These Past 8 Weeks in Alberta

OK, so my weekly Friday look at Alberta politics and the ALP leadership race got kind of sidetracked, what with the federal election being thrust upon us. So here’s a run down of some of the things you (and I) may have missed:

1. To recap, the membership cut-off November 7th, with the mail-in vote to be announced December 13th. The three candidates are Dave Taylor, David Swann and Mo Elsalhy.

2. Daveberta takes a look at the history of ALP leadership races. My guess is that the winner will wind up with about 2,500 votes this time – on the first ballot, that is. I’m not expecting anyone to win this thing outright.

3. Speaking of Alberta’s pre-eminent blogger, Daveberta has endorsed David Swann.

4. To the best of my knowledge, Kent Hehr (Taylor) and Harry Chase (Swann) are the only two MLAs to have endorsed a candidate in this race.

5. Dave Taylor released his very good party renewal document a few weeks back.

6. Slogans: Mo – “An Alberta for ALL Albertans“, Swann – “The Courage to Lead. The Power to Inspire.”, Taylor – “A New Way Forward”

Tune in every Friday from now until voting day for a look at the race – I’m planning to profile the 3 ALP leadership candidates starting next week.

Posted on by CalgaryGrit in 2011 ALP leadership race

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A former Calgary Liberal, now living in Toronto. My writings on politics can be found at and online at the National Post.

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