Provincial Government in Canada: Organization, Institutions & Issues

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Mar 4, 2009

Canada’s provinces are an integral layer of the nation’s governmental system. Under Canada’s Constitution, provincial governments have many key powers and jurisdictions, such as the provision of fundamental social services (for example, health, education and welfare), control over civil and property rights, and power over local government. This article explores provincial government in Canada, focusing on the key topics of the provinces as a level of government; provincial political, financial and administrative institutions; and issues and debates in provincial government.

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Cartoon: US Coal or Alberta Oil Sands - What's Really Dirty Energy?

Find a political cartoon that illustrates the big difference between the United States coal production and Canada's oil product via the Alberta Oil Sands.

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What if they held an election and nobody came? Campaigning in Alberta

By Harold Jansen on Sep 17, 2008

One of the discussions I often end up having with my classes is how much local campaigns and candidates matter. There is a school of thought, best represented by the work of political scientists Ken Carty and Munroe Eagles, that argues that local campaigns can be very important and make a difference. Another school of thought suggests that in an age of electronic, media-intensive, leader-focused campaigns, local candidates matter very little. We often joke in class that one great way to settle this debate would be to convince a candidate not to campaign and see what happens. Unfortunately, we conclude, it would be difficult to convince someone to do this.

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Fearless prediction for Alberta: 28 Conservatives will win

By Harold Jansen on Sep 12, 2008

I've been enjoying reading the profiles of contests from other parts of Canada that my colleagues have posted here on the Mapleleafweb election blog. It must be interesting to live in places where elections are actually close contests. So, I'll chime in from Alberta and fearlessly predict that the Conservatives will win all 28 seats here. Crazy, I know, but that's just how I see it. Perhaps what I will lack in writing about interesting local contests will be offset by having the best accuracy in predicting election results in my province.

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The Retirement of Monte Solberg

By Royce Koop on Sep 11, 2008

Rick Bell has written a glowing political obituary for Monte Solberg, one of the three senior cabinet ministers that won't be running for re-election.

First elected in 1993 as a Reform Party MP, Solberg was probably the most entertaining MP in the House throughout the 1990s. He was certainly one of the most effective oppostion critics I've ever seen (the other being Diane Ablonczy, although the two of them employ radically different styles). While complaining about tax increases, Solberg once asked Paul Martin in Question Period:

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Alberta’s Oil Sands: Key Issues and Impacts

Feature by Jordan Best and George Hoberg || Jun 18, 2008

Northern Alberta’s oil sands are increasingly becoming a source of political conflict, both domestically and globally, as scrutiny of the world’s second-largest known oil reserve intensifies.

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Mason has a point (or at least the start of one)

By Harold Jansen on Feb 12, 2008

NDP leader Brian Mason is proposing an end to corporate and union donations to political parties in Alberta. Mason is pitching this as something that would eliminate (or at least reduce) corruption in Alberta.

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Rocky Election Start for Ed Stelmach

By Marco Navarro-Genie on Feb 12, 2008

Ed Stelmach's first week during the campaign has been rocky, if the media coverage is any indication.

The start of the Alberta election should have been an opportunity to showcase the government's accomplishments in the last 12 months. Instead, Ed Stelmach got questions about the coinciding election date with the third anniversary of the Maythorpe killing of four RCMP officers. What was reported were speculations about insensitivity or incompetence.

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2008 Alberta General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Feb 5, 2008


p>On March 3, 2008, Alberta voters returned the Progressive Conservative Party to power for the eleventh consecutive time. The election was a landslide win for the PC Party, whom improved both their seat total in the legislature and their share of the popular vote from the 2004 general election.

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Almanac: Prime Minister Stephen Harper

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper is Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister. He is also leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, and represents the riding of Calgary—Southwest.

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Almanac: David Swann

In the provincial election held in December 2008, Dr. David Swann became Official Opposition Leader of Alberta. He has represented the riding of Calgary Mountain View since 2004.

In December 2008, Dr. Swann replaced outgoing leader Kevin Taft to become leader of the Alberta Liberal Party. Currently, he holds the portfolio for health and wellness within the Alberta Liberal Caucus. The provincial Liberal Party holds nine seats in the provincial legislature, a seat reduction of 50 percent after the election held in March 2008.

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Almanac: Alberta Election Info

Find provincial election information and links to important background information on elections in Alberta.

2008 Election Results & Current Party Standings


table summary="Current Political Party Standings in Alberta" cellSpacing="0" id="voter-data-table"> Political Parties2008Voter %Current Progressive Conservative 72 52.66% 68 <th abb

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2002 Mazankowski Report on Health Care in Alberta

In 2002, several key reports on the future of health care were released, each of which outlined visions for reforming the Canadian health care system.

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2006 Alberta Progressive Conservative Leadership Race

On December 2, 2006, Alberta Progressive Conservative Party members selected Ed Stelmach as their new party leader and as the new Premier of Alberta.

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2004 Alberta General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Nov 1, 2004


p>On November 22, 2004, Albertans elected the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party to a majority government, returning Ralph Klein as the province’s premier. The election represented the tenth consecutive Progressive Conservative government in Alberta; the last time another party held power was in 1971, when the Social Credit Party was in government.

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