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Sunday, June 11, 2006

on the horizon.

The Alberta Liberals held their Policy Convention & AGM yesterday. It was interesting to see all the different types of discussion going on - there were four main discussion sessions based on the Alberta Horizon's documents that the Liberal Caucus put together - Social Development, Democratic Reform & Governance, Economic Sustainability, and Environmental Protection & Enhancement.

It's really amazing to see how far the Alberta Liberals have come under Kevin Taft's leadership over the past two years.

Two years ago, the Alberta Liberals were a broken and battered party facing an election with a $1 million debt and only three incumbents. Now, the Alberta Liberals are organizing, the money is rolling in (after two years, their debt is now down to $600,000), they have 16 MLA's, 21 candidates nominated, and a ton of people showing up to their policy conventions.

It's also quite funny to hear that Alberta PC Leadership candidate Jim Dinning has to raid the 2004 Liberal campaign platform in order to find good ideas. Way to be innovative, Jim...

4 comments:

Jim said...

I thought the debt was only down to $700,000? Or maybe I read the wrong intel.

The coolest thing I read was that they were putting the health care policy booklet that Klein threw at the legislature page on eBay to raise funds. I'm looking forward to seeing how high that gets! I'll put in an early bid.

Anonymous said...

Who are the 21 nominees? Seventeen of them are the 16 sitting MLAs (plus Chris Kiebermanis in Castle Downs); who are the other 4 nominated candidates?

Allie said...

Is it really so hard to believe that the conservative Albertans think and talk about these same issues as the liberals do?

At all levels, from constituency to actual government members, Albertans of all political bents are concerned about the same things. I think the only difference is the way that one Albertan or another believes they should go at it, and perhaps the actual ability to influence.

But I know I for one am not surprised that the Liberal's core "discussion areas" are all things that are also regularily discussed and identified among conservatives as important topics as well. We are afterall, all Albertans.

Anonymous said...

yeah, but it seems that the Liberals are the only party trying to have a public discussion about these issues