National Newswatch

Faced with the end of their party, PCs ponder kicking out Jason Kenney

Jan 19 2017 — Don Braid — Will the Alberta Progressive Conservative party dare to kick out Jason Kenney at this late point in the chaotic leadership race? The PC board members might just do it. The fight for the old party is no longer political. It’s existential. Does the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, winner of 12 straight elections, simply follow […]


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 […]


McIver backs suspended PC party member Hallman

Jan 16 2017 — — Interim Progressive Conservative Leader Ric McIver is at odds with the party’s board as he raises concerns about the suspension of a veteran Tory political operative. On Saturday, Alan Hallman, field organizer for Jason Kenney’s leadership campaign, had his PC party membership taken away for a year by the party’s board over social media comments […]


Alberta Liberal Party launches leadership race

Jan 16 2017 — — As Alberta’s political right engaged in debate Sunday, a small but hopeful group of Alberta Liberals got together across town in Edmonton to launch the race for a more centrist leader. “We think we have a couple of candidates prepared to announce next week or the week after and perhaps one more after that. You’ll […]


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 […]


‘I’ve never seen a politician in Canada do anything like that before:’ Nenshi on Rempel feud

Jan 13 2017 — Annalise Klingbeil — Calgary’s mayor says he was horrified upon realizing how his “math is challenging” retort to MP Michelle Rempel sounded, but he says her behaviour since his apology has been “odd.” The war of words between the prominent politicians continued Thursday, with Mayor Naheed Nenshi wading in at the same time Rempel hosted dozens of people […]


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 […]


Nenshi apologizes for ‘math is challenging’ retort

Jan 12 2017 — Annalise Klingbeil — The feud between Calgary’s mayor and a city MP continues to rage, even after Naheed Nenshi apologized for a “math is challenging” remark that Michelle Rempel called sexist and a local political science professor dubbed “arrogance at its worst.” A spat over non-residential property taxes that started on social media Sunday between Nenshi and Rempel […]


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 […]


‘Apparently math is challenging:’ Mayor, MP spar over looming tax hikes set to hit small businesses

Jan 11 2017 — — A furious Calgary MP says Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s retort that “math is challenging” after she criticized city council’s business property tax increases is one of the “most arrogant, out of touch, sexist statements” she has heard in public life. On social media Sunday, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel blasted Calgary’s property tax system, which has many […]