Five years ago today, Alison Redford was sworn in as premier of Alberta and the wheels fell off the Tory busDavid J. Climenhaga | Alison Redford may not have intended to, but she smashed the mould. Alberta politics will never be the same again. It all started five years ago today.
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | Former Alberta MP and Harper government minister Rob Merrifield wasn't the only one to make the mistake of assuming the Tories were forever.|
|Blog 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.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | The faith exhibited by the government, the health minister and AHS in privatization was charming -- or insane. Thank goodness -- as well as the NDP -- we're now on a more sensible path!|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | How many seats can Alberta Premier Jim Prentice lose for the 44-year-old PC government he was brought in expressly to save and still avoid having to resign?|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | Task force members came down firmly on the side of public funding for private schools and the right of the same private schools to set tuition fees as high as they like.|
Darwin Awards, the political edition: So long to Danielle Smith, turncoat former Alberta Opposition leaderDavid J. Climenhaga | Unlike former premier Alison Redford, who tried recently to make the claim, former Opposition leader Danielle Smith truly had become the most polarizing figure in Alberta politics.
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | Given the shabby treatment the former minister of finance has received from Premier Jim Prentice, it’s hard to see how Doug Horner had much choice.|
Unelected and unknown education minister looms as first major blunder of Prentice new Tory GovernmentDavid J. Climenhaga | Gordon Dirks is now in public life. Whether he likes it or not, he's going to have to make his views on social conservative ideas crystal clear to ordinary voters.
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | If we chose other examples of public art -- say large sculptures in front of a major public building -- the way we choose the portraits of Alberta's premiers, it would legitimately be a scandal.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | Frontrunner Jim Prentice won easily, but low voter turnout in the Alberta PC leadership election counted this evening says clearly Albertans no longer see the PCs as their Natural Governing Party.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | Surely the Hancock Government insiders who made this decision knew the optics were appalling. But they appear to have thought no one would notice!|
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