Alberta Politics: Where are they now? Well-known Tories, including former justice minister and former police chief, have ‘gone to pot’

PHOTOS: Jonathan Denis, during his tenure as premier Alison Redford’s Progressive Conservative Justice Minister. Below: Former Calgary Police Chief and PC candidate Rick Hanson (Photo: CBC), former PC culture minister Lindsay Blackett, and Conservative activist Piotr Pilarski (Photo: Twitter). A couple of high-profile Progressive Conservative candidates swept away by the NDP sweep in May 2015 ...

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: 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: cabinet building and the game of politics in alberta.

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones With the coming of a new Premier, the great game of cabinet building is underway and the politicians are jockeying for their positions. As reported by the Edmonton Journal, the competition to woo ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: peter sandhu endorses ted morton, lindsay blackett endorses doug horner.

I have updated the list and map of MLAs endorsing candidates in Alberta’s Progressive Conservative leadership contest. Edmonton-Manning MLA Peter Sandhu has endorsed Ted Morton‘s candidacy and Calgary-North West MLA and Culture Minister Lindsay Blackett has endorsed Doug Horner. Gary Mar still has the most MLA endorsements with the support of 17 MLAs, Mr. Horner ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: No new candidates join Tory leadership race; Calgary not destroyed by earthquake again today!

The Alberta Tory leadership candidates, from left to right: Doug Horner, Gary Mar, Doug Griffiths, Ted Morton and Rick Orman. Alison Redford can be glimpsed crossing the street in the background. Real Conservative candidates may not actually resemble Herman’s Hermits quite so much. Second verse, same as the first… Below: The four leading would-be leaders, ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Lindsay Blackett Out As Alberta Tory Leadership Candidate

 Apparently, his decision was made last month, but done in so low key a fashion that nobody in the MSM noticed.  Meanwhile, Mr. Blackett has issued a ringing defense of the Alberta Human Rights Commission, this in advance of using the Wildrose Alliance’s decision to abolish the commission if elected as a bludgeon with which to club the ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Tory leadership race: Lindsay Blackett gives up his ambition to be premier

Alberta Culture Minister Lindsay Blackett at the Legislature after the February 2010 Budget Speech. Photo by Dave Cournoyer. In case you missed it, as almost everybody did, Calgary-North West MLA Lindsay Blackett, generally acknowledged as the last-place candidate in the Alberta Conservative leadership contest, has quietly dropped out of the race. Not that he was ...

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 ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Will Lindsay Blackett Become Canada’s First Black Premier?

He is apparently considering a run for Mr. Stelmach’s old job. In the past I’ve been quite critical of Mr. Blackett.  His handling of Alberta’s human rights legislation revamp (bill 44) was not terribly coherent.  In fact, it was confused and contradictory. And yet  everything seems to have come right in the end.  Section 3 (the hate speech ...

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 ...