National Newswatch

Alberta NDP top second-quarter fundraising battle

Jul 20 2017 — James Wood — The NDP raised the most money among Alberta political parties in the second quarter of 2017, according to party financial statements posted by Elections Alberta on Wednesday. Newly-minted political action committees, meanwhile, have begun filing records with the chief electoral officer on their own donors. Documents show the NDP took in $553,733 donations from April […]

Campaign to unite Wildrose and Tories enters final stretch

Jul 18 2017 — — The campaign to unite the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties has entered its final week with a flurry of rallies, a host of last-minute logistical arrangements and some indications of potential fault lines in an upcoming leadership race. Voting begins Thursday among Tories, who will cast their ballots either by telephone or online over three […]

Trudeau’s fame grows, along with his troubles

Jul 16 2017 — Don Braid — Two phenomena follow Prime Minister Justin Trudeau everywhere these days – his own monumental celebrity, and anger at the $10.5 million settlement paid to Omar Khadr. Trudeau is now so instantly recognized that he’s featured on a new episode of The Windsors, a brutally funny British comedy show about the royal family. The Trudeau character […]

Justin Trudeau offers strongest defence yet of Omar Khadr settlement at Calgary Stampede

Jul 16 2017 — Zane Schwartz — Justin Trudeau offered his strongest defence yet of his government’s $10.5-million settlement with Omar Khadr on Saturday, saying he hopes it serves as an example to future governments. “When governments violate Canadians’ fundamental rights, there have to be consequences and we hope that the message going forward to all future governments is: you can not […]

Notley spoke with incoming B.C. premier about pipeline impasse

Jul 10 2017 — James Wood — Premier Rachel Notley says she’s now spoken to incoming British Columbia premier John Horgan, but the conversation didn’t break the ice around pipelines. Notley and Horgan are old friends and New Democrat colleagues but the B.C. NDP’s deal to form a government in cooperation with the Greens includes a pledge to try and stop the […]

Three people found dead after northwest Calgary vehicle fire

Jul 10 2017 — — Three people were found dead early Monday morning inside a burning vehicle in the northwest community of Sage Hill. The Calgary Fire Department was called to a vehicle fire at about 7 a.m. Monday in the 100 block of Sage Bluff Circle N.W. After putting out the blaze, fire crews found three people dead inside […]

Alberta conservative leaders confident in unity deal

Jul 9 2017 — James Wood — Proponents of the unity agreement between the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties are pointing to a record number of new Wildrose memberships as a positive sign for the deal, despite ongoing dissension in each party’s ranks over unification. Wildrose had just over 40,000 members by the midnight Sunday deadline for Albertans to buy a party […]

Hehr says he’s ready for Conservative onslaught in 2019

Jul 9 2017 — James Wood — Liberal MP Kent Hehr says he’s not feeling daunted as the federal Conservatives aim to knock him out of his Calgary Centre riding in the next federal election. Newly-minted Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer told reporters Saturday that defeating Hehr and Calgary Skyview MP Darshan Kang — who in 2015 became the first Liberal MPs elected […]

UCP leadership race heating up during Stampede

Jul 9 2017 — James Wood — It may be on the backburner but the potential race for the leadership of the United Conservative Party is starting to simmer during a scorching Calgary Stampede. The contenders for the crown of the hypothetical new party unanimously say the first priority is the upcoming votes among the membership of the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative […]

Political cowardice by former PMs is to blame for enriching Khadr

Jul 7 2017 — Licia Corbella — Political cowardice. Those two words sum up how Canadian taxpayers got stuck turning Omar Khadr into a multimillionaire. The federal Liberal government has confirmed that Khadr received an apology and $10.5 million tax free Thursday in a settlement of his $20-million lawsuit against the Canadian federal government. Political foes are trying to make Prime Minister […]

Trudeau will be no-show at this year’s Calgary Stampede

Jul 5 2017 — James Wood — The Calgary Stampede is looking a little less political this year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t make it to the 2017 Stampede, his office said Tuesday. “Unfortunately, due to scheduling constraints, he will not be attending this year,” press secretary Cameron Ahmad said in an email. Trudeau’s absence is bound to be noted just days […]