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Monday, April 28, 2008

opposition watch alberta.

With the spring session of the Alberta Legislature in full-swing, here's a look at what's up with the Opposition parties...

- Maclean's has an interview with Alberta Liberal leader Kevin Taft. In the meantime, FFWD Weekly had an interview a couple of weeks ago with Calgary-Currie MLA Dave Taylor on his aspirations for the Alberta Liberal leadership. More on this later...

- An NDP-Greenpeace conspiracy? It sounds a lot like the time someone accused me of being part of a giant Liberal conspiracy. Slow news day, I guess...

- Former NDP MLA Ray Martin has a letter in today's Edmonton Journal.

- I've also updated the list of Federally nominated candidates in Alberta.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ha. As if the NDP have the organizational or intellectual capacity to organize an action like that.

PS. your blog is a lot better now that you toned down the partisaness. keep it up dave.

Anonymous said...

So what are the odds at that Ms. Ogonoski gets fired from Notley's office? I'd say 50-50, even though if the NDP are smart they will distance themselves from this attention seeker post-haste.

Gauntlet said...

I don't think Dave has toned anything down. Maybe I'm wrong.

Anyway, the article in FFWD is an example of exactly what I think is wrong with the ALP right now, and what could be right.

Dave Taylor has the right idea. You can't blame the voters for not voting for you. It's your responsibility to make them vote for you.

Kieran LeBlanc has it wrong. You don't "educate" people that it's "OK" to vote for Liberals. That's changing the voters, not changing yourself. That's not taking responsibility.

I'm glad to hear even Taft is seriously considering a name change. I agree with Taylor that it can't be the only thing that's done, but it needs doing, and it's the one that has the most institutional momentum against it.

Jeff J. said...

Dave you should write a piece on the lengths some people will go to for attention and the blurring of the line between personal attention and highlighting the "cause". Why is it some people are so willing to pose for cameraphone pictures while doing some illegal? why is it some protestors think breaking the law is okay as long as they have a cause?

Mona said...

Hey anonymous! Good point! hahaha. I hope you told the NDs that.
If the NDs fire Ogonoski they can forget about support from whatever remains of Alberta's activist community.

Anonymous said...

If the ND's DON'T fire attention seeker Ogonoski they can forget about anything resembling credibility....but then again losing something that you have only small bits of isn't really that bad is it?

daveberta said...

There's no reason for Ogonoski to lose her job. She's a politically active person and shouldn't be penalized for being part of a group that made an otherwise boring $450 plate dinner a little more entertaining.

If anything, we should still be talking about the 59% of Albertans who couldn't even be bothered to vote on March 3, not Albertans who choose to take political stances.

Anonymous said...

Yes good point Dave! Let's talk about how we should force people to vote because it's the law instead of how someone who BROKE THE LAW shouldn't be punished for that.

But this is to be expected from someone who thinks attention-seeking shenanigans are par for the course in taxpayer funded positions right?

Jeff J. said...

A political stance is MUCH different from breaking the law Mr. Daveberta. We live in a society of rules, nothing makes it okay to break the law. sorry, that was the by far the weakest comment you have made on your blog, for shame.