Danielle Smith to former Wildrose supporters: I didn’t leave you, you left me!

Danielle Smith to Wildrose Party members: I didn’t leave you! It was you that left me!

Ever since the former Opposition leader shocked Alberta and significant parts of the rest of the country on Dec. 17 by leading a parade of Wildrose Party MLAs over to the Progressive Conservative benches, we’ve been hearing her working up her key talking points.

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How the mighty have fallen: former finance minister Doug Horner pulls the plug on provincial politics

Doug Horner, who was clearly the best qualified of the three frontrunners in the 2011 race for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party, pulled the plug on provincial politics yesterday.

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What’s the hurry? Jim Prentice push for early vote feels manipulative, bad for Alberta

Does anybody seriously think Alberta needs another election right now?

Yeah, I know, Premier Jim Prentice and his Progressive Conservative legislative caucus want one.

But do we need one, right at this particular moment?

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What Would Ralph Do? Faced with plummeting oil prices, as a matter of fact, he taxed and spent

What would Ralph do?

In a typically lame editorial over the weekend, the Edmonton Sun asked: “If Premier Ralph Klein were facing a $7-billion drop in revenues in the coming year, how would he handle it?”

Drawing inspiration from those evangelical Christians whose test for the rightness and righteousness of any action is asking, “What would Jesus do?” — often abbreviated for bumper-sticker purposes to WWJD — the Sun’s editorial brain trust proposes a similar test for Alberta. To wit: “What would Ralph do?”

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Terror as wedge issue: anticipating PM Stephen Harper’s ‘anti-terror’ legislation

It remains to be seen what Prime Minister Stephen Harper will do with his new “anti-terror legislation,” announced in the emotional aftermath of the shooting on Parliament Hill as the story of the murderous rampage in Paris was still unfolding.

My guess is Harper himself doesn’t fully know yet because the legislation is likely still to be stitched together from a surveillance state wish list concocted by various players in the security services, the corporate sector and the political executive. So the bill, which has probably been coming together since December’s attack by a lone man with a lever-action hunting rifle in Ottawa, is probably not quite complete.

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Prentice sales tax balloon has Albertans taking note — and potshots

Give Premier Jim Prentice his due, by floating his balloon about a sales tax in Canada’s only remaining sales-tax-free zone he really has Albertans sitting up and taking notice.

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More lives than a movie zombie: ‘Canada’s Worst MP’ Rob Anders is back, eyeing Wildrose leadership

Just when we’d despaired of ever hearing again from Rob Anders, the man who will be Canada’s worst Member of Parliament only a little longer, he announced “a sense of mission and duty” has made him contemplate a run at the leadership of Alberta’s foundering Wildrose Party.

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It’s not spring in Alberta yet, but there are hints of a spring election in the air

There were two hints yesterday that Alberta Premier Jim Prentice is edging closer to calling an early election this spring, maybe three if you’re of a particularly conspiratorial turn of mind.

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Cheap oil’s the disaster it is for Alberta because our province is so badly run

The decline in oil prices to the sub-$50-per-barrel level may not be a pleasant experience for those of us here in Alberta, especially the Progressive Conservative rulers of our province, but it does offer the potential for what might be called a useful teaching and learning moment for other Canadians.

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Peace, order and good government: Pondering John A. Macdonald’s legacy on his 200th birthday

Today, or possibly yesterday, is the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Macdonald, first prime minister of Canada, arguably the person most responsible for the creation of our country and surely the one who deserves the most credit for it surviving as long as it has.

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