Ric Dolphin is president of Dolphin Media, Inc. and the editor and publisher of Insight into Government, a weekly newsletter available by subscription. He reports on Alberta political affairs from the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

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Week ending March 27th, 2015 Vol 29, No 28

Malcolm Mayes in the Edmonton Journal
A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it.
William Feather

Inside this week

Tears and soapy sentiment: the retiring MLAs bid their public adieus
Robin Campbell’s busy 2015 budget delivers new taxes, a health-care levy, spending cuts, and a $5B deficit
Charting the bills that were passed in what may or may not be the final session of the 25th Legislature
Plus: Prentice’s “respectful” meeting with the public service unions, the latest gov’t appointments, a truly Super Saturday promises a new Wildrose leader and a close race for the old one.

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The question uppermost on the minds of ProgressiveConservative stalwarts Thursday afternoon was this: Is it abudget we can take into an election?

“I think it’s a great budget,” enthused one central Alberta MLA.“I’d go to the doors with that budget any day. It’s got somethingfor everyone: seniors, working families, the vulnerable…

Political Pulse

Tears were shed repeatedly in the chamberthis week as a procession of retiring MLAsgave what - assuming an impending election -will be their last members’ statements beforemoving on to greener pastures (golf courses,oftentimes.)

Typically the members introduce their spouses,children, grandkids, etc. up in the public gallery atthe beginning of the session, then praise them inthe two-minute “retrospective” that follows, usuallyafter having tooted their own horn a little. Sometoots from this week…


  • Mar 30 - Apr 13
    Two week spring break of the Legislature which resumes Monday, April 13, unless something like a write drop preempts things.
  • Apr 2
    Ric McIver, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, speaks to the Alberta Institute of Agrologist Conference, Kinnear Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, 7 a.m.
  • Apr 2
    Kyle Fawcett, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, speaks at the Canadian Heavy Oil Association Technical Lunch, Calgary Petroleum Club, Devonian Room, 319- 5th Avenue SW, Calgary. 11:45 a.m.