Historic NDP victory in Alberta gets tonnes of reaction!

Last night’s historic NDP majority in Alberta was something to behold.   Goodbye, Alberta PCs and Jim Prentice!  The NDP took 53 seats, the Wildrose 21, the PCs just 11, the Liberals one, and the Alberta Party took one.   Calling the election when he did will go down as one of the biggest political blunders in recent Canadian history. ...

Jim Prentice becomes the Kim Campbell of Alberta politics. Is Harper next?

CALGARY After 12 consecutive majority governments and more than 43 years in power, Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives lost to the New Democratic Party in a...

#abvote Election Results: Yes, that actually happened (long, detailed post)

Well, that was wild. If you didn’t stay up to watch last night’s election returns in Alberta, let me inform you what I’m sure you already know: the New Democrats formed government, a majority government. That isn’t some cruel joke, it is actually real, and man, was it ever impressive to watch a political dynasty as old as my mother fall. If you’re interested in the riding by riding results, I’ve posted them ...

Statement by David Swann: Happy Easter and Passover

CALGARY, AB (April 3, 2015): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann has released the following statement to mark the Easter and Passover long weekend: “On behalf of Alberta Liberals I would like to wish all those observing Easter or Passover a blessed celebration during this holy time. “And, may all Albertans have a safe and joyous long weekend together with friends and family. “Happy Easter and Passover!” -30- ...

Alberta Liberals Fair Tax Plan delivers tax cuts to the majority of Albertans

CALGARY, AB (April 2, 2015): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann is announcing the Alberta Liberal Fair Tax Plan aimed at fixing the broken revenue structure in Alberta. “Moving the province off the resource revenue rollercoaster requires better options than what the premier is offering,” says Swann. “The Fair Tax Plan will deliver real tax breaks to lower and middle income families, small businesses, and ensure all Albertans pay their fair share.” The Pl...

Alberta Liberals release new data on the high cost of PC ideology

CALGARY, AB (April 1, 2015): New health data reveals alternate level of care bed days in Alberta’s hospitals is surging due to PC government’s ideologically-driven privatized seniors’ care policies. “The numbers speak for themselves,” says Swann. “Clearly, there is no medical or financial incentive to continue down this path. So, the motivation must be either ideological or political.” ...

Political funding promises not enough to fill empty school lots

CALGARY, AB (March 31, 2015): Alberta Liberals says the recent PC government’s pre-election school funding announcements are not a guarantee new schools will be built on time. In January, Alberta Liberals called on the government to allocate the necessary funds in the budget to ensure schools are built. However, claims that funding equates construction are highly dubious and ar...

Statement from David Swann: Bad News Budget fails to deliver for all Albertans

EDMONTON, AB (March 26, 2015): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann has released the following statement on the unveiling of Budget 2015: “Budget 2015 fails to reflect the true priorities and needs of a new generation of Albertans who are driving this province, and it leaves those who built it scrambling for spare change. “The PCs are calling this budget ‘Putting Things Right’, but Albertans should remember who put things wrong in the first place. After 44...

Transfer of young offenders to Edmonton is a move in the wrong direction

EDMONTON, AB (March 26, 2015): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann is calling the government’s decision to close the Young Offender Centre in Calgary a bad move for the youth involved, their families, and both communities. “Again, the government is being pennywise and pound-foolish by closing this centre, firing the staff, and shipping these kids out of their home community and down the road to Edmonton,” says Swann. “We should be working hard to rehabilitate th...

Statement by David Swann: Trusted Leadership for all Albertans

EDMONTON, AB (March 24, 2015): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann released the following statement in reply to the premier’s televised address (see video here): “Good evening fellow Albertans. “I am Dr. David Swann, Leader of the Alberta Liberal Opposition. “As a physician for nearly 30 years, Albertans have trusted me to give them the straight goods on their health, their risks and their options. It’s t...

Statement from David Swann: Alberta Liberal response to the premier’s televised address

CALGARY, AB (March 20, 2015): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann has released the following statement: “For the first time in Alberta’s history, the Premier has given an invitation, which I have accepted, to reply on behalf of the Alberta Liberal Opposition to his televised address, which will be broadcast on Tuesday evening. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak to Martha and Henry’s family at such an important fiscal, social, and political tim...

Statement by David Swann: Repeal of Bill 45

EDMONTON, AB (March 19, 2015): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann issued the following statement on the government’s announcement that they would repeal Bill 45: “We welcome today’s announcement by the premier that the government will repeal the anti-union, anti-worker Bill 45. This unconstitutional piece of legislation should never have been passed by this PC government and Alberta Liberals will support its speedy repeal. “The repeal of Bill 45 is the c...

Statement from David Swann: mandatory choice on vaccines

EDMONTON, AB (March 19, 2014): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann issued the following statement on mandatory choice on vaccines for school enrollment: “Over the past several weeks Alberta Liberals have called on this government to take action on a simple question of public safety: mandatory choice on vaccines for school enrollment. “When faced with this issue the PC government has simply offered platitudes about the importance of vaccinations, but it refuse...

NEXT!

Stephen Harper NEXT!!!!...

ALBERTA HAS ITS VERY OWN ARAB SPRING

Congratulations, Alberta! You have shaken off the tyranny of group-think and dared to venture into the public space of democracy, where vigorous debate is expected, minds are ch...

Alberta will have some fun now

So much for boring old Canadian elections, eh?NDP wins stunning majority in Alberta election, Jim Prentice resignsNow, of course, the NDP will have to figure out how they can possibly run the province — 40 years of pent-up frustration, everybody wanting everything changed RIGHT NOW! and they’re stuck with a civil service that has never worked fo...

Alberta didn’t change – but its image will

alberta plate The defeat of the PCs seemed unthinkable a few months ago. The notion they could lose to the NDP would have been laughable. But this is how politics in Alberta works. Every 30 or 40 years, a Chinook blows over the moun...

Pundits selectively cherry-picking polls to dump on Federal Liberals.

Last week, not too long after the budget release, an Abacus poll was released showing the Conservatives jumping to an 8 point lead over the Liberals. The immediate analysis of that pollster of their results, and from pundits and partisans (even some from our own side) on social media immediately declared – on the basis of this one poll – that the Liberals were in a bit of trouble. Fortunately though, they still had a few months to do something. Curiously, an Ekos poll was r...

American and Canadian Food Waste Both Staggering

Here’s a very interesting and instructive blog post about American food waste. See Stunning Photos of What Rob Greenfield Finds After Dumpster Diving Across America http://t.co/vXbwgqi5Is pic.twitter.com/OALsW3lT0n — EcoWatch (...

Life In Scarborough: Today, A Curse Was Laid Upon Me…

…by a little old lady in Sunday-Morning-Churchy gear.  She was walking towards my bus shaking her fist at the sky.  When it slowed to pick her up, she pointed and began hurling imprecations. Naturally, the driver accelerated away quickly. In spite of this, I hope to have a pretty good day. ...

More Than Buildings

“A UNIVERSITY IS JUST A GROUP OF BUILDINGS gathered around a library,” wrote American historian Shelby Foote years ago. It’s just the kind of minimalist view that Socrates would have disagreed with forcefully. “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel,” the old philosopher wrote not too many years prior […] ...

Final #abvote Projection: NDP Majority, Wildrose Opposition

After last night’s fun in PEI, today’s election promises to be even more fun, with the possibility – nay, the likelihood of a New Democratic majority in Alberta coming to fruition. To the right is my final projection for Alberta, which you can view in detail if that is your thing. The summary of it his below, as well as charts showing the progress throughout the campaign: ...

Teddy’s updated Alberta prediction.

I’ve scheduled this post go to up about 30 minutes before the polls open in Alberta. I’ve posted this early to not conflict with Kyle’s final projection. I’ll start with the updated map ...

Canada now has two elected, openly LGBT premiers

PEI Premier Wade MacLauchlan ...

PEI final results

Analysis tomorrow. ...

Made In Canada Conservative Hypocrisy

“Canada had long been a proponent of harmonizing our climate-change policy with the U.S. until the U.S. started to fight climate change.” First it was the “Made in Canada” scam plan (that never appeared). Then...

Common Employer

Downtown Eatery (1993) Ltd. v. Ontario (2001), 54 O.R. (3d) 161 (C.A.) held: “although an employer is entitled to establish complex corporate structures and relationships, the law should be vigilant to ensure that permissible complexity in corporate arrangements does not work an injustice in the realm of employment law. ….[t]he definition of ‘employer’ is this simple and common scenario should be one that recognizes the complexit...

Four Unusual Men & The UK Election

The Mayor waits patiently … The political fate of four men might be determined b...

Monte McNaughton shows his true colours on eve of Ont PC vote

Failed Tory leadership candidate/Lambton-area PC MPP Monte McNaughton hit new lows over the weekend with emailed attacks on his colleague Christine Elliott, who might end up being his political boss after May 9th.  McNaughton again flirted with sexism and/or homophobia when he criticized Elliott in the email for allegedly not doing enough to fight the pr...

Teddy’s updated PEI prediction

Just a small change due to further research, each the Tories and Liberals gain and lose a seat. Also a change in colours to match the colours used on the Alberta map. No, that does not mean Wildrose will win a seat on PEI, that is th...