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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:54 am    Post subject: former Alberta pc mla's joining Alberta party Reply with quote

( it shows how much alberta politics has been turned upside down since the UCP conservative party was formed )


Former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel to run for Alberta Party leadership

The former PC health minister has been quiet since losing his Edmonton seat in the 2015 provincial election

By Michelle Bellefontaine, CBC News Posted: Jan 08, 2018 5:37 PM MT| Last Updated: Jan 08, 2018 6:00 PM MT

Stephen Mandel is expected to announce Wednesday his candidacy for leadership of the Alberta Party.


CBC News has learned former Edmonton mayor and Alberta PC health minister Stephen Mandel will run for the leadership of the Alberta Party.

Sources confirm Mandel will make an announcement Wednesday in Edmonton.

The rumour mill started Monday after Mandel posted a tweet for the first time since he lost his Edmonton-Whitemud seat in the May 2015 provincial election.
■Calgary MLA Rick Fraser registers as Alberta Party leadership candidate

The tweet was a photo of an upside-down grain elevator with the date of Jan. 10, 2018.


Mandel served three terms as mayor of Edmonton between 2004 and 2013.

In the fall of 2014, he came out of retirement to serve as minister of health under former Progressive Conservative premier Jim Prentice. He became the MLA for Edmonton-Whitemud after winning the byelection in October 2014.

However, Mandel's time in provincial politics was short-lived. He lost his seat to NDP candidate Bob Turner in the May 2015 provincial election, which saw the Conservative dynasty defeated by the Alberta New Democrats.

Mandel will join independent MLA Rick Fraser, Calgary energy lawyer Kara Levis and Jacob Huffman in the Alberta Party race.

More candidates may announce this week prior to the party's Jan. 15 deadline.

Alberta Party members will choose a new leader on Feb. 27

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former Alberta Party leader 'thrilled' by new caucus member

Former Alberta Party leader Greg Clark says he is happy more candidates have entered the race to replace him

By Kim Trynacity , CBC News Posted: Jan 09, 2018 4:58 PM MT| Last Updated: Jan 09, 2018 4:58 PM MT

Greg Clark, who suddenly resigned as Alberta Party leader last November, said he is 'thrilled' to have a new member join his caucus.



The outgoing leader of the Alberta Party says he's "thrilled" to have another new member join his caucus.

Greg Clark told reporters in Edmonton Tuesday that the addition of former PC MLA Rick Fraser to the Alberta Party caucus shows Albertans they have political "options."
■Clark was 'backed into a corner' over leadership of Alberta Party, sources say

"I'm thrilled to see that Rick has agreed to join us to work together to build a real option in the next election," said Clark.

"Most Albertans are not far right, or far left, and the Alberta Party represents those values," said Clark, holding up an Alberta Party T-shirt featuring the phrase "making friends left and right."

Fraser makes it official

Rick Fraser announced in Calgary today he is not only joining the Alberta Party, but is also running to be the party's new leader.

Elected as a PC MLA for Calgary-South East in 2012 and 2015, Fraser left the United Conservative Party (UCP) caucus, after the PC and Wildrose parties merged last summer.

Elected twice as a PC MLA, Rick Fraser has now joined the Alberta Party
Former PC-turned-Independent MLA Rick Fraser has joined the Alberta Party, and is running to be its new leader. (Rick Fraser)

Sitting as an Independent MLA in the legislature, Fraser never ruled out joining the Alberta Party.

Calling the Alberta Party a "right fit" with his personal convictions and values, Fraser said during a news conference in Calgary he intends to attract new members who may not have previously been involved in politics.

"I worry that we continue to go back to the same playbook just to win elections," said Fraser, recounting his experience as a member of previous PC governments.

Candidate field expanding

Fraser joins Calgary lawyer Kara Levis and Jacob Huffman in the race.

It's widely expected former Edmonton mayor and one-time Alberta Health Minister Stephen Mandel will announce his leadership bid for the Alberta Party tomorrow.

Asked today in Edmonton about his political intentions, Mandel said he'll have something to say about it Wednesday.

Clark says now that Fraser has joined the Alberta Party caucus, he intends to ask Speaker of the Legislature Bob Wanner for additional funding resources and more time during question period.

Last October, former Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill NDP MLA Karen McPherson crossed the floor to sit as an Independent, then joined Clark as a member of the Alberta Party.

The addition of Fraser raises the number of Alberta Party caucus members to three.

Clark, who abruptly announced he was stepping down as leader last November, said the addition of new leadership candidates is a positive step for the Alberta Party, which is trying to attract new members.

"This is the plan, this is the way it's supposed to go," said Clark


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Put up or shut up:' Former Tory Rick Fraser wants to lead Alberta Party


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Published on: January 9, 2018 | Last Updated: January 9, 2018 4:13 PM MST



Rick Fraser has declared he is running for leadership of the Alberta Party. Postmedia Archives


Saying it’s time to “put up or shut up,” former Tory Rick Fraser officially joined the Alberta Party and threw his hat in the ring for the party’s leadership on Tuesday.

At an announcement with his wife and two sons beside him, the Calgary South East MLA — elected as a Progressive Conservative in 2012 and 2015 — said Albertans deserve a better type of politics than what’s been seen in the polarized conflict between the NDP government and the United Conservative Party.

“I’m running for the leader of the Alberta Party because that hope is not going to be realized without action. So it’s time for me to put up or shut up, as they say,” said Fraser, who left the UCP to sit as an Independent shortly after the new party was formed last summer by agreement of PC and Wildrose members.

Fraser, a 45-year-old former paramedic and union official, is one of a number of high-profile former Tories who have joined the Alberta Party since the formation of the UCP.

Stephen Mandel, the former Edmonton mayor and PC cabinet minister who lost his seat in the last election, is expected to announce his own candidacy for the Alberta Party leadership on Wednesday.


Fraser, who served as an associate minister in Alison Redford’s PC cabinet, said he’s not interested in a takeover of the Alberta Party by former Tories or trying to re-create the PC party.

“I made it very clear that I was not going to be part of anything in terms of a takeover,” he said.

“This is about bringing people together of all political stripes.”

“We can easily and healthily turn the chapter on what was the PCs. That party is gone and this is a new party, and we’re looking to a better future.”

Fraser said he will release specific policy proposals during the course of the leadership campaign, which will see Alberta Party members vote on a preferential ballot, with results released Feb. 27.

He said his goal is to lead the party to victory in the next provincial election.

Mandel could prove to be a significant factor in the Alberta Party race however.

Chris LaBossiere, a former Alberta Party president and PC candidate who is a friend of Mandel’s, said the former mayor and businessman will bring an extensive network of supporters — and a team that represents the next generation — to the race.

“He’s more formidable than people might think,” said LaBossiere.

Kara Levis, a lawyer for Trans Canada Corp. and chair of the National Women’s Liberal Commission, is also running for the Alberta Party leadership.

Levis welcomed Fraser into both the Alberta Party caucus and the leadership race Tuesday but said that not carrying baggage from the PC party is one of her advantages in the campaign.

In particular, she said, Mandel’s appointment as health minister by Jim Prentice before even being elected may be tough for many Alberta Party members to swallow.

“But, I mean, it also shows that we’re drawing from both the right and the left. The centre is a big space,” said Levis.

Fraser’s move to the Alberta Party raises the caucus number to three.

The party’s leadership race was sparked last fall when Calgary-Elbow MLA Greg Clark stepped down as leader in order to generate interest and excitement around the Alberta Party.

Clark, who is staying neutral in the leadership race, said he is “thrilled” Fraser has come aboard.

Conversations between the two men date back to before the fall session.

“His job No. 1 is looking after his constituents. That’s what Albertans should expect from their MLAs, and that’s what Rick delivers,” Clark said.

Jacob Huffman, who previously threatened to run for the Alberta Liberal leadership on a comical platform, has also registered with Elections Alberta as a potential Alberta Party leadership candidate.

The party’s deadline for entry to the race, which includes a $10,000 fee, is next Monday.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Months after leaving UCP caucus, Calgary MLA Rick Fraser joins Alberta Party



Alberta Party race

A number of political figures across the province have announced they are joining the party leadership’s race.



Julia Parrish
Julia Parrish, Web Reporter, CTV Edmonton

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Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 11:52AM MST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:44PM MST

Calgary MLA Rick Fraser joined Alberta Party ranks Tuesday morning, months after he left the United Conservative Party caucus.

The announcement was made Tuesday morning in Calgary.

“Rick went through a long and thoughtful process and he actively listened to the constituents of Calgary-South East,” Former Alberta Party leader Greg Clark said in a statement.


Rick Fraser announcement
Calgary - South East MLA Rick Fraser announces plans to seek the leadership of the Alberta Party, after he officially joined the party caucus, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Fraser left the UCP Caucus to sit as an independent in late September.


Fraser also announced plans to run for the leadership of his new party. Clark stepped down as leader in early November, 2017 to spark a leadership race.

Calgary lawyer Kara Levis was the first to announce plans to seek leadership of the Alberta Party in mid-December, 2017.

Candidates have until January 15 to submit applications to run – voting is set to open on February 25, and close on February 27.


https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/months-after-leaving-ucp-caucus-calgary-mla-rick-fraser-joins-alberta-party-1.3752096
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Calgary MLA Rick Fraser registers as Alberta Party leadership candidate

Fraser left UCP to sit as independent in September

By Michelle Bellefontaine, CBC News Posted: Jan 08, 2018 3:34 PM MT| Last Updated: Jan 08, 2018 3:34 PM MT

Calgary-South East MLA Rick Fraser has been an independent since September.



Calgary-South East MLA Rick Fraser is expected to announce his bid to lead the Alberta Party Tuesday, although his announcement was pre-empted by the Elections Alberta website.

Fraser was elected a Progressive Conservative in the 2012 and 2015 elections. According to Elections Alberta, he registered as an Alberta Party leadership candidate on Dec. 30.


Fraser was a member of the United Conservative caucus after the PCs and Wildrose parties merged last summer, but left in September to sit as an independent.

Fraser faced questions about his political intentions after former NDP-turned-independent MLA Karen McPherson joined the Alberta Party caucus in October.

He never ruled out running for the Alberta Party and said he was weighing his options.

Fraser will join Calgary lawyer Kara Levis and Jacob Huffman in the race.

The deadline for joining the leadership contest is Jan. 15. Party members will make their choice on Feb. 27.

The leadership race was triggered when leader Greg Clark stepped down in November.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this seems to illustrate the old belief that some in the old alberta pc party weren't really conservative . back then if you wanted to be an mla in the alberta legislature , the easiest way to do so was run for the pc's , so they attracted a lot of candidates who weren't actually that conservative so of course some of them would fit in the alberta party , a so called centrist party


it seems odd to me the alberta party is even having a leadership race , isn't it obvious that its current leader Greg Clark is its only hope for a break thru ?


the idea that an unknown mla in Rick Fraser running a serious campaign for premier or even opposition leader against Rachel Notley and Jason Kenney is a joke , none of the other candidates have much profile either , it would seem that whoever they end up with its going to be a downgrade from the current leader
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( a former alberta pc member has been chosen as leader of the alberta party )


Stephen Mandel chosen new leader of Alberta Party

Mandel will replace Calgary-Elbow MLA Greg Clark as leader of the party, which has three MLAs

By Michelle Bellefontaine, CBC News Posted: Feb 27, 2018 6:11 PM MT| Last Updated: Feb 27, 2018 6:11 PM MT

Stephen Mandel addresses members after he was chosen Alberta Party leader Tuesday evening.


Former Edmonton mayor and Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Stephen Mandel has been chosen the next leader of the Alberta Party.

Mandel got 66 per cent of the 4,613 votes cast in a race against Calgary lawyer Kara Levis and Calgary-South East MLA Rick Fraser. Levis and Fraser received 18 per cent and 16 per cent of the votes, respectively.

Mandel told reporters after the announcement Tuesday that he plans to win the next provincial election in 2019.

"No question," he said. "I wouldn't do this to be second place, kiddo. This is about winning."

Mandel replaces Calgary-Elbow MLA Greg Clark as leader of the party, which has three MLAs in the 87-member Alberta legislature.

Mandel does not have a seat, but said he has no plans to seek one until the 2019 election, even with an upcoming byelection in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake.

Former UCP MLA Don MacInytre resigned that seat earlier this month after he was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference. A byelection must be called within six months of his resignation.

Mandel will instead focus on getting the party ready for the 2019 election, which includes recruiting candidates across the province.

"We've got some great people in the House with Karen [McPherson] and Greg [Clark] and Rick [Fraser]," he said. "They can do a wonderful job."

Despite their loss, both Levis and Fraser want to run as Alberta Party candidates in the 2019 election, with Levis considering a run in Calgary-Klein.

Turnout for the leadership vote was high, with 72 per cent of eligible members casting a ballot. Given that number, Levis said she wasn't surprised by Mandel's win.

"Stephen Mandel had recruited quite a number of members and I give his team credit for that work and also making sure those people got out and voted," she said.

Fraser said the loss stung a little, but said the campaign was a good learning experience. Fraser brushed off the issue of the party's new leader not having a seat in the legislature.

"I will do whatever I can to support him and the party while I'm in the legislature and that's my role now," he said.

More members

Clark stepped down in November in what he said was a bid to increase interest and membership sales in the party. He told reporters that the leadership race helped the party reach those goals.


"We've captured the attention and, I hope, the imagination of Albertans," Clark said. "We've shown that there is a viable option in the middle of the political spectrum. And the good news is that's where most Albertans are."

Tuesday's announcement at the Lister Conference Centre in Edmonton followed two-and-a-half days of online voting.

The party has seen a surge of interest in the past year.

In March 2017, the party had 1,024 members.That number increased 6,543 by Feb. 12, the deadline for people to buy memberships if they wanted to vote for the new leader.

ALBERTA PARTY LEADER 20180227
New leader of the Alberta Party Stephen Mandel, is followed by Kara Levis, and Rick Fraser as they make their way in for the leadership announcement. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)

The party has attracted some former members of the Progressive Conservative party who feel the United Conservative Party isn't progressive enough on social issues.

The UCP formed last summer after a majority of PC and Wildrose members voted to merge their parties.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mandel wins Alberta Party leadership


Stephen Mandel emerged victorious Tuesday after securing 66 per cent of vote, defeating Calgary-South East MLA Rick Fraser and Calgary lawyer Kara Levis for the Alberta Party's top job.


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Published on: February 27, 2018 | Last Updated: February 27, 2018 9:09 PM MST



Mandel Elected Alberta Party Leader 1:19



The new leader of the Alberta Party, former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel, has his sight set firmly on the premier’s chair come 2019.

“I wouldn’t do this to be second place; this is about winning,” he said Tuesday night.

Mandel emerged from the party’s two-month leadership campaign with 66 per cent of the vote.

The 72-year-old defeated Calgary lawyer Kara Levis (18 per cent) and Calgary-South East MLA Rick Fraser (16 per cent) to take the top job. Just over 70 per cent of the party’s 6,443 eligible members cast a vote.


The former Progressive Conservative health minister is confident the party can build its membership base to 50,000 over the next year, and is eyeing cultural groups as a potential opportunity.

But he will have to work fast.

The party he leads will be pitted against the governing NDP and 100,000-member United Conservative Party.

To have more than a snowball’s hope in hell, the third-place party will need more members, more money and more name recognition.

That’s quite the daunting task, but Mandel said he is up for the challenge.

He won’t pursue a seat in the house right away unless his home turf — Edmonton-McClung, currently held by New Democrat Lorne Dach — opens up.

Instead, he plans to travel the province, getting the word out about the party and its policies based on fiscal and social responsibility, sustainability, democracy and quality of life.

“There’s a lot of people around Alberta looking for a different view, a different vision — a vision of inclusiveness and diversity, of diversifying the economy — and the Alberta Party will bring that,” Mandel said.

“Exactly according to plan”

Former leader Greg Clark, whose resignation triggered the leadership race, insisted Tuesday night he’s not at all disappointed to be on the outside looking in.

Instead, he said, the “calculated risk” of the race had paid off.

“Sometimes you have to take a step back to take a leap forward, and that’s what we did as a party,” he said.

Clark is one of three Alberta Party MLAs who will occupy a corner of the legislative floor when spring session begins March 8. He will be joined by Fraser and Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill MLA Karen McPherson. McPherson was a New Democrat until mid-2017, and crossed to her new home in October.

Clark said he’s looking forward to working with Mandel.

“We’ve captured the attention and — I hope — the imagination of Albertans,” Clark said.

“We’ve shown there is a viable option in the middle of the political spectrum. The good news is, that’s where most Albertans are.”

Staking out the centre

The Alberta Party sees itself as a solid third option, a party perfectly placed to capitalize on voters who don’t see themselves as left or right, who don’t fit with the governing New Democrats or opposition UCP.

All three candidates cited the divisive nature of Alberta politics as their reason for being part of the proudly centrist party.

It’s the same reason Fraser — the Progressive Conservative-turned-UCP-turned-independent — joined the Aberta Party this year, and why McPherson crossed the floor ahead of the fall session


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graham Thomson: Edmonton's mayor of yesterday Stephen Mandel wants to lead the Alberta of tomorrow


The good news for Alberta Party members is they have chosen a new leader who is experienced, well-known, and enjoys the support of veteran politicians. The bad news is their new leader is a political re-tread, lost his seat to the NDP in the 2015 election, and is supported by veterans of the old Progressive Conservative government.


Graham Thomson, Edmonton Journal Graham Thomson, Edmonton Journal

Published on: February 27, 2018 | Last Updated: February 27, 2018 7:00 PM MST




New lAlberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel speaks to the crowd after his victory in Edmonton on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. JASON FRANSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS



The good news for Alberta Party members is they have chosen a new leader who is experienced, well-known and enjoys the support of veteran politicians.

The bad news is their new leader is a political re-tread, lost his seat to the NDP in the 2015 election, and is supported by veterans of the old Progressive Conservative government.

Welcome back, Stephen Mandel.

Mandel’s overwhelming leadership win Tuesday night was hardly a surprise. Of the three candidates he was the best known, best organized and, we presume, the best funded. He won 66 per cent of the 4,600 votes cast.

And he can give a good speech.

“The Alberta Party is not just here to be an alternative,” Mandel said after the vote. “We are not here to be an also-ran. We are not here to talk about 2023. We’re here to earn your vote and in every single Alberta community and to be the first choice for a government in the next election. Winning in 2019 means winning the hearts and minds of Albertans in every corner of our province.”

Mandel was an effective and popular Edmonton mayor in his three terms from 2004-13. He retired from municipal politics on a high, but hit a new low after returning to politics in 2014 as part of Jim Prentice’s short-lived PC government.

Mandel was health minister, but he, along with every other PC candidate in Edmonton, was flattened by the NDP juggernaut in the 2015 provincial election.

He popped up again in 2017 as part of the political action committee Alberta Together, which sought to make the Alberta Party a new home for disgruntled “progressive” conservatives.

Mandel was an effective proponent for retooling the Alberta Party as a rallying point for middle-of-the-road voters who thought the New Democratic Party government was too left wing and the United Conservative Party official Opposition was too right wing.

But should he have run for leadership?

At 72, he is arguably yesterday’s man and his position in the now-defunct PC party ties him to yesterday’s government.

But he was also the best choice of the three in the leadership race.

Calgary-South East MLA Rick Fraser was a credible candidate, but he is pretty much invisible beyond his riding.

Kara Levis, a Calgary lawyer and first-time candidate for anything, deserves applause for having the courage to be the first to enter the race before Christmas.

Levis kept the race from being the punch line to a joke after nobody entered the race following the sudden resignation of party leader Greg Clark in November.

Clark stepped down (or was pushed) on the presumption the leadership race would attract a litany of well-known, energetic and game-changing candidates. It didn’t.

The race became something of a snoozer.

The party’s membership has grown from 1,000 last March to 6,500 now. An impressive rate of growth, but not exactly an impressive total.

The party caucus has three members including Clark. Fraser jumped ship from the UCP in January after being elected as a PC in 2015. Karen McPherson was elected as an NDP MLA before crossing the floor last fall.

So, what impact on provincial politics will the Alberta Party have with Mandel as leader?

Only a fool would answer that question.

So, let me try.

It is difficult to imagine the party making any kind of significant splash with only a year to go until the next election.

Besides having a muddled history, the party also has a confusing identity. What exactly is the Alberta Party?

Mandel and many of his supporters are former PC members. The NDP will be quick to label the Alberta Party as just another conservative party.

It’s not.

For one, caucus member McPherson is a former NDP MLA.

For another, the party’s former PC members are from the “progressive” side of the old party. To say the Alberta Party is a right-wing movement because its new leader is a former PC cabinet minister is to say the NDP government has right-wing affiliations because one of its ministers, Sandra Jansen, was once in the PC cabinet.

The Alberta Party will go after progressive votes, not conservatives.

But it looks less like a political movement and more like a political spoiler that threatens to siphon votes away from the NDP in Mandel’s backyard of Edmonton and thus inadvertently help the UCP in next year’s election.


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