daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: liberal party of canada convention 2012 – renewal past the tipping point.

Zack Siezmagraff Guest Post by Zack Siezmagraff I am confident that the LPC convention this past weekend, which I attended as a delegate and past candidate for AB-Yellowhead , is an event that I will look back at in 50 years and tell people, “I was there”. For those of you who pithily pontificate that the ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: bev esslinger abandons riverview run and seeks pc nomination in calder.

Former Public School Trustee Bev Esslinger announced via email today that she will be seeking the Progressive Conservative nomination in Edmonton-Calder. The former north-end trustee announced only weeks ago that she was running for the PC nomination in Edmonton-Riverview. Calder PC MLA Doug Elniski announced his retirement yesterday. Here is Ms. Esslinger’s announcement: Effective immediately ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: kevin taft goes rogue with new book: follow the money.

“If Alberta increased its tax rates by $11 billion our province would still have the lowest tax rate in Canada.” This was only one of the notable figures presented by Kevin Taft at the launch of his new book, Follow the Money, held last night at the Garneau Theatre in Edmonton. The outgoing MLA and ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: mla doug elniski not seeking re-election.

Doug Elniski Edmonton-Calder Progressive Conservative MLA Doug Elniski announced on his website today that he will not be seeking re-election. Mr. Elniski was first elected in 2008. MLA Doug Elniski announces he is not seeking re-election. (Media Release January 19th, 2012) The greatest honour of my life was to be elected by my neighbours to ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: mapping alberta’s nominated election candidates – january 2012.

Following my most recent update of election candidate nominations this morning, here are maps of the new electoral boundaries showing where candidates have been nominated for each of the five main political parties (Progressive Conservative, Wildrose, NDP, Liberal, and Alberta Party). See the full list of nominated candidates here. Map of constituencies with nominated Alberta ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta election candidate update – january 2012.

With an election fast approaching, Alberta’s political parties are busy nominating candidates across the province. Here is a regional breakdown showing where candidates have been nominated and some of the recent updates. Nominated Alberta Election candidates by region (January 16, 2012) Airdrie: Former Airdrie Mayor Linda Bruce and current Alderman Kelly Hegg are seeking the Progressive ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: what to make of alison redford’s budget before election strategy.

Premier Alison Redford Premier Alison Redford has told reporters that her government will approve Alberta’s 2012/2013 budget before the next provincial general election is called. The budget is expected to be introduced shortly after MLAs return to the Assembly on February 7, 2012. The election must take place between March 1 and May 31, based on Alberta’s ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: ethical oil spokesperson refuses to answer the basic question about whether enbridge gives them cash.

Interviewed on CBC’s Power and Politics, Ethical Oil spokesperson Kathryn Marshall refused to answer the basic question about whether Enbridge is providing financial support to her group. Ms. Marshall has been ruthlessly criticizing environmental groups for their opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipeline, which Enbridge wants to build. The interview, which you can watch above, ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: former culture minister lindsay blackett not seeking re-election.

Lindsay Blackett First-term Calgary-North West Progressive Conservative MLA and former cabinet minister Lindsay Blackett has announced on his website that he will not be seeking re-election. Mr. Blackett served as Minister of Culture & Community Spirit from 2008 until 2010, when Premier Alison Redford appointed her first cabinet. During his time in cabinet, Mr. Blackett was ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: why don’t i feel outraged about the illegal donations scandal?

I feel like I should be outraged about recent allegations that Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives have received thousands of dollars in illegal donations from municipalities and public institutions including the University of Lethbridge, but I am not. Under elections finance legislation in Alberta, it is illegal for these entities to make financial contributions to a political ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: thomas mulcair comes to edmonton.

Thomas Mulcair Last week I had to opportunity to hear Outremont MP and NDP leadership candidate Thomas Mulcair speak in Edmonton. Aside from being aware of his role as Jack Layton‘s Quebec Lieutenant and that he was once a provincial cabinet minister, my knowledge of Mr. Mulcair was not vast. I was not sure what to ...

Blunt Objects: Alberta in 2012

Following my Quebec projection a couple days ago, I thought I’d throw out my current projection for the province of Alberta, given that it is most definitely going to have an election called this year. So as you can see, it’s an easy PC victory under new Premier Alison Redford. 72 seats by sweeping every ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: sitting out the senate election would be a missed opportunity for the liberals, ndp, alberta party.

Senate of Canada Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Betty Unger to the Senate of Canada. Ms. Unger was chosen as one of Alberta’s Senators-in-Waiting in the 2004 election and is the third elected Senator to be made a member of Canada’s appointed Upper House. This spring in conjunction with the 2012 General Election, ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: rookie photos of alberta mla’s retiring in 2012.

With an election expected to be held in the next few months and a new Premier setting a new tone, many long-time and not-so-long-time Members of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly have decided that now is time to retire or look for greener pastures. The nineteen MLAs not seeking re-election are former Premier Ed Stelmach, Ken Kowalski, ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: election in edmonton-riverview heating up.

Edmonton-Riverview Former Edmonton Public School Trustee Bev Esslinger announced today in an email (pdf) that she is seeking the Progressive Conservative nomination in Edmonton-Riverview. The constituency is currently represented by three-term Liberal MLA Kevin Taft, who will not be seeking re-election. As a trustee, Ms. Esslinger represented Ward A in north Edmonton from 2004 until ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta election candidate update: january 2012.

The list of candidates nominated to stand in the next provincial general election continues to grow. Nominated Alberta Election Candidates by Region (January 3, 2012) Here are some of the updates that I have recently made to the list: Banff-Cochrane: Nominated Wildrose Party candidate Trudy Heuser has stepped down as her party’s candidate, citing personal reasons. The ...

CalgaryGrit: Alberta 2011 in Review

One of my favourite sayings is “If you don’t like the weather in Alberta, wait 30 minutes. If you don’t like the politicians, wait 30 years.” However, the sleepy world of Alberta politics has come alive in recent years and 2011 was no exception. A year ago, Ed Stelmach was Premier, Ted Morton was his ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: january kick-off: big changes or status-quo in 2012?

Fresh back into the new year, it would be easy to assume that January would be a slow month for most of Alberta’s elected officials as they ease back into their regular 80 hour work week. If the first month of recent years are any indication, January has tendency of becoming one of the most ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: top 10 daveberta.ca posts for 2011.

As we enter 2012, I thought it would be useful to look back at the past year on this blog. Here is the list of the top 10 most viewed blog post on daveberta.ca in 2011. 1. Mapping Alberta’s Progressive Conservative leadership first-ballot vote results 2. Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership blog poll results 3. Slave ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: looking back at 2011: alberta mla’s who made a difference.

Each year around this time, I compile a list of a handful of Members of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly who I believe deserve mentioning following their political performance over the past year. This is just my list, so please feel free to agree, disagree, or make your own suggestions in the comment section below. Here is ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: merry christmas from the author of daveberta.ca.

A December sunset at Alberta's Legislative Assembly Building. Thank you to all the readers who continue to return to this blog each day and new readers who may have found this blog for the first time. I have had a lot of fun writing about the unique world of Alberta politics over the past six ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: the hypocrisy of ethical oil’s chiquita banana boycott.

Ethical Oil? If you have been paying any attention to Canadian politics on Twitter or have tuned into any of the Sun Media outlets over the past few days, you will have undoubtably noticed that the greenwashing website “Ethical Oil” has launched the Great Canadian Banana Boycott. Reacting to the Chiquita company’s decision to direct ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: rajey.

Following up on my previous post with the NDP video from the Press Gallery Christmas Party, here is the Liberal Party video shown at the annual party: (thanks to Earl J. Woods for posting it online) Tweet This Post

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: conzilla and the opposition robots.

Each year, the political parties represented in Alberta’s Legislative Assembly produce short videos for the Press Gallery Christmas Party. Typically funny, though not always very good, the videos are always best when they are self-depricating (everyone likes politicians that can make fun of themselves). At this year’s party, the tiny two MLA NDP caucus of ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: pre-election games: progressive conservatives and wildrose spar with new ads.

As the Spring 2012 provincial election approaches, the Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose Party have rolled out a series of television ads (on YouTube) delivering their political pitches to Albertans. The Wildrose ads, as David Climenhaga and Graham Thomson have already written, are cast with two faces of leader Danielle Smith. To quote Mr. Climenhaga, ‘Bad ...