daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alison redford is alberta’s new premier.

Former Justice Minister Alison Redford won a surprise victory today to become leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party and Premier-designate of Alberta. Ms. Redford, first elected as the MLA for Calgary-Elbow in 2008 (a constituency previously represented by Premier Ralph Klein), defeated long-time frontrunner Gary Mar to become Alberta’s next Premier. RESULTS First Ballot Results […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta pc leadership debate a tame affair.

Last night’s Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership debate, broadcast live province-wide on Global Television and QR77 and 630CHED, was a tame affair. Overshadowing the evening was the recent passing of candidate Alison Redford‘s mother, who had been admitted into the hospital in High River the day before. Despite what must have been an incredibly difficult day, […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alison redford takes a break, hugh macdonald calls it quits.

Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Alison Redford, who placed second in her party’s first ballot leadership vote on September 17, announced yesterday that her campaign would be temporarily suspending its efforts so that she could spend time with her mother who had recently been admitted to the hospital in High River. 630 CHED has reported that […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta candidate nomination update – september 2011 (part 3)

I have updated the list of nominated and declared candidates standing for parties in the next provincial general election: Calgary-McCall: Liberal MLA Darshan Kang was nominated as his party’s candidate. Mr. Kang was first elected as MLA in 2008. Calgary-Mountain View: Christopher McMillan announced over Twitter that he is seeking the NDP nomination in the […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: blue man group plans to unite the right in alberta.

  Aiming to ‘unite the right’ in Alberta by mending fences in Alberta’s conservative political camps, a new “Alberta Blue Committee” has been formed by long-time conservative strategist Ken Boessenkool. From the Edmonton Journal: He has promised its members will reveal themselves next week and that Albertans will see them as “politically active, smart, young […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: old boys club? gary mar is entitled to his entitlements.

Beating off criticisms that he represents the “Old Boys Club” of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party, leadership front-runner Gary Mar‘s campaign has been helped with a public plea from his former executive assistant and current campaign volunteer to leave him alone! Mr. Mar’s former EA happens to be none other than Kelley Charlebois. Albertans may remember […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: splitting the ukrainian-canadian vote in alberta.

Supporters of Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Gary Mar are tapping into the large group of Ukrainian-Canadians who helped Ed Stelmach win his party’s leadership in 2006. Elaine Kalynchuk, a prominent member of the Ukrainian-Canadian community in Edmonton and VP Membership of the Edmonton-Whitemud PC Association, sent this email in support of Mr. Mar over […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: liberal party tries to raid alberta party staff by promising job and nomination.

Outgoing Liberal Party executive director Corey Hogan and Liberal Caucus strategist Jonathan Huckabee offered Alberta Party provincial organizer Michael Walters a job as their party’s executive director, sources close to both parties have told this blogger. The offer was made over the phone earlier this week. Sources say that Mr. Walters, the nominated Alberta Party […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: second-ballot math: alberta tory caucus splits between redford, mar, horner.

The three candidates eliminated on the first-ballot vote to choose the next leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives have all announced their support for front-runner Gary Mar. Carrying 40% of the vote on the first-ballot, it is understandable why the three would endorse the front-runner in terms of both personal political calculation and party unity. Scattering […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: living in the one party state of alberta: “vote today. today is election day.”

Today is election day in Alberta, but not the kind of election day that would dominate the airwaves and twitter streams in most other provinces in a modern liberal democratic state like Canada. Today, Alberta’s forty-year governing Progressive Conservatives are casting their vote in the first ballot for their new leader, which has become in […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta candidate nomination update – september 2011 (part 2)

I have updated the list of declared and nominated candidates standing in the next provincial election. Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater: At a nomination meeting scheduled for September 26, former Liberal caucus staffer turned NDP activist Mandy Melnyk will face Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3550 President Trudy Grebenstein for the NDP nomination. Calgary-Bow: Former Alderman and mayoral […]

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