National Newswatch

UCP leadership race shaping up to have no women

Sep 17 2017 — James Wood — The United Conservative Party appears to be in a position of strength as contenders vie to be the first leader, but as the new party takes shape it faces questions over whether issues around diversity could be an Achilles heel. The deadline to enter the UCP leadership contest was last Tuesday and the roster of […]

UCP candidates sign pledge to scrap carbon tax and balance budget

Sep 14 2017 — James Wood — Candidates for the United Conservative Party leadership have put their promises to scrap Alberta’s carbon tax and balance the provincial budget into writing. But they acknowledged that the pledge to abolish the carbon tax brought in by the NDP government could be complicated by the fate of Justin Trudeau’s own carbon pricing plan. On Thursday, […]

UCP leadership race takes a twisting turn over endorsements

Sep 14 2017 — James Wood — Candidates for the United Conservative Party leadership battled over endorsements Wednesday but one claim of support ended up backfiring on Brian Jean’s campaign. The day started with former PC leader Jason Kenney rolling out Calgary-Hays MLA Ric McIver and Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre MLA Jason Nixon as part of his team. Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer followed […]

Four UCP leadership candidates pony up to enter the race. One doesn’t.

Sep 13 2017 — James Wood — The four candidates already running hard for the United Conservative Party leadership have ponied up to officially enter the race, while a possible fifth contender has bowed out. Former Wildrose leader Brian Jean, former Progressive Conservative leader Jason Kenney, Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer and former Wildrose president Jeff Callaway have all filed their documents and […]

Desire to erase our history is growing farcical

Aug 29 2017 — Licia Corbella — At first I thought it was fake news. Who could blame me? I was perusing Twitter on Tuesday night and read the following headline: “ESPN Pulls Asian Announcer Named Robert Lee Off UVa Game to Avoid Offending Idiots.” I clicked on the link and it led me to an odd rant on a website called […]

UCP releases membership numbers

Aug 26 2017 — James Wood — The new United Conservative Party says its membership stands at more than 87,000 after the rolls of the Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives were combined and new membership sales added to the total. Albertans who were members of either Wildrose or the PC party at the time of the July 22 votes to create the UCP […]

Remnants of PC party hoping constituency associations pay off Tory debt

Aug 26 2017 — James Wood — As the Progressive Conservative party winds down, it’s calling on its constituency associations to help pay off its half a million dollar debt. Following the July vote of PC and Wildrose members to join together in the new United Conservative Party, party treasurer William Stevenson sent a memo to Tory constituency association presidents and financial […]

UCP board passes resolution affirming LGBTQ support

Aug 25 2017 — James Wood — After being rebuffed by Calgary Pride, the interim board of the United Conservative Party has passed a resolution affirming the new party’s support for the LGBTQ community. Organizers of Calgary Pride recently blocked the UCP from marching in the Sept. 3 parade because the party — formed in July following a unity vote by the […]

Brian Jean picks up more MLA endorsements in UCP leadership race

Aug 23 2017 — James Wood — Brian Jean has picked up three more MLA endorsements in the United Conservative Party leadership race. Southern Alberta MLAs Pat Stier, David Schneider and Wayne Anderson, all first elected under the Wildrose banner, are backing their former leader in the UCP contest. “I’m inspired by the outpouring of support our campaign has received so far,” […]