National Newswatch

Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice honoured with posthumous community award

May 26 2017 — — Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice, who died last October in a plane crash, will be honoured with a posthumous award for his dedication to helping at-risk youth. The Calgary police commission hosted its annual community policing awards event Thursday evening to celebrate Calgarians who are helping make the city safer. Prentice and community-advocate Brian Ferguson […]

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 […]

No new party yet, but leadership campaigns already revving up

May 20 2017 — Don Braid — Brian Jean and Jason Kenney want to create a united conservative party but, while they’re dealing with that little chore, they’ll scratch like bobcats for the top job. The unofficial race for the leadership of the United Conservative Party was underway less than 24 hours after the unity proposal was announced. We’re talking about the […]

A rickety conservative creation that will probably work

May 19 2017 — Don Braid — It may be possible, at least mathematically, to jam a bunch of car parts into a can, shake the hell out of it, and get a Maserati at the other end. Alberta conservatives hope so. They’ve made a rattling can stuffed with every Wildrose and Progressive Conservative fear, tension and uncertainty. They hope these random […]

Ambrose says no, but Alberta conservative prize is tempting

May 17 2017 — Don Braid — Rona Ambrose insists she doesn’t want the prize, but, like it or not, she’s now a shadow contender for leadership of a merged Alberta conservative party. Ambrose has consistently said she will not run when, or if, the Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose come up with a merger deal and then hold a leadership contest. Her […]

Nenshi challenges choice of Toronto as home to federal infrastructure bank

May 9 2017 — — Mayor Naheed Nenshi is questioning a federal review that led the Trudeau government to choose Toronto over Calgary as home to its new infrastructure bank. Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi announced the location Monday as he launched a search for a chairperson, board members and chief executive of the bank, which is expected to be […]

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 […]

Alberta Conservatives edge toward merger, but who will lead?

Apr 29 2017 — Don Braid — Rumours of floor crossings. Talk of a Wildrose-PC merger agreement as early as this weekend. Alberta’s conservative world is still in turmoil, although a bit more private about it these days. The two-party merger committee held long and intense meetings Thursday and Friday. They’re trying for an agreement as soon as possible. The self-imposed deadline […]

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 […]