daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: protesters take to the whitehouse over the alberta to texas keystone xl pipeline.

Sixty-five Americans were arrested after a peaceful protest in front of the Whitehouse against the construction of TransCanada‘s Keystone XL pipeline, a 1,700 pipeline that would carry unprocessed bitumen from Alberta to refineries in Texas. The peaceful protesters reportedly received longer sentences than were expected. As noted in a New York Times editorial this weekend, opposition […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: ken kowalski will run in his tenth election as mla. love him or hate him, he’s got staying power.

Many Albertans now know Ken Kowalski from his higher duty as the long-sitting Speaker of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly, a position he has held since 1997. The MLA for Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock announced this week that he will seek election for the tenth time since 1979. His long political career has demonstrated a kind of political longevity and […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: surprised that gary mar is supporting privatized health care? don’t be. just look at his record.

Was it the beginnings of a complicated political strategy, the osmosis of sitting in the Edmonton Sun offices, or the anticipation of an endorsement from former Premier Ralph Klein that caused Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Gary Mar to come out swinging in favour of privatized health care this week? Speaking to the Edmonton Sun editorial […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta senate elections in 2011 or 2012.

Via Postmedia News, Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidates are calling for another round of Senator-in-Waiting elections to happen concurrent with the next provincial election: “We want them (Senate nominees) to be current. We don’t want to end up with a stale list,” said Alison Redford, Calgary-Elbow member of provincial legislature and the lone female candidate […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: pc leadership candidates wade into education politics.

Earlier this week I had the privilege of sharing some of my thoughts about the Progressive Conservative leadership contest with delegates at the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) summer conference in Banff. On Wednesday morning, all six candidates for the PC leadership (Doug Griffiths, Doug Horner, Gary Mar, Ted Morton, Rick Orman, and Alison Redford) attended […]

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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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