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This Week's INSIGHT INTO GOVERNMENT

Week ending 24 Oct 2014 Vol 29, No 09

RACHEL! RACHEL! RACHEL! came the chant from the orange-hued crowed at last Saturday’s NDP leadership convention which, predictably, crowned Rachel Notley as the replacement to leader Brian Mason. Despite much fulsome imaginings and visualizations, the NDP are not likely to form gov’t any time soon, or even win any of Monday’s by-elections though they do have a good chance of displacing the Liberals. Notely’s partner of 20 years Lou Arab, PR chief for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, gazes inscrutably from stage right.


The word 'politics' is derived from the word 'poly', meaning 'many',
and the word 'ticks', meaning 'blood sucking parasites’.
— Larry Hardiman


THIS WEEK IN INSIGHT:

  • Brian resigns and Rachel takes over, but can the NDP aspire to anything more than displacing the fading Liberals?

  • Jimbo’s fiendish plan to regain the rural ridings stolen by Wildrose

  • Tales from the crypt: an excerpt from Grant Notley’s maiden speech to the house in 1972
    Grant Notley’s Maiden Speech, March 1972, PDF, 3.3 MB

  • The figures are in and the Wildrose continue to beat the Tories in fundraising

  • Appointments, lobbying, and Alison’s mouthpiece lands a gig with TCPL’s Energy Each pipeline

  • Plus:
    • The Wildrose chooses a bad day in Ottawa to release its revelations on Mandel’s expense spending. But it make fun reading.
    • By-Election Details

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