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Margaret Thatcher in York, England, in 1987. Image: christopher hogg/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Despite their superficial appearance of direct democracy, referenda have an anti-democratic effect.
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Brad Wall. Photo: DanielPaquet/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | At 52, Brad Wall is still a young man. So he'll probably find a way to continue to be a public nuisance.
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Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | There may be a deeper reason for Jason Kenney’s fears: the behaviour of his own supporters. His blame-the-Dippers strategy sounds a lot like a case of transference!
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Joe Ceci
David J. Climenhaga | The budget tabled yesterday afternoon by Finance Minister Joe Ceci is unique in recent Alberta history.
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Mimi Williams
Mimi Williams | Had the NDP not veered to the right in an attempt to capture votes, it might have been able to retain its principles while finally grasping power.
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Jeremy Corbyn
David J. Climenhaga | Jeremy Corbyn has now proved the ideas of community, equality and real liberty still resonate powerfully.
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Preston Manning
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Designate Rachel Notley would do best to listen to the counsel of the people who truly support her program, not to the likes of Preston Manning. I’m confident she will.
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Alison Redford
David J. Climenhaga | A Globe and Mail story setting out Alison Redford’s record as seen by Alison Redford had Alberta’s chattering classes abuzz yesterday. Alas, it was not terribly illuminating.
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Friedrich Hayek
David J. Climenhaga | With the appointment of Heather Forsyth as Wildrose leader yesterday, Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley is the only leader of an Alberta opposition party who's never been a Tory cabinet minister.
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Michael Cooper
David J. Climenhaga | As Michael Cooper was being chosen by local Conservatives as their candidate in St. Albert-Edmonton, national media seems to have adopted Independent MP and former Tory Brent Rathgeber as a mascot.
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Russia's New Rubles
David J. Climenhaga | It looks like Prime Minister Stephen Harper's violently militaristic anti-Russian rhetoric is aimed directly at his own feet. Ain't it a funny old world?
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Alvin Finkel
David J. Climenhaga | Bill 10 gave Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner a little flimsy intellectual cover for the idea that what he was doing to public employees was sound policy.