Wednesday Update – January 26, 2011

Here are the headlines for this week:


  • Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach shocked many when he announced his resignation yesterday. Stelmach says that after consultation with his family, he is not prepared to seek another term as premier, and will retire after twenty-five years of public service. Speculation now begins about whether he was pushed and who will be his successor. Read more here and here.
  • In related Alberta political news, independent MLA Dave Taylor jumped ship once again, this time moving over to the Alberta Party. This gives the small party its first sitting member ever. Now I personally don’t like those who change their affiliations in between elections, but it is interesting that Taylor chose the Alberta Party. Many (myself included) need to do more research on the Alberta Party before rendering a verdict on this. Read more here.
  • The Liberals are ready for a fight. That was the message leader Michael Ignatieff gave while holding a spirited town hall style rally. Ignatieff stated that Harper does not listen to the people, and that the Liberals will not be the lifeline of the government. Read more here.

United States

  • President Obama offered up his second State of the Union address on Tuesday night. The speech concluded that the union is strong, but with challenges. Obama was heavy on pep, but light on specific plans. He acknowledged the need for reduced spending, and a bipartisan approach to job creation, but said he would not compromise on health care. A full breakdown of the SOTU will be posted tomorrow.
  • A drug cartel ring was busted in Arizona this week. More than 20 people were charged with firearms violations after close to 700 guns were to be smuggled into the United States. This has strengthened desires to see discussion of gun control begin again, especially following the Tucson shootings. Read more here.
  • Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords continues her amazing recovery. She was transported from her hospital in Arizona to a rehab facility in Texas. She will spend the next few months there, completing rehab treatment, continuing her recovery. Read more here.


  • “Retribution is inevitable”. Those are the words of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, following the bombings at Russia’s busiest airport. The blast killed 35 and wounded close to 180 more. Nobody has taken responsibility for the bombings as of yet. The government has blamed weak security, while the airport has said it is not their fault. Regardless, it will cause airports to reexamine their arrivals area security. Read more here.
  • Egypt has seen incredible numbers of protestors lately, as people protest President Hosni Mubarak’s leadership. Mubarak has been in power for thirty years, and anti-government protestors want him gone. Many who have previously remained silent, have been inspired by similar protests in other countries. Many have been arrested, and police are using force to keep the large crowds back. Read more here.

P.S. Happy Birthday JH!


About Chris James

A student of political science at a Canadian University sharing stories of interest on Canadian and American political and social issues.

Posted on January 26, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Talking to someone about Stelmach I realized how much I appreciated the guy. Of course the argument came up “he was no Ralph Klein.” Yikes! Ralph Klein did much more harm than good and Stelmach gets much of the blame for trying to clean it up. He made his own mistakes, perhaps too quiet in a province full of incoherent opinions. Depending on his replacement (in his party and government) I may miss the guy.

    • Yeah, read an article today saying Klein was Alberta’s steady boyfriend, while Stelmach was the rebound guy… and the rebound guys never last. I like Stelmach as a person. I think he has a good moral compass, but he was a very wishy washy Premier, who couldn’t stand up to the oil industry or his party.

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