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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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  • Jul 18 NO SPRING CHICKEN
    Happy birthday to Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel, born 73 years ago in Windsor, ON.
  • Jul 18 - 22 RED DEER'S BIG SHOW
    The Westerner Days fair and farm show in Red Deer. Associated political events include an NDP barbecue with local MLAs Kim Schreiner and Barb Miller on Tuesday 17th from 5 to 8 pm at the Eastview Estates Community Hall, 120 Ellenwood Drive.
  • Jul 20 - 29 K-DAYS
    “K-Days,” Edmonton’s watered-down successor to Klondike Days, first held in 1962 as the ’Chuk’s’ answer to the Stampede, with participants dressing up in Klondike Gold Rush garb, was a success until some idiot in City Hall (likely a Toronto transplant) decided to rename it “Capital Ex,” and expunge the Klondike theme. Attendance fell. It was renamed “K-Days” in 2012, but without the Klondike theme. Attendance continues to lag, but, the fair will nonetheless be held at Northlands, grandstand shows and fireworks will be held nightly, the parade will take place on Jasper Ave. on July 19, and the Premier and her ministers will host a pancake breakfast in the Legislature grounds on July 19, 7-9 am. For a full schedule of events to: https://k-days.com/schedule/
  • Jul 30 JOE WILL HAVE BEER
    Many happy returns to Finance Minister Joe Ceci, born 61 years ago in Toronto.
  • Jul 31 MUNI ELECTION FEEDBACK END
    Deadline for municipalities to submit feedback on changes to the Local Authorities Election Act, which the NDP wants to bring in line with its legislated changes to provincial rules, including a $4K annual limit on donations and a ban on corporate and union donations. For more info: https://www.alberta.ca/local-authority-elections-act-engagement.aspx
  • Jul 31 CONDO DEVELOPERS TAKE NOTE
    This is also the deadline date for those wishing to provide input on the latest proposed amendments to the Condominium Property Amendment Act, the previous govt’s bill passed in late 2014, but being enacted in stages. The first phase concentrated on rights for condo owners, this phase proposes a Byzantine regime of hoops and red tape for developers. To register your outrage, go to: http://www.servicealberta.ca/pdf/Annotated_Condo_Property_Regulation.pdf

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Week ending June 30th, 2018 Vol 32, No 35

JULY 12 BYELECTION CANDIDATES — Top Row: Sylvan Lake-Innisfail (l-r) Abigail Douglass (AP), Devin Dreeshen (UPC), Nicole Mooney (NDP), Nicolaas Jansen (LIB). Bottom row, Fort McMurray-Conklin- Jane Stroud (NDP), Laila Goodridge (UCP), Robin LeFevre (LIB), Sid Fayeed (AP
One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Inside this week

ANOTHER PANGLOSSIAN FISCAL PRESENTATION BY JOE CECI, BUT ONE GETS THE FEELING THAT THE DIPPERS' LUCK IS ABOUT TO CHANGE
AS THE ELECTION APPROACHES, THE NOMINATION RACES HEAT UP - AT LEAST FOR THE UCP
THE COST OF TRUDEAU'S $50 CARBON TAX REVEALED
KING NENSHI SLAMS THE GOVT'S MUNICIPAL ELECTORAL REFORMS

Top Story

It might have been a fever dream, but we seem to recall Premier Rachel Notely recently calling Joe Ceci “Alberta’s greatest ever finance minister.” Debatable that may be, but smilin’ Joe has certainly been one of the unluckiest, immediately landing knee-deep in the ordure of recession and having to put a brave face on things as he glumped through the uncharted territories of deficit, debt, and despair.

Not to worry, Joe assures us, with that nervous, gap-toothed, half-grin, as he reads his script; Albertans are “resilient,” the gov’t “has your back,” we’ll borrow our way out of this mess (ex-Bank of Canada boss David Dodge gave us permission), and, while we’re at it, we’ll diversify the economy one craft brewery and potato factory at a time. Look! Green shoots! Making life better for Albertans..Through all the palaver, it was obvious the main thing that Joe lacked was luck, and in Alberta the word is synonymous with oil.

Political Pulse

When considering the nomination contests for the next election, there is only one show in town: the United Conservative Party. At this writing none of the other parties have more than a single candidate competing in any riding, while the Unicons, to quote a veteran campaigner, are experiencing “an embarrassment of riches.”

It is, in other words, like the good old days of the Progressive Conservative dynasty, or like the current situation with the federal Conservative ridings where winning the nomination is seen as tantamount to a coronation.It should be noted that in the current provincial situation this electoral gold rush is most pronounced in the rural and the Calgary constituencies—regions where the UCP have been out-polling the NDP by as much as 20- points for months going on years.