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Notley’s pipeline victory interrupts NDP solidarity

Dec 2 2016 — James Wood — If the big NDP family all got together this Christmas, the party would likely be a bit tense. The federal government’s approval of the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline to British Columbia has exposed a political fault line, with Alberta’s NDP government on one side and federal and British Columbia New Democrats on […]

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Liberal government reviewing ban on Chinese oilsands ownership

Dec 2 2016 — James Wood — As the federal Liberal government moves to open Asian markets for Canadian energy through pipeline approvals, it is also reviewing restrictions targeting Chinese investment in the oilsands, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said this week. The former Conservative government brought in new rules restricting investment by state-owned enterprises into oilsands operations — measures aimed primarily […]


New Alberta poll shows tight race

Nov 30 2016 — James Wood — The Wildrose and NDP are neck-and-neck more than two years ahead of the next provincial election in 2019, according to a new poll. The ThinkHQ Public Affairs survey shows the Wildrose with 35 per cent support among leaning and decided voters if the election was held today, while the NDP comes in at 31 per […]


Kenney marches on: Is Tory leadership race already over?

Nov 26 2016 — James Wood — With votes starting to be cast in the Progressive Conservative leadership race, a question is already hanging over the contest: Is Jason Kenney unbeatable? While the former MP’s leadership campaign has run into controversy at times, Kenney is claiming sweeps or near-sweeps in the delegate selection meetings that have taken place so far — an […]


Kenney’s PC leadership campaign slammed over voter contact

Nov 24 2016 — James Wood — An Alberta woman isn’t happy about being contacted by Jason Kenney’s Tory leadership campaign and she’s concerned the former MP’s team may have had access to the federal Conservative party’s membership list to obtain her information. Natasha Kornak, an Albertan who is now a student at Queen’s University in Ontario, said in an interview Thursday […]


Jansen to receive security protection because of death threats

Nov 23 2016 — James Wood — Calgary MLA Sandra Jansen is now being protected by security after receiving death threats after crossing the floor from the Tories to the NDP government last week. The government confirmed Wednesday that its Executive Protection Unit is providing security for Jansen on a temporary basis. In an interview, Jansen said there have been death threats […]


Wildrose leader says Jansen floor-crossing shows deep PC divisions

Nov 18 2016 — James Wood — Wildrose Leader Brian Jean says the defection of MLA Sandra Jansen from the Tories to the NDP exposes the deep divide within the Progressive Conservative party — and the need for recall legislation for Alberta MLAs. Premier Rachel Notley welcomed Jansen into the NDP fold on Thursday, with the Calgary-North West MLA saying she was […]


Harper intervention in PC campaign draws mixed reviews from Wildrosers

Nov 17 2016 — James Wood — The Wildrose president says the party has no official position on whether its members should join the Progressive Conservative party to take part in the Tory leadership race. Former prime minister Stephen Harper continued his unusual intervention in provincial politics this week, with a letter to supporters of leadership candidate Jason Kenney that included an […]


Harper urges support for Kenney in fundraising letter

Nov 16 2016 — James Wood — Former prime minister Stephen Harper says he’s joined the provincial Progressive Conservative party in order to back Jason Kenney, and he’s urging Wildrose members to do the same. Harper made the comments in a new fundraising letter for Kenney, the former MP running on a platform of merging the PCs with the Wildrose in a […]


Four in the race for Alberta PC leadership

Nov 10 2016 — James Wood — The deadline for getting into the Progressive Conservative leadership race passed at noon on Thursday, leaving four candidates in the field. Former Conservative MP Jason Kenney, Vermilion-Lloydminster MLA Richard Starke, Calgary lawyer Byron Nelson and former St. Albert MLA Stephen Khan have all submitted the necessary $50,000 entry fee and 500 signatures of party members. […]


Alberta government claims its job creation plans are working

Nov 7 2016 — James Wood — Alberta’s NDP government laid out its case Monday that its policies are helping to create jobs as the province continues to struggle with the economic downturn caused by low oil prices. While the province has seen job growth over the last three months, October’s job force numbers show 36,000 fewer Albertans working compared to the […]


PC candidates vow to co-operate after Kenney flexes muscles

Nov 7 2016 — James Wood — With Tory leadership candidate Jason Kenney firing a shot across his opponents’ bows at the weekend Progressive Conservative convention, other contenders in the race are talking about the need for co-operation to head off the former MP. The three-day PC policy meeting wrapped up Sunday, less than two weeks before the first delegate selection meeting […]

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Tory leadership candidates clash over unite-the-right idea at forum

Nov 6 2016 — James Wood — The idea of merging the Progressive Conservatives with the Wildrose was derided as a recipe for a “Franken-party” and a mere “slogan” as Tory leadership candidates took aim at their rival Jason Kenney’s call for conservative unity at a Saturday forum. With the six PC leadership candidates on stage together for the first time at […]