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Wildrose opens nominations despite uncertainty over riding boundaries, unite-the-right talks

Jan 31 2017 — James Wood — The Wildrose is beginning candidate nominations for the next provincial election in 2019 despite potential talks on uniting with the Progressive Conservatives and an ongoing electoral boundary review. Wildrose party executive director Jeremy Nixon confirmed Monday that at the request of the local constituency association, the party had last week opened the nomination process in […]

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Jean and Kenney agree on merger but not on how to do it

Jan 28 2017 — James Wood — The prospect of a unified conservative party in Alberta appeared to be significantly closer Friday, but uniting the right still faces major pitfalls as proponents put forward different visions of how it should be done. In a surprise video statement released Thursday, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said members of his party want him to pursue […]

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Alberta PC board member steps down after accusations of bias

Jan 27 2017 — James Wood — A Progressive Conservative party director who had been accused of bias by supporters of leadership candidate Jason Kenney has stepped down from the party’s board. The resignation of Denise Brunner as the Tory party’s vice-president of organization on Monday came despite the party’s leadership election committee clearing her of wrongdoing. In her resignation letter, provided […]

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Feds hopeful Alberta will come around on health deal

Jan 26 2017 — James Wood — Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott expressed optimism this week that Alberta will sign a new health funding deal with Ottawa, but the NDP government insists it wants a first ministers meeting to strike a broader agreement between Ottawa and all the provinces. Talks between the Liberal government and the provinces on a new agreement on […]

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NDP, Wildrose led Alberta’s political fundraising in 2016

Jan 17 2017 — James Wood — The NDP and Wildrose ended up neck-and-neck in the Alberta political fundraising race in 2016. In fourth quarter fundraising numbers filed with Elections Alberta, the NDP was in the lead with $798,165, raising its total for the year to $1,985,272. The Wildrose meanwhile took in $511,667.85 in the last three months of 2016, putting its […]

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Notley shrugs off B.C.’s economic deal with Kinder Morgan

Jan 13 2017 — James Wood — Premier Rachel Notley says she’s not concerned about the potential fallout from British Columbia receiving payments from Kinder Morgan to allow expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. On Wednesday, B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced that her government’s five conditions for approval of a heavy oil pipeline — including that the province receive an economic “fair […]

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Jason Kenney holds Calgary open house

Jan 12 2017 — James Wood — Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Jason Kenney rolled out another MLA endorsement in front of a big crowd in Calgary on Wednesday night. Calgary-Fish Creek MLA Richard Gotfried gave his support to Kenney — the former Conservative MP running for Tory leader on a platform of merging the PCs with the Wildrose to take on the […]

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Conservatives to pick candidate in Calgary Midnapore this weekend

Jan 11 2017 — James Wood — Conservatives in the riding of Calgary Midnapore will pick a byelection candidate this Saturday in a race where the issue of endorsements — or non-endorsements — has become a flash point. Stephanie Kusie, Myles McDougall and Jack Redekop are the three candidates seeking the nomination to succeed Jason Kenney, who resigned the southeast Calgary seat […]

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Alberta PC leadership race heads into the second half

Dec 31 2016 — James Wood — The Progressive Conservative party is likely the strongest it’s been since the Tory dynasty went down to defeat in the 2015 election, with the race for the PC leadership boosting membership and attracting attention from the media and public. Yet as the campaign heads into the new year — and its climax at March’s leadership […]

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No side deal with Ottawa on health funding, says Notley government

Dec 23 2016 — James Wood — Alberta’s NDP government says it isn’t looking to cut a side deal on health funding with Ottawa. Talks on a new health accord between the federal Liberal government and the provinces and territories broke down on Monday over the issue of funding, with the provinces exiting the meeting presenting a united front in their demands […]

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Alberta Party calls for investigation of NDP

Dec 17 2016 — James Wood — Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark is asking the province’s ethics commissioner and chief electoral officer to investigate an organization affiliated with the NDP. The Calgary New Democratic House Society, which owns part of a strip mall in Calgary, rents space to the Calgary District and Labour Council. Clark said there’s a potential conflict of interest […]