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It's official: Sandra Jansen is now running for Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership

(blog) (blog)OK. It's official. Calgary-North West MLA Sandra Jansen confirmed yesterday she will be running for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party. There...

Five years ago today, Alison Redford was sworn in as premier of Alberta and the wheels fell off the Tory bus

(blog) (blog)That is to say, today is the fifth anniversary of the day Alison Redford was sworn into office as Alberta's 14th premier, the...

NDP appoints former Liberal strategist Corey Hogan to head Alberta Public Affairs Bureau

(blog) (blog)That leadership vote resulted in the election of the erratic former Conservative MLA Raj Sherman as Liberal leader, an event that is generally...

Wildrose blames NDP for sensible labour relations practice started in 2013 by Tories

(blog) (blog)Speaking of Alison Redford, it would appear the fallout from her short, unhappy time at the helm of the PC Party and Alberta...

Wildrose 'coup' bid pushes party toward social conservative fringe, former leader Danielle Smith says

(blog) (blog)In an astonishingly blunt blog post published Friday and in emails exchanged with AlbertaPolitics.ca yesterday, Danielle Smith connected the dots between the "coup...

Do billionaires fleeing Canadian taxes deserve public subsidies for their Alberta franchises?

(blog) (blog)Since then, Ottawa's Frank Magazine has reported Edwards has been seen in the company of former Alberta premier Alison Redford, a person whose...

The Annals of the Alberta Party: A mystery created, a mystery solved

(blog) (blog)Back in December 2014, a day after the infamous Wildrose Caucus nine-member floor crossing to then-premier Jim Prentice's Tories, the National Post reported...

A good day for Rachel Notley -- but you'd never know it with media and opposition in full-scale, unrestrained meltdown

(blog) (blog)1, 2013, the Conservative governments of Alberta and Canada made no progress under premiers Alison Redford, Dave Hancock and Jim Prentice. As for...

December 17, 2014: Defection Day, an Alberta anniversary to remember (and to ...

(blog) (blog)One year ago this afternoon, Danielle Smith, then leader of the Wildrose Opposition, made it official that she would be leading most of...

Alberta's PCs may not survive the damage done by Alison Redford; NDP faces ...

(blog) (blog)The Alberta Progressive Conservative Party may not survive the damage done by Alison Redford. It's been 20 months since Redford was fired as...

'Sunshine lists' are lousy public policy and a serious invasion of privacy

(blog) (blog)I'm troubled that Alberta's New Democratic Government, which I generally support, announced plans last week to expand the original list ginned up in...

Thomas Lukaszuk, once the Gorgeous George of Alberta politics, ponders an ...

(blog) (blog)Ensconced as Tory leader and premier, Prentice quickly sent Lukaszuk, 46, into exile in the deepest backbenches, presumably as an uncomfortable reminder of...

Alberta shows why there will be no NDP-Liberal entente, despite Nathan Cullen ...

(blog) (blog)Former Conservative Raj Sherman, who has since resigned, acted as a one-man wrecking crew, pretty well destroying the party as a serious political...

Alberta's NDP needs to react more quickly, plus throw the Tories under the bus ...

(blog) (blog)Premier Rachel Notley, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Brian Mason and Education Minister David Eggen rightly excoriated this expensive and impractical scheme when they...

Alberta throne speech: NDP's new political funding rules turn the Tories ...

(blog) (blog)The latter is about as likely to be looked on with favour by the current federal government as it was when a suggestion...

Tory civil war? Stream of unhappy revelations suggests Alberta PC party is ...

(blog) (blog)Staff at the Alberta Health Ministry broke the rules and knew they were doing it when they gave sole-source contracts to Navigator Ltd.,...

How low can Jim Prentice go?

(blog) (blog)There was the same number in 2012 when, thanks to a string of negative polls, then-premier Alison Redford was widely expected to lose,...

Alison Redford returns, tells us to look in the mirror for her problems

(blog) (blog)Just to start, I have to admit I have a hard time imagining Alison Redford in the kitchen, flour on her hands, baking.

What will it take to elect New Democrat Marie Renaud as St. Albert's MLA?

(blog)The Alberta Liberals, which have traditionally done well in this community with its historically significant French community, are in dire straits, having all but...

Unite-the-left pot starts to boil in Alberta, whether progressive parties like ...

(blog) (blog)Instead, the party's governing board named former leader David Swann as the replacement for Raj Sherman, who had suddenly quit, so they could...

A Modest Proposal for Cooperation Among Progressives in Alberta

(blog)The brouhaha started in January when Raj Sherman announced he was stepping down as Liberal party leader. The Board of Directors met to consider...

No change! No change! Jim Prentice's 'new management' is offering the same ...

(blog)It's hard not to think that Liberal Leader Raj Sherman had it right when he described the PC problem with illegal donations as "systemic."...

Alberta may be under 'new management,' but we're getting the same old bait 'n ...

(blog) (blog)We'll have a better idea of what this really means on Oct. 27, when we learn the results of the by-elections in Edmonton-Whitemud...

If we keep electing zombie policy makers, we're going to keep getting zombie ...

(blog) (blog)But it's about ideology, bordering on faith, bordering on religion -- so no amount of evidence is about to change the belief in...

NDP and Liberal candidates in Edmonton by-election have similar appeal

(blog) (blog)If the Liberals under former Conservative Raj Sherman stumble here, they could reasonably expect to falter more seriously in the next general election,...

Ex-leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk vows to pen tell-all book on Alison ...

(blog) (blog)As alert readers of this blog will recall, even those with very short memories, Lukaszuk was fired-premier Alison Redford's deputy premier and confrontational...

Just when things were looking up for foundering PCs, Alison Redford showed up ...

(blog) (blog)Just when things were starting to look a little better for Alberta's Progressive Conservative government, Alison Redford blundered back onto the provincial scene...

How much will Albertans spend on oil portraits of Alison Redford and Dave ...

(blog) (blog)Getting back to paintings in the Alberta Legislature, there's room for only two more in the area devoted to public hangings of this...

Is there any benefit for Albertans in a criminal prosecution of Alison Redford ...

(blog) (blog)The commentators screaming for Redford's head on a platter -- including those of the right-wing, tax-hating persuasion employed by Sun News Network and...

PC candidate: No to green light speed enforcement; yes to booze sales at 4 am ...

(blog) (blog)It's an interesting observation that when Alison Redford became premier 2011, the first thing she tried to do was make it harder to...

Tories shut down any possibility leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk will get ...

(blog) (blog)Actually, the same thing happened in 1992 as well, but Ralph Klein worked out rather well for the party in the role of...

Could Ric McIver still win the Alberta Tory leadership race? Actually, yes, he ...

(blog) (blog)He's running a good general election campaign designed to persuade Alberta voters that he's not scary and, even after the flip-flops and entitled...

Once a PC leadership front-runner, Gary Mar reaches out from Hong Kong to ...

(blog) (blog)Mar, the front-runner unexpectedly and narrowly defeated by the catastrophic Alison Redford just in time for Halloween 2011, has been haunting the PC...

Alberta Tory MLA arrested in US prostitution sting? Not a problem, apparently…

(blog) (blog)Say what you like about the many flaws of former Alberta premier Alison Redford, she never would have let Mike Allen back into...

Alberta's Tories appear to have waded into the shallow end of the political ...

(blog) (blog)Never mind the bit about any second coming being at hand. You can go too far, in my estimation, searching modern poets for...

Controversial Central Alberta MLA faces a serious fight within his own ...

(blog) (blog)But if Nixon is allowed to run for the nomination against the sitting MLA, Anglin says he warned Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith he...

PC leadership candidates take aim at federal bogeyman, demand Alberta's own ...

(blog) (blog)It was in fact appropriate that former premier Alison Redford's labour minister take the lead on complaining that a few modest restrictions to...

With floodwaters rising again, will Sun News Network renew its 'gun grab ...

(blog) (blog)Supporters of Alberta's Wildrose Party even tried to suggest former Premier Alison Redford was behind the alleged grab. (This theory doesn't account for...

Rachel Notley expected to enter Alberta NDP leadership race today

(blog) (blog)The instant she makes it official -- soon after 9:30 a.m. at Niko's Bistro in Calgary's trendy Kensington neighbourhood -- she will be...

Attack on Tory leadership frontrunner shows how deeply Alison Redford ...

(blog) (blog)If you're looking for a yardstick with which to measure the truly spectacular failure of the short, unhappy reign of Alison Redford over...

Wildrose still far ahead despite entry of Jim Prentice to Alberta Tory ...

(blog) (blog)With only 24 per cent of committed voters, the Tories continue to lag the Wildrose Party led by Opposition leader Danielle Smith significantly,...

Be there or be square: When pride goes mainstream, is just being there enough?

(blog) (blog)Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith was in the crowd, but not the parade -- and it's said here that was a political miscalculation, but...

Conservative former Edmonton mayor endorses conservative future Alberta ...

(blog) (blog)If this situation persists, it may result in a change in strategy by the Wildrose Party under Opposition Leader Danielle Smith, which has...

The Rockefeller Files: Alison Redford and the power and energy sector

While Jim Prentice was overseeing the U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue (CED), launched in 2009, the Harper Cabinet appointed political fixer Bruce Carson to hold a...

2015 Federal Election

- Potential NDP Pick-ups and Lossesrabble.caAlso, it appears that almost all of former Alberta NDP leader Brian Mason's riding of Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood is contained in...

MLA Rob Anderson suffers torments as Lake of Fire returns to haunt Wildrose Party

(blog)"Two family members of a Wildrose MLA currently sit on the board of an Airdrie private school enforcing a dress code that some have...

Edmonton New Democrat David Eggen is first to join Alberta's only interesting ...

(blog) (blog)That said, there may be as many as four or five others in the race, required by the announcement late last month by...

Everything the Alberta PCs Always Wanted to Know About Opposition* (*But ...

(blog) (blog)Accordingly, on policy or ideology, there is not much difference between the Wildrosers led by Danielle Smith and the PCs under any possible...

Round 1 to Jim Prentice as Wildrose comes out swinging over debt remark

(blog) (blog)You can frame it positively: the Wildrose Party under Leader Danielle Smith has unequivocally staked out its position that each provincial budget should...

A Tale of Two Leaders, Brian Mason and Alison Redford: the best of exits, the ...

(blog) (blog)It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of...