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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

alberta politics notes 2/24/2010

- As Bill 1, the Alberta Competitiveness Act is this sessions flagship piece of government legislation. With all the focus on "competitiveness," has anyone wondered what happened to the Premier's Economic Strategy Committee that was announced last summer? (their website has not been updated since July 2009) The committee included former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, former MP David Emerson, and former Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge.
- Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier announced that he will not be seeking re-election in October. Bronconnier was first elected as Mayor in 2001. Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel has yet to make his electoral intentions public.
- Alberta could hold its fourth Senate election since 1989 along-side the municipal elections this October.
- Edmonton City Council approved the Municipal Development Plan this week. Councillor Don Iveson has posted some remarks on his blog.
Lethbridge-East MLA Bridget Pastoor scored a win for the Liberal Opposition this week when the Assembly approved her motion to "...urge the Government to establish an independent Commission to review the current salaries and benefits for Members of the Legislative Assembly..." It is important to note that as this was a Private Member's Motion, it is non-binding.
- Facing charges of cocaine-possession and drunk-driving, former Edmonton-Strathcona Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer is expected to plea-bargain when his case reconvenes in March.
- In my previous post, I mentioned the low-voter turnout in the 2008 provincial election. Here is a map showing voter turnout in ridings across the province (only 4 out of 83 ridings had a turnout larger than 50%).


Anonymous said...

I hope Jaffer receives a stiff sentence, not because of his standing or to make an example out of him, but because I firmly believe that if you advocate that others should be held to a particular standard, you yourself should be held to it.

Anonymous said...

Great point about the Permier's Economic Committee, Dave. Apparently Stelmach has taken the Klein model of "have committees issue reports and then proceed to ignore" and made it one step more efficient by having these committees never even report!

This government is moribund and useless. Whether you are right wing, centrist or left wing, I think most Albertans are starting to see just how incompetent our current political leaders are. Stelmach and the good ship PC are getting ready to sail into that long goodnight. The 2012 election can't possibly come soon enough.