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Pierre Trudeau
The story thus far from Alberta: The Western Alienation narrative starts today | Oct 21 2015 | David J. Climenhaga | The first-past-the-post system makes the changes look more dramatic, but in real terms, Canada didn't lurch to the left, it eased back toward the centre.
Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau's victory speech was generous, but toughly repudiated Stephen Harper's divisive rule | Oct 20 2015 | David J. Climenhaga | If there are any lessons from last night, they are that politicians underestimate Justin Trudeau -- and Canadians generally -- at their peril.
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Where were the 'good Conservatives,' prepared to speak against their party's race-baiting tactics? | Oct 19 2015 | David J. Climenhaga | Picking victims to drum up votes: This is a problem that's become bigger than just Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and only Conservatives can get their own house in order.
Stephen Harper
Brothels? Neighbourhood injection sites? Have the Cons jumped the shark? Or is the nightmare just beginning? | Oct 16 2015 | David J. Climenhaga | If we have reached the moment when the vaunted Conservative election machine is producing nothing but loud guffaws, more Laurel and Hardy than Kafka, then maybe the nightmare really is over.
Globe Headline
Welcome to the Orwellian world of Wildrose, where keeping your promises makes you a liar | Oct 13 2015 | David J. Climenhaga | I can remember a day when the Wildrose Party, led by Danielle Smith, valued the idea of keeping your promises. No more.
Brent Rathgeber
Independent MP Brent Rathgeber gives former Tory insider's take on the sins of Harper PMO | Oct 9 2015 | David J. Climenhaga | Conservative Michael Cooper again refuses to answer questions in local forum about his views on reproductive rights.
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Albertans support climate action: Lessons for the next federal government | Oct 8 2015 | Seth Klein | The Pembina Institute conducted a poll with EKOS Research, assessing support for climate action among Albertans. The results are fascinating and hopeful.
Michael Cooper
St. Albert-Edmonton Conservative candidate must clearly state his position on women's reproductive rights | Oct 3 2015 | David J. Climenhaga | Michael Cooper has received the full endorsement of the radical Campaign Life Coalition for opposing women's reproductive rights.
Mulcair Selfie
Thomas Mulcair comes to Edmonton bringing the promise of flinty-eyed fixes to our national malaise | Sep 11 2015 | David J. Climenhaga | Brace yourself for things to get nasty when the Conservatives' Australian wedge-meister starts slicing up the Canadian personality into wedges of immigration, refugees, race and religion.
Prasad Panda and Brian Jean
Wildrose Party wins Calgary-Foothills byelection, and fairly decisively, but leaves plenty of grist for the mill | Sep 4 2015 | David J. Climenhaga | You can make a case the PCs enjoyed the best news of the night. They were supposed to be deader than the proverbial mackerel and yet they polled almost as strongly as the NDP.
Joseph McCarthy
Controversial Wildrose leaflet had similarities to B.C. Liberals' Chinese-language ads smearing NDP | Sep 3 2015 | David J. Climenhaga | Wildrose Leader Brian Jean won't repudiate offensive allegations made in a Chinese-language election brochure distributed in the Calgary-Foothills byelection.
Prasad Panda
Will Wildrose Leader Brian Jean repudiate Calgary-Foothills candidate's 'communist' characterization of NDP? | Sep 2 2015 | David J. Climenhaga | Wildrose Leader Brian Jean owes it to Albertans to actively repudiate his candidate's language in the strongest terms possible.
Brian Jean
Wildrose leader on stump for Harper assails NDP minister for campaigning for Mulcair | Aug 27 2015 | David J. Climenhaga | Speaking of irritating and hypocritical comments from Alberta's opposition parties as they campaign openly for the Conservatives' re-election, there was Wildrose Leader Brian Jean's news release.
Bob Hawkesworth
NDP strength in Calgary-Foothills riding could rattle federal Tory narrative | Aug 26 2015 | David J. Climenhaga | If Bob Hawkesworth and the NDP come from behind Sept. 3 to pull off a byelection victory in Calgary-Foothills, the idea winds of change really are blowing in Canada will be much harder to dismiss.
Daveberta.ca -- Politics in Alberta | Aug 18 2015 | Keep your finger on the Western pulse

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Calgary: sendHarperAmessage.ca | bagkitty said... Hey mmphosis, I was wondering if someone else would catch that... here is the local CBC coverage. I...
What lessons can Andrea Horwath learn from Rachel Notley? | terrytowel said... What does Rachel have that Andrea doesn't? What lessons can Andrea learn from Rachel for the 2018...
Jim Prentice throws a Hail Mary "If you want to STOP the NDP you cannot vote Wildrose" | terrytowel said... "The the only party that is going to stop the NDP in Alberta is the Progressive Conservative party...
Bye bye Rob Anders | Bacchus said... Goodbye MP Rob Anders, Hello Senator Rob Anders? in
Electoral Maps 5 | Wilf Day said... The new Quebec provincial map for the coming election has one important difference from the federal...
Alberta politics, election thread | Lou Arab said... A couple of links to get the thread started. First, from the Edmonton Journal... Quote: Though...
Conservatives admit they are losing in Edmonton-Strathcona | gyor said... I think people under estimate how wide spread this thing in Edmonton is. I think it goes beyond...
NDP battleground seats | ghoris said... Good start. Here's my $0.02 about the NDP's chances in B.C. Vulnerable NDP seats: Burnaby-Douglas...
How far will the Wildrose Alliance rise? | Yibpl said... The WRAlliance has the potential to make long term gains.  By winning an urban riding and...
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