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‘School of hate’: Was Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s grandfather a Nazi collaborator?

Mar 9 2017 — Paula Simons — Was Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s grandfather a Nazi collaborator? If so, does that undercut her moral authority as one of Canada’s most senior politicians? Or are we all being played and manipulated by Russia’s propaganda machine? Those seem like crazy questions. But Freeland is under a microscope in the wake of efforts by Russian-linked […]


Gender equality starts with girls respecting one another

Mar 8 2017 — Naomi Lakritz — Today is International Women’s Day. Too bad. The fact that we still have to celebrate it is clear proof that we women aren’t there yet. Far from it. But it’s not just because men are oppressing us. Some members of the younger generation of women are oppressing each other and thinking it’s all a joke. […]


Alberta’s carbon tax is already a failure

Mar 4 2017 — Mark Milke — If you ever meet someone who tells you how humble they are, chances are, they are not. So too with governments that claim a specific policy is a success. When they oversell it, their beloved initiative may already be a failure. Enter Alberta’s newest carbon tax, scheduled to hit $30 a tonne by 2018, and […]


Jason Kenney in no rush to get elected as PC MLA

Mar 1 2017 — Don Braid — The Alberta legislature opens Thursday, but Jason Kenney has no interest in joining the club anytime soon. The candidate for leadership of the Progressive Conservatives says that if he wins on March 18, he won’t seek a riding for a byelection, at least not right away. “No, I won’t,” he said in an interview. “I’m […]


Alberta needs to either spend less, or tax more

Feb 28 2017 — Rob Breakenridge — Two days after our neighbours to the west tabled their fifth straight balanced budget, Alberta’s finance minister had the unenviable task of informing us just how bleak our budgetary picture is. Joe Ceci attempted to put his best possible spin on the third-quarter update, with all kinds of talk about signs of recovery and Alberta […]


Do Trump and Putin have big plans for Canada?

Feb 28 2017 — Don Braid — Premier Rachel Notley is meeting Democrats and Republicans in Washington with her mouth firmly shut about the outbursts of President Donald Trump. Political and social principles are one thing. Trade is another. Between them lies a completely typical Canadian wall of silence. Our politicians will state their principles on this side. That’s our little wall […]

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Nothing adds up in Alberta’s budget

Feb 27 2017 — Chris Nelson — If you told the Alberta Treasury that today is Monday, what are the chances they’d be able to correctly predict what day tomorrow will be? Probably they’d respond “Thursday,” judging from the hodge-podge of failed predictions and busted assumptions arising in the third-quarter financial update unveiled by Treasurer Joe Ceci. There must have been something […]

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Prime Minister Trudeau heads to Calgary to host Liberal campaign rally

Feb 27 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Calgary this week for a campaign rally ahead of the federal byelections in April. This comes shortly after local Liberal candidates Haley Brown and Dr. Scott Forsyth kick-started their campaigns at Heritage Square in Calgary on Saturday evening. With candidate Brown for Calgary-Midnapore and Forsyth announcing his candidacy […]

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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 […]


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 […]


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, […]