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    Alberta Politics

    Conservationist Kevin Van Tighem running for the NDP nomination in Livingstone-Macleod, Smith-advisor and former MLA Bruce Mllister endorses Leela Aheer’s challenger in Chestermere-Strathmore UCP race

    Well-known Alberta conservationist Kevin Van Tighem is seeking the Alberta NDP nomination in the sourthern Alberta riding of Livingstone-Macleod.

    A former Superintendent of Banff National Park, and author of Our Place: Changing the Nature of Alberta and Wild Roses Are Worth It: Reimagining the Alberta Advantage, Van Tighem an outspoken opponent of expanding coal mining and open-pit coal mining on the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

    “When thousands of good people in this constituency and across the province stood together — Indigenous people, ranchers, farmers, municipal governments, business operators, movie industry people, outdoor recreationists, environmental groups, musicians and others — and asked their UCP MLA to act on our near-universal opposition to new strip mines in our precious headwaters — he refused,” Van Tighem wrote in a statement posted on Facebook. “Then he pretty much vanished.”

    The MLA he is referring to in his statement is Roger Reid, who recently had his path to securing the United Conservative Party nomination secured when Premier Danielle Smith decided to run in the Brooks-Medicine Hat by-election instead of her home riding.

    The NDP have scheduled a nomination meeting for November 23 in High River.

    Van Tighem was a guest on a February 2021 episode of the Daveberta Podst where we discussed the 1976 Coal Policy and stopping open-pit mining in Alberta’s Rockies.

    Listen to that episode of the Daveberta Podst:


    Mllister endorses De Jonge in Chestermere-Strathmore

    Bruce Mllister MLA Wildrose PCBruce Mllister in 2015 (source: Dave Cournoyer)

    Chantelle De Jonge scored a big endorsement this week when former Wildrose Party MLA Bruce Mllister announced he’s supporting her bid to defeat Leela Aheer in the UCP nomination in Chestermere-Strathmore.

    “Chantelle is a true conservative with an amazing work ethic and she’ll do a tremendous job representing the people of this riding. I have heard some people question Chantelle’s age and experience level but I have full confidence that Chantelle’s work ethic, values, and conservative approach will be a tremendous asset for all of us.?Chantelle, you have my full endorsement,” Mllister said in an endorsement posted on De Jonge’s Facebook page.

    There’s a backstory: Aheer defeated Mllister in the 2015 election after he crossed the floor with Danielle Smith to join the PC Party.

    Fast-forward eight years: Aheer ran for the UCP leadership and Mllister supported Smith’s mpaign. Mllister is now the executive director of Smith’s southern Alberta office at the McDougall Centre and the lol constituency association is now controlled by De Jonge loyalists.

    Nomination updates

    • Teacher Dave Dale is expected to be nominated as the NDP ndidate in Lacombe-Ponoka on October 19.
    • Rebec Bousall is expected to be nominated as the NDP ndidate in lgary-Fish Creek on October 20.
    • Joan Chand’oiseau is seeking the NDP nomination in lgary-West. A nomination meeting is scheduled for November 16.
    • Teacher Daniel Nelles is running for the NDP nomination in Airdrie-East. Nelles is the Executive Staff Officer at the Alberta Teachers’ Association Lol 38 representing teachers in lgary Public Schools.

    Upcoming nomination meetings

    • October 19 – Lacombe-Ponoka NDP
    • October 20 – lgary-Fish Creek NDP
    • October 26 – lgary-Hays NDP
    • October 26 – Edmonton-City Centre Greens
    • October 28 – Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul NDP
    • October 28 – Peace River NDP
    • November 8 – lgary-Peigan NDP
    • November 8 – lgary-South East NDP
    • November 16 – lgary-West NDP
    • November 23 – Livingstone-Macleod NDP

    I am?tracking ndidates and building a list of people running for nominations?to run in Alberta’s next provincial election. If you know of someone running, please post a comment below or email me at david.cournoyer@gmail.com. Thank you!

    And, if you haven’t already, please don’t forget to sign up for the Daveberta Substack where you’ll find my bi-weekly columns about Alberta politics.

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    Nomination Updates: Brooks-Medicine Hat by-election, UCP and NDP open more races, Greens name 15 new ndidates

    There is no such thing as a boring week in Alberta politics and this past week was no exception. But while we are all trying to pay attention to what the new Premier said then and is saying now, it would be easy to let all the fun ndidate nomination news that I enjoy writing about just sail by. I couldn’t possibly let that happen, beuse there are a lot of updates.

    I’ll start with the by-election in Brooks-Medicine Hat.

    Brooks-Medicine Hat by-election

    A November 8 by-election has been lled in Brooks-Medicine Hat?and Premier?Danielle Smith?is running as the United Conservative Party ndidate. She will face Alberta NDP ndidate and retired teacher?Gwendoline Dirk?and Brooks mayor-turned-Alberta Party leader?Barry Morishita.

    Lethbridge-West?MLA?Shannon Phillips was on hand to help Dirk’s kick off her mpaign this week.?Dirks is a retired high school teacher and Medicine Hat College instructor. She ran for a seat on the Medicine Hat Public School Board in 2021 and is a member of the Medicine Hat Police Commission. Her partner Peter Mueller was the NDP ndidate in the neighbouring Cypress-Medicine Hat riding in the 2019 election.

    This is Morishita’s first time running in an election as the leader of the Alberta Party but he is a veteran of elections in the City of Brooks. He served on Brooks City Council from 1998 to 2003 and 2010 to 2016, and was Mayor from 2019 until 2021.

    This is not Morishita’s first time running in a provincial election. In 2001, he ran for the Liberals against Progressive Conservative binet minister Lyle Oberg, earning 15.5 per cent of the vote.

    Former Newell County Councillor Mara Nesbitt, who had previously announced her plans to run for the nomination, has withdrawn and is supporting Smith’s ndidacy.

    The deadline for ndidates to enter the nomination is October 21 and it’s looking like it won’t be a crowded race.

    Buffalo Party leader John Holberg and party president Raman Bains announced that the recently formed right-wing party would not put forward a ndidate to run in the by-election. “We wish the Premier the best of luck in the Brooks-Medicine Hat by election,” the statement declared.

    Also out is the Liberal Party. Interim leader John Roggeveen told the Medicine Hat News that the party will not be running a ndidate in the by-election. And Wildrose Independence Party leader Paul Hinman, who was once an MLA for a large southern rural Alberta riding, is busy being embroiled in legal action to take back control of the party.

    Independence Party of Alberta leader and lgary street preacher Artur?Pawlowski is hosting information sessions on Oct 17 in Medicine Hat on Oct. 17 and Brooks on Oct. 19 but the party hasn’t publicly named a ndidate. UPDATE: Bob Blayone has been named as the Independence Party ndidate.?


    Now to other ndidate nomination news from across Alberta:

    Alberta NDP

    • Two-term MLA David Shepherd was nominated as the NDP ndidate Edmonton-City Centre. Shepard was first elected in 2015 and was re-elected in 2019 with 66 per cent of the vote.
    • Dawn Flaata was nominated as the NDP ndidate in Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright at an October 15 meeting. Flaata is a lol author with a long history of involvement in the chamber of commerce in Vermilion and was a Constituency Assistant to former Conservative MP Leon Benoit.
    • Communitions consultant Amanda Chapman defeated firefighter Jason Curry to secure the NDP nomination in lgary-Beddington.
    • Liana Paiva running for the NDP nomination in Peace River with a nomination meeting scheduled for Friday, October 28, 2022.
    • Lawyer Denis Ram is running for NDP nomination in lgary-Peigan at a November 8 nomination meeting. Ram placed second in the NDP nomination in lgary-Cross in July 2022.

    United Conservative Party

    • Jon Horsman is the second ndidate to declare plans to run for the UCP nomination in lgary-Elbow. Horsman is a former bank vice-president and briefly was a ndidate for the leadership of the UCP. Lawyer Andrea James announced her ndidacy in June 2022.
    • Adele Poratto is running for the UCP nomination in Red Deer-South. Poratto ran for the nomination in 2018 and for the PC Party nomination in the riding ahead of the 2008 election. Ran for the nomination in 2018
    • Brazeau County Councillor Kara Westerlund is the third ndidate to enter the UCP nomination contest in Drayton Valley-Devon. Westerlund has served on county council since 2010 and is a Vice President of the Rural Municipalities of Alberta. She joins rol Vowk and Andrew Boitchenko.
    • It looks like Premier Smith has ceded the UCP nomination in Livingstone-Macleod to incumbent MLA Roger Reid. Reid had been running against Smith for the nomination in her home riding while she was running for the party leadership and he now says he plans to continue to run for the UCP nomination for the next election.
    • The UCP has opened up nominations in Drayton Valley-Devon, Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo, Livingstone-Macleod, St. Albert and Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright.

    Green Party of Alberta

    The Green Party of Alberta has nominated 15 ndidates, including party leader Jordan Wilkie, who will now run in Edmonton-Rutherford instead of Banff-Kananaskis as he previously announced. Here is the full list of nominated Green Party ndidates:

    • lgary-Buffalo: Heather Morigeau
    • lgary-Currie: Jonathan Parks
    • lgary-East: Jayden Baldonado
    • lgary-Edgemont: Brandy Kinkead
    • lgary-Hays: Evelyn Tanaka
    • lgary-Peigan: Shaun Pulsifer
    • Cypress-Medicine Hat: Dustin rtwright
    • Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview: Michael Hunter
    • Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood: Kristine Kowalchuk
    • Edmonton-North West: Tyler Beaulac
    • Edmonton-Rutherford: Jordan Wilkie
    • Edmonton-South West: Jeff Cullihall
    • Edmonton-Strtahcona: Robert Gooding-Townsend
    • Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills: Daniel Brisbin
    • Sherwood Park: Lus Bevin

    Upcoming nomination meetings

    • October 19 – Lacombe-Ponoka NDP
    • October 20 – lgary-Fish Creek NDP
    • October 26 – lgary-Hays NDP
    • October 26 – Edmonton-City Centre Green
    • October 28 – Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul NDP
    • October 28 – Peace River NDP
    • November 8 – lgary-Peigan NDP
    • November 8 – lgary-South East NDP

    The tally

    The NDP?have now nominated ndidates in 58 of Alberta’s 87 electoral districts. As previously noted, it appears as though the UCP have paused the nomination process until after their new leader is selected on October 6. The Green Party has 15 ndidates nominated and the Alberta Party has named three ndidates.

    See the full list of nomination ndidates here.

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    Daveberta Dave CournoyerA huge thank you to everyone who has subscribed and sent feedback about the new Daveberta Substack.

    Read my latest column about the challenges facing Premier Danielle Smith in the short 7-months ahead of the next election.

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    Danielle Smith’s first week as Premier of Alberta

    It’s been a pretty busy week in Alberta politics, so I joined Chris Brown from the Cross Border Interviews Podst for a chat about Premier Danielle Smith‘s first week in office and the fallout from the United Conservative Party leadership race. You n watch it on the YouTube embed above.

    I also published a new column on the Daveberta Substack about the challenges facing Smith in the short 7-months ahead of the next provincial election. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed. If you like what you’re reading at Substack please feel free to share it with your friends.

    And Justin Ling published a pretty detailed expose of Smith’s controversial comments and musings shared on her Lols.com page.

    And for anyone who have been wondering, I have a new nomination ndidate update coming soon.

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    Michaela Frey resigns, opens up Brooks-Medicine Hat by-election for Danielle Smith

    Michaela Frey has resigned as the United Conservative Party MLA for Brooks-Medicine Hat, opening up a by-election for new party leader Danielle Smith to to claim a seat in the Legislature.

    Update: Smith has confirmed she will run as the UCP ndidate in the Brooks-Medicine Hat by-election.

    Smith was already running for the UCP nomination in her home riding of Livingstone-Macleod but incumbent MLA Roger Reid has publicly shown no indition he’s not still running for the nomination against his new leader.

    Already running in the riding are retired teacher Gwendoline Dirk for the Alberta NDP and Alberta Party leader Barry Morishita, who also happens to be the former Mayor of Brooks.

    I’ll have more on Brooks-Medicine Hat when a by-election is lled (so probably soon).

    And, not wanting to get ught off-guard if Smith decides to ll an early general election, here are the NDP’s upcoming nomination meetings:

    – Second-term MLA David Shepard is seeking the NDP nomination to run for re-election in Edmonton-City Centre. A nomination meeting is scheduled for October 11.

    Dawn Flaata is running for the NDP nomination in Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright. A nomination meeting is scheduled for October 15.

    Amanda Chapman and Jason Curry are running for the NDP nomination in lgary-Beddington. A nomination vote is scheduled for October 17.

    Dave Dale is running for the NDP nomination in Lacombe-Ponoka. A nomination meeting is scheduled for October 19.

    Rebec Bousall is running for the NDP nomination in lgary-Fish Creek. A nomination meeting is scheduled for October 20.

    Andrew Stewart is running for the NDP nomination in lgary-Hays. A nomination meeting is scheduled for October 26.

    itlyn Blake is running for the NDP nomination in Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul. A nomination meeting is scheduled for October 28.

    Justin Huseby is running for the NDP nomination in lgary-South East. A nomination meeting is scheduled for November 8.

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    Danielle Smith wins the United Conservative Party leadership race, becomes Alberta’s next Premier

    I’m back,” were the first words to come out of Danielle Smith‘s mouth when she reached the podium after winning on the sixth ballot of the United Conservative Party leadership race.

    It’s the politil comeback story of the year, one that might only be surpassed by Rachel Notley if she is able to lead the NDP back into power in next year’s election.

    It’s a win but it’s not the strong overwhelming mandate that Smith’s supporters have been boasting about over the past few weeks.

    More on this soon over on the Daveberta Substack, but until then here’s are the results.

    First ballot

    • Danielle Smith – 41.3%
    • Travis Toews – 29.4%
    • Brian Jean – 11%
    • Todd Loewen – 7.7%
    • Rebec Schulz – 6.9%
    • Rajan Sawhney – 2.1%
    • Leela Aheer – 1.6%

    Second ballot

    • Danielle Smith – 41.4%
    • Travis Toews – 29.7%
    • Brian Jean – 11.3%
    • Todd Loewen – 7.7%
    • Rebec Schulz – 7.3%
    • Rajan Sawhney – 2.7%

    Third ballot

    • Danielle Smith – 41.7%
    • Travis Toews – 30.4%
    • Brian Jean – 12.1%
    • Todd Loewen – 8.0%
    • Rebec Schulz – 7.8%

    Fourth ballot

    • Danielle Smith – 46.2%
    • Travis Toews – 31.9%
    • Brian Jean – 13.5%
    • Todd Loewen – 8.4%

    Fifth ballot

    • Danielle Smith – 47.7%
    • Travis Toews – 37.4%
    • Brian Jean – 14.8%

    Sixth ballot

    • Danielle Smith – 53.7%
    • Travis Toews – 46.2%
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    Jaelene Tweedle wins NDP nomination in Red Deer-North, Danielle Smith says she won’t ll a by-election in lgary-Elbow

    Jaelene Tweedle defeated Craig Curtis to win the Alberta NDP nomination in Red Deer-North.

    “I believe without a doubt that Red Deer-North, and all of Alberta, n thrive under the NDP,” Tweedle said in a statement.

    “I will work to ensure our community has access to quality healthre, a world class public edution system, long-term job growth and opportunities for our children, supports and dignity for our most vulnerable, and ensure affordability for families with a competent government steering the ship.”

    Tweedle is a former oilfield administrator and was a ndidate for the Red Deer Public School Board in 2021.

    Edution Minister Adriana LaGrange and Premier Jason Kenney (Source: Government of Alberta)Edution Minister Adriana LaGrange and Premier Jason Kenney in 2019 (Source: Government of Alberta)

    The riding is currently represented by United Conservative Party MLA and Minister of Edution Adriana LaGrange. She was elected in 2019 with 60 per cent of the vote.

    The riding was represented by NDP MLA Kim Schreiner from 2015 to 2019 and one of its past MLAs was Stockwell Day, who held the riding from 1986 until he jumped into federal politics in 2000.

    Rebec Bounsall is running for the NDP nomination in lgary-Fish Creek. She was the party’s ndidate in 2019 and earned 28 per cent of the vote.

    No by-election in lgary-Elbow?

    UCP leadership front runner Danielle Smith is saying she will ll a by-election in a safe rural riding if she wins tonight’s leadership vote. But she is not saying which riding that will be.

    The former Wildrose Party leader has been running for the UCP nomination in Livingstone-Macleod but the incumbent UCP MLA Roger Reid appears to be busy mpaigning for the nomination.

    Smith has also said she will not ll a concurrent by-election in lgary-Elbow, the riding vated by former UCP MLA Doug Schweitzer last month. The NDP have nominated energy analyst Samir Kayande as their ndidate and lawyer Kerry Cundal is running for the Alberta Party. The riding was held by Alberta Party MLA Greg Clark from 2015 to 2019.

    Lawyer Andrea James has already announced her plans to run for the UCP nomination and there is speculation in politil circles that former City Councillor and mayoral ndidate Jeff Davison could also seek the nomination.

    lling a by-election in a safe rural seat so a potential future Premier Smith n get into the Legislative while also not lling a by-election in the already vant riding sounds like a pretty good way of helping the UCP lose the seat in the next election.

    The tally

    The NDP?have now nominated ndidates in 55 of Alberta’s 87 electoral districts. As previously noted, it appears as though the UCP have paused the nomination process until after their new leader is selected on October 6. The?Alberta Party?has nominated three ndidates.

    See the full list of nomination ndidates here.

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    You n read?my first post about Danielle Smith’s Alberta Sovereignty Act here.

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    UCP MLA Richard Gotfried not running for re-election, NDP nominate former economic development VP Court Ellingson in lgary-Foothills

    lgary-Fish Creek MLA Richard Gotfried has announced he will not run for re-election. Gotfried was the only rookie Progressive Conservative MLA elected in 2015, stealing the south lgary seat from the Wildrose Party after long-time MLA Heather Forsyth retired from elected politics.

    The affable Gotfried was re-elected under the United Conservative Party banner in 2019 with 61.5 per cent of the vote.

    He is the seventh MLA to publicly announce plans to not seek re-election when the next election is lled. Others not running again include:

    Recently nominated ndidates

    • Former lgary Economic Development vice-president Court Ellingson was nominated as the Alberta NDP ndidate in lgary-Foothills.
    • lgary Transit Operator Raj Jessel was nominated as the NDP ndidate in Chestermere-Strathmore.
    • Lawyer Cheryl Hunter Loewen was nominated as the NDP ndidate in Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills.

    Recently announced

    Lawyer Andrew Stewart has announced his plans to seek the NDP nomination in lgary-Hays. A nomination meeting is scheduled for October 26. The riding has been represented by UCP MLA Ric McIver since 2012.

    Upcoming nomination meetings

    • Former Red Deer City Manager Craig Curtis?and past school board ndidate?Jaelene Tweedle are on the ballot as NDP members in Red Deer-North choose their next ndidate on October 5.?
    • MLA David Shepherd is expected to be nominated to run for re-election in Edmonton-City Centre on October 11.
    • More NDP nomination meetings are scheduled in Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright (October 15), lgary-Beddington (October 17), Lacombe-Ponoka (October 19), and lgary-Hays (October 26).

    The NDP?have now nominated ndidates in 54 of Alberta’s 87 electoral districts. As previously noted, it appears as though the UCP have paused the nomination process until after their new leader is selected on October 6. The Alberta Party has nominated three ndidates.

    See the full list of nomination ndidates here.

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    You n read my first post about Danielle Smith’s Alberta Sovereignty Act here.

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    Kyle Kasawski wins 4-way NDP nomination race in Sherwood Park, a battleground riding in the next election

    Kyle Kasawski defeated County Councillor Katie Berghofer, former MLA Annie McKitrick, and teacher Jeff Manchak to win the Alberta NDP nomination in Sherwood Park.

    “I am very grateful that the members of this community have trusted me to be their representative in the next provincial election,” said Kasawski. “I believe in the vision that Rachel Notley has for Alberta, and I am excited to be joining her team to bring that vision to life.”

    Kasawski is a renewable energy expert who taught at NAIT’s Alternative Energy Technology Program from 2017 to 2021.?

    The suburban riding loted just east of Edmonton is currently represented by United Conservative Party MLA Jordan Walker. He was first elected in 2019 with 45 per cent of the vote.

    McKitrick represented the riding as an NDP MLA from 2015 to 2019.

    The riding is expected to be hotly contested by the UCP and NDP in the next election and is a critil pickup for the NDP if they are to form government.

    Soon to be nominated

    Today the NDP are expected to nominate lgary Transit operator Raj Jessel as their ndidate in Chestermere-Strathmore. Jessel was the federal NDP ndidate in lgary-Shepard in the 2021 election.

    Cheryl Hunter Loewen is expected to be nominated as the NDP ndidate in Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills on October 1.

    And on October 5, former Red Deer City Manager Craig Curtis and past school board ndidate Jaelene Tweedle will be on the ballot as NDP members in Red Deer-North choose their next ndidate.

    The NDP have now nominated ndidates in 51 of Alberta’s 87 electoral districts, with seven additional nomination meetings scheduled in the coming weeks.

    The UCP has 36 nominated ndidates and appears to have halted nominating new ndidates until after the October 6 leadership vote. The Alberta Party has three ndidates nominated.

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    Chantal Saramaga-McKenzie wins NDP nomination in Spruce Grove-Stony Plain, UCP MLA Michaela Frey not running for re-election in Brooks-Medicine Hat

    Former Spruce Grove city councillor Chantal Saramaga-McKenzie defeated former Parkland County mayor Rod Shaigec to secure the NDP nomination in Spruce Grove-Stony Plain.

    Chantal Saramaga-McKenzie

    “My parents still live here in the same house they bought in 1969. This community is in my DNA, and I will ensure it has a strong voice in the legislature,” Saramaga-McKenzie said in a statement. “I will work to ensure this community will have access to quality healthre, long-term job growth and opportunities for our children, housing for all – especially our seniors, and to tackle the affordability crisis head on. I am ready to get to work.”

    Saramaga-McKenzie is an engineer and business owner and served on city council from 2017 to 2021.

    The riding is currently represented by United Conservative Party MLA Searle Turton, who is also a former Spruce Grove city councillor. He currently serves as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Energy and as the private sector union liaison for the Ministry of Labour and Immigration. He is nominated to run in the next election.

    Michaela Frey not running for re-election

    Michael Frey

    Brooks-Medicine Hat UCP MLA Michaela Frey announced that she will not seek re-election after serving one term in the Legislature. “I’ll continue to serve until an election is lled, but my motivation is that ultimately there are some things in life that are too precious – having kids is one of them,” Frey, 29, told the Medicine Hat News. “I want to focus on that … I want to be at home in Medicine Hat to do that.”

    Former Newell County councillor Mara Nesbitt has already announced her plans to seek the UCP nomination. The NDP have nominated retired teacher Gwendoline Dirk. And Alberta Party leader and former Brooks mayor Barry Morishita is hoping he n reclaim a seat in the Legislature as the ndidate in this riding.

    Four running for NDP nomination in Sherwood Park

    Four ndidates are running for the NDP nomination in Sherwood Park. Strathcona County Councillor Katie Berghofer, renewable energy entrepreneur Kyle Kasawski, teacher Jeff Manchak , and former MLA Annie McKitrick will be on the ballot at a nomination vote on September 28.

    The NDP have now nominated ndidates in 50 of Alberta’s 87 electoral districts. The United Conservative Party has 36 nominated ndidates and the Alberta Party has three.

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    Janis Irwin running for re-election in Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood, former Alberta Party President Rhiannon Hoyle wins Edmonton-South NDP race

    Alberta NDP MLA Janis Irwin was nominated to run for re-election under her party’s banner at an outdoor nomination meeting in Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood yesterday.

    “Every day I meet people who share their stories with me, and I know that they and their loved ones deserve a representative and a government that is going to be there for them. I am so grateful that this community has put their faith in me, once again, to be their representative,” Irwin said in a statement.

    A former school teacher and curriculum expert, Irwin was first elected in 2019 with 63.4 per cent of the vote. She succeeded former NDP leader and longtime MLA Brian Mason, who had represented the east central Edmonton riding since 2000.

    Irwin was voted Best Alberta MLA in 2020 and 2021 in the Daveberta Best of Alberta Politics Awards.

    Former Alberta Party President wins NDP nomination

    Rhiannon Hoyle defeated Nasim Boroumand to win the NDP nomination in Edmonton-South. Hoyle a long time community league volunteer who was narrowly defeated by Jennifer Rice in last year’s City Council elections. She also served as President of the Alberta Party from 2017 to 2019.

    The riding is currently represented by Thomas Dang, who left the NDP ucus last December following an RCMP search of his home. He sits as an Independent and is not seeking re-election.

    Karen Stix and Saad Siddiq have announced plans to seek the United Conservative Party nomination in the riding.

    Teacher nominated for NDP in lgary-Shaw

    Teacher and information technology consultant David Cloutier was nominated as the NDP ndidate in lgary-Shaw.

    “I grew up in south lgary, and when the UCP was elected it was the first time my family and I ever questioned if we wanted to stay in the province. I was worried about the direction they were taking Alberta,” said Cloutier. “I asked myself how I could get involved, and work towards a better change for my family and my community, and that led me straight to the Alberta NDP.”

    The south lgary riding is currently represented by UCP MLA and leadership ndidate Rebec Schulz.

    The NDP have now nominated ndidates in 49 of Alberta’s 87 electoral districts. The United Conservative Party has 35 nominated ndidates and the Alberta Party has three.

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    Nomination Updates: Greg Sawchuk eyes UCP ndidacy in Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul, Nicole Goehring wins Edmonton-stle Downs NDP race

    A quick nomination update this Saturday morning:

    Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul:?Former Municipal District of Bonnyville Reeve Greg Sawchuk is seeking the United Conservative Party nomination. Sawchuk served as Reeve from 2017 until he was unseated in a rematch against Barry Kalinski in the 2021 election.?

    Incumbent MLA David Hanson has announced his plans to run for re-election. Hanson was first elected in 2015 as a Wildrose Party MLA and was re-elected in 2019 under the UCP banner.?

    lgary-Shaw: David Cloutier is expected to be nominated as the NDP ndidate at a ndidate selection meeting today.

    Edmonton-stle Downs: NDP MLA Nicole Goehring defeated Nurmaiya Brady to secure the NDP nomination. Goehring was first elected in 2015 and was re-elected in 2019. Former city councillor Jon Dziadyk?is the nominated UCP ndidate.

    Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood: MLA Janis Irwin is expected to be nominated at a meeting on September 25 at the Bellevue Community Hall. Irwin was first elected in 2019 with 63.4 per cent of the vote.

    Edmonton-South: Nasim Boroumand and Rhiannon Hoyle are seeking the NDP nomination in a vote today.

    Lacombe-Ponoka: Paramedic and Alberta Paramedic’s Association president Dustin Marshrall is seeking the UCP nomination. Teacher Dave Dale is running for the NDP nomination at an October 19 nomination meeting.

    Withdrawals: Usman Sadiq has withdrawn from the NDP nomination contest in lgary-Foothills and Vivian Mills from the NDP contest in Sherwood Park.

    I am?tracking ndidates and building a list of people running for nominations?to run in Alberta’s next provincial election. If you know of someone running, please post a comment below or email me at david.cournoyer@gmail.com. Thank you!

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    “Alberta Premier Danielle Smith?” Get used to it.

    Chris Brown and I discuss the last month in the United Conservative Party leadership race, Danielle Smith’s unexpected rise to the top, and how a Smith led UCP will do against Notley’s NDP in 2023 (or sooner) on the latest episode of the Cross Border Interviews Podst.

    Watch the interview here:

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    UCP MLA Mark Smith not running for re-election, NDP nominates MLAs Kathleen Ganley and Marlin Schmidt

    United Conservative Party MLA Mark Smith has publicly confirmed that he will not seek re-election in Drayton Valley-Devon.?He made the announcement while speaking at an event for UCP leadership ndidate Travis Toews in Devon on Sept. 9.

    Smith was first elected as a Wildrose Party MLA in 2015 and was re-elected under the UCP banner in 2019. The former social studies teacher was the center of controversy during the 2019 election over comments he made about gay people.

    Despite the controversy, Smith was re-elected with 71 per cent of the vote.

    rol Vowk and Andrew Boitchenko (Source: Mark Smith MLA Facebook PGe)

    rol Vowk and Andrew Boitchenko are already seeking the UCP nomination in Drayton Valley-Devon, loted southwest of Edmonton, and rumours have been circulating in politil circles for months that Enoch First Nations Chief Billy Morin could seek the nomination. Morin has endorsed?Toews for the UCP leadership and previously endorsed Pierre Poilievre in the federal Conservative Party leadership race.

    Kathleen Ganley at the lgary-Mountain View nomination meeting (source: Joe Ceci on Twitter)

    NDP members acclaimed Kathleen Ganley in lgary-Mountain View and Marlin Schmidt in Edmonton-Gold Bar. Both MLAs were first elected in 2015 and served as binet ministers during the NDP’s time in government.

    “This is sure to be a pivotal election for Alberta, and I am honoured that my community has put their trust in me to continue being their representative,” Ganley said in a statement. “I hear from folks every day about how they don’t trust the UCP, and how their families are struggling more now beuse of them.”

    MLA David Shepherd is seeking the NDP nomination to run for re-election in Edmonton-City Centre at an October 11 nomination meeting. Shepherd was first elected in 2015 and was re-elected in 2019 with 66 per cent of the vote.

    Also in Edmonton-City Centre, Zak Abdi announced on Twitter that he is no longer running for the Liberal Party nomination and will instead will seek to become the Green Party ndidate in Edmonton-City Centre.

    And in Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright, Dawn Flaata running for NDP nomination at an October 15 meeting. Flaata is a lol author with a long history of involvement in the chamber of commerce in Vermilion. She is also a former Constituency Assistant to former Conservative MP Leon Benoit. Vermilion Public Library.

    Upcoming nomination meetings:

    • September 20 – Edmonton-stle Downs NDP
    • September 24 – lgary-Shaw NDP
    • September 24 – Edmonton-South NDP
    • September 25 – Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood NDP
    • September 27 – Spruce Grove-Stony Plain NDP
    • September 28 – Sherwood Park NDP
    • September 29 – Chestermere-Strathmore NDP
    • October 1 – Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills NDP
    • October 2 – lgary-Foothills NDP
    • October 5 – Red Deer-North NDP
    • October 11 – Edmonton-City Centre NDP
    • October 15 – Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright NDP
    • October 17 – lgary-Beddington NDP

    I am?tracking ndidates and building a list of people running for nominations?to run in Alberta’s next provincial election. If you know of someone running, please post a comment below or email me at david.cournoyer@gmail.com. Thank you!

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    Peggy Wright wins NDP nomination in Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview, firefighter Jason Curry joins NDP race in lgary-Beddington

    Provincial NDP President and teacher Peggy Wright defeated former public school board trustee Michelle Draper to secure to Alberta NDP nomination in Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview.

    “I have watched the thoughtful discourse Rachel Notley and the NDP have been having with Albertans to develop proposals for a better path forward,” said Wright. “Right now, Albertans are facing the biggest affordability crisis in dedes, our healthre and edution systems are struggling, and we need a change.

    Incumbent NDP MLA Deron Bilous, who was first elected in 2012, is not seeking re-election.

    And there are more nomination updates:

    Jason Curry NDP nomination ndidate lgary-BeddingtonJason Curry (source: JasonCurry.)
    • lgary Firefighter lieutenant Jason Curry joins past ndidate Amanda Chapman in the race for the NDP nomination in lgary-Beddington on October 17, 2022. Curry is the Director of Government Relations for the lgary Firefighters Association.
    • And in today’s edition of “not your grandfather’s NDP,” former lgary Economic Development vice president?Court Ellingson will challenge former bank vice president?Usman Sadiq?for the NDP nomination in lgary-Foothills on October 2, 2022.
    • Retired teacher Tim Gruber is seeking the NDP nomination in Cypress-Medicine Hat. Drew Barnes, the Independent MLA for the south east Alberta riding, has asked to be allowed to rejoin the United Conservative Party ucus.

    Upcoming nomination meetings:

    • September 15 – lgary-Mountain View NDP
    • September 17 – Edmonton-Gold Bar NDP
    • September 20 – Edmonton-stle Downs NDP
    • September 24 – lgary-Shaw NDP
    • September 24 – Edmonton-South NDP
    • September 25 – Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood NDP
    • September 27 – Spruce Grove-Stony Plain NDP
    • September 28 – Sherwood Park NDP
    • September 29 – Chestermere-Strathmore NDP
    • October 1 – Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills NDP
    • October 2 – lgary-Foothills NDP
    • October 5 – Red Deer-North NDP
    • October 11 – Edmonton-City Centre NDP
    • October 17 – lgary-Beddington NDP

    I am?tracking ndidates and building a list of people running for nominations?to run in Alberta’s next provincial election. If you know of someone running, please post a comment below or email me at david.cournoyer@gmail.com. Thank you!

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    Big Alberta ndidate Nomination Updates

    I’ve been away for the past week, so there’s a lot to tch up on. Here are some of the latest ndidate nomination updates:

    • Teacher Michael Lisboa-Smith defeated Lesley MacKinnon, and Shiraz Mir to become the Alberta NDP ndidate in lgary-North West at a September 7 nomination meeting. Lisboa-Smith was endorsed by former NDP MLA Michael Connolly and U of C NDP Club President Devon Langdon.
    • Jennifer Yeremiy was nominated as the Alberta Party ndidate in lgary-North West on September 7.
    • R.J. Sigurdson was nominated as the United Conservative Party ndidate in Highwood.
    • MLA Rod Loyola defeated psychologists association president Dr. Judi Malone and ETS driver Manpreet Tiwana to become the NDP ndidate at a September 10 nomination meeting.
    • MLA Heather Sweet was acclaimed as the NDP ndidate in Edmonton-Manning at a September 8 nomination meeting. Sweet has represented the riding since 2015.
    • MLA Shannon Phillips was acclaimed as the NDP ndidate in Lethbridge-West at a September 11 nomination meeting. Phillips was first elected in 2015 and served as Minister of Environment and Parks during the NDP’s term in government. She is currently the Official Opposition Finance critic.

    Upcoming nomination meetings:

    • September 14: Former public school board trustee Michelle Draper and NDP provincial president Peggy Wright will face each other at a nomination vote in Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview.
    • September 15: MLA Kathleen Ganley is running for the NDP nomination in lgary-Mountain View.
    • September 17:?MLA Marlin Schmidt is seeking the NDP in Edmonton-Gold Bar.
    • September 20:?MLA Nicole Goehring is facing a nomination challenge from Nurmaiya Brady?in Edmonton-stle Downs.
    • September 24: Former city council ndidate Rhiannon Hoyle and University of Alberta researcher Nasim Boroumand is seeking the NDP nomination in Edmonton-South.
    • September 25: Teacher David Cloutier is seeking the NDP nomination in lgary-Shaw.
    • September 25: MLA Janis Irwin is seeking the NDP nomination in Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood.
    • September 27: Former Spruce Grove city councillor Chantal Saramaga-McKenzie?and former Parkland County Mayor Rod Shaigec are seeking the NDP nomination in Spruce Grove-Stony Plain.
    • September 28: Five ndidates are running for the NDP nomination in Sherwood Park. Strathcona County Councillor Katie Berghofer, renewable energy entrepreneur Kyle Kasawski, teacher Jeff Manchak former MLA Annie McKitrick, and information technology professional Vivian Mills will be on the ballot.
    • September 29: lgary Transit operator Raj Jessel is seeking the NDP nomination in Chestermere-Strathmore. Jessel was the federal NDP ndidate in lgary-Shepard in the 2021 election.
    • October 1: Cheryl Hunter Loewen is seeking the NDP nomination in Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills.
    • October 5: Former Red Deer City Manager Craig Curtis and past school board ndidate Jaelene Tweedle are seeking the NDP nomination in Red Deer-North.

    I am?tracking ndidates and building a list of people running for nominations?to run in Alberta’s next provincial election. If you know of someone running, please post a comment below or email me at david.cournoyer@gmail.com. Thank you!

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