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 ...

CalgaryGrit: Sixth Annual Politicians in Cowboy Hats

For a brief history of Stampede fashion, you can read the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 round-ups. Although Rick Hansen served as Stampede Parade Grand Marshal, all eyes were on Will and Kate this year. I do find it somewhat perplexing how many of the same people who lambasted Ignatieff for his time outside ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: mla support in the alberta pc leadership contest (july 14, 2011)

Here is a preliminary list and map of MLAs who are supporting candidates in the 2011 Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership contest. Please comment below or send me an email at david.cournoyer@gmail.com if there are additions or subtractions to be made to this list.   MLA support in the 2011 Alberta PC leadership contest. Candidate: Doug ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Tory leadership frontrunner Gary Mar’s call for P3s closely follows public P3 flop

Gary Mar at his campaign launch. Actually, he’s illustrated exactly as he appeared! What’s with these “conservative” politicians, anyway? I thought conservative was supposed to mean “disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change … cautiously moderate” and the like? So here we are, barely 24 hours ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Tory leadership race: Lukaszuk’s out, Horner’s still in, Redford is channeling Nenshi

Loneliness of the long-distance runners: Alberta Tory leadership candidates, who may not appear exactly as illustrated, head for the finish line, 11 weeks away. Below: Tom Lukaszuk, Doug Horner, Kevin Taft and Stephen Carter. Farewell, Tom Lukaszuk, we hardly knew ye! After months of speculation that Thomas Lukaszuk, staunch loyalist to Premier Ed Stelmach and ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: doug horner reminds albertans that he is still running for premier.

Doug Horner Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Doug Horner held a media conference on the steps of the Legislative Assembly building in Edmonton today. The presser was billed as a launch of his “Enhancing Education” policy framework and his plan to “unite the PC Party,” but in reality it was used as an opportunity to ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Fixing Dr. White’s blunder: What to do about Alison Redford, let alone Raj Sherman?

AMA members at “town hall conversation” listen carefully as Gary Mar speaks. Warning: Alberta physicians may not be quite as attentive as illustrated. Below: Alison Redford, Patrick White, Gary Mar and Raj Sherman. Having blundered into appearing to endorse Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Gary Mar, it’ll be interesting to see if the Alberta Medical ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: a first ballot victory for gary mar?

  Gary Mar's campaign bus. First ballot voting for Alberta’s Progressive Conservative leadership does not take place until September 17, but a show of force has led some politicos to begin speculating that former cabinet minister Gary Mar could be steamrolling towards a first ballot victory against his five opponents. With a flashy campaign launch, ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: A Tale of Two Tories: which one do you think is typical?

Good Tory versus Bad Tory… “Great God! Can it be!!” Below: The Calgary Herald’s nice sharp photo of Carol Haley and my own only blurry shot of Alison Redford. Where’s Daveberta’s photostream when you need it? When it comes both to releasing potentially uncomfortable news and conducting yourself properly in public life, some Alberta Tories ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Trust us, says Wildrose Alliance Leader Danielle Smith… uh… that’s it

Wildrose Alliance supporters form a line as they wait to rejoin the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta. Some will make the trip several times, carrying bags of votes and money. Actual Alberta Tory voters may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Danielle Smith, Hal Walker, Ryan Hastman. That’s it? Trust us? Trust us? That, according ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: how much money do alberta’s political parties have in the bank? comparing financial disclosures from 2009 and 2010.

Submitted to Elections Alberta earlier this year, the 2010 financial disclosures from the constituency associations of Alberta’s political parties have been released (the central party financial disclosures were released in April). I have taken some time over the past few days to collect the 2010 data and compare them with financial disclosures from 2009. There ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alberta politics notes 6/17/2011

Marz and Lindsay retiring Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills PC MLA Richard Marz announced that he will retire when the next provincial election is held. Mr. Marz was first elected in 1997, defeating Liberal MLA turned Social Credit candidate Don MacDonald with a 19% margin of victory. Stony Plain PC MLA Fred Lindsay also announced that he will ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Alison Redford’s ‘high-risk as it gets’ Tory campaign: two outta three ain’t bad!

Alison Redford at the Legislature earlier this year. Does this look like a risk-taker? (Photo by Dave Cournoyer. Used with permission.) In the past few days, Alberta Conservative leadership candidate Alison Redford has dared to stake out different positions from her party’s current leaders on three hot-button issues: the government’s refusal to consider a judicial ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Former Alberta health CEO’s ‘expedited care’ accusations ignite firestorm that won’t go out

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach and Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky get ready to fight the latest outbreak of political prairie fire. Actual Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Stephen Duckett. The forest fire burning north of Fort McMurray isn’t the only blaze that’s out of control in Alberta right now.The political conflagration ignited ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: alison redford distancing herself from premier stelmach.

“She’s taking the same position as Raj Sherman, who’s now -I don’t know what he is now, an Independent? -and I believe David Eggen who is also an NDP candidate (and) is asking for the same.” “You’d have to ask why she took the position. Obviously, some of the leadership candidates are going to try ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: a look at the candidates lining up in the race to replace ed stelmach.

The candidates lining up to replace Premier Ed Stelmach as leader of the PC Party have been campaigning for months, yet what should be the hottest political leadership contest of the year has so far been a quiet affair. Will it take the summer months to heat up this contest, or will Albertans wait until ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Long-shot candidacy by Employment Minister ‘Landslide Lukaszuk’ reappears on Alberta’s radar screen

Tougher than you thought: Premier Lukaszuk convenes his first Conservative cabinet meeting. … Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Lukaszuk, Greystoke. Alberta Employment and Immigration Minister Thomas Lukaszuk was in the news enough times last week to fuel renewed speculation he’s about to toss his hat into the ring and announce he’s ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: PC leadership tipsheet: Mar to win, Morton to place, surprises possible

Punters at the track: These guys all know that in a horserace, anything can happen, and, plus, you ought to dress well just in case it does! This column appeared in yesterday’s edition of the Saint City News.With the federal election out of the way, the Alberta political spotlight should soon shift to the contest ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Well-financed Rick Orman candidacy a grave setback to Ted Morton’s hopes

Beulah, peel me a grape! Alberta Conservative candidate Rick Orman aloft, with grapes on a silver tray and friends. This photo appeared in my in-box, source unknown. Below: Ted Morton. Question: Who wins when Ted Morton and Rick Orman battle it out for votes of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party’s right wing?Answer: Gary Mar.The entry ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Alberta PC leadership contest: where are the media now that we need them?

The six Alberta PC leadership candidates in Hinton on May 20, picture grabbed by The Eagle, Hinton 97.5 FM. Below: The Tyee. But what’s with all the wildlife where a mighty wind should blow? Here’s a thought for your holiday Monday: Now that the federal election is over and the Progressive Conservative leadership race is ...

djkelly.ca: Metro column: Focusing on the individual, not the party

I’m not a big fan of party politics. I could care less which party is in charge. I care more about who the people in government are and what kinds of decisions they make. [Note: This last sentence was cut from the printed version, but I thought it was important so I added it back ...