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The Progressive Conservative party that dominated Alberta politics for four decades has laid off all but one of its staff members and plans to close its two offices in Edmonton and Calgary following last week’s election loss, former party president Bill Smith said Friday. Smith, co-chair of a postelection transition committee with party president Terri […]
Pop culture crossed with politics today when reporters asked Rachel Notely and Jim Prentice which Star Wars character they were. And both picked Han Solo, because why wouldn't you? But we think you have better ideas.
The Progressive Conservatives—a political dynasty that's ruled over Alberta since 1971—has been on an impressive run of self-inflicted wounds.
Jody MacPherson's insight:
One incident that seems to have been unfortunately neglected in the national discourse is that he kicked off the election to the tune of Nickelback's "Burn It to the Ground," a song which features such Nickelbackisms such as "Oh, we got no class, no taste, no shirt, shit faced."
The orange tsunami that hit Alberta on Tuesday night was not a freak storm. When Rachel Notley’s NDP won a commanding 53-seat majority, pundits said the victory was “stunning,” “shocking,” even “a lesson from the increasingly unpredictable voter.”
Jody MacPherson's insight:
...Third, have the leader say: “My name is Rachel Notley, and I’m running to be your premier.” That way, you’re not asking Albertans to become New Democrats, you’re asking them to ask themselves: Who do I like best as my premier?
So true. So many political parties run their election campaigns like they're on a party membership drive. They are two different things.
Not only do you have to say what you stand for, but show that you know how to attract a wide range of people, organize and win. That's how you earn people's trust and their vote.
Alberta Health staff knew they were breaching government rules by handing successive sole-source contracts to Navigator, the consulting firm whose senior executives help run Conservative party election campaigns, documents show.
Wildrose Leader Brian Jean renewed his attack on PC fiscal management Saturday by releasing new data showing the Tory government spent close to $1 billion on sole-source contracts in 2013-14. The data was obtained through a series of freedom of information requests to every government ministry, the party said.
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