Wildrose 'coup' bid pushes party toward social conservative fringe, former leader Danielle Smith saysDavid J. Climenhaga | Former Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith says current leader Brian Jean has the same problem she did: the Opposition party's social conservative faction.
Explaining the revulsion: It's not the policy differences, stupid! It's the Wildrose corruption critiqueDavid J. Climenhaga | It is ironic that by accepting the 11 Wildrose defectors into his PC caucus, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has for many voters reinforced the Wildrose Party's premise his party is corrupt.
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Rod Fox didn’t sound very enthused about his recent switch from the Wildrose to the Progressive Conservative Party in an open letter to his constituents.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | Construction of a long-promised new cancer hospital for Calgary will just have to wait. Low oil prices, dontcha know?|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | It was conceded openly by the principal characters in today's "unification" drama that this scheme has been in the works at least for several weeks, possibly longer.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | The plain fact is, as hard as this may be for Alberta's progressive voters to digest, if they want progressive policies, they're going to have to vote for progressive parties.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | Rachel Notley's task is to get enough Albertans who are fed up with the PCs' sins and not yet ready for an increasingly extreme Wildrose Party to rally round the NDP.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | Perhaps a day will come when former Wildrose MLAs Kerry Towle and Ian Donovan regret crossing the floor yesterday. That said, it will take a certain ingenuity for them to re-rat.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | Building new continuing-care beds is exactly what got Alberta into its current health care mess. So it's hard to see how changes announced yesterday are going to make much difference.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | It’s still not 100 per cent clear what Alberta Health Services’ new Official Administrator will be doing, other than “advising” AHS’s remarkably mild-mannered CEO on how to do his job.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | The credibility of the inquiry hinges on whether it pursues leads about a private clinic got patients jumped to the front of a long waiting list for a public cancer-screening centre.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | There's a certain irony to the spectacle of a political party dedicated to the proposition trade unions are bad trying to raise money by taking credit for the good work done by a union.|