Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Cheffins up in 11 of first 12 polls in. A very promising start...


  • Oops

    Liberals asked for waste agency donation (3:14 p.m.)

    Jason Markusoff

    Tuesday, June 12, 2007

    EDMONTON - The Alberta Liberals asked for a $15,000 donation last year from the same public waste agency that Liberal Leader Kevin Taft pilloried Premier Ed Stelmach's leadership campaign for getting cash from, the premier said today in the legislature.

    Stelmach revealed a letter that Dan Carroll, the Liberals' president, wrote to the Beaver Regional Waste Management Services Commission. Carroll requested the maximum legal donation from the agency.

    It was sweet payback for Stelmach. Taft made the revelation last week that Stelmach's Conservative leadership bid received $10,000 from Beaver Regional, a provincially established body that is owned by a handful of municipal governments, including Ryley, Tofield and Viking.

    Stelmach had admitted his organizers' donation was unethical, and said it was refunded at the end of his leadership bid. The waste agency said it did not give money to the Liberal party.

    "To be perfectly clear, no laws were broken," the premier said in question period, as Liberal MLAs loudly heckled him.
    The Municipal Affairs ministry had been probing Beaver Regional's donation history, and was given two Liberal solicitation letters in a package the waste agency's staff had provided Monday, said Forrest Wright, the body's chief administrative officer.

    The other letter was inviting the waste commission to purchase tickets for a party fundraising dinner, at $350 each, or $2,800 for a table. It was signed by Sandeep Dhir, who has been nominated to run for the Liberals in Edmonton-Manning, a seat currently held by independent MLA Dan Backs, an exile from the Liberal caucus.

    Liberal party executives were not immediately available for comment.

    By Blogger kevin daft, at 11:04 p.m.  

  • Too tight for comfort for Cheffins in Elbow. This government has screwed up so badly, Liberals should have be at least at 48%. Forget Drumheller-Stettler. Hayden in a walk.

    By Blogger kevin daft, at 11:07 p.m.  

  • Haha, the Liberals are winning Ralph Klein's old district. That's enough of a story right there. Love how you change the goalposts after the fact. "Oh! It should have been 48%!"

    You should have boldly laid out your 48% guideline BEFORE the fact.

    By Blogger James L., at 11:13 p.m.  

  • Sorry James, I'm not Rod. Keep guessing. If Keg Boy was running Heninger's campaign, Cheffins would be over 50% and cruising. Look at how the master strategist Rod Love ran Dinning's campaign into the ground

    By Blogger kevin daft, at 11:21 p.m.  

  • James:

    Wish my friend Donn Lovett good luck.

    By Blogger kevin daft, at 11:24 p.m.  

  • James:

    How's Dooley doing in Drumheller-Stettler?

    By Blogger kevin daft, at 11:27 p.m.  

  • A Liberal victory in this riding can't be interpreted as anything other than a Liberal victory. Doesn't matter what % of the vote it is.

    The Tories put forward the best candidate they could find, put a lot of effort into it, it's a traditionally Tory riding, and there are plenty of opposition parties to split the vote. Losing this seat would be a message far too loud to ignore or shrug off.

    If that happens, I wonder how much of that is anti-Stelmach and how much of that is anti-PC.

    Then, I'm also curious how much of this momentum the Liberals can take advantage of. Kevin Taft has appeared like a dud leader, but winning this riding would give him the opportunity to prove one way or the other, once and for all.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 11:27 p.m.  

  • Hah: Dooley? Who cares? It's Drumheller-Stettler.

    By Blogger James L., at 11:34 p.m.  

  • James:

    Ask my friend Donn Lovett how many polls Sheldon Chumir won in the 1989 Calgary Buffalo election campaign. I'll bet the GOTV effort was more sophisicated than Cheffins GOTV.

    By Blogger kevin daft, at 11:37 p.m.  

  • A Conservative trolling a Liberal site in an Alberta provincial by-election. That tells me there's concern over on the Tory side of things :). How often would you have been trolled in the past Dan on a provincial election here? I bet hardly any.. so.. that means the other side is getting a bit antsy.

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 11:39 p.m.  

  • Robert:

    You're a young buck Robert.

    I've been in Alberta politics for nearly 20 years and seen it all.

    If Cheffins wins, it is an anti-government vote, not a vote for Taft or Cheffins. You know that.

    Taft is basically irrelevant in Calgary. Check the Leger poll results over the past six months. The Liberal support in Calgary has hardly moved, it is the PC vote that has migrated to undecided and don't know.

    If Laurence Decore, an honourable and decent man, was leader of the Alberta Liberals, I would be worried. I think we can agree that Taft is no Decore and never will be.

    By Blogger kevin daft, at 11:44 p.m.  

  • Scott Tribe:

    You're a young man with a lot to learn about politics.

    You have no idea who I am and how much I know about your party.

    By Blogger kevin daft, at 11:46 p.m.  

  • I'm not entirely in tune with Alberta politics, but that doesn't mean I can't smell BAD SPIN a mile away. Kevin, swings and misses :)

    By Blogger Steve V, at 11:50 p.m.  

  • Well boys and girls, it looks like your boy Cheffins is going to win. Congratulations. Enjoy the fruits of victory while you can.

    I always enjoy the reparte with Liberals.

    Now that the prelims are over, it's time to get down to business. I'll let you guess what that means.

    Signing off for now.

    By Blogger kevin daft, at 11:54 p.m.  

  • "Kevin Daft" is a loser just like his candidate in Calgary Elbow.

    Better spend your time figuring out how to fix the Ed mess.

    And maybe your Young Conservatives after that.

    20 Years in politics ????

    Wow !!!

    What a waste !

    You learned absolutely nothing.

    You seem happy living in fantasyland.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 11:56 p.m.  

  • Steve:

    Would that be Kevin Taft or Kevin Daft.

    You're going to need three strikes. One doesn't cut it my friend.

    By Blogger kevin daft, at 11:57 p.m.  

  • Down and Out I:

    That wasn't very nice of you. You don't even know if I am a Conservative.

    And by the way, I've forgotten more about politics then you will ever know. Ask you leader, Kevin Taft.

    By Blogger kevin daft, at 12:00 a.m.  

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    By Blogger Steve V, at 12:02 a.m.  

  • "You're going to need three strikes. One doesn't cut it my friend."

    You seem to be the one swinging at air, I'm just commenting on the breeze :)

    By Blogger Steve V, at 12:05 a.m.  

  • "Kevin Daft " is full of wind

    Probably off his medication.

    Kevin Taft has done well tonight.

    Kevin Daft has a basement suite in the outhouse, zip for credibility and has earned an brought upon himself the humiliation he has wrought.

    Ed's a loser.

    Don't believe me . . .

    Listen to him give a speech or look one up on YouTube.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 12:08 a.m.  

  • Sorry James, I'm not Rod. Keep guessing.

    Uh, when did I ever call you "Rod"? Was it because I started a sentence with the word "love" and you got confused, Dafty?

    By Blogger James L., at 1:34 a.m.  

  • down & out: "Ed's a loser"

    Yup. I knew that when he showed up to talk at our friggin' family reunion last summer.

    However, in Alberta, "Ed's a loser" doesn't necessarily equate to "Liberal government" so I wouldn't break out the champagne just yet.

    That being said, the Liberal win in Calgary speaks volumes provincially and if Ed wasn't paying attention, he should be tomorrow. ("should be" being the operative words here, because I'm nowhere near sold on either Ed or a PC gov't in AB and haven't been for a while, I just doubt we'll see a Liberal gov't any time soon.)

    By Blogger Candace, at 3:27 a.m.  

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