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Senate leader pitches Trudeau reform plan in Alberta

Apr 27 2017 — James Wood — Alberta’s one-time dream of an elected senate appears to be dead but the government leader in the upper house says that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Senator Peter Harder was in Calgary Wednesday selling the merits of Justin Trudeau’s changes to the red chamber, which include asking Canadians to apply to be senators and screening […]

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Wildrose, Tories remain tight-lipped as unification talks progress

Apr 22 2017 — James Wood — Talks on uniting the Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives are moving forward but those around the table aren’t ready to go public. In March, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and PC Leader Jason Kenney announced a unity discussion group with MLAs and other representatives from each party. In a joint release put out by each party, the […]

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Alberta Liberals split over working with other parties

Apr 15 2017 — James Wood — As centrist politicians in Alberta try to find common ground across party lines, the issue is exposing a longstanding divide in the provincial Liberal party. Former Edmonton mayor and Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Stephen Mandel is one of the organizers of a private meeting in Red Deer Saturday to discuss the possibility of unity or […]

Pipes sit at the TransCanada Corp. Houston Lateral Project pipe yard in Mont Belvieu, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Russ Girling, TransCanada Corp. president and chief executive officer, said he remains "optimistic" that market forces will see that the embattled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline is built, but the real question is when. Photographer: Scott Dalton/Bloomberg via Getty Images

NDP government files for intervener status on Kinder Morgan

Apr 13 2017 — James Wood — Alberta’s NDP government is moving forward in its attempt to have a role in the legal battle around the proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. The province formally filed its application for intervener status with the Federal Court of Appeal on Wednesday, as multiple British Columbia municipalities, First Nations and environmental groups seek […]

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Alberta Tories prepare for a historic and defining leadership vote

Mar 11 2017 — James Wood — They were elected at the same time and served together around the cabinet table, but two former Tory finance minister illustrate the deep split among many long-time Progressive Conservatives as the party heads toward a defining leadership vote. After a bruising and bitter contest dominated by Jason Kenney’s call to unite the PCs with the […]

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‘I’ll go to war with her’: Kevin O’Leary vows to battle Notley over carbon tax

Mar 10 2017 — James Wood — Federal Conservative party leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary is vowing to “go to war” with Premier Rachel Notley and other provincial leaders if he doesn’t like their economic policies as prime minister. The outspoken businessman and reality TV personality was speaking Thursday at a town hall event sponsored by the Alberta Prosperity Fund, a conservative political […]

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Notley says Alberta getting closer to health deal with Ottawa

Feb 18 2017 — James Wood — With the united front among provinces on health care funding long since crumbled, Premier Rachel Notley signalled Friday that Alberta is prepared to agree to its own one-off deal with Ottawa on transfers. British Columbia became the latest province to reach a bilateral agreement with the Trudeau government with the announcement Friday of a 10-year, […]

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Some PCs ready to walk away if Kenney wins

Feb 17 2017 — James Wood — As Jason Kenney appears increasingly likely to become captain of the Progressive Conservative party, some longtime Tories are prepared to jump ship. Kenney, the former federal cabinet minister running on a platform of uniting the PCs with the Wildrose, has claimed to already hold a majority of the delegates to next month’s leadership convention in […]