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Thursday, May 21, 2009

new schools, bill 203, ndp conference, & preston manning.

- A new school in the Pilot Sound neighbourhood of North East Edmonton will be named after former School Trustee and Edmonton-Mill Woods MLA Don Massey. Massey was elected to Edmonton's Public School Board from 1977 to 1989, and to the Alberta Legislature from 1993 to 2004. Massey served as Interim Leader of the Liberal Official Opposition between the resignation of Lethbridge-East MLA Ken Nicol and election of Edmonton-Riverview MLA Kevin Taft.

- Naheed Nenshi has some great commentary on Athabasca-Redwater PC MLA Jeff Johnson's Bill 203 (including special content on Calgary-Glenmore PC heir-apparent Diane Colley-Urquhart).

- The Alberta NDP will be hosting a revitalization conference in Edmonton on June 6. Speakers include Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen, Edmonton-Strathcona MP Linda Duncan, Edmonton NDP MLAs Brian Mason & Rachel Notley. Child-care critic Notley scored a big win this week after releasing leaked emails showing that 'front-line workers were being told not to let potential subsidy recipients know about changes to the application process unless asked.'

- Former Reform Party leader Preston Manning has some strong words for Albertans.

- University of Alberta student Matthew Sztym has joined Ryan Hastman and Linda Blade in race to become the Conservative candidate in Edmonton-Strathcona.


Sean S. said...

Nathan Cullen is, by far, the most engaging and level-headed politician I have ever heard speak - if you get the chance (regardless of your affiliation) go see him.

Neal G. said...

I agree with the first comments. Shortly after my own candidacy in 2006 I had the pleasure of being Nathan's guide around Edmonton for a day. He is an incredibly positive and energizing person. If he didn't live and run in such a remote part of the country I would say he'd deserve automatic consideration as his party's next leader.

He will be a great keynote speaker for the NDP's revitalization conference.