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One Alberta MLA raises fist at another, Legislature Speaker investigating

Apr 20 2017 — Emma Graney — An apparent threatening motion made Tuesday by one politician to another inside the legislative building is being investigated by the Speaker. It all started after Calgary-Hawkwood NDP MLA Michael Connolly exchanged words with Strathmore-Brooks Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt as the two men left the chamber. After the verbal altercation, Connolly allegedly raised his fist at […]

Progressive Conservative-Wildrose merger proposal expected by April: Jason Kenney

Mar 21 2017 — Emma Graney — Alberta conservatives will know by Friday who will draft a unity agreement between the province’s Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties. Official Opposition Leader Brian Jean and newly elected PC Leader Jason Kenney ironed out the first steps in creating a unified political right during a 35-minute meeting Monday in Edmonton’s Federal Building. The chat in […]

Wildrose and PC leaders look ahead to 2017 with hope and worry

Dec 19 2016 — Emma Graney — Wildrose leader Brian Jean admits he has had a very strange year indeed. Personally, his house and belongings, and those of four family members, were all reduced to ash in the Fort McMurray wildfire in May, yet he married “the most wonderful woman in the world” over the summer. Politically, his party saw a huge […]

Wildrose accuses NDP of operating secret financial arm

Dec 13 2016 — Emma Graney — A Calgary strip mall office has Alberta’s official Opposition crying foul about an NDP “shadow organization” operating under the radar of election finance rules. The NDP says it has been on the books for years and accused Wildrose of muddying the waters. The office belongs to the Calgary and District New Democrat House Society. NDP […]

Calls for Alberta Human Services Minister’s resignation met with silence

Dec 8 2016 — Emma Graney — The official opposition has called for the resignation of Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir, after revelations his department failed to give the RCMP an internal report about the death of a four-year-old child in government care. Wildrose House Leader Nathan Cooper called the oversight “unbelievable.” “We’re shocked, we’re appalled,” Cooper told Postmedia Wednesday night. Sabir […]

Wildrose Leader denounces ‘Trump-style hate politics’ in Alberta

Dec 5 2016 — Emma Graney — Wildrose Leader Brian Jean has denounced what the NDP branded “Trump-style hate politics” in Alberta, following a weekend rally in Edmonton that included homophobic signs and devolved into chants calling for Premier Rachel Notley to be locked up. “I don’t think there’s any place for it in Albertan politics,” Jean told reporters Monday. “I wish […]

Wildrose leader won’t link break-in to recruitment calls by PCs

Nov 28 2016 — Emma Graney — Wildrose Leader Brian Jean isn’t saying if he thinks the break-in and theft of laptops from his party’s headquarters in Edmonton was politically motivated. The investigation is in the hands of police, he said Monday. The Nov. 7 break-in, news of which was emailed to Wildrose party members over the weekend in Jean’s monthly update, […]

Kenney could be fined, voices frustration at PC party

Nov 17 2016 — Emma Graney — Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Jason Kenney could be hit with a $20,000 fine after showing up near a delegate selection meeting Wednesday night in southeast Edmonton. The party’s leadership rules ban candidates from being “in or near” a selection meeting, but Kenney’s team hosted a hospitality suite at the Mill Woods golf course clubhouse, metres […]