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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the alberta party got some good news after it was decided there leader would in fact be allowed to run in election

however it appears they are losing an mla , a former ndp member who switched to alberta party , Karen Mcpherson is no longer running in the election and doubtful they hold the seat without her )

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Alberta Party MLA Karen McPherson says she won't run in spring election

The Canadian Press
Updated: March 6, 2019

EDMONTON — One of the key candidates for the Alberta Party in the upcoming election has announced she won’t be running.

Karen McPherson, legislature member for Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill, says the demands of public life are too much as she works to balance work with her family life.

McPherson says in a publicly issued letter that she has struggled with anxiety and depression during her four years at the legislature.

She says she also has had to cope with her father’s death and is helping her mother recover following cancer treatments.

McPherson was elected to the legislature for the NDP in 2015, but left the caucus in 2017 and later joined the Alberta Party.

She said at the time that the polarization of partisan political debate was squeezing out common-sense solutions and she needed the freedom to speak her mind.

McPherson is one of three Alberta Party members in the legislature and was being counted on to help lead what the party hopes will be a breakthrough in the spring election.


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Judge rules Alberta Party leader can run in next election

The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, March 5, 2019 1:32AM EST

EDMONTON -- Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel is again free to run as a candidate in the province's spring election.

Elections Alberta notified Mandel a month ago that he was banned from running for five years because he had missed a deadline to file nomination expenses when he ran to become his party's candidate in Edmonton McClung.

Mandel took the matter to court.

A Court of Queen's Bench judge ruled late Monday that Mandel had a reasonable excuse for missing the deadline last year because his chief financial officer took ill.

Justice Gaylene Kendell says in a written decision that Mandel's team acted in good faith.

She also says the delay was not long and the nomination was uncontested.

"The applicants submit that the benefits of strictly enforcing the return deadline in the circumstances of this case are minimal, and drastically outweigh the adverse consequences of strict enforcement, warranting a relaxation of the deadline to file: I agree," said the judge.

Mandel responded to the decision on social media.

"We feel vindicated that the Alberta Court's decision has shown that needless red tape was tying up the election process. Now we can focus on what really matters, working towards a prosperous Alberta!" he tweeted.

Six other Alberta Party candidates were also given five-year bans for late filing, but five of them have since been reinstated through the courts.

Time was of the essence for Mandel and the other candidates as the three-month spring election window, as set down in legislation, is now open. Premier Rachel Notley is free to drop the writ any time between now and early May.

Voters have to go to the polls no later than May 31.

This is also a critical election for the Alberta Party, which is making a concerted effort this time around to escape the fringes of the political landscape. They elected one member to the legislature in 2015 and collected just over two per cent of the popular vote.

Mandel, the former mayor of Edmonton and a former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister, is one of the pillars of that strategy, which also includes running candidates in all 87 ridings.

That strategy suffered a body blow when Mandel was disqualified on Jan. 30 for missing -- by one day -- the deadline for filing his financials last September.

Under the rules, a candidate can get the ruling overturned by a judge if there are mitigating or extraordinary circumstances.

A week ago, Mandel's lawyers appeared before Kendell to do just that.

They presented an affidavit from Brian Heidecker, Mandel's chief financial officer, stating that he was ill during the crucial time around the filing deadline, with severe stress-related symptoms that made it difficult for him to function and concentrate.

The lawyers argued that there was confusion as others tried to step in and help Heidecker. They also noted that Mandel wasn't trying to get away with anything underhanded, noting that he ran unopposed as a nominee, and didn't rack up any expenses or contributions.

Mandel's legal position changed during the process.

When his disqualification was made public three weeks ago, he immediately announced that he would fight the ban on the grounds that Elections Alberta had delivered confusing and conflicting information on the deadline. He said a bigger issue of democratic process was at stake.

In court, though, his lawyers did not make that argument and did not contest the fact Mandel missed the deadline.

At that hearing, lawyers for Elections Alberta did not oppose Mandel arguing for leniency, but indicated they would fight any accusation Elections Alberta had failed to properly perform its duties.


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New 'vote anywhere' legislation could delay some Alberta election results

'We probably won’t know until we start the count how many days it’s going to take'

Stephanie Dubois · CBC News · Posted: Mar 11, 2019 7:00 AM MT | Last Updated: 43 minutes ago

Eligible voters will be allowed to advance vote at any poll in the province in the upcoming provincial election. (CBC)


Eligible voters in Alberta will be allowed to advance vote at any polling station in the province in the upcoming provincial election.

This is the first time that has been allowed in a general election, following changes made to Bill 32: The Act to Strengthen and Protect Democracy in Alberta in 2017.

Elections Alberta staff say the changes were made in an effort to get more people to the polls.

"We find it a really exciting thing to add for the convenience for electors to be able to go to a poll at any location," said Pamela Renwick, director of operations and communication at Elections Alberta.

But the changes to advance voting could mean unofficial results would be delayed.

All advance ballots cast by people outside of their polling places will need to be sent to Elections Alberta's Edmonton warehouse to be counted, Renwick said.

"If we have a lot of people take us up on voting anywhere, and there's a lot of ballots that need to be counted, that clearly takes longer," she said.

"We probably won't know until we start the count how many days it's going to take."

Advance ballots cast at voters' designated polling stations along with election day votes will be tallied as usual, Renwick says.

There will be a delay in getting the results from the ballots cast outside of their electoral division, she added.

All those votes will be sent to Edmonton via government courier.

The longest distance the courier will travel to transport ballots is from Fort McMurray to Edmonton, with at most a two-day turnaround, Renwick said.
•Planned throne speech suggests no Alberta election in March

The travel time of the courier and ballot counting could delay election results for close races, Renwick said

"This is definitely going to cause a challenge for those covering this event and those wanting to know what has happened. Wherever there is a close race, definitely all of the votes that need to be counted here could have an impact on it."

Changes to Bill 32 will allow people to advance vote at any poll. (CBC)

Elections Alberta hopes the change to Bill 32 and the addition of one more advance voting day will help get more people to vote.

Advance voting numbers in Alberta's last provincial election increased by 31 per cent compared to 2012. In 2015, there were 235,410 people who advance voted. In 2012, there were 179,820 at the advance polls.

Generally voters have not shown up at advance polls in droves, but this election could be different, said Chaldeans Mensah, a political scientists at MacEwan University.

"The voter participation is abysmal in many parts of Canada," Mensah said. "My sense is that [Bill 32] is essentially designed to ease the participation process for many individuals who may not have the time to make it to the polls."

How it will work

Though Elections Alberta is not considering online voting at this time, it will use an electronic poll book to keep track of voters who opt to cast their ballots somewhere other than their polling stations.

"We don't want people to vote in one location and not be crossed off the list," said Renwick.

The ballot each voter will receive will be much larger too, said Renwick. It'll be the size of a standard piece of office paper and will be put into a different ballot box than other advance ballots, said Elections Alberta staff.

All of those 'vote anywhere' ballots won't be recorded until we're done the count so there will be a delay,

- Pamela Renwick, Elections Alberta

Those separate ballots cast by people outside of their electoral divisions will only be counted after election night, Renwick said.

"All of those 'vote anywhere' ballots won't be recorded until we're done the count, so there will be a delay," she said.

Mensah said changes to Bill 32 may get more people to vote.

"Using advance polls and making them easily available and accessible to many participants is a good step," Mensah said.

There is no official date yet for when the provincial election will be held.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the poll might explain why Notley has yet to call an election , not only will the ndp lose but they'll likely get wiped out entirely in most regions . unemployment is also very high in Calgary and alberta in general )

Corbella: Poll indicates the NDP will 'get clobbered' in the coming Alberta election

A poll by Lethbridge College shows that the United Conservative Party is expected to garner 57.8 per cent of the vote — a majority government — while the Alberta New Democratic Party lags far behind at 23.2 per cent.

Licia Corbella
Updated: March 9, 2019

If some of the actions of the Alberta NDP — such as filling quasi-judicial boards with controversial anti-oil activists just weeks before the provincial election — has you wondering how this can possibly be a wise election strategy, wonder no more.

The NDP can read polls just as well as the rest of us, and party members know they are headed for an electoral bloodbath if poll numbers hold steady in the election, which must be held before the end of May.

A poll released recently by Lethbridge College shows that provincewide, the United Conservative Party is expected to garner 57.8 per cent of the vote — a majority government — while the Alberta New Democratic Party lags far behind at 23.2 per cent, the Alberta Party is at seven per cent, the Alberta Liberal Party is at 5.1 per cent and the Freedom Conservative Party has 2.8 per cent support. Other parties or candidates have 4.1 per cent of intended voter support.

The numbers are even more striking when you consider that the UCP leads the NDP in every region of the province — including Edmonton, where NDP support is the highest.

The poll, conducted by Lethbridge College students from Feb. 2 to 5 under the supervision of political scientist Faron Ellis, research chair of the Citizen Society Research Lab, has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

The students interviewed 1,055 adult Alberta residents and asked the question: “If a provincial election was held today, for which of the following parties would you be most likely to vote for?”

In Calgary, the answer to that question is 61.8 per cent for Jason Kenney’s UCP, 20.2 per cent for Rachel Notley’s NDP, 7.1 per cent for Stephen Mandel’s Alberta Party, 3.7 per cent for David Khan’s Liberal Party and 2.6 per cent for Derek Fildebrandt’s Freedom Conservative Party.

“The NDP will likely get clobbered in Calgary, but that doesn’t mean the NDP aren’t going to pick off a riding or two in Calgary,” said Ellis, who was reached in Lethbridge on Friday.

“A lot of that has to do with individual candidates and incumbency. Incumbency does play a significant role — 10 to 15 per cent — depending on the incumbent. It can go either way, positive or negative, but typically it’s positive,” said Ellis.

In Edmonton, the UCP have 41 per cent support, the NDP has 39.2 and the Alberta Party has 10.6 per cent, likely because Mandel is the candidate for Edmonton-McClung.

“Edmonton is a horse race. It’s statistically a tie, so there will be some major battles there,” predicted Ellis.

In northern Alberta, however, the UCP are at 64.4 per cent support to the NDP’s 19.8 per cent, and in southern Alberta things look even worse for the NDP with just 13 per cent support, while the UCP has 64.2 per cent and the Liberal Party has 10.9 per cent.

In other words, in most of the province, it appears the UCP will win by landslides.

Ellis says the UCP support is broad and relatively deep, with the party leading the NDP among decided voters in every demographic group.

What’s most surprising is that young Albertans (60.4 per cent) “are just as likely to be planning to vote UCP as are other age groups, including seniors who, while still much more likely to vote UCP than for any other party (50.9 per cent), are less supportive of the UCP than are other age groups.

“What I find interesting is that the NDP is not the party of the youth that we used to think of in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s,” said Ellis.

“The youth today are not old-style socialists. They are worried about jobs. They know which side their toast is buttered on and they want policies that reflect that,” said Ellis.

That bodes well for Alberta’s future.

Statistics Canada’s latest jobs numbers released Friday aren’t likely to help the NDP over the next few weeks, either. The percentage of Albertans unemployed climbed again in February to 7.3 per cent — which is higher than Nova Scotia. The news is even worse in Calgary, where 7.6 per cent of workers are unemployed, the highest rate of any city in Canada. NDP policies of raising taxes and spooking businesses has been a disaster for Alberta.

Last month, the NDP appointed anti-Alberta oil and gas activist Ed Whittingham, the former executive director of the Pembina Institute, to the Alberta Energy Regulator — kind of Tzeporah Berman 2.0, only worse.

During the many years Whittingham worked at the Pembina Institute, the environmental organization accepted $8 million in U.S. foundation money earmarked to landlock Alberta oil and gas through an insidious and highly effective Tar Sands Campaign, which was exposed by Vancouver researcher Vivian Krause.

The group Corporate Ethics boasted on its website that: “from the very beginning, the campaign strategy was to land-lock the tar sands so their crude could not reach the international market where it could fetch a high price per barrel.”

Just days after a Postmedia column about Krause’s work was published by Postmedia in January, CorpEthics executive director Michael Marx removed that revealing quote from the organization’s website, but Krause has screen grabs of everything on her website.

So, the NDP knows that making controversial appointments and showing their anti-oil colours will not likely help on election day.

“It’s a classic strategy. The NDs know they’re not going to be here in six months’ time so they’re doing everything they can to stack things in their favour for as long as they can, or at least force the new government to fire people that you’ve appointed,” said Ellis.

“Having said that, the New Democrats had no problem doing that. They cleaned house on many boards when they got in.”

Finally, an NDP policy Albertans might actually urge the UCP to adopt.


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Braid: The NDP's election dilemma — to call or not to call?

Don Braid, Calgary Herald
Updated: March 12, 2019

Alberta Legislature in Edmonton Postmedia Archives

The NDP is right now deciding whether to launch the provincial election campaign next week, or wait somewhat longer, hoping for a scrap of good luck and maybe a major stumble by UCP leader Jason Kenney.

The UCP, meanwhile, wanted the vote held yesterday. There are bubbling party discontents and investigations that carry a whiff of scandal. Delay could mean danger.

Premier Rachel Notley’s nomination in Edmonton-Strathcona is set for Sunday, March 17. The NDP has now nominated candidates in almost all 87 ridings.

On Monday, March 18, the legislature opens with a throne speech.

Notley could go to the lieutenant-governor the next day and ask that the writ be dropped for an election April 16. But by all accounts, she hasn’t made the timing decision yet.

The province is at a strange point of pre-election drift. Kenney keeps saying he’ll cancel many NDP plans. He vows to halt $3.7 billion in spending on rail cars to carry oil, and to quit contracts for big solar projects.

On Monday, he promised to stop the huge project to centralize medical lab testing in a new building in Edmonton. Kenney claimed this would save $650 million — almost enough for a new hospital.

He says the current system for X-rays, blood work and many other tests works pretty well, without spending anything extra.

That’s certainly true in Calgary, where quick access to tests has improved enormously over the past decade.

Kenney also said Monday he’ll soon promise cuts to more projects the UCP considers wasteful.

With the widespread view that Kenney has a pending election already won, these promises have the ring of government policy.

But the UCP isn’t the government. The NDP is, and may remain so. Until the election’s done, investors won’t know where to put themselves or their money.

Any government in trouble is always tempted to stall. The public mood can shift in a moment — look what happened to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in just a couple of weeks.

The New Democrats foresee a similar popularity plummet for Kenney. Their belief is that Notley is personally more liked and respected.

The goal is to discredit him. In that work, the NDP is getting plenty of help from Kenney’s own kind.

On Monday, Press Progress reported that Happy Mann, a fired UCP candidate, says Kenney was involved in the “kamikaze candidate” scheme, and in leadership voting irregularities.

Mann confirmed to me Monday that the story accurately reflected what he said. But Kenney insists that Mann’s charges are themselves “a ridiculous conspiracy theory” motivated by sour grapes.

Happy Mann says Kenney was involved in the plan to undermine Brian Jean’s UCP leadership campaign. Postmedia Archives

Mann is under investigation by the Election Commissioner, Lorne Gibson. He and two family members contributed $3,000 each to Jeff Callaway’s leadership campaign.

One associate, Karen Brown, has already been fined $3,500 for donating money that wasn’t her own.

Asked about that, Mann becomes vague. But he says Kenney was involved in plans for Callaway to run, with the goal of hurting Brian Jean’s campaign.

Kenney denies that. He asks hotly why anybody would believe a person “whose campaign beat a Calgary journalist almost to the point of unconsciousness.”

Last August, journalist and radio host Kumar Sharma was hit and kicked by as many as seven men at a concert.

Before that, he said, he’d been threatened by men affiliated with Happy Mann’s campaign for a UCP nomination.

The UCP then disqualified Mann. Kenney feels that’s when the grapes went sour.

Of course, there is solid evidence something funny was going on with leadership donations. Gibson has already fined people for supporting Callaway with funds supplied by someone else, and for impeding the subsequent investigation.

This issue is burning like a slow fuse right up to the election call. It helps explain why the UCP wants to get the voting over with. And why the NDP might prefer to wait a while.


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Bell: NDP still think they have a shot at winning

Rick Bell

March 13, 2019

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The smart money figures this time next week the ballot battle will be on.

In a week, Rachel Notley and Jason Kenney will have already fired their first rounds of political ammo. The deep thinkers will have offered up their first not-so-deep thoughts for easy digestion.

Time moves quickly.

For a lot of Albertans, it’s like the mood your scribbler found while sitting ringside at Vegas covering title fights and seeing the likes of Mike Tyson try to tear people apart.

There is a moment in some fights when the champ is still standing, still throwing punches but the final outcome becomes ever more inevitable. You feel an anticipation rise in the crowd, a feeling they are seeing something special.

They are seeing the champ go down.

Every day people who are not political insiders or party loyalists tell me the Notley NDP is done. They do not quote polls. They do not indulge in analysis.

They say it in a matter-of-fact way. It’s what they feel. It’s what they’ve heard. They do not elaborate much.

Often they not only claim the NDP will lose. They predict the NDP will lose big, perhaps in a landslide.

The NDP do not believe in this Armageddon. They know they are underdogs. They are not stupid.

But they do not believe Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives are up by 20 points in the polls.

Within the ranks of the Notley Crue, there is a feeling they’re actually closing the gap and momentum is going their way.

Let people say the United Conservatives have it in the bag. Have people write the NDP off. The NDP is nowhere near throwing in the towel.

NDP voices aren’t overly impressed with Kenney, think his popularity numbers could go down, point to possible infighting within his party.

Bozo eruptions, anyone?

The NDP feel they can win.

I know what some readers will say. The NDP have lost their minds. They’re dreaming in Technicolour.

The economy is like a wet blanket over us all — the lost jobs, the empty offices, the carbon tax two out of three Albertans still oppose, the pipeline.

Numbers float around.

More folks thinking things are on the wrong track than the right track.

The economy and jobs are far more important than other issues.

A strong desire to shake up Ottawa, as Albertans feel mistreated and maligned in this arrangement we call Confederation.

An idea the provincial government could pull in spending a little without the world falling apart.

If these numbers are true, the United Conservatives are truly in the driver’s seat.

United Conservative Ric McIver has been through a few elections. He’s been on both ends, winning and losing.

He’s been on the side people thought would lose and the side won. He has also been on the side people thought would win and the side lost.

He knows what goes on before election day has made and broken the ambitions of many political parties.

McIver respects Notley very much and disagrees with her very much.

“We are going to have a fierce and spirited debate. No one should think it is going to be easy. Premier Notley proved herself to be a fierce competitor last time around and I’m sure she’ll do the same this time around,” he says.

“Premier Notley is not going to hand the reins of government over to anybody willingly and you can’t blame her for that. They haven’t even started adding up the score yet, let alone finish.”

McIver says Albertans will not be pleased with anyone who takes them for granted. He says the United Conservatives will remain vigilant and not make that mistake.

“You never know the result until people go the ballot box. There are times the opinions of people at the end of the campaign are different than at the beginning. Campaigns matter.”

And, in 2015, McIver was a key player in the Prentice PC government. That government was soundly beaten — by the NDP. It was the end of a dynasty.

In 2019, it is the Notley NDP doing the governing.

“What I make my judgment on is what I hear when I’m knocking on doors and I’ve been out knocking on doors,” says McIver.

“Four years ago, people were mad at the government and they fired that government. I really sense they’re mad at the government again but we don’t know yet whether they’re mad enough to fire this government.”

“That’s what the campaign is going to be about.”

A campaign starting next week, if you’re betting the favourite.


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Alberta NDP might hold off on election to let UCP investigation conclude

By Graham Thomson. Published on Mar 13, 2019 5:05pm

'There is another reason for the NDP to introduce legislation and have a spring sitting before calling an election: to buy time. Not time for the economy to recover and/or a pipeline to get built (that might take years) but for Alberta’s Election Commissioner to dig further into the UCP’s 2017 leadership race.'

Jeff Callaway, former president of the Wildrose Party, entered the UCP leadership race in August 2017. A complaint filed with Alberta’s election commissioner alleges his bid was a stalking horse campaign to attack Brian Jean as a way to help the eventual winner, Jason Kenney. (JENNIFER FRIESEN / FOR STARMETRO)

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will absolutely call a provincial election next week — unless, of course, she doesn’t.

And at this point it’s looking increasingly like she will wait. Or will she?

Welcome to the intense and exhausting world that is the on-again-off-again pre-election speculation in Alberta.

Trying to figure out exactly when Notley will call the election isn’t merely an existential debate over political angels dancing on the head of a pin.

Whether Notley calls the election next week or waits, and has a spring sitting of the legislature, will tell us much about the NDP election strategy.

Notley has already announced the spring legislative sitting will start Monday afternoon with a Speech from the Throne. The conventional wisdom has been that after the speech — which will be so warm and fuzzy you could wear it to bed — Notley would call the election.

Perhaps Monday afternoon. Or maybe Tuesday morning.

But now the government is talking about actually holding a spring sitting and introducing new legislation. It’s working on a Bill 1: the Protection of Public Health Care Act.

The act would, among other things, get tough on extra billing by doctors and stop queue-jumping of diagnostic imaging services such as MRIs.

As Bill 1s go, it sounds pretty anemic, especially compared to previous examples of NDP primary bills that, among other things, ended political contributions from corporations and unions and targeted job creation while diversifying the economy.

But with the province possibly sliding into another recession, the NDP would love to make health care an issue rather than a campaign that seems set to focus on pipelines, pipelines, pipelines with a side helping of deficit, debt and a high unemployment.

That was why New Democratic hearts must have skipped a beat when they saw to their delight Kenney make health care something of an issue last month as he signed a giant cardboard “guarantee” to maintain a universal, publicly funded health care system.

And then Kenney, in NDP eyes at least, undermined that promise by announcing this month that a UCP government would scrap plans for a publicly run $590-million medical “superlab” in Edmonton. The UCP would instead contract out the lab testing work to the private sector.

“(New Democrats) are just ideologically hostile to the idea of the private sector delivering services more efficiently on behalf of the government,” said Kenney.

And the gloves, latex and otherwise, were off.

The NDP began working on Bill 1 as a way to reinforce the government’s commitment to health care (and the public sector union workers who deliver that care) as well as setting something of a trap for Kenney. The NDP is hoping Kenney will fight the bill, thus making himself into an enemy of public health care.

If only it was that easy.

Kenney might very well vote in favour of the bill.

But there is another reason for the NDP to introduce legislation and have a spring sitting before calling an election: to buy time.

Not time for the economy to recover and/or a pipeline to get built (that might take years) but for Alberta’s Election Commissioner to dig further into the UCP’s 2017 leadership race.

That’s the race that Kenney won, of course, to become leader of the party that he helped build from the ashes of the old Progressive Conservative party and the Wildrose.

There have been complaints that one of the candidates in the race, Jeff Callaway, was little more than a paper “kamikaze” candidate whose job was to attack candidate Brian Jean and thus allow Kenney to float above the campaign fray.

In recent weeks, the Election Commissioner has issued fines against several people with the Callaway campaign for obstructing the investigation and/or breaking financing rules.

Last week, Randy Kerr, who had been an official with the Callaway campaign, was suddenly dropped as the UCP candidate in Calgary Beddington after the party said he hadn’t been “forthright” regarding his financial contributions to the Callaway campaign.

As well, independent MLA Prab Gill (formerly a UCP caucus member) has written the RCMP alleging voter fraud in the leadership race.

Lawyers for Kenney and the UCP sent Gill a cease-and-desist letter last month calling his statements “outrageous and plainly false” — and pointing out Gill was booted from the UCP last year after an internal party investigation concluded he had stuffed ballots in a local party vote.

Both Kenney and Callaway have denied any wrongdoing in the leadership race. But questions remain and the NDP is interested in exploiting the issue.

The NDP now appears to be contemplating introduction of a Bill 1 and holding a legislative session to buy time, hoping the Election Commissioner finds more answers, before calling the election.


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( the alberta party is attracting some unusual candidates this year , now a former wildrose mla )

Anglin representing Alberta Party in provincial election

By rdnewsNOW staff

March 12, 2019 - 2:12pm

Joe Anglin wants his old job back.

The former MLA for Rimbey – Rocky Mountain House – Sundre will be seeking the seat again in the upcoming provincial election as the nominee for the Alberta Party.

Born in Massachusetts, Anglin came to prominence in 2006 when he organized and led the Lavesta Area Group, an association of Alberta landowners opposed to the construction of a transmission line through their area.

Anglin first ran for provincial office in 2008 for the Alberta Green Party in Lacombe-Ponoka, losing to PC incumbent Ray Prins. Anglin then served as leader of the party until its dissolution the following year.

He was elected to town council in Rimbey in 2010 and in 2012 as MLA for Rimbey – Rocky Mountain House – Sundre as a member of the Wildrose Party. He left the party in November 2014 and sat as an independent before losing in the 2015 provincial election to Jason Nixon.

The loss in 2015 came after Anglin accused Wildrose executives of skewing nomination rules to favour preferred candidates and the party quashed his bid to have Nixon disqualified from running for the Wildrose nomination in the riding.

Last fall, Anglin hinted at joining the fledgling Freedom Conservative Party (FCP) but now feels joining the Alberta Party is the best fit for him at this time.

“Stephen (Mandel) as mayor of Edmonton has already shown the experience he has,” says Anglin. “You don’t have to agree with him politically but his management skills or managing a council, particularly that council, shows he has really good experience.”

Anglin says he wants to help broaden the Alberta Party’s appeal and perspective.

“The Alberta Party went really urban a few years back,” he explains. “But Stephen wants to broaden it and really include what I would call a pragmatic role voice and if he wants that, I want to bring it.”

Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel says he’s confident Anglin is the right person for the job.

“The Alberta Party has people from the former Progressive Conservative party, former Liberal Party, the current UCP and former NDP Party. We’re a place where we think there’s room in a fairly large tent for people. I don’t know Joe all that well but what I do know of him, he’s always been forthright with me.”

Anglin says he’s received a lot of encouragement from supporters to get back into the fray and chose to join an established party instead of Derek Fildebrandt’s FCP.

“He’s years away from building that party,” says Anglin. “I’m not against new parties starting up, good on them. You really need to think about the quality of people you vote for, no matter what party.”

Despite incumbent Nixon having strong support in the Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre riding, Anglin says he knows Nixon better than most.

“I know what he’s done, and he’s not done a whole lot,” says Anglin. “If it becomes about character, good enough, we’ll make it about character. I know what he’s done in the past and I know what I’ve done.”


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( still no official call although Notley held a campaign style event in her own riding )

Notley takes aim at UCP in NDP Edmonton-Strathcona nomination speech

Clare Clancy
Updated: March 17, 2019

Premier Rachel Notley emphasized Sunday that an election could be called any day, rallying support at a packed event for her NDP nomination in Edmonton-Strathcona.

She spoke to a crowd of nearly 1,000 supporters, some brandishing placards with campaign slogans including “fighting for you,” and intermittently chanting “four more years.”

Notley’s speech covered policy divisions between the UCP and NDP, while promising that positivity and optimism would outshine what she called the politics of division.

But the party event, held at the St. Basil’s Cultural Centre, came on the heels of new revelations in an ongoing UCP controversy over that party’s 2017 leadership race.

Documents showed correspondence from UCP Leader Jason Kenney’s leadership team over a so-called kamikaze campaign by Jeff Callaway to undermine competitor Brian Jean, who had led the former Wildrose Party. Callaway dropped out of the race before the vote.

“It appears to me that people in Mr. Kenney’s campaign were essentially running the other campaign,” Notley told reporters Sunday. “They can desperately spin whatever they want to desperately spin.”

Supporters cheer as the stage is set for Rachel Notley accepting the NDP nomination for Edmonton-Strathcona at a meeting at St. Basil’s Cultural Centre in Edmonton, on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Ian Kucerak/Postmedia

On Friday, the RCMP confirmed it is probing allegations of wrongdoing related to how Callaway’s campaign was funded.

Kenney has said he has not been contacted by the RCMP and that officials are investigating a donation to a different leadership campaign. He has also repeatedly denied that his team ran a kamikaze campaign.

Notley addressed the issue in her speech Sunday, accusing Kenney of showing a “profound lack of integrity.”

“This morning we learned these denials were calm, cool, confident lies,” she said, flanked by cabinet members.

She also slammed UCP platform promises that have been steadily rolled out ahead of the election. In particular, she criticized a UCP plan to reduce corporate income tax from 12 per cent to eight per cent by 2022.

“The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer, and the middle class gets squeezed,” she told the audience.

Kenney recently promised to create a young worker wage of $13 per hour if elected. It’s $2 less per hour than the minimum wage policy rolled out by the NDP, which was phased in to reach $15 per hour in October.

“All work has dignity no matter who does it,” Notley said. “There are no second-class citizens in Alberta.”

Politicians return to the legislature Monday for a throne speech, with ongoing speculation that Notley will drop the writ for an election shortly after.

She told reporters Sunday that people will go to the polls in April or May, making no mention of a specific date. She also refused to give hints about the throne speech, saying only that she’s looking forward to talking to Albertans about the NDP’s record and what they want to achieve in the future.

“It’s positive, it’s optimistic and it’s about building a strong united Alberta.”

She also criticized Kenney for calling for an election as soon as possible.

“I can of course say that I think we’re getting clearer and clearer insight into why it was that the UCP was so hysterically calling … for the writ to be dropped.”

The RCMP investigation won’t change when an election takes place, she said.

“If our election timing was driven by the calendar of investigation into conservative criminal wrongdoing, then we would never have a campaign.”

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