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Cross-border NDP cold war kills hope of pipeline peace

May 31 2017 — Don Braid — If there was any hope for pipeline peace in our time, it’s gone now, deflated by B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver’s attack on Premier Rachel Notley. He was patronizing, petty, inaccurate and inflammatory. Weaver gave not the slightest nod to Notley’s climate-change policy, which is far more vigorous than B.C.’s. NDP Leader John Horgan […]

Kinder Morgan pipeline about to fall into enemy hands

May 30 2017 — Don Braid — Alberta government officials hit speed dial to Ottawa as soon as they heard the B.C. Greens and NDP have a deal to form a government. They were looking for assurance from the Prime Minister’s Office that approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion is still solid. The answer was a firm federal “yes,” according to a […]

No new party yet, but leadership campaigns already revving up

May 20 2017 — Don Braid — Brian Jean and Jason Kenney want to create a united conservative party but, while they’re dealing with that little chore, they’ll scratch like bobcats for the top job. The unofficial race for the leadership of the United Conservative Party was underway less than 24 hours after the unity proposal was announced. We’re talking about the […]

A rickety conservative creation that will probably work

May 19 2017 — Don Braid — It may be possible, at least mathematically, to jam a bunch of car parts into a can, shake the hell out of it, and get a Maserati at the other end. Alberta conservatives hope so. They’ve made a rattling can stuffed with every Wildrose and Progressive Conservative fear, tension and uncertainty. They hope these random […]

Ambrose says no, but Alberta conservative prize is tempting

May 17 2017 — Don Braid — Rona Ambrose insists she doesn’t want the prize, but, like it or not, she’s now a shadow contender for leadership of a merged Alberta conservative party. Ambrose has consistently said she will not run when, or if, the Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose come up with a merger deal and then hold a leadership contest. Her […]

Alberta Conservatives edge toward merger, but who will lead?

Apr 29 2017 — Don Braid — Rumours of floor crossings. Talk of a Wildrose-PC merger agreement as early as this weekend. Alberta’s conservative world is still in turmoil, although a bit more private about it these days. The two-party merger committee held long and intense meetings Thursday and Friday. They’re trying for an agreement as soon as possible. The self-imposed deadline […]

On dairy system, Trump has us over a barrel of feta

Apr 20 2017 — Don Braid — Everything about trade is suddenly on the table, including that slice of imported cheese that came with a 277 per cent tariff. In Canada, we love to paint ourselves as free traders, but deep down we are not. For many years the country had to be protectionist to foster a small, young economy; and (more […]

NDP ministers say one thing in trade deal, another in legislature

Apr 12 2017 — Don Braid — The case of the missing Crown corporation is the oddest farce to play the Alberta legislature in many years. Even Saskatchewan has a bit part. Alberta minsters say they won’t create a Crown corporation to handle construction contracts. A Saskatchewan minister counters that Alberta talked constantly about doing just that at recent talks for the […]

It’s a lonely town as Ottawa plans the death of oil and gas

Apr 7 2017 — Don Braid — It gets lonely here in Calgary, as companies sell out of the oilsands and try to sublet their echoing downtown office space. People do tend to feel that way when they realize that the nation at large, or at least the leadership, doesn’t seem to care, and is even actively working against the province’s economy. […]

Byelection blowouts expected but still sweet for Conservatives

Apr 5 2017 — Don Braid — Byelection victories, even big ones, do not always predict glory for a party or a government. The Alberta PCs led by Jim Prentice won all four byelections in Edmonton and Calgary in the fall of 2014. In spring of 2015, they lost the general election to the NDP. So, Monday’s federal results don’t mean the […]

As NDP attacks over gay rights, Kenney goes on defence

Apr 4 2017 — Don Braid — The New Democrats hung PC Leader Jason Kenney from the legislature rafters like a symbolic pinata on Monday, smacking and twisting his image with great delight. Kenney was accused of anti-gay bigotry because of his opposition to the 1998 Supreme Court decision regarding Delwin Vriend. The NDP blasted him even more vigorously for wanting schools […]

West divided while Ontario, Quebec get the gravy

Apr 1 2017 — Don Braid — Here’s my April Fools’ gag for you — another darn column. I wrote my first one on April 1, 1978, from the legislature in Edmonton. So much has changed since those days before cellphones, portable computers, Twitter, Facebook, and online news. Politics in western Canada have gone sharply downhill in style, substance and strategy. Four […]

Notley hints at retaliation after Wall’s business raid

Mar 31 2017 — Don Braid — Albertans have been worried about a trade war lately — with the U.S., not Saskatchewan. But that’s what we might get, after Premier Brad Wall’s startling border-crossing raid. Premier Rachel Notley accuses Wall of violating two trade agreements with his very specific invitation to Greg Fagerheim, CEO of Whitecap Resources Inc., to move the company’s […]

The price of Ann Coulter’s ‘statehood’ is too high

Mar 22 2017 — Don Braid — Calgary has been rejected by Ann Coulter as the 51st U.S. state. Finally, she says something I agree with. We hadn’t exactly asked for statehood, but never mind. Coulter, the far-right American provocateur, disowns us for being tolerant and helpful. It started with Anna Brooks’s recent story in the Herald about the halal food and […]