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Departing Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Stephen Mandel did something no one else could, briefly getting the Alberta Party onto the radar with the province's voters.
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Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Don't assume just because Canadian Conservatives eliminated per-vote subsidies that Jason Kenney and the UCP won't reverse course completely on the idea of a subsidy for the Alberta Party.
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Former MP Jason Kenney, now the leader of the United Conservative Party Opposition (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | All this hoo-haw on the right has been to keep everyone from doing what they really ought to be doing, to wit, speculating idly about the date of Premier Rachel Notley's election call.
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Stephen Mandel regrets. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | While this might mean Stephen Mandel ends his long political career on a sour note, it may be an opportunity to put the little party that never quite grew out of its misery.
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Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel in a typical recent pose
David J. Climenhaga | The former Edmonton mayor and Progressive Conservative Party cabinet minister appears not to have filed his post-vote financial accounting paperwork in a sufficiently timely fashion.
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Derek Fildebrandt, speaking at the Manning Centre. Photo: Freedom Conservative Party/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | The Freedom Conservative Party interim leader's latest effort certainly had the desired effect of ginning up an enormous amount of media coverage.
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Stephen Mandel (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | A former chief of staff to prime minister Stephen Harper advises the Alberta Party, which chose former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel as leader last night, to "campaign against oil."
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Stephen Mandel & Jim Prentice in 2011. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's conservatives clearly have a Messiah Strategy for returning to power. It's been tried before, and it's not clear that it works all that well.
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Greg Clark. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | More than three weeks have passed since Greg Clark unexpectedly stepped down as leader of the Alberta Party, and there are apparently no candidates to replace him.
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Photo: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | The big question now has to be whether, come the next Alberta general election, the reconstituted PC-dominated Alberta Party is likely to take more votes from the NDP or the UCP?
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Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark
David J. Climenhaga | Whether the changes at the Alberta Party are good news or bad news for Rachel Notley's NDP, or for that matter Jason Kenney's UCP, all depends on which way the votes split.
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David J. Climenhaga | In light of the Alberta conservative history of entitlement, how the UCP deals with loose-cannon MLA Derek Fildebrandt will be an important test.