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On the outside looking in: smaller parties seeking new leaders
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Going into the last election there were five parties represented in Alberta’s Legislative Assembly, but on election night in April 2019 the two main political parties dominated and the smaller parties failed to elect any candidates. Since then Alberta’s smaller parties have been struggling for at...
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Some Assembly Required
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Alberta’s Legislative Assembly is back in session next week after a weeklong Constituency Break that immediately followed last Thursday’s budget announcement. While Premier Jason Kenney and Health Minister Tyler Shandro have been testing out their new health care friendly talking points this week...
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8 more Conservative MPs acclaimed, Blake Desjarlais seeking NDP nomination in Edmonton-Griesbach
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The non-Conservative parties are slowly starting the process of nominating candidates in Alberta ahead of the next federal election. Blake Desjarlais is seeking the New Democratic Party nomination in Edmonton-Griesbach. Desjarlais is the Director of Public Affairs & National Operations for th...
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Keep up the good work, Janis. We’ve got your back.
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Provincial politics in Alberta can be hard to stomach sometimes. The kind of overwrought partisanship that comes with competitive electoral politics is new for many people in Alberta, and it can sometime be distasteful and feel alienating. But this weekend we saw a bit of hope on a local level. W...
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Speaking of the Alberta Coal Truth Office
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I hopped on Instagram Live last week to chat with Dr. Jessica DeWitt with NiCHE Canada about my recent article about the Coal Truth Office operated by the Alberta government from 1920 to 1925 and the parallels to the our provincial government today. Enjoy.
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UCP swaps “fiscal reckoning” for a kinder gentler budget slashing hand
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It took about a year but Alberta’s United Conservative Party government finally pivoted away from its “fiscal reckoning” rhetoric in exchange for a more kinder and gentler tone. In this year’s Provincial Budget, tabled in the Legislative Assembly today, “Protecting L...
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Episode 68: The 1976 Coal Policy and stopping open-pit mining in Alberta’s Rockies
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Kevin Van Tighem joins the Daveberta Podcast to discuss one of the biggest issues in Alberta politics today – the expansion of open-pit coal mining in the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Kevin explains how the 1976 Coal Policy protected larges swaths of the Rocky Mountains from open-...
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UCP shuffle ministerial staff ahead of legislative session
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With the Legislative Assembly returning to start the spring session at the end of the month, there was another big shuffle of ministerial chiefs of staff at the Legislature today. In the Premier’s office, Pam Livingston is now Deputy Chief of Staff. Livingston recently served as Chief of Staff to...
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The Truth, the Coal Truth and nothing but the Truth
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The Government of Alberta Trade Branch once operated a COAL TRUTH OFFICE in Winnipeg in an apparent effort to market the sale and defend the reputation of Alberta mined coal for domestic use. Today it is easy to ask why the office was located in Winnipeg of all places, but when the office opened ...
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The race to become Edmonton’s next mayor is about to get crowded
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Former City Councillor Kim Krushell has announced her candidacy in Edmonton’s 2021 Mayoral election at a press conference tomorrow. Krushell represented northwest Edmonton’s Ward 2 from 2004 to 2013 but her city hall career began in the mid-1990s when she worked as executive assistant to Co...
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