When the podcast site for the Edmonton Journal’s entire 11-member political affairs team was nominated for one of this year’s Yeggies, the annual awards created last year “to recognize and celebrate outstanding social media content creators in the Capital Region,” the local newspaper made a fairly big deal of it.
After all, this is YEGville, and the Yeggies highlight “some of the amazing talent we have here in Edmonton.” So fair enough that the Journal should shout its team’s nomination in the Best Political or Current Affairs category from the rooftops, eh?
“Yeggies recipients inspire, evoke, inform, educate and entertain us, and they do it because they have a passion for it,” says Yeggies.com, the award’s official website, and this is true.
So, congratulations for their nomination to the highly professional team of political editors, reporters and columnists at the Journal’s “Press Gallery” site, great writers every one of ’em.
But, since the Yeggies were handed out last night, I just wanted to mention that the actual winner in this category was, uh, Alberta Diary, authored by Yours Truly, David J. Climenhaga, 62. All alone. Just saying.
And it is about passion, as the organizers pointed out, leastways for those of us who don’t work for the Edmonton Journal or Maclean’s Magazine and therefore must just ignore Dr. Johnson’s famous admonition that “no man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.”
I confess I have no idea how I came to be nominated for this honour, but you’d better believe I’m sincerely grateful for it. So thanks to the Yeggies organizers and sponsors and all that stuff.
The other nominees in the category were Edmonton City Councillor and former journalist Scott McKeen’s onomatopoetic blog; journalist Colby Cosh’s Maclean’s Magazine blog; Radical Citizen Media; and GigCity.ca. Visit the Yeggies page to see the winners and nominees in the other 15 categories.
In other Alberta political news yesterday, Albertans awoke to the word Finance Minister Doug Horner announced had decided to give the Progressive Conservative Party’s post-Redford leadership race a pass.
This was probably prudent because, even if Mr. Horner didn’t bear the burden of being seen as too loyal a sidekick to premiers Ed Stelmach and Alison Redford, Alberta’s PCs seem to have made up their hive-mind to choose Jim Prentice, the Calgary banker and former federal cabinet minister, for the province’s top political job.
On the other hand, it’s probably too bad from the PCs’ perspective, even if they don’t recognize it just yet, because Mr. Horner seems the best qualified to actually do the job of premier of the lot who were likely to emerge as candidates – and, in the opinion of this award-winning political blogger, at any rate, that includes Mr. Prentice.
Well, perhaps Mr. Horner didn’t fancy the role of Leader of the Opposition, or, worse, leader of the third or fourth party in the Legislature.
Reading between the lines of his short letter Thursday evening thanking supporters but saying no to their ambitions for him, Mr. Horner sounded very much like a man contemplating an end to the provincial phase of his political career.