment for Crommunist who recently discussed the Alberta election. Premier Alison Redford is a red-Tory. Once thought extinct, this political species truly represents the ...

Impolitical: Good reporting

A great report by Postmedia of that chronicling style that lets the facts speak for themselves: “Three days from Alberta vote, cracks in Wildrose were showing.” It really stands out when you see it, there’s not that much of it these days. It’s not surprising that it emanates out of an election campaign when reporters ...

Impolitical: Alberta election thoughts

Wow. Just wow. Now that the epic Alberta PC win is in the books, it’s hard not to have some fun with it. A few observations here from an outsider. The time for a change dynamic can be beaten. It’s a rarity but it happened here and is one of the truly astounding things about ...

Impolitical: A Wild Rose Earth Day note

A fun little oddity from the WildRose Alliance party’s 2011 financial statements…a $2,750 contribution from “Halliburton,” presumably the Calgary branch of the one and only Halliburton of Dick Cheney fame. The Alberta PCs did not get the Halliburton dough, by contrast. At least, not in the $375 and above range. Both parties are well funded ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Extremism in Wildrose

Well, what our newest member lacks in total post, he certainly makes up in impact. Naberius200’s article on Link Byfield’s association with white supremacist Paul Fromm has resulted in more than 3000 hits since it was published, becoming the third most viewed article on this blog in only a little over 2 weeks. No doubt ...

Terahertz: Successful in Ottawa, Religious Right turns to Edmonton

My shortage in blogging lately hasn’t been for lack of topics. This past week has seen blow up and scandal plague Alberta politics, as the boobs come off the Wildrose bus. First, we have a compilation of quotes by Danielle Smith shaping her as a Christian Libertarian, then we have her denouncing established climate science, ...

JimBobby Sez: New Song: The Wild Rose of Alberta

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, I reckon I’ll have a few more foes after the Wildrose backers have a look at this one.

JimBobby Sez: New Song: The Wild Rose of Alberta

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, I reckon I’ll have a few more foes after the Wildrose backers have a look at this one.

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Alex Himelfarb laments the Cons’ dismantling of a progressive state in Canada. But lest we lose all hope, Annie Lowrey reports on the Piketty/Saez economic work that’s paving the way for fairer taxes in the U.S. And Kelly McParland has to admit that more progressive taxes are ...

Terahertz: Alberta’s next cabinet: Bigots and Theocrats?

After Naheed Nenshi became mayor of Calgary and Alison Redford won the Progressive Conservative leadership race, becoming Alberta’s first female premier, I thought things were turning around for my homeland. Moderate, pragmatic, and relatively progressive ideas were starting to take hold. Plans were on the way to improve the Alberta School Act and mass transit ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Your Daily Nazi: When You Shine A Bright Light You Are Bound To Attract A Few Flies

 …or something.WildRose candidate forBarrhead-Westlock-Morinville Link Byfield shaking hands with White Supremacist Paul Fromm back in 1999.  Something, I think, that Mr. Byfield should be called upon to explain. h/t

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Byfield "Linked" To Extremist

"That view [that white people have a disproportionate share of power] is based on the error that all people are equal. Blacks are on the whole less intelligent than whites." – Paul Fromm Oh hi. First a brief introduction. I was asked by a vampire to make an occasional post while she was on hiatus. ...

Blunt Objects: PCs Still Dominate Alberta – For Now

Continuing with 2011’s incumbent-friendly trend, 2012 seems to be pretty incumbent-friendly as well – so far. Nowhere is this more exemplified than Alberta, which will need to go to the polls before May 31st, where the Progressive Conservative’s still dominate the scene and look set for another majority government, at least according to what I’ve ...

Blunt Objects: Alberta in 2012

Following my Quebec projection a couple days ago, I thought I’d throw out my current projection for the province of Alberta, given that it is most definitely going to have an election called this year. So as you can see, it’s an easy PC victory under new Premier Alison Redford. 72 seats by sweeping every ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: National Post poll bad news for Alberta Tories … in the unlikely event it’s right

A word of advice, boys: don’t bet all your kibbles on the results of a one-day demon-dialer poll! Alberta political analysts or the chances they take may not be exactly as illustrated. Toronto’s National Post – or, as I prefer to think of it, the National Pest – states in its meta tags that it’s ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Wildrose owns up to push polling; now you too can answer a completely unfair push poll

Hello! This is Dave Polling Central: Is Danielle Smith a threat or a menace? Below: Wildrose candidate and polling spokesperson Shayne Saskiw, Leader Danielle Smith. The Wildrose Party has finally owned up to being behind the push-poll that tries to tie Alberta Premier Alison Redford to federal Liberal child care policies and the financial difficulties ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Listen up, people! Hear the entire mystery push-poll for yourself

Your Voice Alberta pollsters somewhere in Alberta get ready to call you with the latest information about Alison Redford. Alberta push-pollers, of course, may not be exactly as illustrated. Click below and hear the push poll for yourself: Push-Poll Questions by djclimenhaga Well, we may not exactly be running the NSA, CHHQ or even the ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Wildrose leader nails the problem – but not the solution – with Calgary’s shortage of health professionals

The “Calgary South Health Campus” rises from a field in Calgary’s southeast corner. Below: Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith, Tory Health Minister Fred Horne, radio host Dave Rutherford. I just hate to agree with Danielle Smith. Regular readers of this blog will understand why I’m uncomfortable finding myself on the same side of any issue as ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The jury’s out – or it should be, anyway – on the Calgary Herald’s latest pro-Redford poll

Premier Alison Redford of the Popular Conservatives is really popular with these guys, you can just tell! Wow! This just in! Alison Redford is so popular…. How popular is she? Alberta’s new premier is so popular she’s more popular that her popular party. And they’re so popular they’re called the Popular Conservatives, right? So that ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Flippity flop flip… has Alison Redford’s government ‘jumped the shark’ already?

Alberta Premier Alison Redford, immediately after ‘jumping the shark.’ Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Whaaaaaaaaat?! Below: The quotable LBJ. Is this the worst start ever, or what? Barely sworn in as Progressive Conservative premier of Alberta, Alison Redford’s flip-flop yesterday on the Heartland Transmission Line has seasoned political observers wondering if the ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Cheap shots: how a good crop can get you far in politics!

The Alberta Liberal Party website in context. Below, a detail from the site, your blogger’s shot of the same event, shots of the U.S. Courthouse in Manhattan, from various angles. Back in the day in the newspaper business, the staff of the Photo Desk used to spend a lot of time agonizing over whether it ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Never mind the media narrative… the real fight’s between the NDP and the Wildrose!

NDP supporters in the streets of Edmonton. Caution, Alberta crowds may not be exactly as illustrated, and neither may Alberta polls. Below: Brian Mason; Queen Victoria and Prime Minister William Gladstone – cabinet making was always tough. A poll by conducted during the weekend that the Tories were selecting Alison Redford as their leader illustrates ...