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Braid: Other parties will easily paint Liberals as 'tax grabbers' - Calgary Herald

Braid: Other parties will easily paint Liberals as 'tax grabbers' - Calgary Herald | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Calgary Herald Braid: Other parties will easily paint Liberals as 'tax grabbers' Calgary Herald “It's a dangerous policy but I support it,” says Calgary Liberal MLA David Swann, in one of those classic utterances that can make you both admire and...
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Earthquakes shake Alberta town’s faith in fracking

Second 4.4-magnitude quake this year prompts regulator to issue its first stop order on oil and gas exploration due to seismic activity
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"...It was once a seismically stable area with about one measurable earthquake a year. More than 160 have been detected since December, 2013, about the time hydraulic fracturing began in earnest.

The Alberta Energy Regulator has attributed two earthquakes measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale so far in 2015 to hydraulic fracturing."

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Wildrose wants former Conservative cabinet ministers to appear before committee to account for spending

Wildrose wants former Conservative cabinet ministers to appear before committee to account for spending | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Wildrose finance critic Derek Fildebrandt wants former Conservative cabinet ministers to answer for how money was spent. Fildebrandt’s call came this week after it was revealed the former government spent more than $10 million rehabilitating the flood-damaged Kananaskis golf course and that another $1 million is still owed to Kan-Alta Management Ltd., the course’s private operator, which has ties to the Tory party.
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Will merger talks with the PC's shut this down? It'll be interesting to see what happens.

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Infrastructure sunshine list coming this fall: Mason

Infrastructure sunshine list coming this fall: Mason | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
None of the new schools promised by the PC government will be ready to open this fall, says Alberta Education.
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“I think we saw in Calgary-Elbow there were some serious concerns raised — including by the ethic commissioner — about the way school decisions were handled by the minister who was a candidate,” Mason explained.

“We want to prevent that kind of thing. We want to make sure infrastructure projects are awarded in sequence, according to their merits and according to, as much as possible, objective criteria.”

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Premier wants every cabinet minister to come up with plans to help protect rights and land of aboriginal community

Premier wants every cabinet minister to come up with plans to help protect rights and land of aboriginal community | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Premier Rachel Notley has sent a letter to her 11 cabinet ministers, asking them to review their ministries
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Can't say enough good things about this:

 

Schools will be introducing mandatory education to teach students about residential schools and indigenous culture, using curriculum developed with aboriginals, Ganley said.

 

“Because what we don’t want is the story of what we think happened because that’s not useful,” Ganley said. “The point is to have non-aboriginal people have a better understanding of aboriginal people.”

 

 

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It was a winding path to political power for new Human Services Minister Ifran Sabir

It was a winding path to political power for new Human Services Minister Ifran Sabir | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
In the new NDP government, there is no shortage of members with backgrounds as activists. For new Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir, however, that activism forced him to leave his home country. J...

Via Velvet Martin
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"...if people who are vulnerable, people who are in need of government support — if they don’t get that — it reflects as a whole on society and we fail as a society.”

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Braid: NDP throne speech brings spending, taxes, and a strange PC flame-out

Braid: NDP throne speech brings spending, taxes, and a strange PC flame-out | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
EDMONTON — As the New Democrats forge ahead with their dream of a shiny new future, the deposed Progressive Conservatives continue to impale themselves on the tarnished old past. The singular diver...
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Notley also praised Wildrose’s Jean for his proposal to review ethics and democracy. The premier and Jean will make a joint motion to form a special committee with nine NDP and eight opposition MLAs.

 
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Oil execs say Notley more 'collaborative' than Conservative government in tackling royalties

Oil execs say Notley more 'collaborative' than Conservative government in tackling royalties | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
'The door, actually, compared with the last time we looked at a royalty review, seems to be much further open,' Husky Energy chief operating officer Rob Peabody said
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New education minister pressing ahead with school-lunch program, full-day kindergarten, school-fee reductions

New education minister pressing ahead with school-lunch program, full-day kindergarten, school-fee reductions | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The NDP government announcement reversing unpopular education cuts is a signal of what’s to come for education in Alberta, says the province’s new education minister.
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Alberta Party Leader calls for changes to living allowances for MLAs

Alberta Party Leader calls for changes to living allowances for MLAs | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark is calling for changes
to the living allowance provided to MLAs who travel
more than 60 kilometres to work at the legislature,
saying the rules are
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Alberta NDP to make education announcement

Alberta NDP to make education announcement | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta's NDP government is set to make an
announcement about provincial education funding on
Thursday as Alberta school boards grapple with a
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Alberta Teachers Association President Mark Ramsankar is encouraging school boards to "just spend some time and wait for the new numbers" in order to avoid making unnecessary reductions to staff. He said the ATA is aware of some memos circulating "showing support staff being used as part of a target to balance budgets."

 

"I don't believe making plans or building a budget on numbers that are old because they're the only ones available," Ramsankar said, adding teachers need employment certainty soon so they before the school year begins in September.

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Incoming Alberta Premier Rachel Notley suspends rookie over photo

Incoming Alberta Premier Rachel Notley suspends rookie over photo | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Deborah Drever will sit as an Independent after the government is sworn in on Sunday
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Braid: The MLA, the photo, and Notley's massive challenges

Braid: The MLA, the photo, and Notley's massive challenges | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Warning: Includes graphic content Premier Designate Rachel Notley has a lot to worry about — her new government's budget, a throne speech, picking a cabinet, nominating a legislature speaker and .....
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Long-term strategy, preparation behind ‘shocking’ NDP win

Long-term strategy, preparation behind ‘shocking’ NDP win | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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.”
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...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.

 

Liberals, take note.

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Corporations owe Alberta $1.1B in unpaid taxes

Corporations owe Alberta $1.1B in unpaid taxes | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
One of only two provinces that do not contract with Canada Revenue Agency to collect corporate taxes, Alberta spent $34 million last year to collect $5.6 billion in corporate taxes.

While running its own administration meant Alberta got to keep about $230 million in interest and penalties it collected last year, it also means the province has to assume the risk if taxes assessed go unpaid and ultimately have to be written off.
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"One of only two provinces that do not contract with Canada Revenue Agency to collect corporate taxes, Alberta spent $34 million last year to collect $5.6 billion in corporate taxes.

While running its own administration meant Alberta got to keep about $230 million in interest and penalties it collected last year, it also means the province has to assume the risk if taxes assessed go unpaid and ultimately have to be written off."

 

 

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United right in Alberta inevitable, strategists say

United right in Alberta inevitable, strategists say | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Right-wing political strategists agree a united right in Alberta is inevitable, but some say a merger is still years away as the wounds from last year’s high-profile floor crossings heal.
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Alberta provincial court judges awarded $30K wage hike

Alberta provincial court judges awarded $30K wage hike | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The salary for Alberta provincial court judges will be hiked $30,000 annually, but the opposition says that's too much during a fiscal crisis.
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Former Police Chief assigned new officers to NE Calgary in final hour on the job

Former Police Chief assigned new officers to NE Calgary in final hour on the job | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
New documents obtained exclusively by CTV News show that former Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson was doing a lot more than just saying goodbye on his final day in office.
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The things people do ...

 

"Edmonton lawyer Tom Engel is calling on the new Alberta Solicitor General, Kathleen Ganley, to initiate an investigation into the issue by a third-party police force."

 

“To me, it’s a very clear conflict of interest, and it’s very surprising to say the least,” said Engel, Chair of the Alberta Criminal Trial Lawyers Association Policing Committee.
 

Engel said Hanson’s political ambitions were “an open secret,” and CPS Executive members should have stepped in.

 

“If they knew he was about to [run for political office] they had a duty to stop him,” he said.

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Throne speech: NDP plan higher taxes for wealthy Albertans, big business

Throne speech: NDP plan higher taxes for wealthy Albertans, big business | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The NDP government has launched Alberta's first post-Tory legislature session with a throne speech that promises laws to increase taxes on the wealthy and large corporations.
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Scientists call on Canada to bar new oil sands development

Scientists call on Canada to bar new oil sands development | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
More than 100 researchers sign statement
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The signers, who include a Nobel laureate, 12 fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, and 22 members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, offer 10 arguments for a moratorium, “each grounded in science.” For example, they write, a 2014 report by the government of Alberta—where large oil sands deposits are located—suggests that less than 0.2% of the area affected by oil sands mining has been reclaimed, despite the industry’s assurances. They also note that studies suggest Canada can’t meet its existing commitments to curb carbon emissions if mining expands.

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$1,930 monthly living allowance for MLAs too generous, Alberta Party Leader says

$1,930 monthly living allowance for MLAs too generous, Alberta Party Leader says | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark said Tuesday the flat-rate living allowance enjoyed by MLAs who live more than 60 kilometres from the provincial legislature is too generous and offers no incentive to save public dollars.
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Teachers and boards 'thrilled' with education funding announcement

Teachers and boards 'thrilled' with education funding announcement | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
School boards and teacher's associations are celebrating an announcement by the NDP government that will boost the education budget by $103 million.
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Braid: Insults and arrogance won't rebuild the troubled PCs

Braid: Insults and arrogance won't rebuild the troubled PCs | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
You might think the Progressive Conservatives' worst new problem is the nasty personal attack on the new health minister but there's something almost as damaging, if not so sensational.
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Big Oil to Rachel Notley: Bring on a carbon tax

Big Oil to Rachel Notley: Bring on a carbon tax | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
How much has the political landscape in Alberta changed? Big Oil is now pushing for a carbon tax.
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Tories let go of staff, close offices after election loss

Tories let go of staff, close offices after election loss | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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 […]
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Braid: After 43 years, the Alberta government isn't so easy to occupy

Braid: After 43 years, the Alberta government isn't so easy to occupy | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
It's a bit of a mess, this government changeover. Rachel Notley's New Democrats are struggling to get organized. For the PC government (yes, they're still the government) and Premier Jim Prentice (...
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