National Newswatch

Where pipelines means money and jobs

Aug 9 2017 — Gillian Steward — In B.C., the new NDP government is wrestling with the power it now has to stall or stop the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline that would deliver oil from Alberta’s tarsands to tankers on the West Coast bound for Asia. Premier John Horgan campaigned against it. Environmental activists have vowed to stop it anyway they can. […]

Flawed strategy of making Alberta great again

Jul 25 2017 — Gillian Steward — Last October, former Harper cabinet minister Jason Kenney rode his white horse back to Alberta, determined to save the people from the horrors of the NDP government and get himself elected premier. So far, Kenney’s scheme is on track. But there’s still a long stretch to go before his quest is accomplished. And while Albertans […]

Electric cars pose headaches for the oil industry

Jul 11 2017 — Gillian Steward — Electric cars are having a moment. There are only a few on the road compared to gas guzzlers but recent predictions by reliable sources see battery powered vehicles becoming the rage much sooner than had been expected. Since these sedans, SUVs, and possibly pickup trucks will be powered by electricity instead of gasoline what will […]

Jason Kenney has Alberta conservatives even more divided

Jun 27 2017 — Gillian Steward — Jason Kenney, once one of Stephen Harper’s key cabinet ministers, had what seemed like the perfect plan to rid Alberta of Rachel Notley’s NDP government. He would enter provincial politics and unite the right — conservative parties garnered more of the popular vote than the NDP in the 2015 election — and become the leader […]

It’s time to recognize First Nations as founders of Canada

Jun 13 2017 — Gillian Steward — A few months back I wrote about the idea of officially establishing Canada’s Indigenous peoples as one of the country’s founding peoples along with the French and the British. I was amazed at the positive and overwhelming support that garnered from readers. Not because I thought it was a bad idea — I think it […]

B.C. election turns up volume of pipeline battles

May 16 2017 — Gillian Steward — It’s still not clear who will eventually control the reins of government in B.C. Recounts could give the Liberals one more seat and a majority. Or the NDP and the Greens could agree to a majority coalition and edge out the Liberals. This has caused some to speculate that whatever the outcome Alberta Premier Rachel […]

Why Maxime Bernier buddies up to Alberta’s Wildrose Party

May 2 2017 — Gillian Steward — It’s fascinating to watch the budding alliance that has emerged between Maxime Bernier, a front-runner for the federal Conservative leadership, and Alberta’s Wildrose Party. Not in its wildest dreams could the Wildrose have imagined a Conservative leader from Quebec might be the messiah it is waiting for. But it’s true. Bernier sounds like a Wildroser […]

NDP win in B.C. would be bad news for Rachel Notley

Apr 18 2017 — Gillian Steward — It’s entirely possible that Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley secretly hopes B.C. premier Christy Clark will soundly beat the NDP in the upcoming provincial election. That’s because a win by the NDP would put one of Notley’s most prized bragging points — the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline — in jeopardy. B.C. NDP […]

Nenshi could flame out in fight over new arena

Apr 4 2017 — Gillian Steward — Now that the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames have finally secured a spot in the NHL playoffs after years of failing to make the grade watch for an even bigger battle to play out. It is one that could end with the Flames packing up and moving somewhere else. The Edmonton/Calgary rivalry is legendary. […]

Jason Kenney to lead Alberta PCs into wilderness

Mar 21 2017 — Gillian Steward — Believe it or not, the new leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives won on a promise to kill the party. The party of Peter Lougheed and Ralph Klein, the party that held the reins of government for 44 years is now on life support, waiting for its leader and majority of members to pull the […]

Even the oil patch is souring on Donald Trump

Jan 24 2017 — Gillian Steward — The election of Donald Trump was enthusiastically welcomed in some quarters in Calgary because he is such a rabid fan of fossil fuels and a climate change denier. But you would be hard pressed to find any of that enthusiasm among the 5,000 people who showed up on Saturday for the Women’s March in support […]

Despite her success, Rachel Notley has many NDP critics

Dec 27 2016 — Gillian Steward — Mark 2016 as the year the NDP developed such an irreparable split they may never again be a political force to reckon with. Their undoing came, ironically, with the election of an NDP premier in Alberta, which until May 2015 had been unimaginable in both conservative Alberta and across the country. But once NDP types […]