David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Will only NDP and Wildrose mount full slates to challenge Alison Redford this spring?

Alison Redford: Why is this woman smiling? Why not? Below: NDP Leader Brian Mason: the next leader of the Opposition? Even with Alberta Premier Alison Redford in a mood to tarry just a little and not call an election until after her government has passed its first budget, only one centrist political party is likely ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Glenn Taylor quits his day job – now he has a few weeks to save the Alberta Party

Your blogger with Alberta Party Leader Glenn Taylor just after his election last May. Mr. Taylor’s election, that is. All your blogger’s ever been elected as is a “local legend.” Below: Robin Campbell, Barry Madsen. With an election looming, it’s nice to see that Alberta Party Leader Glenn Taylor has finally cleared the decks for ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Old Year assessment and New Year prediction: Alison Redford, Alberta Newsmaker o’ th’ Year, 2011 and 2012

Alison Redford meets the media minutes after her election in a Conservative Party members-only vote was announced in the wee hours of Oct. 2, 2011. Below: The unexpected results displayed. All politics end in tears, a wise man once observed, meaning that sooner or later, almost all political winners turn into losers. Here in Alberta, ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: What Alison Redford really needs: a smaller caucus

Members of former premier Ed Stelmach’s caucus discuss their differences in the Legislative Assembly. Is that Ron Liepert top right? Actual Conservative MLAs may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Premier Alison Redford; Tory defector Rob Anderson, in black. Alberta Premier Alison Redford needs to be praying hard that she wins fewer seats next year ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Alison Party of Alberta TV ads are not ready for prime time

The second Alison Party of Alberta 30-second advertising spot, which, like the first, fails to properly identify the advertiser. Below: Ms. Redford as she appears in the second ad and the logo if the Television Bureau of Canada. The Alison Party of Alberta’s two new TV ads are not ready for prime time, literally. This ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Bad Danielle Smith & Good Danielle Smith: the Wildrose Party campaign begins to unfold

Good Danielle, above, softens you up while Bad Danielle waits just outside the door. Bad Danielle is going to slap you around a bit now for even thinking about voting for Alberta Premier Alison Redford. Then maybe she’ll step out of the room for a smoke. While she’s gone, Good Danielle may offer you a ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Wildrose Party’s Redford Files: Not nearly as funny as the first time…

The Redford Files website: evidence the Wildrose Alliance is on the ropes. Below, an image grabbed from the site. If “the Redford Files” really are “authorized by the Wildrose Party,” as the blog-style attack website that appeared on the Internet a few days ago indicates, it is the best evidence yet the whole ramshackle far-right ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Never mind the Fight on Alberta’s Right; think about the Scramble for Position Among the Opposition!

Post No. 711 Quick! What’s the name of Alberta’s No. 2 political party based on popular support? The Wildrose Party, right? That’s certainly what the headline implied in the Edmonton Journal on Friday – “Elections Alberta arms for X day, when main battle will be on the right.” And that’s what the headlines in any ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Who is behind the ‘push poll’ attacking Alison Redford?

Is this the Albertan to whom I am speaking? The mystery push-pollster busy in Alberta this week – the caller you’re speaking with, of course, may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith, sleazy U.S. political tactician Karl Rove; Redford Chief of Staff Stephen Carter. Who is behind the sleazy “push poll” ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Alison Redford’s premiership wrong-footed on Day 2 by brutal Calgary Sun story

The Calgary Sun’s front page Saturday morning. Below: Sun columnist Rick Bell; Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi; a technician demonstrates the proper procedure for handling a typical Sun story. Has former Alberta premier Ed Stelmach’s bad luck rubbed off on newly installed Premier Alison Redford? She’s been premier for, what? … two days now, and the ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Alison Redford sworn in as premier and … uh … that’s all for now

Alison Redford, the 14th premier of Alberta, raises her right hand and promises to be different from the last Conservative premier. Below, she greets well-wishers as she leaves the Legislature with her family. Now that Alison Redford has been safely sworn in as Alberta’s first woman premier, the fun can really begin.The gloves can come ...

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 ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: U.S. opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline: it’s not what you think it is

The headquarters control room of the Keystone XL pipeline: caution, pipeline operations may not be exactly as illustrated, on this blog or on those run by the Alberta government. Below: The Keystone pipeline as environmentalists see it. Below that: the pipeline as American Tea Partiers perceive it. So where’s the Wildrose Party and their principled ...