Paul S. Graham: What’s a Manitoba Lefty to do?

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives won a majority government last week, leaving many left-of-centre citizens feeling somewhat shell-shocked and adrift on a sea of uncertainty after 17 years of predictable but increasingly unsatisfactory NDP government. Even though the outcome had been foreseen for many months by all but the most optimistic Dippers, many professed shock that the ...

Alberta Politics: Ric McIver’s tantrum and return to the House explained: In Alberta, being a Tory means never having to say you’re sorry!

PHOTOS: Interim Tory Leader Ric McIver, mid tantrum, tells Alberta Speaker Bob Wanner he’s not sitting down until he gets his way! Below: Mr. Wanner, looking appropriately annoyed; the notorious Dr. Benjamin Spock; and an advertisement for Brylcreem, just one of the many terrible things North American liberals keep having to answer for. Bottom: My ...

Blunt Objects Blog: Yurts #mbpoli

Yurt. If there was ever a sign of how little hope Greg Selinger has of winning the ongoing election in Manitoba, it was with yesterday’s key announcement of expanding yurt (and wi-fi) coverage across provincial parks. Not that yurts aren’t cool and all, and tourism isn’t important, but in an election that should be about ...

Blunt Objects Blog: Yurts #mbpoli

Yurt. If there was ever a sign of how little hope Greg Selinger has of winning the ongoing election in Manitoba, it was with yesterday’s key announcement of expanding yurt (and wi-fi) coverage across provincial parks. Not that yurts aren’t cool and all, and tourism isn’t important, but in an election that should be about ...

Blunt Objects Blog: Yurts #mbpoli

Yurt. If there was ever a sign of how little hope Greg Selinger has of winning the ongoing election in Manitoba, it was with yesterday’s key announcement of expanding yurt (and wi-fi) coverage across provincial parks. Not that yurts aren’t cool and all, and tourism isn’t important, but in an election that should be about ...

Alberta Politics: Almost as beloved as Brad Wall, you’ll be shocked to learn the identity of Canada’s second most popular premier!

PHOTOS: The second-most popular premier in Canada. You know, what’s her name … Really! She’s in there somewhere! Below: B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger. A week ago, the Angus Reid polling company, which nowadays styles itself an Institute, released its regular poll of Canada’s premiers’ popularity. The poll, which usually shows ...

Alberta Diary: Dunderdale’s departure relocates Redford deeper in premiers’ popularity sub-basement

Getting to know you… Getting to know all about you. Not necessarily a good thing with certain dancing partners! There’s just no way actual Canadian premiers, no matter whom they’re dancing with, ever look this good! Below: unpopular dance partners Alison Redford, premier of Alberta, Greg Selinger of Manitoba and all-but-departed Kathy Dunderdale of Newfoundland. ...

Calgary Grit: Provincial Unrest

Alison Redford’s approval ratings have fallen to “Stelmachian” levels Angus Reid has released their quarterly Premier approval ratings. As per usual, Brad Wall is more popular than God, and everyone else is a little more human: Wall (SK): 64% approve, 28% disapprove Alward (NB): 41% approve, 50% disapprove Selinger (MB): 38% approve, 49% disapprove Wynne ...

Alberta Diary: Pollster’s take on Alberta leaders’ popularity sets stage for long Prairie slug-fest

Shades of things to come? Alison Redford, Canada’s second most popular premier, gets ready to break a board with Opposition Leader Danielle Smith’s face on it. Situations Alberta politicians find themselves in may not be exactly as described. Below: Ms. Smith. Alison Redford remains Canada’s second most popular premier behind Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall, who after ...

Alberta Diary: The Great Wall of Saskatchewan: popular, yes, but a peacemaker?

Brad Wall, Christy Clark, Alison Redford and Greg Selinger discuss the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline while visiting China. Actual Canadian premiers may not appear to their Chinese hosts exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Wall, Ms. Redford, Mr. Selinger and Ms. Clark. No sooner did Trend Research of Edmonton publish a poll showing Alberta Premier Alison ...

Alberta Diary: Premiers’ private parley – a summit so secret if you knew what they’d talked about, they’d have to kill you!

B.C. Premier Christy Clark, left, meets Alberta Premier Alison Redford, in snap-brim hat at right, to discuss things too secret for the Western Canadian public to know about. Actual Western Canadian politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated, nor may the vehicle at the front of the Legislature, or the one at the back, pictured ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: life after dutch disease: thomas mulcair to visit alberta on may 31.

Tweet Thomas Mulcair After weeks of warring words about the economic influence of Western Canadian oilsands development on the crumbling Central Canadian manufacturing sector, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair will visit Alberta on May 31 to meet with business and political leaders. This will be Mr. Mulcair’s first visit to Alberta since being selected as his ...

politics on CAPS LOCK: LATE TO THE PARTY

SO YEAH JUST BACK FROM VISITING MY SON AT THE HOSPITAL, DID YOU HEAR THIS THEY HAD AN ELECTION IN MANITOBA? BASICALLY IT’S BEEN CALLED ALREADY (SPOILER ALERT: NDP MAJORITY) BUT I SEE THAT CBC STILL OFFERS LIVE COVERAGE ON THEIR WEBSITE. LET’S HAVE A LOOK, SHALL WE… 9:20 SOME KIND OF FOOFERA ABOUT THE ...