Alberta Politics: Finance Minister Joe Ceci’s call for no wage hikes for public-sector unions a risky strategy for New Democrats

PHOTOS: Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci at yesterday’s news conference in Edmonton (Photo: Government of Alberta). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, her former chief of Staff, Brian Topp, and former NDP premiers Dave Barrett (Photo: The Tyee), Roy Romanow, and Bob Rae (Photo: Wikimedia Commons). Alberta’s NDP Government can’t say they weren’t warned. Back in ...

Alberta Politics: Message to the media and conservatives about Alberta’s NDP: Read their lips, no early election!

PHOTOS: Opposition Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney. Below: A clear-eyed Premier Rachel Notley, former British Columbia NDP premier Dave Barrett and the late Jim Prentice, former premier of Alberta. TORONTO “Two years after Alberta NDP win, critics see signs of early election call,” a headline on the CBC website said ...

Cowichan Conversations: Obituary: ‘Old Leather Lungs,’ one of B.C.’s most colourful politicians

Old time Socred MLA and Cabinet Minister Don Phillips was from another era, a time of flamboyant speakers and keen as hell debaters. On the Socred side, Phillips, Rafe Mair and Grace McCarthy would Read more…

Alberta Politics: Go figure! Jim Prentice, failed former politician, resurfaces with sweet gig at Washington think tank

PHOTOS: Those were the days! This time last year, Jim Prentice was everyone else’s favourite Albertan, or so it seemed. Now look at him, already the last Conservative premier of Alberta. Below: Woodrow Wilson, the only American president with a PhD and Norman Levi, minister in the Dave Barrett NDP Government in British Columbia (photo ...

Alberta Politics: Second verse, same as the first! Notley Government decrees no change to Alberta’s royalty regime

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, surrounded by Calgary New Democrat MLAs in this screen shot of yesterday morning’s news conference in Calgary, announces her new government’s new royalty policy, which is pretty much the same as the old government’s old royalty policy. Below: A screen shot of royalty panel chair Dave Mowat at the same ...

Alberta Politics: Eight months of the NDP in review: Main themes pretty much as predicted on Day 2

PHOTOS: Premier Rachel Notley gives her victory speech on the historic evening of May 5, 2015, moments after the Alberta NDP’s victory was declared. Below: Former British Columbia NDP premier Dave Barrett, former Ontario NDP premier Bob Rae, later a federal Liberal, and CCF-NDP activist and journalist Gerald Caplan. There is no war on Christmas, ...

Alberta Politics: Hunting for hangover remedies with Bill Bennett and other tall tales from Social Credit British Columbia

PHOTOS: Former British Columbia Social Credit Party Premier Bill Bennett on the steps of the B.C. Legislature in Victoria. Below: Another shot of Mr. Bennett, who died on Dec. 3, looking a little shaggy; NDP Premier Dave Barrett; W.A.C. Bennett, B.C.’s Social Credit League premier before Mr. Barrett’s short and turbulent tenure. Some things change, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Three extraordinary, but forgotten years in B.C–!972-1975

I came across this Geoff Olson piece posted in the Vancouver Courier reflecting back on that amazing time in BC when we had a government that gave a damn. Premier Dave Barrett-1972–1975 Roberta tottered Read more…

Alberta Politics: ‘Parson’ Manning, in the pulpit, preaches a formula of failure to Alberta’s New Democrats

PHOTOS: Preston Manning, Godfather of the Canadian right. Below: Alberta Premier Designate Rachel Notley, Liberal prime minister Wilfrid Laurier, Social Credit premier E.C. Manning and United Farmers of Alberta leader Henry Wise Wood. Preaching from the highest pulpit in the land, the opinion pages of the mighty Globe and Mail, Preston “Parson” Manning delivered a ...

Alberta Politics: And now for the hard part … getting businesses and right-wing commentators to curb their hysteria

PHOTOS: Alberta NDP premier-elect Rachel Notley at the centre of media attention. Below: NDP premiers Dave Barrett of British Columbia and Bob Rae of Ontario, back in the day; columnist and NDP activist Gerald Caplan. And now, the hard part … If you thought overcoming the supposed Progressive Conservative juggernaut piloted by hastily departing premier ...

Cowichan Conversations: Canada’s Diminished Democracy Should Look Back To Our Past To Build Canada of the Future

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger The outrageous assault on Canada, on what used to be Canadian values, of our decency as a once respected nation, on our very democracy fuelled a fiery address from an old socialist warrior Stephen Lewis. (see post above) At 77 he still has fire in his belly and that fire blended with his ...

Alberta Diary: A picture of Tories gone gray: How much will Albertans spend on oil portraits of Alison Redford and Dave Hancock?

Premier pro tempore Dave Hancock’s official portrait imagined. Actual Legislative Building paintings may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Ed Stelmach as seen by Tunde Vari; Ralph Klein by Xin Yu Zheng; your blogger by Ryn Climenhaga. “I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself don’t interest me. They have not got the ...

Cowichan Conversations: Bob Williams on Voice of BC- Vaughn Palmer

Bob Williams Bob Williams was the intellect and a driving force behind the BC NDP government that ran from 1972 to 1975. In that short time that Dave Barrett government accomplished more than any government before of since. Corky Evans Mr. Williams is a Board Member of Vancity, one of North America’s largest credit unions, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Don Maroc Applauds Corky’s Leadership on Preserving Farmland

Don Maroc Cowichan Conversations Contributor Thanks for this Corky, we need your strong, rational voice on this extremely important issue. We hope you won’t mind if we tidy up a few of your comments. You’re certainly right the Agricultural Land Reserve is unique, not just in Canada but the whole world. In 1972 Dave Barrett’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: On legacies

Obviously last night’s Nova Scotia election results represent a huge disappointment for the NDP. But they also offer some reason to discuss the brand being developed at both the provincial and federal levels. The working assumption for both the federal party and most of the provincial parties close to forming government has been that the ...

Cowichan Conversations: History Tells Us That Defeated BC NDP Leaders Never Make A Comeback

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger New Democrat Leaders who lose in a Provincial Election have never been able to rebound as party leader in a further election attempt, ever. Those who huddle in the backrooms following election defeats always seem to want to stay the course with the leader who has failed to win and yet ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair’s Prediction-Nothing Can Save The BC Liberals-Except Maybe The NDP

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Rafe looks back at his own time as a Cabinet Minister in the Social Credit Government of the 80′s, past elections and endorses the BC NDP. It is not a without reservations love-in,  just that compared to the alternatives in a first past the post election it is a no brainer. He ...

Cowichan Conversations: Several South American Countries Are Showing Us The Way Back To Democracy!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger   Do you remember when Canada was seen as a friendly, socially progressive country? Well, perhaps not, but I will bet that your parents do. We have lost ground and are now a reactionary anti-science- pro military, right wing led and controlled country. We are going backward actually and yet the so ...