Thursday, November 30, 2006
Cheeck out 4 Minutes 40 Seconds.
Stephen Taylor: Who do you foresee being a constructive premier of Alberta?
Anne McLellan: I would think either Jim Dinning or Ed Stelmach.
I think Ted Morton comes with a lot of baggage that wouldn’t be helpful for the country
He helped Stephen Harper write the infamous firewall letter…
Friday, November 24, 2006
"So galvanized, in fact, are these folks about Mr. Dinning being the right guy to lead Alberta forward that they are trying to cross party lines and enlist Liberals and New Democrats in the cause.
A brunch held last Sunday morning in Calgary is but one example. About 50 people gathered in the southwest Calgary home of a couple who are ardent federal Liberals to meet, greet and eat with Mr. Dinning. There was also a bit of membership selling going on, too -- even to the Liberals."
What a disgrace!! Jim Dinning doesn't believe in a big tent, he believes in a red tent.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Not a ton of content, but amusing nevertheless.
Also the politic has some very interesting quotes and insights on the connections between Dinning and Paul Martin.
Dinning can't hide from his record forever and it looks like the info is spreading.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Congrats to Mark Norris for calling Dinning a Flip-Flopper on campaign contributions.
Congrats to Dave Hancock for pointing out Dinning's creation of the quarterly reports that encourage off the budget spending.
And Finally a huge Congrats to Ted Morton for calling out Dinning on his $25,000 contribution to Paul Martin.
This race ain't over yet, and as Albertans learn more and more about the supposed front-runner we don't think they will like what they see.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
It turns out his campaign is doing all their phoning from a paid phone bank in Miramichi, New Brunswick.
I guess the Alberta Jim Dinning is ready for, means more jobs for New Brunswick.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
The man of a million promises (and a million cabinet spots) has been recruiting Alberta's new favourite socialist to run for the AB PC Party. As he currently lives in Calgary West, where Jim's best friend Ron Liepert is the MLA. Perhaps we will see Liepert stepping down to be Jim's Chief of Staff and NDP turned PC Lingenfelter, Dinning's new face of the PC Party.
Not that the Dinning Camp is counting its chickens before they hatch, but some MLA's are definitely counting the muber of cabinet spot.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Is this a sign of things to come in a Dinning government? Liberals and NDP running the show?
If you have any other gossip. Feel free to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it in the comments. Always confidential.
UPDATE: The Comments sections indicates that "Sine Chadi, former Liberal MLA for Edmonton Roper is actually on the Dinning campaign team" Does anyone else know of opposition MLA's attracted to Dinning's big government campaign?
Friday, November 10, 2006
I wonder who could be behind that?
Perhaps a certain Dinning Campaign Chair caught drunk, talking out of turn in a bar? Again?
See point 5 in the top ten list:
Magnus camp courts Clark: Experts predict fallout
Friday, October 12, 2001
Joe Paraskevas with files from David Heyman
People in Calgary political circles are in disbelief after mayoral candidate Ray Clark said Thursday the campaign manager for rival Richard Magnus tried to entice Clark to withdraw from the race.
The fortune of the two mayoral campaigns may hang in the balance, one expert said after Clark presented a tape of Magnus campaign manager Alan Hallman -- one of the top political organizers in Alberta -- telling a Clark campaign volunteer he would "blow away" current Calgary chief executive officer Dale Stanway.
The plan for Stanway was to "put him somewhere else" to make room for Clark, if Magnus became mayor Monday, Hallman was alleged to have said.
"It's a sad business," said longtime provincial and federal Conservative Lee Richardson. "I've known all of these guys for 20 years and can't understand this kind of thing."
Hallman said he had consumed "a ton" of alcohol before meeting the Clark campaign worker at 9 p.m. Tuesday, trying "to get Ray Clark volunteers to come over to our campaign."
"I apologize for that," Hallman said at a news conference. "It was a lack of judgment on my part."
Hallman said the Clark worker he met Tuesday asked for the meeting telling Hallman, "I want to be part of a winning team."
The effect of Clark's allegation may have repercussions for both sides at the voting booth Monday, said University of Calgary political scientist Stan Drabek.
"There's going to be fallout . . . people are going to question Magnus and Hallman and also the Clark campaign. People are going to say: What's behind this?"
Questions from reporters began flying after a grim-faced Clark announced at a news conference Thursday that Hallman had on three occasions in the last two to three weeks made the same offer to two Clark staffers.
"MLA Richard Magnus, through his campaign manager Alan Hallman, has offered me the position of CEO of Calgary if I would bring my supporters over to his campaign," Clark said.
After two meetings between Hallman and Clark's campaign workers at mayoral forums, Clark said he decided the campaign worker going to a third meeting Tuesday evening at an Eau Claire bar would secretly tape record the conversation.
"How else could we prove it?" Clark said. "The first instance I wrote it off. I thought that it would end if we did not respond. (On the third occasion) I believed that it was my responsibility to advise Calgarians that this is going on."
But Clark was also mystified to have been offered the CEO's job.
The City of Calgary has a standard procedure when hiring a top executive and has used it to hire both Stanway and police Chief Jack Beaton.
Council hires an outside consultant, who then advertises the job, collects the resumes, does the initial interviews and selects about four candidates.
The matter is then passed on to a committee comprised of five aldermen and the mayor, for followup interviews.
The committee then recommends the person it chooses to council for final approval.
An hour after Clark spoke to the media, Magnus and Hallman took their turn before the microphones.
"My campaign manager made a suggestion that was inappropriate," Magnus said.
"It was wrong. It shouldn't have happened.
"However, Mr. Hallman was acting alone, without my knowledge and without my consent."
If Clark had called him, Magnus added, he would have put a stop to the meetings.
"On behalf of my campaign, I apologize. I will also ask Ray Clark to issue an apology to me for suggesting I was involved in this issue in any way."
Hallman denied knowing of the other two meetings and offered his resignation to Magnus, who refused it.
The news of the meetings was no surprise to Rod Love, a political organizer for Alberta Premier Ralph Klein and Canadian Alliance Leader Stockwell Day.
Rival political camps often meet and socialize, Love said, calling Hallman "a close personal friend," and "one of the best tacticians in the business."
Love was part of an incident involving Hallman during the 1992 provincial Conservative leadership campaign.
Then a senior worker for Calgary MLA Rick Orman, Hallman tried to mislead a reporter about who had organized busloads of advance poll voters, saying it was Love -- a strategist for Klein -- and not himself.
Hallman was dismissed as a result and then said he had shown "a gross lack of judgement."
Reached at city hall, Stanway wouldn't comment on Clark's allegations.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
9: Because the other day in the Journal when asked about his favourite band he replied: "I'm changing the question to Who is your favourite storyteller?: Stuart McLean.” Uhm Who? What a loser. (btw: best answer goes to Gary McPherson who loves Johnny Cash)
8: $40 Million for the arts? WTF!? Are you an NDP or a Liberal?
7: Preparation. Innovation. Conservation. Worst Slogan, ever! (said by the voice of comic book guy)
6: Your whopper bit. I’m sorry but why didn’t you mention the one about how you don’t beat your wife as well? Nobody likes a frontrunner who acts like the victim.
5: Your campaign manager think lying to reporters and bribing other candidates is okay.
4: You did your best to get Ralph kicked out early. For goodness sake you should have had some class and let the guy retire on his own.
3: 25 G’s to Paul Martin!? You gotta be kidding me.
2: He supported Nancy MacBeth! Yuck!
1: Have you seen that frown?