daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: pearl calahasen backs doug horner. verlyn olsen, dave hancock, fred horne endorse gary mar.

I have updated the list of Progressive Conservative MLAs endorsing leadership candidates to reflect four recent endorsements. Only days after leadership candidates Gary Mar and Alison Redford got into a very public spat over the success of the Safe Communities Initiative (which Ms. Redford spearheaded during her time as Justice Minister), current Justice Minister and […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: the katz group proves that all the money in the world can buy some pretty bad political advice.

In their effort to secure more than $225 million in public funding for their proposed Katz Downtown Arena, local billionaire Daryl Katz‘s company, the Katz Group, has proven that even billionaires can buy bad political advice. The CBC revealed last week that the Katz Group has been contacting Edmonton’s Progressive Conservative MLAs asking them to […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta politics notes 8/05/2011

1. Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Alison Redford announced that she would raise monthly payments from the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program from $400 to $1,588 and doubling the allowable income earned for participants. Wildrose communications director Brock Harrison criticized the announcement on Twitter, claiming it would be too costly. The Liberals and […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: cindy ady endorses gary mar, ken allred goes with ted morton.

Two more endorsements have been added to the map of MLA support in the 2011 Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership contest. Three-term Calgary-Shaw MLA and Tourism Minister Cindy Ady has endorsed leadership candidate Gary Mar. Minister Ady is Mr. Mar’s third Calgary MLA endorsements, following support from Calgary-Foothills MLA Len Webber, Calgary-Nose Hill MLA Neil Brown, […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: provincial politicians being gamed into katz downtown arena funding debate.

The game of funding billionaire Daryl Katz‘s contentious downtown Edmonton arena proposal entered the provincial political arena this week with candidates in the Progressive Conservative leadership contest and an opposition politician dancing around this delicate issue. Supporters of the Katz downtown arena, including Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel, are stalking the provincial leadership candidates for commitments […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: new survey suggests politics as usual in alberta.

A new Environics survey of 900 Albertans published by the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald paints a disappointing picture for anyone hoping for a political sea change in the upcoming provincial election. The survey shows decided support for Alberta’s political parties at: Progressive Conservative 43.3% Wildrose 13.1% Liberal 10.9% NDP 10.9% Alberta Party 1.7% The […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: peter sandhu endorses ted morton, lindsay blackett endorses doug horner.

I have updated the list and map of MLAs endorsing candidates in Alberta’s Progressive Conservative leadership contest. Edmonton-Manning MLA Peter Sandhu has endorsed Ted Morton‘s candidacy and Calgary-North West MLA and Culture Minister Lindsay Blackett has endorsed Doug Horner. Gary Mar still has the most MLA endorsements with the support of 17 MLAs, Mr. Horner […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: is rob anders only supportin’ morton? anders loyalists flocking to wildrose.

Proving again why he should never be trusted with the responsibility to stand-in for a cabinet minister at a press conference, Calgary-West Member of Parliament Rob Anders, inappropriately used his time at the podium to boast his support for Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Ted Morton. This is hardly the first time Mr. Anders has displayed […]

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

Here are some updates to the list of nominated and declared candidates wanting to stand for their parties in the next provincial election. Calgary-North West: Russell Hillier is seeking the Wildrose nomination. Mr. Hillier is a Constituency Assistant to Calgary-West Conservative MP Rob Anders (who is supportin’ Ted Morton) and is a founding member of […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: recap of the alberta progressive conservative leadership forum in vermilion.

More than 350 Progressive Conservative supporters packed into the main hall at Vermilion’s Lakeland College Campus to hear and ask questions to the six candidates seeking the leadership of Alberta’s governing party. The format of the debate only allowed each candidate a short 30 seconds to respond to questions. Instead of encouraging direct answers, it […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: liberal leadership candidates woo edmonton supporters.

  More than 200 dedicated Liberal Party supporters piled into Edmonton’s Santa Maria Centre yesterday evening to hear candidates for their party’s leadership speak and answer questions. I attended and was surprised to discover a fairly lively evening for a traditional style all-candidates forum. All the candidates spoke well, but I believe that the real star […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: where the votes were in the 2006 alberta pc leadership vote, where the mla support is in 2011.

As Jim Dinning learned six years ago, having the support of MLAs in a leadership contest does not assure victory. The long-time front-runner in the 2006 Progressive Conservative leadership contest counted the support of over forty sitting MLAs, but on the final ballot vote, it was a low-key cabinet minister named Ed Stelmach with the […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: after months of campaigning, the pc leadership race officially begins.

All six candidates expected to enter the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership contest successfully filed their nomination papers, meeting yesterday’s deadline. With less than 70 days left before Alberta’s four-decade long governing party chooses its next leader, and Premier-designate, Doug Griffith, Doug Horner, Gary Mar, Ted Morton, Rick Orman, and Alison Redford will participate in a […]

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