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Perfidious Pierre, villain of the National Energy Program, as the late prime minister is understood by all good Albertans to have been (Photo: Wikimedia Commons).
David J. Climenhaga | It's pretty hard to argue this situation isn't an example of the oil industry's continued domination of the Alberta government.
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Premier Rachel Notley speaks with well wishers in the Alberta Legislature Rotunda yesterday after her government’s Speech from the Throne. (Photo: David J. Climenhaga.)
David J. Climenhaga | We can expect former Alberta Peter Lougheed's name to be invoked more than once by the NDP in the lead-up to the general election expected in the spring of 2019.
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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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Photo: Norsk Teknisk Museum, Wikimedia Commons.
David J. Climenhaga | Albertans long ago "decided that a drunken, blow-out dance party today was better than a string of candle-lit dinner parties down the road."
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Image: Flickr/SOPHOCO - santaorosia photographic collectivity
Ed Finn | Even when it leads to gross inequality and global financial crises, the conviction that unregulated capitalism is the best possible economic system remains deeply embedded in Canada.
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Ralph Klein in 1992 (Screenshot of CBC broadcast)
David J. Climenhaga | Gillian Steward recounts how the Klein government allowed an industry dominated “task force” on oilsands development to pass itself off as a neutral agency with ties to the government.
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Rachel Notley
David J. Climenhaga | The "Asian premium" and "tidewater premium" for Alberta bitumen are myths spread by governments and pipeline proponents, argues earth scientist David Hughes.
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Allan Hunsperger (Wildrose Pary photo, 2012)
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's right-wing political parties still haven't been able to crawl back out of the fiery pit Pastor Allan Hunsperger led them into.
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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall
David J. Climenhaga | What will those Alberta politicians who insist sales-tax-raising Brad Wall of Saskatchewan is Western Canada’s “real leader” say now?
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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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Alberta Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell reads the 2016 Throne Speech (GoA photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Unlike the two NDP throne speeches, those of the Progressive Conservatives in recent years were less likely to deliver on their key promises.
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Dave Hancock Portrait
David J. Climenhaga | When by-then-premier Jim Prentice appointed a new cabinet in the fall of 2014, Dave Hancock was out, with barely a word of thanks.