Tag: Alberta politics

Prentice says Wildrose migration to PCs a month in the making

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Prentice says Wildrose migration to PCs a month in the making

Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith says some party members wanted to take party in opposite direction Quiet talks to unite the Opposition caucus with Alberta’s governing Progressive Conservatives were already underway when Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith denounced two of her colleagues who had crossed the floor. Premier Jim Prentice says an emissary from the Wildrose […]

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How Redford’s missteps led to downfall of the Wildrose

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
How Redford’s missteps led to downfall of the Wildrose

Talk of merger between Wildrose and Tories following Jim Prentice leadership win By Peter Stockland for Troy Media The late, great Rod Love believed fervently that democracy turns on small things. Over a longish lunch at Buon Giorno restaurant on 17th Avenue S.W. many years ago, Love related to a listening reporter the lesson he […]

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Jonathan Denis says he has ‘open mind’ on Wildrose floor crossers

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Jonathan Denis says he has ‘open mind’ on Wildrose floor crossers

Jonathan Denis says he’s ‘prepared to leave past grievances in the past’ Alberta Premier Jim Prentice’s caucus is discussing a bid by as many as seven official Opposition members to cross the floor, and at least one cabinet minister says he’s keeping an “open mind.” “I’m prepared to put my best foot forward. I’m prepared […]

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Wildrose caucus to meet to talk about merging with PCs: sources

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Wildrose caucus to meet to talk about merging with PCs: sources

Two Wildrose MLAs quit party three weeks ago Alberta’s opposition Wildrose caucus is expected to meet Tuesday to discuss merging with Premier Jim Prentice’s Progressive Conservatives, sources have told The Canadian Press. If merger talks fail, there may be four or more defections to the Tory team, said one source. The sources spoke on condition […]

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Prentice: Caucus has final say over Wildrose, PC merger

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Prentice: Caucus has final say over Wildrose, PC merger

Wildrose leader Danielle Smith will poll team Tuesday on joining the PCs Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says any attempt by elected members of the Opposition Wildrose to join the government would ultimately be decided by his Progressive Conservative caucus. Beyond that, the premier wasn’t commenting Tuesday on reports that several Wildrose members were seeking to […]

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Privacy commissioner investigates Lukaszuk cellphone bill leak

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Privacy commissioner investigates Lukaszuk cellphone bill leak

Lukaszuk cellphone bill leaked during PC leadership race Alberta’s privacy commissioner is investigating a government department for leaking a politician’s cellphone bill. Commission spokesman Scott Sibbald said Monday that the bill belonged to former cabinet minister Thomas Lukaszuk. It was leaked to the Edmonton Sun in August and showed that Lukaszuk had rung up more […]

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Danielle Smith says no more Wildrose defectors

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Danielle Smith says no more Wildrose defectors

Wildrose leader has checked with remaining 13 members, all on side Alberta Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says that after talking to her team she is confident the caucus hemorrhaging has stopped. “There will be no more floor-crossings,” Smith told reporters Wednesday. She also said she is not resigning as leader and that the Opposition Wildrose […]

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Two Wildrose members cross the floor, join PCs

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Two Wildrose members cross the floor, join PCs

Kerry Towle and Ian Donovan leave Wildrose to join Prentice government Alberta’s Official Opposition Wildrose party continued a descent into disarray Monday as two members, including key caucus lieutenant Kerry Towle, bolted to join Premier Jim Prentice. “Two individuals who I have admired from a distance today have joined the Progressive Conservative caucus,” Prentice, flanked […]

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Wildrose equal rights policy voted down, VP Terrence Lo quits

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Wildrose equal rights policy voted down, VP Terrence Lo quits

Terrence Lo, Asian, atheist, parent of gay son says he can’t in good conscience stay in Wildrose party A constituency vice-president with Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose is resigning over the party’s refusal to pass a definitive statement on equal rights at its annual meeting. In his resignation letter, Terrence Lo says that as an Asian, atheist […]

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PC convention: Prentice says `nobody writing obituaries’ of tories

| November 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
PC convention: Prentice says `nobody writing obituaries’ of tories

“This party is back my friends” –  Jim Prentice at PC convention Alberta Premier Jim Prentice delivered an upbeat message to convention delegates in his first PC convention speech since becoming leader and served notice on the opposition that the party is once again a force to be reckoned with. “This party is back my […]

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