Alberta Diary: Tales from the political root cellar: Alberta’s liberal War on Spuds and the Harper election strategy

David Swann in Alberta’s political root cellar, contemplating all those potatoes. Actual Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: The real David Swann, Alberta’s likely reaction to his quixotic efforts. Perhaps it’s just as well that Dr. David Swann, former leader of the Alberta Liberals still toiling away as MLA for Calgary-Mountain View, ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: calgary-centre by-election nominations take a strange turn.

TweetThe Calgary-Centre Conservative Party nomination contest took a turn for the strange over the past few weeks. Originally shaping up to be a three-candidate contest, Alderman John Mar and former Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation chairman Andy Crooks dropped out of the race earlier this summer, leaving political commentator Joan Crockatt as the lone survivor of the ...

Alberta Diary: Calgary Centre Conservative nomination fight takes a turn, but Joan Crockatt’s still the frontrunner

Your blogger with Joan Crockatt: Remember, when the author of this blog appears in a picture with a politician, it does not imply endorsement – he just can’t help himself! Below: Nomination candidate Jon Lord and contest dropout John Mar. The battle for the Conservative nomination in the Calgary Centre by-election, which was widely expected ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: nathan cullen aims to unite progressives in calgary-centre.

TweetSkeena-Bulkley Valley New Democrat Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen is jumping into Calgary’s Stampede celebrations next week to host a workshop on uniting progressives in advance of the inevitable by-election in Calgary-Centre. On July 11, Mr. Cullen will co-host a workshop with Edmonton-Strathcona NDP MLA Rachel Notley with the goal of sending “Stephen Harper a ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: did jason kenney deepen the conservative divide in calgary-centre?

Tweet In light of yesterday’s embarrassing missive by federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney about Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk, the race to become the Conservative Party candidate in the yet to be called Calgary-Centre by-election may get more interesting. Suggestions that the by-election could be defined by the deep schism between federal Conservatives (many of whom support ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Rumble on the right: Conservative candidates stampede into Calgary Centre

Astonished Calgarians watch as the Calgary Centre Conservative candidates ride into Cowtown. Acutal candidates may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Joan Crockatt, Rod Love, John Mar. By the time the dust settles, at least a dozen candidates are likely to contest the Conservative Party nomination for the federal riding of Calgary Centre. Now that ...

Alberta Diary: Rumble on the right: Conservative candidates stampede into Calgary Centre

Astonished Calgarians watch as the Calgary Centre Conservative candidates ride into Cowtown. Acutal candidates may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Joan Crockatt, Rod Love, John Mar. By the time the dust settles, at least a dozen candidates are likely to contest the Conservative Party nomination for the federal riding of Calgary Centre. Now that ...

Calgary Grit: Calgary Centre By-Election

As David Wilks reminded us last week, Conservative backbenchers are “not going to make a difference”. So it’s not at all surprising that Lee Richardson has turned his back on Ottawa to take a job as Alison Redford’s principal secretary. This gives Stephen Harper six months to call a by-election in Calgary Centre, and one ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: lee richardson resigns, calgary-centre by-election could be a conservative proxy war.

Tweet Recently resigned MP Lee Richardson, soon to be Principal Secretary to Premier Alison Redford. (Photo from 5of7 on Flickr) After a bitterly fought provincial election campaign drove a deep rift into Alberta’s conservative movement between the moderate institutional Progressive Conservatives and the ideologically-driven Wildrose Party, a federal by-election in Calgary may be the first real test ...

Cats, Chopsticks, and Rainbows: Ward 8 Interview with John Mar

John Mar is a born and raised Calgarian. His family has mining operations in Northern Ontario, and he was an RCMP. He was also the former president of the Scarborough Community Association. He is the current alderman for Ward 8 (youngest on council), and sits on a variety of committees including the Calgary Police (Read ...

Cats, Chopsticks, and Rainbows: Ward 8 Interview with John Mar

John Mar is a born and raised Calgarian. His family has mining operations in Northern Ontario, and he was an RCMP. He was also the former president of the Scarborough Community Association. He is the current alderman for Ward 8 (youngest on council), and sits on a variety of committees including the Calgary Police Commission ...

Cats, Chopsticks, and Rainbows: Ward 8 Interview with John Mar

John Mar is a born and raised Calgarian. His family has mining operations in Northern Ontario, and he was an RCMP. He was also the former president of the Scarborough Community Association. He is the current alderman for Ward 8 (youngest on council), and sits on a variety of committees including the Calgary Police (Read ...