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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:31 am    Post subject: Jason Kenney to seek seat in Calgary Lougheed Reply with quote

( he's wasting no time in trying to get a seat in the legislature )

Calgary MLA steps aside, Jason Kenney seeks UCP nomination for byelection

Ryan White, Reporter / Producer

Published Sunday, October 29, 2017 1:56PM MDT
Last Updated Sunday, October 29, 2017 7:25PM MDT

Dave Rodney, the long-serving MLA for Calgary-Lougheed, has announced his retirement, a move that creates an opportunity for Jason Kenney, the newly selected leader of the United Conservative Party, to pursue the nomination as the party’s candidate in a future byelection.

“I thank the residents of Calgary-Lougheed for giving me the privilege of serving as their MLA for the past thirteen years,” said Rodney. “I’m confident that Jason will be an excellent representative for both the constituency and the province as a whole.”

"This is all about Mr. Kenney being the representative for Calgary-Lougheed and showing all Albertans what he can do as not just the official opposition leader but the premier-in-waiting."

Dave Rodney and Jason Kenney
Dave Rodney, Calgary-Lougheed MLA, announced his retirement on October 29, 2017 as UCP leader Jason Kenney looked on

Rodney says his resignation is effective Wednesday, November 1.

Kenney says he hopes and expects the byelection will be called before the end of 2017. “I’m confident that (Premier Notley) will respect the longstanding Westminster Parliamentary Convention of calling a byelection without delay when there is a party leader seeking entry to the Legislature to be leader of the opposition.”

The UCP leader says he does not expect a provincial election to be called early.

“This NDP government knows that they’re living on borrowed time, that three-quarters of Albertans want this government to be replaced,” said Kenney. It seems to me that this is not a pragmatic government, this is an ideological government. They’re ideological true-believers and they value every single day they have to try to change the province, to try to recreate it in their own political image.”

“I’m concerned that the NDP would violate the fixed election date legislation and try to move the date into 2020.”


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( if the ndp were smart they'd call the by election soon and not bother to even run a candidate cause whoever they run is going to be beaten badly and that make them look even more vulnerable going into next election )

Kenney to seek immediate by-election

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by Morinville News Staff

A day after winning the United Conservative Party (UCP) leadership, Jason Kenney announced his intention to immediately seek a seat in the Legislature in the riding of Calgary–Lougheed, following MLA Dave Rodney’s pending retirement.

“With the announcement of Dave’s retirement in Calgary–Lougheed, I am pleased to announce that I will be seeking the nomination for the United Conservative Party in Calgary-Lougheed in the coming by-election,” Kenney said in a media release Sunday afternoon.

“In the days and weeks ahead I look forward to meeting the families of Calgary-Lougheed and sharing with them the United Conservative Party’s goal of a government that is not afraid to stand up for the best interests of Alberta whether that be here in Alberta, with the Trudeau Government in Ottawa, or anywhere else our Province is under attack.”

UCP MLA Rodney said it has been privilege serving the constituency as MLA for the past thirteen years.

“I’m confident that Jason will be an excellent representative for both the constituency and the province as a whole,” Rodney said.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I reflect on it, I am even more impressed with Jason Kenney's performance. In life, there are a few people who can chart a course like this, make a plan, and execute the plan successfully. He deserved immense credit, forgetting the party affiliation -- he has a sense of statemanship, and the confidence to undertake what needs to be done.

When Jason Kenney first confided his plan to quit federal politics, run for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party, propose some kind of merger with the Wildrose Party, convince the grassroots of both parties to agree, and then run for leadership of the newly merged United Conservative Party in order to amalgamate all of the province’s Conservative votes and defeat the NDP in the 2019 election, I was skeptical.

That seemed too complicated. Kenney himself was too polarizing. His pitch to the electorate seemed off. There were too many potential points of failure. Too many things could go wrong.

But I was wrong! Kenney has executed all but the last of these steps masterfully — winning the leadership of the UCP with 61.1 per cent of the vote on Saturday night in Calgary.

This is the kind of leadership we need nationally.

Apart from policy, Kenney has the royal jelly, but the problem is, when we were looking for royal jelly, we confused that with paper qualifications. And we got all muddled up in one of these "fairer" electoral systems ... this one contrived to be "fair" to all those people who will never vote Conservative (figure that one out).

A quiet word of advice: whenever somebody tries to convince you of something because it's "fairer", check your wallet, cover your rectum, and quietly move towards the nearest exit. You are almost certainly being conned.

The Conservative Party must never do that again. It killed grassroots participation in the process, making it a matter of mathematics. People were expected to vote as if they went through 13 rounds in the abstract. In fact, they never even went through even one. The leadership election remained abstract, a bloodless internet thingy, without the sweaty interaction, without any real animating issues after O'Leary withdrew. (Bernier had no one to grapple with.)

There should have been hundreds of little conversations about what went wrong, and how to fix it. There ought to have been ice-cube clicking conclaves in hotel suites, where the cigars come out. An actual leadership convention like this, particularly when the party had lost power, ought to be a rallying point, and an opportunity to "test run" political ideas for the big show coming.

It isn't an exercise of 'pure theoretical democracy'. It's a meeting of a faction of society, which aims to win consensus around a different policy. Or to clean up corruption, or to take on a great new public project. It isn't all email mailing lists and poll results. It is a process where non-politicians get involved in hammering one factions' ideas for the future. It probably requires face-to-face contact amongst a national gathering of the party faithful, with lots of barstools, good coffee and some libations for later in the day. The interaction I am talking about is not that at the top, which happens all the time. I mean the interaction between the party membership at levels below that -- amongst the delegates. There are ways in which they are thrown together between the feature events.

And behind all the buzz would be the questions: what went wrong? How do we fix it?
How do we get back in power? And what can I do?

Instead, we got a special ballot that, in fact, stopped the actual political process, the bargaining, the use of patronage, etc and kept the actual 'membership' out of the picture! By taking the interaction out of it, and anointing the leader, they cut off the political process that is the heart of a renewal.

Now the national party has a leader that has NONE of what Kenney has. And the poor man has no sense of what the delegates want, as a collectivity. A hollow man can be an effective leader if he has a sense of what backs him. He didn't come out of the usual convention process. I don't know what to do about it now.

But we can't keep doing it.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:

A quiet word of advice: whenever somebody tries to convince you of something because it's "fairer", check your wallet, cover your rectum, and quietly move towards the nearest exit. You are almost certainly being conned.


Well Said;
I actually did laugh out loud.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

October 30, 2017

Left “frantic” over Jason Kenney’s majority UCP leadership win. Here’s why

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Over the weekend, Jason Kenney was voted in as leader of the United Conservative Party with 61.1% of the membership giving him their vote but of course, progressives went bananas on the internet suggesting the party’s new leader is “asinine” and “scary”.

They unleashed the same kind of rhetoric we’ve come to to expect from the left, but what’s really interesting is the reaction from political strategists and analysts who are comparing Kenney to Donald Trump and suggesting party members are homophobes that are a danger to the LGBTQ community.

Watch as I explain why this makes absolutely no sense on either count.

UCP MLA Dave Rodney has announced his retirement which paves the way for the new leader to seek the nomination in Calgary-Lougheed where his chances of winning are high since it’s a conservative stronghold.

Kenney managed to unite Alberta’s conservatives, win the leadership and now he’ll be running for a seat in the Legislature.

So far, he has seamlessly executed his political campaign plan.

Now, after proving that he can out-organize the left, Rachel Notley and her supporters should be worried.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Braid: New Democrats should not stall Calgary-Lougheed byelection

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Published on: October 29, 2017 | Last Updated: October 29, 2017 11:08 PM MDT

Based on evidence, history and a compelling sample of two (2!) people who actually live there, our decision desk here at column central declares Jason Kenney the winner in Calgary-Lougheed.

Really, who can imagine the new United Conservative Party leader losing a chunk of the territory he and ex-PM Stephen Harper dominated for nearly two decades?

But wait — in 2015, who imagined the NDP winning 15 seats in Calgary?

Everywhere the old sureties tremble. It’s dangerous to predict with complete certainty — even something as likely as yet another Jason Kenney victory in Calgary’s deep south.

The NDP intends to run a candidate against Kenney, says Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman. There will be no good-sport welcoming of a new official Opposition leader to the legislature.

“Absolutely, we welcome, anytime, to be able to engage Calgarians,” Hoffman says. “We stand for education.” Kenney, she adds, stands for deep cuts.

Hoffman was coy about when the byelection will actually be held. Governments always do this. They delight in flaunting their power to set byelection dates.

“The legislation does say six months, I believe, so there is a window,” Hoffman continues. “I imagine the premier (Rachel Notley) will be considering a number of factors.”

The Legislative Assembly Act does require that a byelection be called within six months of a vacancy being declared.

Technically, however, this could be drawn out for seven months — the six-month limit, plus 28 days of campaigning.

Notley would face a lot of criticism if she tried to stall for anywhere near that long. Indeed, no “factors” the NDP could come up with would justify a delay of more than a month. Kenney indicated Sunday he wouldn’t mind having the election done by Christmas.

Opposition party leaders have sometimes been stuck outside the legislature. Nick Taylor endured that for 12 years, leading the Alberta Liberals from the wilderness, until he was finally elected in 1986.

But that was because the Liberals were unpopular and a long way from the crucial status of official Opposition.

The UCP has a solid caucus and a major job in holding the government to account. The new leader (and Albertans, in fact) deserve the courtesy of an early byelection.

Calgary-Lougheed MLA Dave Rodney, who will resign to clear the way for Kenney, hands over prime conservative territory in the suburbs.

They say they first discussed this eight months ago, then didn’t talk about it much, and then revived the idea a few days ago.

Kenney has often said he would be happy to operate outside the house for a while, but would be obliged to run if a likely riding came up.

He’s also talked about a needed paycheque after 13 months of jobless campaigning.

A quick election would solve that problem. The leader of the Opposition earns $190,944 annually.

Kenney won six elections from 1997 to 2011 in the federal riding of Calgary Southeast, near the Calgary-Lougheed provincial constituency.

Harper won six elections from 2002 to 2015 in the federal Calgary Southwest riding that shares some territory with the Alberta riding.

Rodney has won the riding four straight times. The Progressive Conservatives, in fact, held it in all seven elections since the riding was created in 1993.

Rodney had a bit of a scare from the NDP in 2015, largely because of the vote split from Wildrose. He won by just 502 votes.

Kenney won’t have that problem as leader of the UCP. The whole point of the party is to heal the split.

Calgary-Lougheed riding is carved from the bedrock of Alberta conservatism. It’s probably as safe for Jason Kenney as Edmonton-Strathcona is for Notley herself.

That’s why Kenney would like to get yet another campaign done as soon as possible — and why the NDP might want to stall.

But it will be a lively test of scripts for the 2019 election.

The New Democrats will unload on Kenney over his stances on social issues. Kenney will charge them with trying to mask their economic disasters.

It will, in short, be one intriguing byelection. And it should come soon,

Don Braid’s column appears regularly in the Herald


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Graham Thomson: Opposition baiting premier to call a byelection soon for Jason Kenney — but she's not biting

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Published on: November 6, 2017 | Last Updated: November 6, 2017 6:03 PM MST

Edmonton Journal political affairs columnist Graham Thomson comments on United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney's search for a seat in the Alberta Legislature on Nov. 6, 2017.

Oh, what’s an official Opposition party to do?

It has a brand new leader, but the leader doesn’t have a seat in the legislature.

All Jason Kenney can do whenever he comes to the assembly is sit impotently in the public galleries like any mere mortal or, horrors, like the schmucks across the way in the press gallery.

Kenney desperately wants a seat in the legislative arena where the action is.

And he could get one relatively easily. But he is dependant on the help of his sworn political enemy, Premier Rachel Notley.

Kenney needs Notley to call a byelection in Calgary-Lougheed. That’s the riding held until last Wednesday by United Conservative Party MLA Dave Rodney, who dutifully resigned for the express purpose of triggering a byelection to get his leader, Kenney, a seat in the assembly.

Notley, by law, has six months to call the byelection, but Kenney is hoping she’ll bow to parliamentary tradition and fast-track things as a courtesy to the leader of the Opposition. Of course, the UCP and Kenney are presupposing he will easily win the byelection. I would say that’s not a bad assumption given the current state of Alberta politics, particularly in Calgary.

It’s just that the UCP is not being particularly humble about the whole affair. And it’s not being particularly courteous when asking for a courtesy.

During question period Monday, UCP house leader Jason Nixon harangued Notley over when she would call the byelection to get Kenney a seat.

“They clearly are nervous about him,” said Nixon. “It’s clear that they’re eager to debate him. Why won’t the premier do the right thing, call a byelection immediately, and get Jason Kenney here in the house? Is she nervous?”

Notley probably is a bit nervous about Kenney, given his impressive track record the past year where he scuttled the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties to form the UCP — and then went on to become leader of the party he created.

But Notley certainly didn’t appear nervous in the assembly Monday.

Quite the opposite.

She seemed to be relishing the fact she can let Kenney twist in the wind.

“Let me be absolutely, absolutely, completely clear on this matter,” said Notley with a broad smile. “Not only am I not nervous, I can’t wait. That being said, as I’ve said already twice, it will be called in due course.”

Notley can’t keep this up for six months. She’d just end up looking arrogant, cruel or worse, nervous.

She should call the byelection so Kenney can be in the assembly for the spring sitting that usually starts in February or March.

It might help, though, if the UCP would ask a little more nicely.

Perhaps, take a page from the playbook of Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark.

This past week, he’s been asking for more questions in question period and more money for his caucus budget. He made the argument he deserves more of each because his caucus now has two members — himself and former NDP MLA Karen McPherson, who joined the Alberta Party last week.

Neither the NDP nor the UCP seemed especially eager to support Clark’s plea, perhaps because the NDP doesn’t want to reward a political traitor and the UCP maybe was afraid it would have to give up questions during question period.

However, Speaker Robert Wanner came to Clark’s rescue.

He ruled Monday the Alberta Party caucus, which used to get eight questions every two weeks, will get 10 questions (there will be one less question each for the Liberals and backbench NDP MLAs). Clark’s “leader’s allowance” that helps pay for caucus research will be doubled to $272,000 from $136,000 a year.

It’s not a big boost in the number of questions or the amount of money. But Clark is pleased.

He is now leader of the “third party” opposition and, even though it has just six per cent of the private member seats in the assembly, it will have 10 per cent of the opposition questions.

Clark won this little coup by making his case persuasively and by asking nicely.

The UCP might want to take notes.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( it sounds like Kenney will get his early by election , with ndp planning to make gay rights there big issue , although either way its doubtful the riding won't send kenney to the legislature so he can lead the opposition )

Braid: NDP sets early byelection for riding Kenney needs to win

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Published on: November 16, 2017 | Last Updated: November 16, 2017 5:00 AM MST

Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party have been demanding a quick byelection in the vacant riding of Calgary-Lougheed.

Now they’ve got it.

The vote will be held Dec. 14, Postmedia has learned. The announcement will come from the NDP about midday Thursday.

Long-serving MLA Dave Rodney obligingly resigned the seat on Oct. 29, right after Kenney won the UCP leadership.

Ever since, the UCP caucus and Kenney himself have been demanding an early vote to get the official Opposition leader into the legislature.

This call isn’t just quick, it’s light-speed for a byelection, especially when decision day will come so close to Christmas.

The NDP lost the riding to Progressive Conservative Rodney in 2015 by only 502 votes. But the conservative vote was split, with Wildrose finishing a strong third.

Today there’s no Wildrose and no PCs, only the united conservatives. In a south Calgary area where Kenney has won six federal elections, and former prime minister Stephen Harper won another six nearby, it’s hard to imagine anything but a wipeout.

Maybe the NDP just wants to get the inevitable over with. And the season probably guarantees that a lot of Calgary-Lougheed residents won’t pay much attention.

But the New Democrats say they’ll use the opportunity to call out Kenney on spending cuts and his opposition to Bill 24, the gay-straight alliance legislation that passed Wednesday.

“We know we’re underdogs in this byelection, but we welcome the chance to take the issues to the people of Calgary-Lougheed,” says Cheryl Oates, Premier Rachel Notley’s communications director.

Their candidate is Phillip van der Merwe, 52, a family physician who practises in Mission. He will be acclaimed at a party meeting Saturday.

The Liberals haven’t yet nominated but do plan to field a candidate quickly. The Alberta Party didn’t have a candidate last time.

Van der Merwe has worked with Greg Clark and the Alberta Party in the past two elections, including help with fundraising.

He’s with the New Democrats now, he says, “because I don’t believe the NDP is anything but a good centrist alternative for all Albertans … an inclusive and welcoming party.”

This is exactly what the NDP wants to see — movement of progressives away from their other two choices, the Liberals and the Alberta Party, to the government side.

Van der Merwe is a gay man, married, who plans to call out Kenney on his opposition to Bill 24, which basically prohibits schools from notifying parents of a student’s membership in a gay-straight alliance.

The UCP caucus voted solidly against the bill Wednesday.

Van der Merwe, who’s originally from South Africa, says opposing safe places for LGBTQ kids in schools, especially when suicide rates are so high, “is indefensible and disrespectful.”

He’ll also take on Kenney over attitudes to health care.

During 11 years of advocacy for quality care, van der Merwe said, “I have dealt with numerous governments, premiers, health care ministers and senior health care bureaucrats, and never really gotten anywhere.

“And finally this (NDP) government came along, which actually was a breath of fresh air.

“They started listening to evidence, they started listening to expert opinion … this is the reason why the light went on for me with this party. They’re just different in a very good way.”

Van der Merwe has never run for office before. The New Democrats will give him all the support it can — this is no throwaway campaign for them. But he’ll be facing a battle-ready politician who is widely regarded, even by his enemies, as a master campaigner.

The evidence is pretty clear — Kenney wins federal elections, provincial leadership races, party unity votes, and probably the hockey pool too.

He’ll unleash his furious blasts about NDP fiscal ruin at van der Merwe. They can be hard to face down. We’ll see, though, if Kenney considers it worth his while to attend public debates.

Despite the massive odds in Kenney’s favour, the stakes will be enormous on Dec. 14. Really, what if he lost?

Don Braid’s column appears regularly in the Herald


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Notley expected to call byelection for Dec. 14 in Calgary-Lougheed

Riding became vacant when MLA Dave Rodney stepped aside for new UCP Leader Jason Kenney to run

The Canadian Press Posted: Nov 16, 2017 10:39 AM MT| Last Updated: Nov 16, 2017 11:52 AM MT

Jason Kenney celebrates his victory as the first leader of Alberta's United Conservative Party on Oct. 28. He will get the chance to contest a seat in legislature in a byelection on Dec. 14.

United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney is getting his chance to gain a seat in the Alberta Legislature.

Sources tell The Canadian Press that Premier Rachel Notley is expected to call a byelection Thursday in the constituency of Calgary–Lougheed for Dec. 14.

The riding has been vacant since Nov. 1 when United Conservative member of the legislature Dave Rodney resigned to give Kenney a chance to win a seat.

Earlier this week, Kenney was acclaimed as his party's candidate in the constituency.

Kenney is a former federal Conservative cabinet minister who successfully merged Alberta's Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives this year.

He won a vote last month to become leader of the new party.

Calgary physician Phillip van der Merwe is the sole candidate for the NDP nomination and is expected to be acclaimed this weekend.


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Calgary-Lougheed byelection called for December 14

Dave Rodney and Jason Kenney
Dave Rodney, Calgary-Lougheed MLA, announced his retirement on October 29, 2017 with UCP leader Jason Kenney at his side.

Ryan White, Reporter / Producer

Published Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:40PM MST

Residents of Calgary-Lougheed will head to the polls next month for the byelection to select Dave Rodney’s successor.

On Thursday, Premier Rachel Notley called the byelection for Decemeber 14.

“I think there's a lot to be said for moving ahead with it,” said Notley. “There's obviously people calling for it to happen sooner rather than later and I don't think there's any reason not to move ahead in a reasonably expeditious way.”

Calgary-Lougheed has been without an MLA since November 1 when Rodney’s resignation went into effect.

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney has been acclaimed as his party’s nominee for the byelection.

Premier Notley admits the NDP candidate in the Calgary-Lougheed byelection, Phillip Van Der Merwe, is in for a fight.

“That riding went to the PCs in 2015 so no question it is an uphill battle,” said Notley, “I still think all voters in the riding have the right to be able to choose from different options as they cast their ballot.”

The Alberta Party and Alberta Liberal Party have yet to announce byelection candidates or if they plan to field a candidate.


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( the alberta liberal leader has decided to also run in the by election , publicity stunt maybe ? he clearly isn't going to win )

Alberta Liberal Party leader tosses hat in the ring for Calgary byelection

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Published on: November 17, 2017 | Last Updated: November 17, 2017 4:40 PM MST

Alberta Liberal Party leader David Khan in a file photo. Ed Kaiser / Postmedia

Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Khan announced Friday he’s tossing his hat in the ring in the upcoming Calgary byelection.

He’ll face off against United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney, who also needs a seat in the legislature.

On Thursday, Premier Rachel Notley confirmed the byelection in Calgary-Lougheed will take place Dec. 14.

Longtime MLA Dave Rodney, a former Progressive Conservative who has held the seat since 2004, stepped down to pave the way for Kenney, shortly after Kenney was elected UCP leader.

Khan said he wants to debate Kenney publicly in Calgary-Lougheed before the vote.

“I hope Mr. Kenney will be courageous enough to debate in a town hall forum … so that the constituents … can see from both of us first-hand what our vision is for the province and for the community,” Khan said.

“I hope he takes up my challenge.”

The Calgary-based lawyer said he’s under no illusion about the “hard fight” ahead of him in a district considered to be a conservative stronghold.

“We know that I’m up against the UCP machine and lots of dark PAC money that I’ve been raising the alarm on since June,” Khan told reporters after making the announcement at the Shaw Convention Centre in Edmonton, where the Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) convention was held this week.

Dr. Phillip van der Merwe is the NDP’s candidate.

Notley acknowledged Thursday it will be a tough seat to win.

“There’s no question it’s an uphill battle, but I still think all voters in that riding have a right to be able to choose from different options as they cast their ballot,” she told reporters.

The Alberta Liberal Party has one seat in the legislature, held by David Swann


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( its clear alberta politics has been turned upside down by the UCP merger , saw another article that talked about former pc mla's attending an alberta party AGM as they search for a new home , this is clearly a hail mary attempt by the liberal leader to keep the party relevant , even if he somehow came in second that might be a moral victory if he was able to at least beat the ndp but he will certainly split the progressive vote between himself and ndp )

Alberta Liberal Party selects leader David Khan as candidate for Calgary-Lougheed byelection

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David Khan addresses the media in Edmonton on November 17 after being selected as the Alberta Liberal Party's candidate for the Calgary-Lougheed byeelction

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Published Saturday, November 18, 2017 12:21PM MST

Two provincial party leaders are set to face-off in the race to secure the seat left vacant by the resignation of long-serving MLA Dave Rodney.

On Friday, David Khan, the leader of the Alberta Liberal Party, was selected as his party’s candidate for the December 14 byelection in Calgary-Lougheed.

"I 'm looking forward to meeting with constituents in Calgary-Lougheed and hearing about their concerns," said Khan.

Khan will appear on the byelection ballot alongside the names of United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney and NDP candidate Dr. Phillip van der Merwe. The Alberta Party has yet to announce a byelection candidate.

“I’m under no illusion that this isn’t a big battle,” said Khan. “It’s going to be a hard fight but I think it’s really important that we provide leadership and show and contrast our policies with those of Jason Kenney.”

“The best way we can do that is to go straight to the fight with him and I’m not afraid to do that.”

Calgary-Lougheed has been a conservative stronghold since its creation in 1993 as voters selected the Progressive Conservative candidate in the last seven general elections.


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Kenney opens Calgary-Lougheed campaign office, says byelection a chance to send strong message to NDP

UCP leader will face Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Kahn in Dec. 14 byelection

CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2017 7:36 PM MT| Last Updated: Nov 19, 2017 8:16 PM MT

About 100 supporters were on-hand to watch Jason Kenney cut the red ribbon on his Calgary-Lougheed campaign office on Sunday.

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenny cut the ribbon on his Calgary-Lougheed campaign office on Sunday, officially launching his bid for a seat in the Alberta Legislature.

About 100 Kenney supporters were on-hand for the event, including former Calgary-Lougheed MLA Dave Rodney, who resigned his seat on Nov. 1 to make room for Kenney to run in the Dec. 14 byelection.

Rodney had served 13 years in the Legislature.

"Dave has given the people of Calgary-Lougheed a wonderful opportunity to send a strong and clear message to the NDP to stop raising our taxes, stop quadrupling our debt, stop killing our jobs, stop hurting Alberta and start standing up for this province," Kenney told the crowd.

Kenney is a former federal Conservative cabinet minister who helped merge Alberta's Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties this year.

Two of the three candidates running in the Calgary-Lougheed byelection are provincial party leaders without a seat in the legislature — Kenney and Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Kahn.

Kenney was named leader of the newly formed UCP in October, while Kahn was elected Liberal leader in June.

Dr. Phillip van der Merwe is also running in the byelection under the NDP banner.

Kenney said this byelection is a chance for the people of Calgary-Lougheed to send a message to Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP.

"The vast majority of Albertans and Calgarians disapprove of the tax-raising, job-killing economic job policies of the NDP government," Kenney said.

"We've united common-sense conservatives into one big party and this is the chance to have a leader of the opposition to hold the NDP to account."


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( the green party leader is also now running in the by election , didn't realise the alberta green party was still active )

Three party leaders face off in Calgary-Lougheed byelection

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Published on: November 20, 2017 | Last Updated: November 20, 2017 12:19 PM MST

Another provincial party leader will run in the Calgary-Lougheed byelection.

Green Party Leader Romy Tittel will be the party’s candidate in the Dec. 14 vote.

She joins United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney and Liberal Leader David Khan in contesting the byelection, which was prompted by the resignation of UCP MLA Dave Rodney to allow Kenney to gain a legislature seat.

The NDP have nominated physician Phillip van der Merwe.

Elections Alberta meanwhile announced that it has opened its office and appointed a returning officer and election clerk for the race.

Canadian citizens who have lived in the riding since June 14 and are at least 18 are eligible to vote. Voters not on the list of electors can register online at the Elections Alberta site or at a polling station on election day or at the advance vote with proper identification.

Advance polls will run from Dec. 6 to 9.

There are 30,023 electors currently registered in Calgary-Lougheed. Voter turnout for the riding in the 2015 provincial election was 51 per cent, compared to the provincial voter turnout of 57 per cent


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Braid: NDP hopes tide is turning as Notley gets cheers in Calgary

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Published on: November 24, 2017 | Last Updated: November 24, 2017 5:00 AM MST

Rachel Notley seemed to be bouncing on air as she walked along the hallway in the Telus Convention Centre, on her way to a news conference.

This was one happy premier.

She’d just been cheered heartily several times by a huge crowd at the annual meeting of the Albert Urban Municipalities Association. As she finished, the delegates gave her an almost unanimous standing O.

This is new. It may also be a lot bigger than applause from one audience. The New Democrats believe, and they may be right, that 2½ years after they won, civic decision-makers are finally warming to them.

That would be a huge change. Many Calgarians remember Notley’s frigid reception by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce in October 2015.

A hostile silence hung over that crowd for 40 minutes. It was painful, even insulting.

Notley shrugged it off — people were just listening hard, she said. The animosity was partly her fault. She’d got the tone wrong by failing to talk about the thousands in Calgary who were being laid off.

Notley gets another chance Friday when she speaks to the chamber. But whatever happens there, her friendly welcome by the AUMA crowd was significant.

These are politicians from urban municipalities all over the province. Forty-six per cent of them have just been elected for the first time, in last month’s civic elections.

From now until the next provincial election (and maybe after) their only experience will be with the NDP. They’re the incubator of a new power base, if the NDP can win them over.

One councillor from Hinton, Dewly Nelson, said, “People don’t like all the NDP policies, but, in general, I think they’re doing the right things, the things that had to be done.” That drew nods from his colleagues at the Hinton table.

Notley herself suggested that people are getting used to the NDP, and recognize that the government has good intentions and wants to work with them.

The NDP’s generous infrastructure spending doesn’t hurt, either.

Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous said, “People in the municipalities are happy that they’re getting things built that they had been requesting for many years, without success.”

In the PCs’ end-of-days phase, one of their many problems was an oddly combative attitude to municipal councils that had been the core of their power base for decades.

The NDP arrived with what they hoped was a friendly and co-operative attitude. Also with money.

The first reaction was often open hostility to the unfamiliar.

Who could a mayor call? Where were the contact points? After more than 40 years of the PCs, it was almost frightening to deal with a new and very different crowd.

A lot of that feeling is fading as familiarity grows. Notley is also more adept with her audiences.

The AUMA people loved her unambiguous backing for pipelines and the energy industry.

Rachel Notley discusses the merits of pipelines at a business luncheon at the Empire Club of Canada in Toronto on Nov. 20, 2017. Mark Blinch / The Canadian Press

They applauded her call for Ottawa to “step up” for the Kinder Morgan pipelines, and for fair National Energy Board rules. She blasted the “overreach” of suddenly making Energy East subject to downstream emissions review.

The premier also rolled out her general strategy for the budget and deficits.

It may make these municipal people wonder how deeply United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney plans to cut. In the end, civic leaders and many voters could find the NDP approach more palatable.

“We invested during the downturn to grow,” Notley said.

“Now is the point in the plan where the same steady approach that saw us through the recession is going to see us carefully and compassionately tighten our belts, and ask others to tighten theirs.

“Rest assured that a starting point in these conversations will always be stability and predictability for our municipalities.”

Thursday evening, Notley was at the NDP candidate launch for the Calgary-Lougheed byelection.

The New Democrats intend to fight this one hard. Their goal isn’t necessarily to win on Dec. 14, but to give Kenney a serious scare and show that he and the UCP are vulnerable.

At a Manning Centre function in Red Deer last weekend, UCP MLA Nathan Cooper told the audience that his party has to be careful not to underestimate Notley and the NDP, or appear arrogant to the voters, because the election is no sure thing.

That fear may not be exaggerated.

Don Braid’s column appears regularly in the Herald

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