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Alberta Correspondent — Maclean's

Alberta Correspondent for Maclean's. jason.markusoff@macleans.rogers.com

Young Indigenous politicians are leading the Manitoba NDP

Young Indigenous politicians are leading the Manitoba NDP
macleans.ca — The mood was mainly sombre and the cash-bar business was mainly brisk as Manitoba New Democrats gathered April 19 in one of the mammoth RBC Convention Centre's smaller rooms, to bid adieu to 17 years of NDP rule and Premier Greg Selinger, and watch the Progressive Conservatives' crushing victories keep rolling in.

Rachel Notley no longer needs the federal NDP

Rachel Notley no longer needs the federal NDP
macleans.ca — Three days before last October's federal election, when it was abundantly clear Tom Mulcair's NDP would thud back into third place, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley played the good party soldier and endorsed Mulcair at an Edmonton rally. It was about as abundantly clear that her political rivals would one day punish her for such brand loyalty.

In Manitoba, Brian Pallister wins an ugly election of bad choices

In Manitoba, Brian Pallister wins an ugly election of bad choices
macleans.ca — Manitobans faced a choice in this election campaign between the NDP premier who loathsomely broke a promise on tax hikes, a neophyte Liberal leader who spent weeks giving voters new reasons to dislike her, and a Progressive Conservative of whom about half the province has remained leery, and makes no bones about the fact he's not too likeable.

The Alberta NDP won't run with scissors, or even walk

The Alberta NDP won't run with scissors, or even walk
macleans.ca — For 15 years as a Calgary city alderman, Joe Ceci resisted almost any conservative's attempt to pare back or reduce city spending, warning of the utter pain Calgarians would feel, and that what counterparts thought were light trims would actually puncture front-line services.

The NDP's hard left turn into an existential crisis

The NDP's hard left turn into an existential crisis
macleans.ca — At an almost paperless NDP convention where smartphone apps replaced paper agendas, Harry Kopyto stood out as a pamphleteer. Before proceedings began on Saturday morning, the 69-year-old former Toronto lawyer (disbarred) placed hundreds of legal-sized printouts urging full adoption of the Leap Manifesto on empty folding chairs.

#Building(snicker)Alberta (with images, tweets) · JasonMarkusoff · Storify

#Building(snicker)Alberta (with images, tweets) · JasonMarkusoff · Storify
storify.com — Aside from a sign campaign, "Building Alberta" has also become a twitter hashtag promoted heavily by the Redford government. But who's using it on Twitter? It's been used mainly by Tory MLAs, aides and government social-media accounts. Beyond that, it's mostly for snark - what Twitter does best.

The Leap Manifesto, and where the NDP will land

The Leap Manifesto, and where the NDP will land
macleans.ca — Tom Mulcair lost and the Leap Manifesto won. OK, it's not completely as simple as that, because the NDP effectively decided to spend two years debating that 1,315-word activist treatise on trade and climate goals and jobs and much more. The NDP will also now spend up to two years before holding a leadership convention.

A list of signs Tom Mulcair was doomed this weekend

A list of signs Tom Mulcair was doomed this weekend
macleans.ca — From the time NDP delegates began arriving in Edmonton for this weekend's convention, to the last moment before he began his speech today, to the speech itself, signs mounted that Tom Mulcair would not survive as leader. Here are eleven: One: For his final speech, he was introduced as a great opposition leader of the past decade.

The NDP's Canada (or at least who came to their convention)

The NDP's Canada (or at least who came to their convention)
macleans.ca — Tom Mulcair puts his leadership Sunday in the hands of 1,768 New Democrat delegates. Much speculation has centred on where the delegates come from: Quebec, his home base? Ontario, where many ridings lost their MPs, and perhaps one of the grumpier blocs?

Notley's pitch from the NDP's new centre

Notley's pitch from the NDP's new centre
macleans.ca — Tom Mulcair has struggled to lift and unite the NDP as a government-minded pragmatist in a party thick with idealists. With her speech Saturday at the federal convention, Alberta's Premier showed that pragmatic leaders who actually win can fare much, much better.
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May 02, 2016

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May 02, 2016

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May 02, 2016

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May 02, 2016

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May 02, 2016

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May 02, 2016

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