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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 […]

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Jason Kenney faces another move to disqualify him from PC leadership bid

Feb 15 2017 — James Wood — Jason Kenney could once again face disqualification from the Progressive Conservative leadership race as a party vice-president has called an emergency meeting of the PC board to hear a complaint against the former MP and his campaign. On Sunday, the party’s leadership election committee (LEC) dismissed a complaint filed by Calgary lawyer Jeff Rath seeking […]

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Kenney confident heading into homestretch of PC leadership race

Feb 13 2017 — James Wood — With the Progressive Conservative party’s weekend rejection of a bid to oust him from the race, Jason Kenney is feeling good about his chances to win the Tory leadership — and his ability to pull the party together after a bruising contest. In an interview Monday, Kenney claimed his leadership campaign — based on a […]

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NDP ministers scale back from international travel spending of Tories

Feb 11 2017 — James Wood — As Premier Rachel Notley makes plans to visit Washington, D.C., figures released on the NDP government’s international travel spending are well below those of previous Progressive Conservative governments. Deron Bilous, economic development and trade minister, had the biggest travel tab in an NDP government that has scaled back international trips in comparison with their high-flying […]

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Ambrose backs united provincial right; PC member files complaint against Kenney

Feb 10 2017 — James Wood — Rona Ambrose says the future of Alberta depends on provincial conservatives uniting into a single party. In a speech Thursday night to the Alberta Can’t Wait pro-unity group, the interim federal Conservative leader reiterated that she wants members of the Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose to bridge the current divide and join together. Ambrose said emulating […]

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Five things: Unite the right roundup

Feb 4 2017 — James Wood — There’s never a dull moment in conservative politics in Alberta. With the Progressive Conservative leadership in the home stretch and talk of uniting the right in the air, here are five of the latest twists and turns: 1. Good news, bad news Wildrose Leader Brian Jean shook things up last week when he released a […]

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Notley, Ceci field budget questions during town hall with Albertans

Feb 1 2017 — James Wood — Alberta’s premier and finance minister were grilled over the government’s tax and spending habits Tuesday night, while also facing questions over NDP promises that have yet to materialize. In the second of two telephone town halls on the upcoming provincial budget, Premier Rachel Notley and Finance Minister Joe Ceci took more than 25 questions from […]