Is Alberta Liberal leadership candidate Hugh MacDanald‘s continuing criticism of the legitimacy of the new “registered supporters” voting system hurting the chances of his party’s next leader? “This list, as it exists, is a mess,” said MacDonald, a longtime Edmonton MLA. “This is not democracy.” (Edmonton Journal, August 31, 2011) Over the course of the Liberal […]Continue reading
Your blogger with Dr. Sherman, back in the day. Below: Hugh MacDonald, Laurie Blakeman.
Can the Alberta Liberals survive the election of Raj Sherman as their leader?
This question has to be asked because the probability now seems quite high that Dr. …Continue reading
The Alberta Liberal Party announced yesterday that over 27,567 Albertans are eligible to vote in their party’s September 10 leadership contest. The eligible group of supporters include 3,690 paid members and 23,877 “registered supporters” who could participate by registering their name and contact information without a fee. Following complaints from leadership candidate and Edmonton-Gold Bar […]Continue reading
The Alberta Liberals will be selecting a new leader on September 10th, from among 5 candidates: Laurie Blakeman, Hugh MacDonald, Raj Sherman, Bruce Payne, and Bill Harvey. To vote, simply register here as an ALP supporter by August 19th.
Today, the se…Continue reading
I have updated the list of declared and nominated candidates hoping to stand in the next provincial election: Lethbridge-West: Shannon Phillips is seeking the NDP nomination in this constituency. Ms. Phillips is a researcher and policy analyst for the Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) and previously worked at the Alberta Legislative Assembly as the very […]Continue reading
Toasting the success of their open membership program, the Alberta Liberals have announced that over the course of the past few months, their party has signed up 15,500 “supporters” to participate in their upcoming leadership contest. These supporters do not have to purchase memberships (of which the Liberals claim to have 3,500 paid members) and […]Continue reading
I am not the first political watcher to weigh in with my views on the Calgary Herald-Edmonton Journal poll conducted by Environics that I mentioned on my blog yesterday morning, but I am going to offer my thoughts nonetheless. The poll of 900 Albertans showed that the Progressive Conservatives have once again risen to a […]Continue reading
More than 200 dedicated Liberal Party supporters piled into Edmonton’s Santa Maria Centre yesterday evening to hear candidates for their party’s leadership speak and answer questions. I attended and was surprised to discover a fairly lively evening for a traditional style all-candidates forum. All the candidates spoke well, but I believe that the real star […]Continue reading
Jonathan Huckabay and Raj Sherman at a Liberal leadership all-candidates’ meeting in Edmonton Wednesday night. Below: Government Whip Robin Campbell.“When in doubt, tell the truth,” Mark Twain famously advised. “It will confound your enemies an…Continue reading
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…Continue reading
You might be forgiven if you have not paid much attention to the Alberta Liberal Party leadership contest, which is currently underway. The Liberal contest is not as exciting as the Progressive Conservative’s leadership contest, as flashy as the Wildrose (now minus the Alliance), or intriguing as the new Alberta Party, but it is important […]Continue reading
Calgary financial services executive Bill Harvey is the fifth candidates to join the Alberta Liberal leadership contest. Mr. Harvey was the Liberal candidate in Calgary-East in 2004 and 2008, where he earned 28% of the vote each time. He was also an unsuccessful candidate for the Liberal nomination in Calgary-McCall in 1991. While running a “tough […]Continue reading
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 F…Continue reading
The summer months are here and while the Progressive Conservatives and Liberals are preoccupied with choosing new leaders, the Wildrose Alliance are focusing on nominating a swath of candidates across the province. Here are some updates to the list of candidate nominations happening across Alberta: Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater: Travis Olson was nominated as the Wildrose candidate on […]Continue reading
“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 […]Continue reading
Groundbreaking. Gargantuan. Real renewal. Politics re-imagined. These are all words that I have heard used to describe the changes made to the Liberal Party’s internal structure at a special general meeting last weekend. Do any of these words really apply? Not really, but that does not mean that the changes are not good. In a […]Continue reading
Alberta Liberals follow party leader Dr. David Swann down a street in Calgary. Alberta political party supporters may not be exactly as illustrated. (Photo grabbed from sveinnbirkir.tumblr.com/.) Below: the real Dr. Swann, Dr. Raj Sherman.Are they nuts…Continue reading
Hugh MacDonald speaks last winter on the steps of the Alberta Legislature. Below: Laurie Blakeman.Hugh MacDonald may be the last Liberal left standing, but, by God, he is a Liberal!Mr. MacDonald, 55, the famously hardworking MLA for the Edmonton-Goldba…Continue reading
Behind all the Sturm und Drang engendered by Dr. Raj Sherman’s letter, comments and subsequent removal from the PC caucus there are several stories. The specifics of what happened and why are known only to those involved, and I won’t speculate. There i…Continue reading
Behind all the Sturm und Drang engendered by Dr. Raj Sherman’s letter, comments and subsequent removal from the PC caucus there are several stories. The specifics of what happened and why are known only to those involved, and I won’t speculate. There is a good post at the Enlightened SavageContinue reading