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Alberta premier accused of conflict in tobacco case - Edmonton - CBC News

Alberta premier accused of conflict in tobacco case - Edmonton - CBC News | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Premier Alison Redford, while justice minister, personally chose her ex-husband's law firm for a government tobacco-litigation contract worth potentially tens of millions of dollars in contingency fees, a CBC News investigation has found.
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Jim Prentice Budget Speech - now with truthful subtitles. - YouTube

Uh oh. Now we know what Jim Prentice was really thinking. Alberta Budget Speech 2015
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Danielle Smith question cut off during Jim Prentice's 'tele-town hall'

Danielle Smith question cut off during Jim Prentice's 'tele-town hall' | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A technical glitch was probably behind a dropped phone call during PC Leader Jim Prentice's telephone town hall with Calgarians, say party organizers.
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This is how the Tories roll..

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School boards raise major concerns over provincial budget; Dirks plays defense

School boards raise major concerns over provincial budget; Dirks plays defense | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Both Calgary school districts have joined 17 others across the province expressing concern about the province's budget.
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FOIP reveals ‘unbelievable, unethical’ moving expenses for Alberta Health Services execs

FOIP reveals ‘unbelievable, unethical’ moving expenses for Alberta Health Services execs | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta's governing health body has spent millions relocating employees both into and around the province in recent years, even doling out more than $100,000 to bring a single senior vice-president in from Ontario in one instance. The $3.1-million total in…
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I used to work at the Calgary Health Region in 2005-2006. All I can say is that I was not involved in politics before that time. When I saw behind-the-scenes how corrupt the PC government had become, I could not sit back and remain silent. 

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Prentice could be considering about-face on charitable tax receipt

Prentice could be considering about-face on charitable tax receipt | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
PC leader Jim Prentice says they are continuing to assess the situation around charitable giving in the province.
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Brian Mason on Twitter

Brian Mason on Twitter | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Our mission: To go where we have repeatedly gone before. #ableg #abvote #abndp #ablib #wrp #abparty pic.twitter.com/xVNxG5awE0
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Paula Simons: The lake of fire is just too crowded to burn the Wildrose this time around

Paula Simons: The lake of fire is just too crowded to burn the Wildrose this time around | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Three years ago this week, on April 14, 2012, in the midst of a hotly-contested Alberta election campaign,
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16,000 low-income Alberta diabetics affected by monitoring program cut

16,000 low-income Alberta diabetics affected by monitoring program cut | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A provincial program that provided 16,000 low-income diabetics with funds for medical supplies was cut in the latest provincial budget, leaving recipients wondering if they’ll be eligible for coverage elsewhere. The Alberta Monitoring for Health Program handed out approximately $4.5 million each year to help diabetics cover the cost of items such as test strips to measure blood glucose levels. It is being discontinued as of June 30.
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A provincial program that provided 16,000 low-income diabetics with funds for medical supplies was cut in the latest provincial budget, leaving recipients wondering if they’ll be eligible for coverage elsewhere.

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Wildrose leader punts Calgary candidate Russ Kuykendall over remarks about ‘gay activists’

Wildrose leader punts Calgary candidate Russ Kuykendall over remarks about ‘gay activists’ | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Wildrose Leader Brian Jean is kicking one of his candidates to the curb after a troubling post was discovered online accusing “gay activists” of pushing their agenda into churches. Russ Kuykendall, the Wildrose candidates for Calgary-Varsity, was not yet officially…
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Health not going back to regional boards › Medicine Hat News

Health not going back to regional boards › Medicine Hat News | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
RT @palliser_FOM: Health not going back to regional boards http://t.co/5KIrXiuTq5 #medhat #ableg #abhealth #AbVote
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We are not returning to regional health authorities,” said Ken Sauer, chair of the Palliser Triangle Health Advisory Council.

 

An Alberta Health Services announcement on March 18 said between eight and 10 “operational districts” would be created across the province to improve local input, local decision making and streamline decisions. Implementing the change was targeted for July 1.

 

Sauer suggests it may have been a strategic move to take the heat off the health-care debate during the election.

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Lamphier: Conservative budget spares business, hits charities

Lamphier: Conservative budget spares business, hits charities | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
In the 1970s, several years before I became a money-grubbing business writer, I was a social work student. After spending two summers working at a camp for inner-city youth and a third summer at a non-profit that supported the mentally disabled, I figured it would be a fulfilling career.
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Cuts to Alberta Education funding for vulnerable student groups deemed ‘absolutely detrimental’

Cuts to Alberta Education funding for vulnerable student groups deemed ‘absolutely detrimental’ | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Two weeks after Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and Education Minister Gordon Dirks sat down with aboriginal learners to discuss how to "close the gap" on First Nations learning, the government introduced a budget that cut into funding supports for those…
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Alberta per-student funding has plunged in recent years

Alberta per-student funding has plunged in recent years | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Per-student dollars in Alberta have been on a downward trajectory over the past half-decade and the head of the provincial teachers' lobby says the current provincial funding model is "not sustainable." Data provided by the Alberta Teachers' Association and independently…
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But correspondence to school boards from Education Minister Gordon Dirks on March 26 laid out new restrictions for using reserves. He stated any use of the banked funds would have to be prioritized and justified to support “transition planning.”

 

“Therefore, no expenditures, even those already planned, are to be funded through your ASO without prior ministerial approval,” reads the letter from Dirks.

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Alberta election debate ‘math’ remark could subtract voters for PC’s Jim Prentice

Alberta election debate ‘math’ remark could subtract voters for PC’s Jim Prentice | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
RT @derrickokeefe: I wonder if Jim Prentice will be able to get his Enbridge gig back. http://t.co/CY47j4v7Lq #abvote #abdebate #abpoli #cd…
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for the love of learning: PC no-shows at public events all over Alberta

for the love of learning: PC no-shows at public events all over Alberta | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
RT @joe_bower: PC no-shows at public events all over Alberta http://t.co/VztYUbEw0w #PCnoShow #ableg #abvote #RDvote #abed
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#PCNoShow

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Dirks vs. The School Trustees

Dirks vs. The School Trustees | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
RT @GregClark4AB: It's @gordondirks vs. school trustees. Here's my take. http://t.co/qmoADG8sys #ableg #abvote
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Suck it up #diabetics #abhealth #abvote - Kees Den Hartigh | Facebook

Suck it up #diabetics #abhealth #abvote
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Alberta PC caucus didn't understand plant would leave taxpayers on hook for $26B, former finance minister says

Alberta PC caucus didn't understand plant would leave taxpayers on hook for $26B, former finance minister says | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Morton said economic diversification projects often tend to be motivated by politics rather than economic viability, and the economic risks are seldom assessed by high-quality, independent professionals.

Morton said there is also a tendency for government to take most of the risks, provide most of the capital and receive little of the profits.
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Morton said economic diversification projects often tend to be motivated by politics rather than economic viability, and the economic risks are seldom assessed by high-quality, independent professionals.

Morton said there is also a tendency for government to take most of the risks, provide most of the capital and receive little of the profits.

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Liberal leader launches platform, takes aim at Alberta Party

Liberal leader launches platform, takes aim at Alberta Party | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The Alberta Liberals released their election platform Thursday, focusing on improving health care in the province while taking aim at the rival Alberta Party. "This election is about trust," said i...
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No comment necessary. Embarrassment all round for Dr. Swann.

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Decide For Yourself - Alberta Provincial Election 2015 - YouTube

Don't let others decide for you. Vote. Alberta's 29th General Election takes place on May 5, 2015. Advance polls are open to all electors from April 29 to Ma...
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Gotta love how this is all-male. 

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Alberta Liberals continue downward slide - Edmonton Sun

Alberta Liberals continue downward slide - Edmonton Sun | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
In 1993, when the Alberta Liberals were led by former Edmonton mayor Laurence Decore, they came close to unseating the Tories, who in that election were led by then-rookie Premier Ralph Klein.
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Prentice promises review of controversial land-use laws

Prentice promises review of controversial land-use laws | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Prentice pledged to protect landowners by reviewing controversial land-use legislation.
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And I believe Alison Redford promised to stop Bill 36 altogether: http://www.water-matters.org/story/454

 

But trust the PCs. Again. I'm sure they mean to follow through on their promises.

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Expert questions secret deal as golf course tab tops $9.3 million

Expert questions secret deal as golf course tab tops $9.3 million | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Payments by the Tory government to a company with party ties that operates the Kananaskis Country Golf Course have surged to more than $9.3 million. The new tally comes amid questions about whether...
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Students upset as province cancels Speak Out conference

Students upset as province cancels Speak Out conference | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
High-school students are frustrated that an Edmonton conference they spent months organizing has been abruptly cancelled by the provincial government. The seventh annual Speak Out conference was to have been held April 17-19 at the Westin Edmonton.
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Another reason for fixed election dates.

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Other Alberta parties trail Tories in size of election war chests - Edmonton Journal

Other Alberta parties trail Tories in size of election war chests - Edmonton Journal | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
“Albertans are bracing for the onslaught of political advertising that comes with an election campaign, but party financial records show only the Progressive Conservatives have enough money in their war chest to dominate the airwaves.”
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