National Newswatch

Is the NDP overpaying carbon tax rebates for political gain?

Feb 9 2017 — Don Braid — Greg Clark, the Alberta Party leader, alleges that the new carbon tax is already turning into a political payoff scheme. He claims the NDP will overpay rebates by about $225 million in the first two years of the program, with the largest amount going to the lowest income earners. “I have no doubt this is […]


PC hopefuls square off in final leadership debate

Feb 8 2017 — — As Jason Kenney pitched his plan for uniting the Tories with the Wildrose in the final debate of the Progressive Conservative leadership race, his rivals took aim at what they said was an unworkable scheme to create “Wildrose 2.0.” The leadership contest, which culminates in a delegated convention in March, has been dominated by the […]


High risk to Alberta in Trump’s trade upheaval

Feb 7 2017 — Don Braid — In Alberta we are adrift in the dark, covering our heads with the life jackets, waiting for U.S. President Donald Trump to turn his eye to Canada. Albertans can sum up the stakes in a couple of short, scary sentences: Nearly 90 per cent of the province’s exports go to the U.S. The new president […]


Five things: Unite the right roundup

Feb 4 2017 — James Wood — There’s never a dull moment in conservative politics in Alberta. With the Progressive Conservative leadership in the home stretch and talk of uniting the right in the air, here are five of the latest twists and turns: 1. Good news, bad news Wildrose Leader Brian Jean shook things up last week when he released a […]


Politics get goofy as tension mounts in conservative unity drive

Feb 1 2017 — Don Braid — “It’s another silly day in Alberta politics,” says one daily warrior for conservative unity, reflecting on the recent spate of pranks and ploys. The tension is ramping up. As the March 18 Progressive Conservative leadership vote nears, Wildrose stakes out its turf, progressives fight back, and federal oddities intrude. For instance: some time ago, Elections […]


Notley, Ceci field budget questions during town hall with Albertans

Feb 1 2017 — James Wood — Alberta’s premier and finance minister were grilled over the government’s tax and spending habits Tuesday night, while also facing questions over NDP promises that have yet to materialize. In the second of two telephone town halls on the upcoming provincial budget, Premier Rachel Notley and Finance Minister Joe Ceci took more than 25 questions from […]


Wildrose opens nominations despite uncertainty over riding boundaries, unite-the-right talks

Jan 31 2017 — James Wood — The Wildrose is beginning candidate nominations for the next provincial election in 2019 despite potential talks on uniting with the Progressive Conservatives and an ongoing electoral boundary review. Wildrose party executive director Jeremy Nixon confirmed Monday that at the request of the local constituency association, the party had last week opened the nomination process in […]


With policy upheaval done, ALberta NDP expects to win again

Jan 30 2017 — Don Braid — Many Albertans will assure you, in vivid language, that the NDP can’t possibly win another election. Premier Rachel Notley and her cabinet disagree. Tentatively, they glimpse a path to victory. The conservative opposition will find it delusional but there is some chance of success. A second victory for the Alberta New Democrats would be no […]


Premier Notley focusing more on Alberta, less on other parties

Jan 29 2017 — — Plans for a new, united right-wing party in Alberta are not something Premier Rachel Notley is putting much focus on, she said during a visit to Calgary Saturday. Notley was in town to celebrate the start of Chinese New Year, and said her concerns surround making life better for Albertans during tough economic times, not […]


Jean and Kenney agree on merger but not on how to do it

Jan 28 2017 — James Wood — The prospect of a unified conservative party in Alberta appeared to be significantly closer Friday, but uniting the right still faces major pitfalls as proponents put forward different visions of how it should be done. In a surprise video statement released Thursday, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said members of his party want him to pursue […]


Alberta PC board member steps down after accusations of bias

Jan 27 2017 — James Wood — A Progressive Conservative party director who had been accused of bias by supporters of leadership candidate Jason Kenney has stepped down from the party’s board. The resignation of Denise Brunner as the Tory party’s vice-president of organization on Monday came despite the party’s leadership election committee clearing her of wrongdoing. In her resignation letter, provided […]


Jean says he’ll quit, but on Wildrose terms

Jan 27 2017 — Don Braid — Brian Jean further amped up the emotions of Alberta conservatives Thursday (is that even possible?) by promising to step aside as Wildrose leader, and run for the leadership of a new united force. Jean put out a video statement that set social media alight with praise, condemnation and confusion. Some people thought this smacked of […]


Feds hopeful Alberta will come around on health deal

Jan 26 2017 — James Wood — Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott expressed optimism this week that Alberta will sign a new health funding deal with Ottawa, but the NDP government insists it wants a first ministers meeting to strike a broader agreement between Ottawa and all the provinces. Talks between the Liberal government and the provinces on a new agreement on […]