Ted Morton, the former Finance Minister and unsuccessful PC leadership candidate, was holding court at the Manning Foundation. He was going to give a speech on how a bunch of lefty carpet baggers (aka the “Two Minute Tories”) hijacked the PC leadership selection process to the enduring detriment of the Blue Tories.
The party faithful clustered around him to exchange pleasantries. Ms Soapbox worked her way to the front of the line and introduced herself as a Two Minute Tory who’d made the unfortunate mistake of voting for Ms Redford in the last PC leadership race.
Resigning from the Conservative caucus today Ft. McMurray MLA Mike Allen now sits as a independent in the legislature after being arrested in Minnesota due to being caught in a prostitution sting. According to the Edmonton Journal he approached two undercover police officers and agreed to exchange money for sexual services. He now joins Edmonton-Manning [...]
Conrad Black, the Canadian media mogul and convicted felon* was in Calgary last week to have a “conversation” with the Calgary business elite (and me) over lunch at the Calgary Petroleum Club.
The big question is why does Baron Black of Crossharbour—oh let’s just call him Conrad—continue to draw sell-out crowds. By the end of lunch and the exchange between Conrad and Ms Danielle Smith, the leader of the Opposition, I had my answer.
Before we go there, let’s set the stage. The Petroleum Club dining room is, as you would imagine, an upscale venue. Tables filled (Read more…)
Last week Ms Soapbox was introduced to the Legislative Assembly by Liberal MLA, Laurie Blakeman, the oldest (as in longest-serving, not age!) opposition MLA. Ms Blakeman noted that Ms Soapbox was a lawyer but said the House wouldn’t hold that against her. Ms Soapbox stood to receive the “traditional warm welcome” of the Assembly. The MLAs thumped their desks and waved, warming the cockles of Ms Soapbox’s heart!
The Caucus Meeting
When Liberal MLA, Dr David Swann, invited me to attend a Liberal caucus meeting I leapt at the chance. In less than 10 minutes
. . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Ms Soapbox’s Great Adventure—Off to the Leg (it rhymes with “edge”)
Allison Redford has a problem. Between mayor Mandel unleashing his fury on her government and the University of Alberta’s rage at the province’s letters of expectation progressives across the province are finally coming to see that Redford is simply not on their side. For the Liberals who saw that supporting the Progressive Conservatives preferable to [...]
On March 17, 2013, Alison Redford’s PC government broke the back of justice…and none of us saw it coming.
Lady Justice, or Justitia, is the personification of the justice system. Her blindfold symbolizes objectivity, her scales symbolize the balance between truth and fairness and her double-edged sword demonstrates that reason and justice that can be wielded for or against a party.
But this isn’t enough for Ms Redford and her justice minister, Mr Denis. They’ve saddled Justitia with a new prop—an empty sack—which the goddess must now fill with money. The only way Justitia can fill the
. . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Price of Justice in Alberta: One Free Crime
21% of Albertans, according to a Leger poll, are undecided as to who they would support in an election. So who is going to convert these 1 in 5 Albertans? It’s not the Wildrose. They’re a known quantity, for good or ill. Nor will it be the Progressive Conservatives, racked by scandal and ebbing in the polls [...]
The Alberta Liberals are under attack. The Liberals are being assailed from every party from every corner of this province. The march to the middle has been of pronounced presence by almost every political faction in Alberta. The NDP have made open moves toward Liberal voters, campaigning hard in long held seats like Edmonton-Gold Bar and [...]
It has been a wonder of a campaign. For the Harvey Locke campaign the Liberals doubled their support from 2011 (going from 17% to 32%) and sent a message that Calgarians were willing to give the Liberals a crack at representing them. It was a 4% spread… . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Calgary-Centre: The Day After
I’m not an economist, and I don’t play one on TV. With that in mind, perhaps somebody out there can tell me why it’s such a crime to borrow money to build schools, or roads, or hospitals? The big stink over the weekend, one that is sure to hit odiferous heights when the legislature resumes, [...] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Is government borrowing really that bad?
Peter Lougheed (1928-2012) died on September 13th. After decades of service to the public, heart problems and, coupled with pneumonia, he died at the Peter Lougheed hospital. His family has reported to the Calgary Sun that they’re being overwhelmed by well-wishers and those sorry for their loss. Don Braid of the Edmonton Journal writes a fantastic [...]
Alberta Premier Alison Redford speaks with Principal Secretary Lee Richardson while Chief of Staff Farouk Adatia looks on. Alberta officials, elected and not so elected, may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Richardson and Mr. Adatia.
So what exactly is a principal secretary, anyway? And why does Alberta Premier Alison Redford need one? I mean, really, didn’t she just appoint a chief of staff? How is this principal secretary thingy she’s just hired different from the chief of staff she’s just appointed? Who is the boss of whom?Questions, questions…
Hold it, let’s roll the tape back to last
. . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Lee Richardson: Alberta Ambassador to the Mulcair Government? Or what?
Two days ago Lee Richardson resigned to work with the Progressive Conservatives and Ms. Redford in Edmonton. The first thing that is apparent is that a federal Tory joined the Progressive Conservatives, and not the Wildrose. That should but a substantial damper on those who equate Ms. Smith’s Wildrose and the Conservative Party of Canada as [...]
Hot from the press, we have yet another example of how the archaic, undemocratic First Past The Post (FPTP) system of selecting representatives of our Parliament and Legislatures leads to results which rob some people of their votes. The results in the Alberta election demonstrate in spades just how badly the FPTP system treated voters who cast votes for the Wildrose Party as second class citizens: Party % Votes % Seats PC 43.9 71.26 Wildrose 34.3 18.39 Liberals 9.9 5.75 NDP 9.8 4.60 Other 2.0 0 The Wildrose supporters effectively had . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Democratic deficit: Undemocratic result in Alberta penalizes Wildrose Party
Alberta Premier Alison Redford is seeking to win her first election as premier. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)
First ever elected woman premier of Alberta. Wildrose did not bloom. P.Cs win 26 seats leading in one (total 27) to Wildrose Party’s 17 seats , NDP 4 and Liberals 4 seats.
Read CBC story.
As their price for propping up either the Wildrose or PC parties. The race has tightened, with 308indicating neither the PCs nor the Wildroses gaining a majority of seats, and the NDP perhaps ending up with the swing votes the other two parties will need to enable them to govern. Wildrose is projected to take 38.4% of the votes, giving them 43 seats. That is only one short of a majority of the 87 ridings contested, a historic result for a party that won zero seats in the last election. The Progressive Conservatives are projected to take 35. . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Alberta NDP should bargain for modified proportional representation
Today is election day in Alberta and quite a day it will be. I am guaranteed to be glued to my television screen and interweb module well into the wee hours of the morning. I suspect that it will be late before we know who the premier will be and whether they will have a majority or minority government. I pity the people who will have to make projections for the media outlets. They will juggle the balance between trying to be first to call the election, while ensuring that their call is not a wrong call.
Nonetheless, for funsies, (Read more…)
The No True Scotsman fallacy often appears in arguments about philosophy or religion. It has some bearing on the change that is about to engulf Alberta. The fallacy would sound something like this in a conversation about Alberta politics:
You: No conservative would vote for the Progressive Conservative Party Me: Well…last election 58% of Albertans voted PC, and I think they would
A few notes on this piece from Canadian Lawyer Magazine on the party’s human rights platform. One thing jumped right out at me:First, the Wildrose states that it would repeal s. 3 of the AHRA. This section currently prohibits the publication or display of any statement, notice, sign, symbol, etc. that either indicates discrimination or is likely to expose to hatred or contempt a person or a class of persons protected under the AHRA (subject to a couple of caveats, including the guarantee in s. 3(2) that “Nothing in this section shall be deemed to interfere with the free
. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: WildRose Party’s Human Rights Platform Part I: Wildrose Would Allow "No Blacks Allowed" Signs
Former Premier Peter Lougheed surveys the troubled scene in Alberta before endorsing Alison Redford. Some gods may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Lougheed and Premiers William Aberhart and E.C. Manning.
The Big Guy has spoken. And he says: “Vote for Alison Redford.”
I don’t mean God. Bigger than God … and with a way better reputation around here. Look up! Look waaaaaaay up!
I’m talking about Peter Lougheed.
Peter Lougheed, the first Progressive Conservative premier of Alberta, who started it all 41 years ago, has entered the fray, coming down from Mount Olympus in Calgary
. . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Peter Lougheed comes down from Olympus and endorses Alison Redford
If you wanted a honest conservative choice it’s obviously the Wildrose you should vote for. They’re forthright in their view on conscience rights, creating competition in the health care industry (read: privatization) and their own brand of fiscal conservatism. That’s conservative. If you wanted a honest liberal choice it’s obviously the Liberals you should vote [...]
I haven’t a dog in this fight except that it seems like a battle royale between two mangy mutts. Perhaps that is why I find this headline, “Alberta Tories play race card, call Wildrose party of old, white men in election”, and accompanying story so interesting. “Race card”? I guess you could also say, “sexism card”. Or, “ageism card”.
I also find it funny that Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives
Mr. T: Don’t be messin’ with him! That was then.
This just in: Alberta Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk allegedly assaulted by resident while door knocking in Edmonton-Castle Downs!
What’s more, according to the CBC, the house attached to the door in question had a Wildrose sign on the lawn. The Journal says there were two Wildrose signs.
So was this the work of a Wildrose supporter who forgot to read the Edmonton Sun? Or what? Property rights debate turns ugly? There were no injuries.
Alert Sun readers – and I know that concept sounds oxymoronic, but just stick
. . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: ‘Don’t be messin with Mr. T,’ Part II
Danielle Smith: A wildflower blooming virtuous and free on the Prairie…
or a programed-from-youth apparatchik of big oil corporatocracy and U.S. Republicanism?
A legitimate enough question.
If only it were the only question.
The problem for Wildrose is that the federal Conservatives are not only their ideological “soulmates”. The Conservatives also now stand accused of crimes against Canada: perpetrating election fraud in ridings across the country, and deliberately misleading Parliament on the question of procuring billions of dollars worth of fighter jets.
The links, ties and parallels between Wildrose and the federal Conservatives run broad and deep and are (Read more…)