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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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Upcoming

  • Apr 17- 27 MISSION TO THE ORIENT
    Premier Rachel Notley and Economic Development & Trade Minister Deron Bilous lead a trade mission to China and Japan with stops in Beijing, Guangzhou and Tokyo.Highlights will include the signing of research and collaboration agreement with China based around energy and climate change, a keynote speech at a Canada China Business Council luncheon, and a barbecue reception in Japan featuring Alberta-sourced food. This will be the premier's first overseas trip. Estimated cost for Notley, Bilous, aides and security personnel: $140K.
  • Apr 17- 29 MP BREATHER
    Federal MPs take their spring fortnight break to ponder the newly introduced marijuana legislation and the federal budget, refreshed and primed for debate upon their return from the white strands & turquoise waters on May 1.
  • Apr 24- 24 MLA BREATHER
    Legislature adjourned for a one-week constituency break. MLAs return Monday May 1 at 1:30 pm.
  • Apr 25 MANY HAPPY RETURNS
    Happy birthday to Speaker Bob Wanner, born 68 years ago in Weyburn, SK.
  • Apr 25 BEEF WITH BRIAN J.
    Wildrose Leader Brian Jean continues to tour constituencies to talk to members about the possible merger of the Rosers & Tories, currently being negotiated by teams representing both parties. This week Jean stops in St. Albert, where he will speak at $50-a-head prime rib dinner at Cornerstone Hall, 6 Tache St., 6-9 pm. Tickets at: http://www.wildrose.ca/the_path_forward_with_brian_jean
  • Apr 27 UNDERSTANDING ICFS AND OTHER MGA REFORMS
    The Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) hosts an afternoon workshop on the changes in the new Municipal Government Act related to Municipal Development Plans, Inter-municipal Government Plans, Inter-municipal Collaboration Frameworks, and Growth Management Boards, all of which present challenges to municipalities and especially their planning departments. The workshop will be held at Fort Calgary from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Tickets are $125 for APPI members, $175 for non-members, and can be bought online at: https://www.albertaplanners.com/civicrm/event/info?id=349&reset=1
  • Apr 29 BUBBLES WITH BRIAN M.
    Transportation/Infrastructure Minister and Alberta’s longest serving MLA Brian Mason (Highlands-Norwood) will be holding his annual champagne socialist event­­—specifically the “Champagne Brunch” fundraiser at the “scenic Highlands Golf Course,” 6603 Ada Blvd., Edmonton—starting at 10 am. (Did he not get the memo that craft beer has become the politically preferred NDP libation?) Tickets $125 at http://www.albertandp.ca/champagnebrunch2017

This Week's Get a free sample

Week ending April 14th, 2017 Vol 31, No 29

HOISTING THE ORANGE — Premier Rachel Notley and colleagues raise an Oilers flag at the Federal Building in honor the hometown team making the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. In Calgary Finance Minister Joe Ceci raised the Flames flag at the McDougall Centre.
Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.
BOB MARLEY

Inside this week

THE FEDERAL CANNABIS LEGALIZATION LEGISLATION MEANS SOME HEAVY LIFTING FOR THE PROVINCES
THE LIBERALS KEEP ON TICKING WITH TWO CALGARY LAWYERS COMPETING FOR THE LEADERSHP
THE REESTABLISHMENT OF A SCHOOL BOARD FOR THE TROUBLED NORTHLAND DIVISION IS AMONG THE NEW BILLS BEFORE THE HOUSE

Top Story

With this week’s roll-out of federal cannabis legislation, calling for legalization and regulation by July 1, 2018, the hard work now begins for the provinces.

“It will be a challenge,” admitted Premier Rachel Notley at a presser on Thursday, before jetting off with Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous on a 10-day trade mission to the Orient. “I think if we get it right, it can work. I also know that there is a lot of heavy lifting to be done to get there.”

Political Pulse

Like the ancient and resilient insect that, it is said, will inherit a nuclear devastated earth, the Alberta Liberal Party has survived all manner of ignominy and near extinction in its century and a quarter of its existence.

But, like our friend it stubbornly refuses to die. The party has been excluded from gov’t for 96 years, won not a single seat for more than a decade in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, and, after attaining a modern-era peak of 32 seats in 1993, has dwindled down to today’s single MLA­—interim leader Dr. David Swann (Calgary-Mountain View).Yet we find the party, if not well nourished or corpulent, still skittering about with purpose and still able to raise its antennae in optimistic salute to those future political fortunes that, as always, lie just around the corner.