daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: why would the government of alberta help fund the proposed Katz group arena?

This week Edmonton’s City Council is holding hearings and holding a vote to purchase the lands underneath the proposed Katz Group Arena on 104th Avenue north of downtown Edmonton. This vote will take place despite the $100 million which is still missing from the funding formula that has been negotiated by Mayor Stephen Mandel, the […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: tick tick tick… defusing ed stelmach’s tory time-bomb.

Restoring $107 million into the provincial Education budget, committing to hold an inquiry into the intimidation of doctors, promising increased consultations on water management, and halting (after some fumbling) the approval of two controversial electrical transmission line projects through rural Alberta, Premier Alison Redford is quickly moving to defuse the electoral time bomb of unpopular […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: fall legislative sitting: scheduled, cancelled, restored, and now broken up.

After cancelling and restoring the already scheduled fall sitting of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly only days after becoming Premier, Alison Redford and Government House leader Dave Hancock defended a decision yesterday to hold a two day sitting on October 24 and 25 and then break to reconvene for a longer sitting later in November. This rescheduling will allow Premier […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: craig chandler launches anti-wildrose facebook group.

Fresh from his campaign to get right-winger Bill Harvey elected as leader of the Liberal Party, ultra-conservative activist Craig Chandler and his acolytes from the Progressive Group for Independent Business have now set their sights on Danielle Smith‘s Wildrose Party. Mr. Chandler has pushed his internet campaign machine into high-gear by adding hundreds of his Facebook […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: recommended reading: how the katz group did an end run around the best interests of edmontonians.

If you read one article today, please read Paula Simons well written column on how billionaire Daryl Katz and the Katz Group were able to score major concessions from the City of Edmonton during their campaign to secure public funds to build their new downtown arena. Simons: Katz Group power play scores major concessions from […]

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

I have updated the list of declared and nominated candidates standing for the next Alberta provincial general election. By my count, the parties have now nominated the following number of candidates out of 87 constituencies in the next election: Alberta Party 11/87, Liberal 20/87, New Democratic Party 49/87, Progressive Conservative 39/87, Wildrose 53/87. Here are some of the recent additions to […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: cbc uncovers den of “pork-barrel politics” near canada’s ufo landing pad.

  Welcome to St. Paul, Alberta, the home of Alberta’s first official UFO landing pad and now pork-barrel politics” according to an investigation by intrepid CBC reporter Charles Rusnell: A top municipal official in St. Paul, Alta., used the city’s email system to solicit votes during the Conservative leadership race in a bid to ensure […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta’s ndp prepares for high tide. will an orange wave come?

  A recent poll released by Citizen Society Research Lab at Lethbridge College shows Alberta’s governing Progressive Conservatives with a huge lead over the three main opposition parties. The same poll showed the New Democratic Party and Wildrose Party tied at 16%, which reinforces the results of a controversial Evironics survey released over the summer […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: premier alison redford’s challenge to change her party and alberta’s government.

Alberta politics became a little more exiting in the early hours of Sunday, October 2, 2011 when the sharp-minded former Justice Minister and human rights lawyer Alison Redford defied critics, but not readers of this blog, by defeating front-runner Gary Mar in the PC leadership contest. Ms. Redford will become Alberta’s first woman Premier when […]

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