daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: return to the dome and inside baseball politics.

Alberta's Legislative Assembly Building With election withdrawal setting in like a bad hangover, much of the media attention this week focused on the 38 rookie MLA’s attending outgoing Speaker Ken Kowalski‘s Legislature 101 course and the resumption of inside baseball politics under the Dome. Bridget Pastoor and Premier Alison Redford (photo from PremierofAlberta Flickr account) ...

atypicalalbertan.ca: Cabinet Speculation

Hey, I’m awful at predictions, but why not speculate on cabinet postings. Premier Alison Redford has discussed the possibility of some repositioning of portfolios and the possibility of a downsize to cabinet. It is quite likely that we will see 20 ministers in the cabinet including the Premier. As far as responsibility juggling, we could ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: planning to end poverty and homelessness in alberta.

Homeless Connect Edmonton at the Shaw Conference Centre (photo by Mack Male). Last weekend Homeward Trust Edmonton and its community partners held their biannual Homeless Connect event at the Shaw Conference Centre. The event is a one-stop-shop of free essential services for Edmontonians experiencing homelessness and those at risk of becoming homeless. These services include everything from housing ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: who are they? meet alberta’s wildrose official opposition.

When Alberta’s Legislative Assembly reconvenes in the next few months, for the first time since 1982 the title of Official Opposition will given to a caucus of MLA’s representing a party other than the New Democrats or the Liberals. Following the April 23 general election, seventeen Wildrose Party MLA’s were elected, creating the largest Official Opposition ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta election maps: percentage of vote by constituency.

I have spent some time over the past week looking at the voting numbers from Monday’s general election and have created these maps showing the percentage of vote earned by each party. The most stunning change from previous election is the significant drop in support for Alison Redford‘s Progressive Conservatives in rural central and southern ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: the winners: great alberta election prediction pool.

The Party leaders. On Monday, Albertans went to the polls in what was expected to be a historic turning point in our province’s electoral history. It turns out that history likely only remember this election as one that extended the Progressive Conservatives 41-year old reign. More than 190 people entered the joint daveberta.ca and CalgaryGrit ...

atypicalalbertan.ca: Wildrose Voters got Cold Feet

In the days after Alberta’s engaging general election for the 28th legislature, everyone is talking about the polls – specifically how wrong they were. And while they did not accurately predict the outcome of the election, it is hard to suggest that the methodology was wrong. The polls, regardless of method employed, were pretty consistent with each ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta election results 2012: regional breakdown.

Total votes province-wide in Alberta's 2012 General Election. MLA's elected: PC 61, Wildrose 17, Liberal 5, NDP 4. Vote totals in West Central constituencies (Drayton Valley-Calmar, Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills, Red Deer-North, Red Deer-South, Rimbey-Rocky Mountian House, Sundre, Spruce Grove-St. Albert, Stony Plain, West Yellowhead, Whitecourt-Ste. Anne). MLA's elected: PC 7, Wildrose 3. Vote totals ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: the day after: alberta election analysis.

Alberta Election Results 2012 What was expected to be the most exciting provincial election in history of our province turned out to be a continuation of the 41-year old Progressive Conservative dynasty. The pollsters, the media, and the pundits (including this blogger) appear to have completely misjudged the electoral climate in the final days of ...

350 or bust: Grassroots Democracy Initiative Organized in Face of Federal Government’s Love Affair With Dirty Energy

The following is a re-post from Anthony Marr’s HomosapiensSaveYourEarth blog. Mr. Marr has a degree in physics and is a long-time advocate for living more sustainably and gently on our earth. In 1996, he led “the highest-profile anti-trophy-hunting campaign in Canada” (Globe and Mail), and went on to found Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) and ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: redford tories win a majority in alberta election.

Premier Alison Redford's Tories have won a majority in Alberta's election. What was expected to be the most exciting provincial election in history of Alberta has turned out to be the continuation of the 41 year Progressive Conservative dynasty. The pollsters, the media, and the pundits (this blogger included) appear to have completely misjudged the ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: election day in alberta: get out the vote.

Yours truly, voting in the 2008 provincial election. Today is election day in Alberta. Polls are open between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. If you are unsure where your polling station is, visit Elections Alberta’s handy “Where to Vote” webpage. Alberta’s Election Act ensures that all eligible voters are allowed sufficient time to vote on ...

Five of Five: Identity Politics and Some Numbers

The No True Scotsman fallacy often appears in arguments about philosophy or religion.  It has some bearing on the change that is about to engulf Alberta.  The fallacy would sound something like this in a conversation about Alberta politics: You:     No conservative would vote for the Progressive Conservative Party Me:      Well…last ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta election endorsements.

Over the course of the election campaign, I have identified candidates from all the political parties who would be good MLA’s in the next Legislature. Out of the group of more than 400 Albertans seeking office in the 2012 general election, I have chosen six candidates who I personally believe would make excellent additions to ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: predicting alberta’s election results.

We have received more than 100 entries for the joint Daveberta and CalgaryGrit Great Alberta Election pool and have entered these predictions into a state of the art spreadsheet to discover some interesting predictions for tomorrow’s vote. Alberta election pool seat count prediction: Averages (from CalgaryGrit.ca) The average of the seat count predictions would see Danielle Smith’s ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: meltdown in highwood: the floods are coming, but danielle smith will prevail

A big turnout at a recent election forum in Highwood. By Jody MacPherson Okotoks, the little town with the international reputation for award-winning environmental sustainability, could very well be home to the next premier of Alberta, a climate-change denier. This is just one of many ironies of this 28th election in the province that birthed ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: it’s crunch time!

In the final days of Alberta’s 2012 General Election, party leaders will be focusing their time and energy in the places that will matter on election day. Premier Alison Redford with Calgary candidates Jason Luan, Teresa Woo-Paw, Sandra Jansen, and Len Webber (photo from Alison4Premier Facebook Page) Progressive Conservative leader Alison Redford will spend the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Alberta Provincial Election – The Wildrose Faileth, so Say Mr.Lake of Fire and Mr.White Powah!

Only in Alberta does the the electorate consider ending the 40 year term of the staunchly right wing Progressive Conservatives with a party that is, you guessed it gentle reader,  further to the right.  The false populist veneer of the Alberta Wild Rose Party makes it appear palatable to the people of Alberta. My progressive ...

centerandleft: Wildrose Modernization of Democracy

The majority of Albertans are finding themselves dissatisfied with a Redford government they see as wasteful and bulky, and are savouring the opportunity for change. The last time citizens were upset to this degree with the Progressive Conservatives, they seriously considered a Liberal government in 1993, boosting the Grit seat count from eight to thirty-two, ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: the great alberta election pool.

Who will run the show after April 23? On Monday, Albertans will go to the polls in what is already being dubbed a “historic” election. The outcome is uncertain, so why not gaze into your crystal ball and enter the Daveberta and CalgaryGrit election pool. It is simple enough – predict the seat totals for ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: a wildrose government will need a real opposition.

Danielle Smith with Wildrose MLA's Paul Hinman, Heather Forsyth, and Rob Anderson in 2010. Despite questioning climate science and refusing to remove one candidate who railed against a policy to protect sexual minorities in public schools and another who claimed his skin colour as a political advantage, Danielle Smith‘s Wildrose Party appears set to form a government after April ...

In This Corner: MLAs Behaving Badly.

Today, for your amusement/outrage, your humble correspondent presents MLAs Behaving Badly. By sheer coincidence, all of the MLAs in this blog are PCs. Seriously, it’s just a coincidence. Thomas Lukaszuk The first example of an MLA Behaving Badly was widely reported: Thomas ‘Tommy Boy’ Lukaszuk’s run-in with a constituent. You remember the story. Lukaszuk was ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: thorny wildrose candidate’s intolerant views are out of step with modern alberta.

It is not very often that you see a candidate for public office in Alberta reference the Book of Revelation. Wildrose Party candidate Allan Hunsperger In a tirade against gays and lesbians on his website last summer, Edmonton-South West Wildrose Party candidate Allan Hunsperger evoked references from the Old Testament about ‘lakes of fire’ while ...

In This Corner: Wildrose or PCs? Having fingernails pulled out, or toenails?

The other day, one of my sons (the one who actually knows there’s an election going on) asked me which I would prefer: a Progressive Conservative government, or a Wildrose government. I had time to think about my answer, as the mere thought of that Sophie’s Choice resulted in a prolonged bout of vomiting. After ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: no knockout punches as candidates give it 110% in alberta’s leaders’ debate.

Four of the main party leaders at last night's televised debate. After watching last night’s televised Leaders’ Debate, I am left wondering whether it will even have an effect on how Albertans vote on April 23. In many ways, the Leaders’ Debate felt like a microcosm of the entire election campaign. Here are a few of ...