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Oilsands renaissance seen as sector hits middle age

Feb 23 2017 — Chris Varcoe — At the ripe old age of 50, have the Canadian oilsands finally peaked, progressing into middle age and the slow toboggan ride down the hill? Don’t count Cenovus Energy chief executive Brian Ferguson in this camp. He believes the oilsands are entering a “renaissance” that will see costs come down and production go up as […]

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Alberta NDP keeps a nervous eye on looming B.C. election

Feb 22 2017 — Don Braid — That’s one scary poll for Alberta’s economic future. Not the latest one on Alberta politics, which shows a big lead for both conservative parties over the NDP. No, the spooky poll is a companion Mainstreet Research survey about the B.C. election that’s coming fast, on May 9. It shows Premier Christy Clark’s governing Liberals in […]

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Canadians blindsided by Trudeau’s sunny ways

Feb 18 2017 — Chris Nelson — The problem with these so-called sunny ways that our prime minister is supposed to epitomize is they can easily blind you to the truth. Last week, I watched the much-anticipated first meeting between Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald ‘Tweeter’ Trump with a mix of trepidation and small-minded anticipation – half-expecting the younger Canuck to […]

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Notley says Alberta getting closer to health deal with Ottawa

Feb 18 2017 — James Wood — With the united front among provinces on health care funding long since crumbled, Premier Rachel Notley signalled Friday that Alberta is prepared to agree to its own one-off deal with Ottawa on transfers. British Columbia became the latest province to reach a bilateral agreement with the Trudeau government with the announcement Friday of a 10-year, […]

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Some PCs ready to walk away if Kenney wins

Feb 17 2017 — James Wood — As Jason Kenney appears increasingly likely to become captain of the Progressive Conservative party, some longtime Tories are prepared to jump ship. Kenney, the former federal cabinet minister running on a platform of uniting the PCs with the Wildrose, has claimed to already hold a majority of the delegates to next month’s leadership convention in […]

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Opposition is giving NDP government an easy ride in Alberta

Feb 16 2017 — Chris Nelson — The best opposition politician in Alberta right now is Rachel Notley. Her recent speech to the adoring NDP faithful at the University of Calgary, in which she savaged the parties trying to line up against her bunch of rascals, was the best bit of political grandstanding seen in many a month. “Whatever new name they […]

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Trump was civil, Trudeau masterful. Is it all a dream?

Feb 14 2017 — Don Braid — U.S. President Donald Trump says the trade relationship with Canada will only be “tweaked.” The trouble is a little tweak in America can be a powerful thump in Canada. The pleasure-pain imbalance is so severe that sometimes the Americans don’t even realize it hurts. The statistics prove it. Only 18 per cent of America’s foreign […]

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Kenney confident heading into homestretch of PC leadership race

Feb 13 2017 — James Wood — With the Progressive Conservative party’s weekend rejection of a bid to oust him from the race, Jason Kenney is feeling good about his chances to win the Tory leadership — and his ability to pull the party together after a bruising contest. In an interview Monday, Kenney claimed his leadership campaign — based on a […]

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Tory leadership election committee rejects complaints against Jason Kenney

Feb 13 2017 — Don Braid — The Progressive Conservative leadership campaign is back on track after complaints filed against front-runner Jason Kenney by a rival’s former fundraiser were rejected Sunday night. Kenney rival Richard Starke asked his lead campaign fundraiser Jeffrey Rath to resign after Rath submitted two complaints against Kenney’s campaign this week. In the first complaint filed on Thursday, […]

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Notley criticizes conservative leaders during NDP Provincial Council meeting

Feb 12 2017 — — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley took aim at small-c conservative leaders she says “will do anything to score cheap, political points,” as she rallied supporters in Calgary Saturday. Notley, who was addressing the NDP’s provincial council in a campaign-style speech at the University of Calgary, said as leaders of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties negotiate […]

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NDP ministers scale back from international travel spending of Tories

Feb 11 2017 — James Wood — As Premier Rachel Notley makes plans to visit Washington, D.C., figures released on the NDP government’s international travel spending are well below those of previous Progressive Conservative governments. Deron Bilous, economic development and trade minister, had the biggest travel tab in an NDP government that has scaled back international trips in comparison with their high-flying […]

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Ambrose backs united provincial right; PC member files complaint against Kenney

Feb 10 2017 — James Wood — Rona Ambrose says the future of Alberta depends on provincial conservatives uniting into a single party. In a speech Thursday night to the Alberta Can’t Wait pro-unity group, the interim federal Conservative leader reiterated that she wants members of the Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose to bridge the current divide and join together. Ambrose said emulating […]