Smoke from forest fires in the Rocky Mountains covers the mountain skyline of Jasper National Park.
The park was established in 1907 as Jasper Forest Park and was granted national park status in 1930, with the passing of the National Parks Act. The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
We are so luck to have beautiful national parks like Jasper in our country.
It was a hot summer evening on August 19, 2014 as Justin Trudeau joined Liberal Members of Parliament and local candidates on stage in front of hundreds of supporters at a “Team Trudeau” rally at Louise McKinney Park in Edmonton.
Mr. Trudeau and his party’s MPs held their annual Summer Caucus Retreat in Alberta’s capital city that week.
It was June 1968. The original Trudeaumania was in full swing and Calgary geologist and businessman Nick Taylor (pictured in the photo above with his supporters) made his first expedition into federal politics as the Liberal candidate in the Calgary-Centre riding. The well-known oilman would come close to winning the riding in an election where the Liberals would earn 35.7% of the vote in Alberta.
When the ballots were counted in Calgary-Centre, Mr. Taylor placed only 301 votes behind Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament Douglas Harkness.
The Liberals succeeded in electing four MPs in Alberta in 1968, the last Liberal MPs elected in Alberta until the 1993 election: Patrick Mahoney in Calgary-South, Hu Harries in Edmonton-Strathcona, Bud Olson in Medicine Hat, and Allen Sulatycky in Rocky Mountain. All four MPs were defeated in the 1972 election.
In 2011, Mr. Mahoney joked that the Liberal Party “will elect an MP in Calgary again before the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.” Neither of these things have yet to happen as of August 2015.
Despite his loss in 1968, Mr. Taylor would later become leader of the Alberta Liberal Party and, after a few years in the political wilderness, was elected as MLA for the Westlock-Sturgeon and Redwater from 1986 until he was appointed to the Canadian Senate in 1996.