I got word late on Friday night from a very reliable source that the rumours surrounding Lyle Oberg's departure were accurate.
Movement on the newswires confirms this.
The story on the wire seems to lend strength to the suggestions that Lyle wasn't really getting along terribly well with caucus, his cabinet colleagues, or the Premier. With a cabinet portfolio comes the expectation that you're going to be a team player. It would appear as though this wasn't the impression left on the Premier.
Personality issues aside, the job of an MLA and a Minister is a difficult and often thankless one. Dr. Oberg should be thanked for his nearly 15 years of public service. I'm sure the people of Strathmore-Brooks appreciated having such a forceful voice representing them in Edmonton.
The Strathmore-Brooks PC Association will likely be holding a new nomination meeting in January. It will be interesting to see who steps forward to fill the shoes of one of the most colourful politicians in the history of the Alberta Legislature.