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Alison Redford’s Leadership: By the Numbers

Posted November 27th, 2013 in Alberta Politics, Calgary Herald, News by Marc Henry

Is 77% among party members a “strong vote of confidence” in a sitting Premier?   For Ed Stelmach in 2009 it wasn’t.  Five years ago, 77% was a message from the PC Party rank and file for Ed to pick up his game.  He didn’t.   Ultimately, embattled Ed faced a caucus revolt over budget deficits that triggered his resignation.  […]

Is there such a thing as an underdog in the lead?

Posted October 1st, 2011 in Alberta Election, Alberta Politics, News by Marc Henry

What’s more difficult? Being an underdog who must overcome steep odds to achieve an unlikely win or being the “odds-on” favorite who must fend off all challengers to try to hold on to a lead? That’s a question that Premier Alison Redford may be able to answer next spring.   Flashback just a few months ago and pity poor Alison […]

Mending Alberta’s “Rift on the Right”

Posted September 1st, 2011 in Alberta Politics, News by Marc Henry

There’s a popular myth circulating in Alberta’s political “chattering class” these days which can be summarized in four words – “It was Ed’s fault.”   The tattered state of the governing Tories, the rise of the Wildrose, and disenchantment among Alberta voters is Stelmach’s legacy, so this theory goes.  Therefore, with Ed soon gone, things can finally get back to […]