National Newswatch

NDP won’t tighten rules on Alberta’s ‘political action committees’

Jun 28 2017 — James Wood — The NDP government has no plans to further regulate self-styled political action committees in Alberta, despite calls from some quarters for a crackdown on their activities. Christina Gray, the NDP’s minister for democratic renewal, said the government is comfortable with the current level of oversight, introduced last year, which sees third-party entities required to disclose […]

Trudeau reaffirms support for Kinder Morgan pipeline, Notley says

Jun 15 2017 — James Wood — Premier Rachel Notley says she’s confident that Ottawa is fully behind the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion as it faces fierce opposition in British Columbia. After speaking at the Global Petroleum Show on Wednesday, Notley told reporters she had recently spoken to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — whose Liberal government approved the […]

Kenney speaks to party faithful about unity plans

Jun 10 2017 — James Wood — Jason Kenney says he’s concerned by what drove the surge of support for the Labour party in Thursday’s British election and he sees some parallels with what happened in Alberta in the 2015 provincial vote that brought the NDP to power. The Progressive Conservative Leader spoke at a local Tory constituency association fundraiser Friday evening […]

Wildrose must grow for unity deal with PCs to advance, says Jean

May 31 2017 — James Wood — Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said Tuesday that the time for a unity deal with the Progressive Conservatives is now, while Wildrose is in a position of strength. Earlier this month, Jean and PC Leader Jason Kenney announced that negotiators from each party had agreed on a deal to form a new “United Conservative Party.” The […]

Alberta’s privacy czar ‘fearful’ NDP won’t fix flawed Freedom of Information law

May 29 2017 — James Wood — More than a month after the release of a report raising alarm over government secrecy, information and privacy commissioner Jill Clayton is disappointed and frustrated with the lack of action by the NDP to ensure Albertans have proper access to government information. Clayton’s office issued a scathing report in April that outlined how an investigation […]

Calgary MP wins high-profile endorsement of sorts in leadership race

May 3 2017 — James Wood — Deepak Obhrai has won a high-profile endorsement — sort of — in the federal Conservative leadership race. Kevin O’Leary pulled out of the Tory contest last week to back Quebec MP Maxime Bernier. But in a video posted online Tuesday, the businessman and reality television personality said his second choice on the Conservatives’ preferential ballot […]

Wildrose leader would like to see party structure preserved

May 3 2017 — James Wood — As talks around conservative unification head toward their initial deadline, Brian Jean says he’s still behind the idea a new united party should be built on Wildrose’s legal framework. Jean, the Wildrose leader, and Jason Kenney, the new Progressive Conservative leader, agreed in March to form a discussion group with representatives of each party, who […]

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 […]

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 […]