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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Barely elected, Kenney revs the pickup for yet another campaign

Mar 20 2017 — Don Braid — After his massive weekend victory, Jason Kenney leaves no doubt about who’s the boss of the Progressive Conservative party. At his first news conference, Kenney was not flanked by any PC MLAs, defeated candidates or party board members. It was just the leader up there, answering questions in great detail for a long time. Kenney […]

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Kenney wins – now comes the hard part

Mar 19 2017 — Don Braid — By a huge majority, Alberta Progressive Conservatives voted Saturday to dive into uncertain waters, with Jason Kenney swinging the paddle. The former federal minister campaigned for eight months, grabbed an unfamiliar delegate selection system by the lapels, and finally shook free 1,113 votes of 1,476 ballots cast at the weekend convention. That was good for […]

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PCs begin their weirdest convention ever

Mar 18 2017 — Don Braid — A grand old party holds its breath, on the edge of self-extinction. By Saturday evening, Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives will know if they’re to continue as a proud but dilapidated party, or dissolve into attempted union with Wildrose. There’s hardly a soul at the Telus convention centre that doubts Jason Kenney will win, and then try […]

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A budget that gambles with Alberta’s future

Mar 17 2017 — Don Braid — The NDP had better be right, or this province is screwed. Its latest budget is a high-risk balancing act that could, if the assumptions prove wrong, collapse like a cheap tent, leading to unprecedented fiscal bloodshed. The Progressive Conservatives often made optimistic revenue forecasts to justify high spending. This NDP budget raises the tactic to […]

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Jason Kenney in no rush to get elected as PC MLA

Mar 1 2017 — Don Braid — The Alberta legislature opens Thursday, but Jason Kenney has no interest in joining the club anytime soon. The candidate for leadership of the Progressive Conservatives says that if he wins on March 18, he won’t seek a riding for a byelection, at least not right away. “No, I won’t,” he said in an interview. “I’m […]

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Do Trump and Putin have big plans for Canada?

Feb 28 2017 — Don Braid — Premier Rachel Notley is meeting Democrats and Republicans in Washington with her mouth firmly shut about the outbursts of President Donald Trump. Political and social principles are one thing. Trade is another. Between them lies a completely typical Canadian wall of silence. Our politicians will state their principles on this side. That’s our little wall […]

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Alberta NDP keeps a nervous eye on looming B.C. election

Feb 22 2017 — Don Braid — That’s one scary poll for Alberta’s economic future. Not the latest one on Alberta politics, which shows a big lead for both conservative parties over the NDP. No, the spooky poll is a companion Mainstreet Research survey about the B.C. election that’s coming fast, on May 9. It shows Premier Christy Clark’s governing Liberals in […]