2008 Alberta Provincial Election Alberta Politics

building schools where children live.

– An Alberta provincial general election call is expected within days – a February 4 or 5 writ drop following the Speech from the Thone is what most pundits are pointing towards. In preparation for the 2008 Alberta Election, I am planning to highlight and profile (as well as make some bold predictions) some of the ‘hot races’ in constituencies across Alberta. I’m making a list of ‘hot races’ to cover, so if you have any suggestions or ideas, shoot me an email at

Calgary Grit has a good run down on Ed Stelmach‘s 20-year capital plan which commits to continue projects that are already under construction and to build schools where children live (rather than where they don’t live…).

Alberta Liberal Leader Kevin Taft was in Ontario yesterday speaking to the Economic Club of Toronto about his plan to transform Alberta into a Western Economic Tiger and how other provinces can take part of Alberta’s oil-boom wealth. Taft announced the Alberta Liberal plan to replace natural gas rebates with incentives to encourage energy efficiency. Providing incentives for energy efficiency is smart long-term strategy, but the optics of announcing the replacement of natural gas rebates while it’s -54C outside might not make fans of short-term thinkers.

Kevin Taft will be delivering his Alternate Speech to the Throne tomorrow night on the University of Alberta campus.

– Today’s Edmonton Journal editorial has an interesting take on Ed Stelmach‘s bizarre posturing at the recent Premier’s Conference in Vancouver and asks the question: “Would the real Ed Stelmach please stand up?” Perhaps someone really did misappropriate Premier Stelmach’s personality…

– Coming soon… an fiasco update…

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