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Hugh MacDonald shortly before his retirement announcement, at the 2011 Edmonton Labour Council Labour Day BBQ (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | In opposition, Liberal MLA "Hughie" MacDonald was a scourge of the government. He was sincerely offended by dishonesty and self-interest in high places.
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Sometime Alberta Liberal leadership candidate Nolan Crouse (David Climenhaga photo)
David Climenhaga | The Alberta Liberal Party has been badly shaken by the flighty flight of St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, in whom many supporters had invested high hopes.
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Wildrose Caucus
David J. Climenhaga | The Wildrose Party was the most effective opposition Alberta's ever had? Give us a break! In fact, they were lousy in opposition.
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Ken Boessenkool
David J. Climenhaga | Unlike the work of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, the right-wing fairy tale spun by Ken Boessenkool and Ben Eisen is designed to obfuscate, not to illuminate.
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Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae
David J. Climenhaga | If you are looking for proof the Liberal Party of Canada had lost faith in its own future and is grasping at straws to survive, the adoption of this anyone-can-vote-for-the-leader rule is it.
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Alberta NDP Leader Brian Mason
David J. Climenhaga | In this election cycle in Alberta, the New Democrats are the only progressive party with enough momentum to have a meaningful impact in the next election.
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Floor-crossing Alberta MLA Bridget Pastoor
David J. Climenhaga | New poll results: Alberta Liberals' troubles deepen; Wildrose stagnates; NDP shows potential growth; Alberta Conservatives enjoy commanding lead. All this and a Liberal defection too.
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Gary Mar, soon to be Alberta's 'envoy' to Asia
David J. Climenhaga | From Alberta Premier Alison Redford's perspective, what if a few taxpayers are unhappy at Gary Mar's new Asian sinecure? The risks of that are less severe than the dangers of keeping the guy around.
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Retiring Edmonton-Gold Bar MLA Hugh MacDonald
David J. Climenhaga | The loss of the four-term MLA and die-hard Liberal is a much more serious blow to the Official Opposition party than a mere resignation announcement by one individual would normally signal.
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Edmonton-Goldbar Liberal MLA Hugh MacDonald
David J. Climenhaga | Expect an announcement within days of the retirement from politics of veteran Alberta Liberal Hugh MacDonald, an early sign of the disintegration of the party under former Tory Raj Sherman.
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Alberta Liberal leadership candidate Raj Sherman
David J. Climenhaga | Good news-bad news for right-wing Alberta Tory leadership candidate and other dispatches from the front lines.
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Alberta Liberal leadership candidate Raj Sherman
David J. Climenhaga | Warning: The Alberta Liberals could be in deep trouble if they choose Dr. Raj Sherman as their leader, as seems likely.