daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: new environics poll shows gary mar in the lead, alison redford in close second.

The Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald have published the results of a joint-Environics poll gauging support for Progressive Conservative leadership candidates among 800 card-carrying party members: Province-wide Gary Mar: 31% Alison Redford: 20% Doug Horner: 12% Ted Morton: 10% Rick Orman: 5% Doug Griffiths: 4% Undecided/Won’t vote: 17% Edmonton Gary Mar: 43% Doug Horner: 14% ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta progressive conservative leadership videos on demand.

Some YouTube videos from Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidates: Tweet This Post

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: still refusing to govern myself accordingly.

It is a flash from the past, but it made the latest issue of Avenue Edmonton Magazine as one of the five most entertaining battles of the last five years. Thanks to Chris Labossiere for snapping this photo. Ed Stelmach vs. Dave Cournoyer Tweet This Post

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: what’s next for raj sherman and the alberta liberals?

Raj Sherman gives his victory speech with his wife Sharon standing to the right. Leadership co-chair Josipa Petrunic and candidates Laurie Blakeman, Hugh MacDonald, and Bruce Payne stand to the left (Bill Harvey did not join the other candidates on stage). What kind of leader will Raj Sherman be? This is a tough question to ...

Blunt Objects: Reading Into the #ablib Leadership Results

First off, I should say that I didn’t focus enough as I should have on this leadership race. Given the entirety of whats going on in half of the country’s provinces, plus the organized chaos that is both the Official Opposition and the third party, a leadership race for the Alberta Liberals isn’t the biggest ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: photos: alberta liberals choose raj sherman as their new leader.

Alberta Liberals chose their new leader today in Edmonton. Former Tory MLA Raj Sherman was selected on their first ballot over veteran MLAs Hugh MacDonald and Laurie Blakeman, and Calgarians Bill Harvey and Bruce Payne. Here are some photos of today’s event: About 150 people attended the Alberta Liberal leadership event today at the University ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: the doc is in. former tory mla raj sherman is the new alberta liberal leader.

Results of today’s Alberta Liberal leadership vote: Raj Sherman wins with 54% on te first ballot (more results coming soon). Raj Sherman 54% 4684 votes Hugh MacDonald 26% 2239 votes Laurie Blakeman 9% 854 votes Bill Harvey 7% 626 votes Bruce Payne 2% 197 votes Total: 8640 votes Dr. Raj Sherman was first elected as ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: raj sherman sweeps alberta liberal leadership poll.

Readers voted in this poll between September 6 and 9. When asked who will win the Alberta Liberal Party leadership vote on September 10, readers of this blog overwhelmingly chose former Tory MLA Raj Sherman. Four-term Edmonton-Gold Bar Liberal MLA Hugh MacDonald placed a distant second and Edmonton-Centre MLA Laurie Blakeman and conservative Calgarian Bill ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: ted morton aka frederick lee and the shredder.

Ted Morton aka Frederick Lee After a week of dodging questions from intrepid CBC reporter Charles Rusnell about a covert email alias and shredded ministerial documents, former Finance Minister Ted Morton‘s campaign for Alberta’s Progressive Conservative leadership has taken its first big hit with just more than a week before the first ballot vote. After ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: guest post: decision time for the alberta liberals.

Alberta Liberal Party leadership candidates (left to right) Bill Harvey, Bruce Payne, Raj Sherman, Laurie Blakeman, and Hugh MacDonald On Saturday September 10, the Alberta Liberals will select their next leader following current leader David Swann’s resignation from the post, announced this past January. An understanding of the dynamics that lead to the initiation of ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: what effect can danny williams have on alberta’s pc leadership contest?

Gary Mar and Danny Williams Former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams traveled to Fort McMurray this week to support Alberta PC leadership candidate Gary Mar and to give the candidate a boost in support from Newfoundland’s diaspora in the northern Alberta community. The retired Newfoundland Premier’s support may be one of the former Calgary ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta candidate nomination update – september 2011.

I have updated the list of declared and nominated candidates standing in the next provincial election. Airdrie: The Airdrie City View is reporting that former Airdrie Mayor Linda Bruce is volunteering for Gary Mar‘s PC leadership campaign, adding to the speculation that she may seek the PC nomination to challenge Wildrose MLA Rob Anderson. Is ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: by airing his party’s dirty laundry, is hugh macdonald hurting the liberal party?

MLA Hugh MacDonald Is Alberta Liberal leadership candidate Hugh MacDanald‘s continuing criticism of the legitimacy of the new “registered supporters” voting system hurting the chances of his party’s next leader? “This list, as it exists, is a mess,” said MacDonald, a longtime Edmonton MLA. “This is not democracy.” (Edmonton Journal, August 31, 2011) Over the course ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: forty years of political hegemony in alberta.

The cover of the Calgary Herald on August 31, 1971. Forty years ago today, Albertans voted to end the 36 year rule of the Social Credit League and let the light shine as Peter Lougheed‘s Progressive Conservatives scored their first majority election victory and Albertans voted to adopt Daylight Savings Time. The August 30, 1971 election ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: vintage campaign advertisements from the 1971 alberta election.

Tomorrow, August 30, 2011, is the fortieth anniversary of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Association’s first election victory. The Alberta PC Party has been re-elected in every election since. Here is a look back at some of the campaign advertisements published in Alberta newspapers during that monumental election: Alberta Social Credit 1971 Election Campaign Ad "Think ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: joe anglin speaks. wildrose candidates learn some creative editing.

As reported on this blog earlier this week, and reported by the mainstream media today, Joe Anglin has been nominated for the Wildrose candidate in Rocky Mountain House-Sundre. Mr. Anglin is a well-known landowners rights advocate and was the last leader of the now defunct Alberta Green Party, but you would not know that from ...

Blunt Objects: Alberta Liberals: 27K Members and Only 13% Pay Dues

Anyone else find something wrong with this situation? I’ve mentioned it before – this entire idea surrounding “free”, pretty much anonymous memberships has some serious drawbacks, including falsified names and the fact that simply having numbers doesn’t equal up to much when they’re just names on paper. What’s more is simply consider the scale of ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta liberals register more than 27,000 eligible voters. no surprise that their leadeship contest is a largely urban affair.

Map of eligible voters in the September 10 Liberal leadership contest by constituency. The Alberta Liberal Party announced yesterday that over 27,567 Albertans are eligible to vote in their party’s September 10 leadership contest. The eligible group of supporters include 3,690 paid members and 23,877 “registered supporters” who could participate by registering their name and ...

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

Former Green Party leader chosen as Wildrose candidate in Rocky Mountain House-Sundre I have updated the list of declared and nominated candidates standing for the next provincial election. Here are some of the updates: Joe Anglin Rocky Mountain House-Sundre: According to Wildrose provincial director Krista Waters, landowners rights advocate and former leader of the Alberta ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: rest in peace, jack layton.

NDP Leader Jack Layton at a rally at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton (September 20, 2008). Very sad news this morning. NDP leader Jack Layton has passed away at the age of 61. Mr. Layton took a break as NDP leader earlier this summer to battle a new cancer he had been diagnosed with. NDP ...

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 ...

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.

Ken Kowalski: Then and Now 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 ...

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

Gary Mar 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 ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: video: mothership down.

Via The Edmontonian, Marty Chan‘s Mothership Down, a must watch for Alberta politicos: Tweet This Post

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 ...