National Newswatch

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Wildrose MLA Fildebrandt calls for party merger with PCs

Dec 15 2016 — James Wood — A Wildrose MLA is calling for his party to merge with the Progressive Conservatives. Strathmore-Brooks MLA Derek Fildebrandt told a Whitecourt radio station Wednesday that the public wants the two conservative parties to come together. “The NDP are too dangerous, they are too ideological, they are too destructive to the future of this province to […]


Ezra Levant won’t muzzle carbon tax protesters at Calgary rally

Dec 9 2016 — James Wood — Conservative provocateur Ezra Levant says he won’t tell people attending an anti-carbon tax rally in Calgary on Sunday what they can chant, despite the controversy over cries of “lock her up” aimed at Premier Rachel Notley at last weekend’s event in Edmonton. The legislature rally organized by Levant’s Rebel Media attracted national attention — and […]


Alberta PC leadership candidates square off in Fort McMurray

Dec 9 2016 — James Wood — Tory leadership candidate Stephen Khan warned against the PCs becoming a socially conservative party as the four contenders for the party’s top job gathered in Fort McMurray for a candidates town hall. The Progressive Conservative leadership race has been defined so far by the question of the future of the party posed by former Conservative […]


Alberta government spends $4.5 million on new climate change advertising

Dec 7 2016 — James Wood — The Notley government is putting $4.5 million toward a new advertising campaign for its climate change plan, raising the price tag for promoting the environmental initiative to nearly $9 million. The province said Wednesday that a radio and television campaign launched this week and running to the end of March will contain new information on areas such as “energy […]


Alberta NDP says federal pot legalization shouldn’t be hurried

Dec 7 2016 — James Wood — Alberta’s NDP government is warning Ottawa not to rush on marijuana legalization, but isn’t calling for pending federal legislation to be halted. Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Tuesday there is much work that will need to be done after the Liberal government introduces its legalization bill, which is expected in the spring. She suggested the […]