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Rating the odds in the U.S. ‘Veepstakes’

It is conventional wisdom in American elections, that vice-presidential candidates are rarely pivotal, and then only that a poor candidate (as with Sarah Palin) might detract from a campaign.

The most commonly cited exception would be 1960 when Lyndon Johnson helped Kennedy carry Texas, but even in that case his home state alone wouldn't have altered the result.

Will Tory convention produce any surprises?

Federal Conservatives will assemble in Vancouver next week in their first national convention since they fell from grace last fall and, according the hype on the party's website, "It promises to be one of the most exciting and closely watched conventions in our party's history — you won't want to miss it!"

Alberta's Rachel Notley has shown she is a superstar among premiers

What a difference a year makes! Both Rachel Notley and Justin Trudeau can attest to that.

A year ago last week, Notley took over as premier of Alberta. She had come from nowhere, from leader of a four-member caucus to head of a majority New Democratic government in a province that had been governed by Tories for 44 unbroken years.

The socialists in power in Edmonton? Don't be ridiculous!