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Those of you who pay attention to Canadian provincial politics might be interested in this: Ted Morton, University of Calgary Professor of Political Science (Toronto Ph.D., where he studied with Walter Berns), finished a surprisingly strong second in the first round of balloting for the leadership of Alberta’s Conservative Party.

The second round of balloting will take place this coming Saturday (the procedure is explained
here).

If you want some sympathetic insider commentary, you would be well-served by visiting our friends at The Politic. If you want an explanation of why we should all move to Alberta if this election goes well and the 2008 race here goes badly, you can read this piece, which I wrote after Stephen Harper, with whom Morton is associated, was elected Canadian PM.

And perhaps we can talk our friend John von Heyking into explaining it all for us.

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Thanks for the advertisement, Joe. Basically, the contest is one every province/state/country would love to have: how does one most effectively govern the hottest economy on the continent? Morton is what most people would regard as a fiscal and social conservative, while his main competitor, Jim Dinning, thinks the state should have a more active role in the economy. While Dinning would more likely find a home among Democrats in the US, his tenure as Provincial Treasurer during the 1990s is one of the reasons the Alberta government has no debt and a budget surplus in the billions.

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