National Newswatch

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]