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Former Alberta NDP leader Brian Mason says farewell to the party’s convention in Edmonton yesterday as the premier, former leaders and MLAs look on
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley called retiring former leader Brian Mason "a titan" at the party's convention in Edmonton.
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Soon-to-retire former NDP leader Brian Mason, now Alberta’s minister of transport, at yesterday’s news conference (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Brian Mason's last line at his news conference: "Let's call it a career, then. Shall we?" Exit, stage left. Not a dry eye in the house.
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Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The appointment to cabinet of former Tory Sandra Jansen, who crossed the floor to the NDP last year, is designed to win hearts and minds in Calgary, likely to be the key electoral battleground.
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Image: Flickr/Premier of Alberta​
David J. Climenhaga | Politics is a full-contact sport, played with the elbows up, and if young people are contemplating an elected career, they’ll need a thick skin. Grade six is not too early to learn this.
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David J. Climenhaga | Now that the NDP and its chief conservative opponents are apparently in agreement about Rebel Media, will the organization continue to be welcomed to government news events?
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Rachel Notley, Brian Mason, Sarah Hoffman & Supporters (Image: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | If Rachel Notley doesn't frighten the leaders of the Wildrose Opposition and Progressive Conservative Party, by gosh she should!
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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley on May 5, 2015. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Keep an eye on what happens in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Ontario. And take it from Alberta: never say never!
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At right, Calgary-Fish Creek PC MLA Richard Gotfried (from his Facebook page).
David J. Climenhaga | There is part of a long tradition in Alberta politics of dubious Russian political metaphors. PC MLA Richard Gotfried is the latest politician to yield to this temptation.
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David J. Climenhaga | Alberta voters are likely to have an opportunity soon to demonstrate whether or not they’ve been paying attention. After all, anything can happen in a by-election!
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Justice Myra Bielby
David J. Climenhaga | The population of Alberta has grown about 20 per cent in less than a decade and, face it, most of those folks didn't move to Manyberries, Vegreville or Zama City.
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Buddy Ebsen
David J. Climenhaga | The thing is, the man named Jed -- a poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed -- exuded a certain kindly decency. Not so the Wildrosers in Alberta’s Legislature.
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Brian Jean
David J. Climenhaga | Devotees of the idea Alberta's right must unite gathered in Red Deer Saturday and came up with a plan to form a third conservative party. Not sure just how this is supposed to work.