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Show Canada Alberta’s bottom line, Premier Notley

Jun 13 2017 — Licia Corbella — Talking tough is good. Showing people the money is better. Much better. Presenting the nation’s balance sheet in digestible bits to the rest of the country is what Premier Rachel Notley should do if she really wants people to “mark” her words and to gain some social licence to have pipelines built that benefit everyone […]

Keep foreign influence out of our elections

Jun 6 2017 — Licia Corbella — July 24 will mark the 50th anniversary of a day that changed the course of Canadian history — arguably for the worst. It’s the day French President Charles de Gaulle repeated the motto of Quebec’s nationalist movement from the balcony of Montreal’s City Hall to a large crowd, exhorting: “Vive le Quebec libre” (long live […]

New report alleges outside influence in Canada’s 2015 federal election

May 23 2017 — Licia Corbella — Foreign money funnelled towards Canadian political advocacy groups affected the outcome of the 2015 federal election, according to a document filed last week with Elections Canada and obtained in part by the Herald. The 36-page report entitled: Elections Canada Complaint Regarding Foreign Influence in the 2015 Canadian Election, alleges third parties worked with each other, […]

Journey through the darkness of cancer

May 21 2017 — Licia Corbella — My straight hair is now curly, my once-full eyebrows must now be drawn in with an eyebrow pencil and my eyelashes — which were never the envy of anyone — are even shorter and sparser than before. Despite these changes, from the outside I am recognizable; from the inside, however, I am transformed. As much […]

Death threat sealed Anderson’s decision to quit

Jan 7 2015 — Licia Corbella — Receiving a death threat was “the final straw” for Airdrie MLA Rob Anderson to decide not to run again for public office. Shortly after Dec. 17 — now known as defection day — when Anderson and eight other Wildrose MLAs, including party leader Danielle Smith, crossed the floor in an unprecedented move to join the […]

Rod Love helped take us on a wonderful ride

Nov 2 2014 — Licia Corbella — It’s fitting that the memorial service for Rod Love is being held on Nov. 1 — Ralph Klein’s birthday. So great was their connection on so many levels — friendship, family, lore, legacy and love — that the timing seems more serendipitous than coincidental. Love — who passed away on Oct. 26 after a brief […]

The irony of Danielle Smith is she’s too effective

Oct 31 2014 — Licia Corbella — There is much irony behind the predicament Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith finds herself in. It is precisely Smith’s efficacy as leader of the official Opposition that has led to the demise of Alison Redford, the rise of Jim Prentice as premier and the miraculous resuscitation of the seemingly flatlining Progressive Conservative Party. Every diehard Alberta […]

Renewal is the same old story for Alberta Tories ­

Oct 29 2014 — Licia Corbella — It was Tory, Tory, Tory, Tory Monday night. First, John Tory won the mayoral race in Toronto — with his supporters chanting his name upon the news ­— a seeming harbinger of how things were going to go in Alberta’s provincial byelections. Then, the Alberta Tories swept all four of the seats up for grabs […]

Political correctness endangers the weak

Oct 8 2014 — Licia Corbella — One of the biggest stories in the United Kingdom is the ongoing fallout of a horrific child sexual exploitation ring that was essentially allowed to rape children with impunity for almost two decades. A state-commissioned report by Professor Alexis Jay, entitled “Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham, 1997-2013,” states “our conservative estimate is […]

Link Byfield’s legacy improved Canada

Sep 28 2014 — Licia Corbella — One of the great ironies about funerals is the person who would enjoy it most can’t be there. On Wednesday, however, former magazine publisher and co-founder of the Wildrose Party, Link Byfield, got to see a glimpse of what might be said at his funeral hopefully many, many years in the future. Alas, on Wednesday, […]

Albertans’ anti-Christian bigotry is shocking

Sep 16 2014 — Licia Corbella — The most shocking thing about Alberta Premier Jim Prentice’s new cabinet isn’t that he has chosen two unelected cabinet ministers, though that’s generating a lot of buzz to be sure. What’s really alarming, however, is the open, anti-Christian bigotry attacking one of those unelected ministers — Gordon Dirks — who is Alberta’s new minister of […]

Prentice won a landslide, but don’t call it a mandate

Sep 8 2014 — Licia Corbella — Jim Prentice’s win of the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership race is rightly being called a landslide. But is it a mandate to govern until the spring of 2016? Sure, Prentice won 77 per cent of the vote — more than tripling the votes cast for Ric McIver and Thomas Lukaszuk combined. By any definition, that’s […]

A lack of friends is what did in Redford

Aug 8 2014 — Licia Corbella — Despite prevailing opinions, Alison Redford’s precipitous fall from one of the top political peaks in Canada was not caused by scandals surrounding her extravagant travel expenses, though that played a role to be sure. The real reason Redford had to resign as premier on March 19, and then her seat as MLA for Calgary-Elbow on […]

Prentice embodies Lougheed in many ways

Jul 13 2014 — Licia Corbella — For those Albertans who pine for the days of Peter Lougheed and all he embodied, your time seemingly has arrived. During a one-and-a-half hour editorial board meeting Wednesday with Progressive Conservative leadership candidate and front-runner Jim Prentice, I was struck by how often Lougheed’s legendary thoughtfulness, tone and command of all topics came to mind. […]