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Jason Kenney pops back to the surface

Apr 15 2017 — Graham Thomson — He’s back. Not that he was really ever away. But for more than two weeks Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney was, as far as the legislature and mainstream media were concerned, missing in action. It got to the point this week where the NDP caucus issued a news release with the needling headline: “Where’s Kenney […]

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Alberta not reversing course on climate change to match Donald Trump’s backward march

Mar 30 2017 — Graham Thomson — The ink hadn’t even dried on U.S. President Donald Trump’s coal-friendly, environment-busting executive order Tuesday when the hand wringing began in Canada. “Trump’s bid to reverse climate agenda puts pressure on Ottawa,” declared the Globe and Mail headline, as talk shows across the country put pundits in chairs to debate the question: Should Trudeau slow […]

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Mystery of the PC-Wildrose discussion group solved — sort of

Mar 28 2017 — Graham Thomson — If the makers of Trivial Pursuit ever get around to releasing an Alberta Politics Edition, here is the perfect trivia question: Who is Zoe Addington? It’s a perfect question because only a true political nerd will know the answer. Addington was named in a joint news release last Friday to a 10-member “discussion group” helping […]

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Wildrose and PC party inch closer to a merger, maybe

Mar 25 2017 — Graham Thomson — I’m afraid this column might be a little too much inside baseball. OK, it is. This column is so much inside baseball it should come with a beer and a hot dog. It’s a column about the 10-member “discussion group” named Friday afternoon to plot the next step forward in uniting Alberta’s two conservative parties […]

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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 […]