Tag: Alberta politics

Danielle Smith apologizes for no debate on floor-crossing

| January 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
Danielle Smith apologizes for no debate on floor-crossing

Danielle Smith says she misunderstood how angry people would be Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith issued an apology to her constituents Saturday saying she should have waited to hear from Albertans before she and other caucus members crossed the floor to join the governing Progressive Conservatives. Smith took to Facebook on Saturday to say she’s […]

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Wildrose leadership race begins, June 6 election announced

| January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Wildrose leadership race begins, June 6 election announced

Applications for candidates in Wildrose leadership race will be handed out Monday Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose party announced Friday it plans to pick its new leader June 6. The race won’t include controversial Calgary MP Rob Anders, who has mused to reporters about taking a run at the top job in the right-of-centre party after failing twice […]

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Prentice defends Dirks on classrooms delivery during byelection

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Prentice defends Dirks on classrooms delivery during byelection

Gordon Dirks promised to deliver modular classrooms to school in his riding days before byelection Premier Jim Prentice is defending Education Minister Gordon Dirks, saying a report that concluded Dirks used his office for political gain was “hardly a scathing criticism.” “He was motivated by a desire to do the right thing, and I continue […]

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Fred Horne, Edmonton-Rutherford MLA not seeking 3rd term

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Fred Horne, Edmonton-Rutherford MLA not seeking 3rd term

Fred Horne resigns after seven years of service Fred Horne, Conservative MLA for the riding of Edmonton-Rutherford has announced he will not be seeking a third term in office. “The opportunity to serve as representative and advocate for the people of my constituency for seven years, as minister of health for three years, and in […]

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Doug Horner retiring after 14 years as MLA

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Doug Horner retiring after 14 years as MLA

Doug Horner resignation effective Jan 31 Former Alberta finance minister Doug Horner, the last link to one of the first families of Canadian politics, is calling it quits. Horner, 54, announced Thursday he is leaving politics on Jan. 31 after a career that included terms as deputy premier and treasurer in the Progressive Conservative government. […]

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Alberta sales tax – Province needs to dissect ‘how we ended up here’

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Alberta sales tax – Province needs to dissect ‘how we ended up here’

Premier Prentice has floated the notion of an Alberta sales tax With oil prices plunging and provincial resource revenues expected to drop, there is no doubt that Alberta’s red ink will rise. In response, Premier Jim Prentice has floated the notion of a provincial sales tax and/or hikes in other taxes. Falling oil prices are […]

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Alberta election? PCs may be readying for mid-March vote

| January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Alberta election? PCs may be readying for mid-March vote

Alberta election may be as early as this spring Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives are ramping up their candidate selection process, fuelling speculation that a spring election is on the way. PC party executive director Kelley Charlebois said Monday that on the weekend the party struck a committee to oversee nominations and plans to have 35 nominated […]

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Lack of political skill led to Danielle Smith defection

| January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Lack of political skill led to Danielle Smith defection

Danielle Smith has shown ‘no political skill’ since the end of summer By Barry Cooper for Troy Media The defection of the Alberta Leader of the Opposition and most of her MLAs to the Government was not just about treachery, betrayal and political opportunism. It was also about principle. Danielle Smith said she acted on […]

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Alberta election timing will be in ‘the best interests of Albertans’ – Prentice

| January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Alberta election timing will be in ‘the best interests of Albertans’ – Prentice

Prentice says he hasn’t turned his mind to the timing of an Alberta election Alberta’s financial situation is as bad as it has been in decades and the timing of the next provincial election will be determined by what is in “the best interests of Albertans,” Premier Jim Prentice said Friday. “I’ve not turned my […]

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Danielle Smith faces competition to be Tory candidate

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
Danielle Smith faces competition to be Tory candidate

Danielle Smith and other floor-crossers criticized for causing cynicism in politics Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith will not get a free pass to become the Progressive Conservative candidate in her constituency. Suzanne Oel, president of the Progressive Conservative association in Highwood, said Tuesday a number of people have expressed interest in running for the party, […]

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