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Brian Jean playing hard-to-get bride in possible union of conservative parties

Mar 21 2017 — Graham Thomson — Don’t send out the wedding invitations just yet. The possible marriage between Alberta’s conservative parties moved a little closer to fruition Monday afternoon when new Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney met with Wildrose Leader Brian Jean in Edmonton. They talked collegially for half an hour, we are told, but there was no, um, consummation. Not […]

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Will Brian Jean prove the immovable object to Jason Kenney’s irresistible force?

Mar 20 2017 — Graham Thomson — What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? We’ll find out Monday afternoon when Alberta’s new Progressive Conservative leader, Jason Kenney, meets with Wildrose Leader Brian Jean. Fresh from his decisive victory at Saturday’s PC leadership convention, Kenney is eager to move ahead quickly with his plan for uniting the PCs and Wildrose […]

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Jason Kenney’s PC leadership victory just the first step in a long journey to unite the right

Mar 19 2017 — Graham Thomson — Ok, now what? As expected, Jason Kenney won the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party Saturday. And he did it handily, capturing 75 per cent of the votes cast by almost 1,500 delegates at the party’s leadership convention in Calgary. “Today we have chosen the future,” declared Kenney in his victory speech. “Today we have […]

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Alberta PC leadership race in danger of becoming a joke

Feb 16 2017 — Graham Thomson — The other day I likened Alberta’s Progressive Conservative leadership race to a runaway train. I was wrong. It’s a runaway clown car. It has become such a joke that during the next election the party’s campaign buttons should be plastic flowers that squirt water. Not that the PC party is likely to be a party […]

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Notley’s ‘applause’ of Keystone XL is the sound of one hand clapping

Jan 26 2017 — Graham Thomson — “Premier Rachel Notley applauds Trump’s Keystone XL approval,” read one headline this week after the American president signed a memorandum to advance construction of the pipeline project on Tuesday. “Applaud”? I’m not so sure that’s what I’d call it. Notley “applauded” U.S. President Donald Trump’s support for the pipeline the way you would applaud the […]

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We’re told not to be ‘enormously worried’? With Trump, maybe we should

Jan 24 2017 — Graham Thomson — I’m not sure I feel any better. According to Stephen Schwarzman, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, Canada should not be “enormously worried” about Trump’s plan to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). OK, so we shouldn’t be “enormously” worried. But does that mean we should merely be “very” worried. How about “a […]