National Newswatch

Calgary Pride rejects UCP’s application to participate in parade

Aug 20 2017 — — The newly minted United Conservative Party will not be permitted to march in this year’s Calgary Pride parade, according to a letter sent to party members. In the application for political parties to take part in the parade, they are asked to provide information on how they’ve worked with the LGBTQ community in the past […]

Top UCP candidates flee The Rebel, after flirting with it

Aug 18 2017 — Don Braid — Brian Mason, a top NDP cabinet minister, blasted the United Conservative Party Thursday for snuggling up to Rebel Media. The two main leadership candidates, Brian Jean and Jason Kenney, responded by fleeing Ezra Levant’s alt-right outfit at light speed. At the same time, they reviled Mason for suggesting they had any link at all with […]

UCP first weeks a roller-coaster

Aug 12 2017 — James Wood — The new United Conservative Party took a hit from the controversy surrounding one of its most high-profile MLAs this week, and some party members are warning it must ensure there are no long-term repercussions from the case of Derek Fildebrandt. Wildrose and Progressive Conservative members voted to join up in the UCP only three weeks […]

Former Wildrose president Jeff Callaway running for UCP leadership

Aug 10 2017 — Zane Schwartz — Former Wildrose president Jeff Callaway launched his leadership bid for the United Conservative Party on Thursday by criticizing Premier Rachel Notley and former Wildrose leader Brian Jean. Callaway is the fourth entrant in the race, joining Jean, former Progressive Conservative leader Jason Kenney and Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer. Callaway is a senior investment adviser at […]

From pipeline to Wall and Fildebrandt, a day that went all wrong

Aug 10 2017 — Don Braid — Thursday was one bad day for Alberta politicians, both on the left and right. First, Brad Wall is leaving as premier of Saskatchewan. He’s the idol of many Alberta conservatives. The United Conservative Party was looking forward to a cross-border alliance to fight the federal carbon tax, with Wall in the vanguard. Now the new […]

UCP leadership battle one of quality

Aug 5 2017 — Licia Corbella — The joke on social media is that the new United Conservative Party could run a Labrador retriever as its leader and win the next Alberta provincial election. Judging from the recent Mainstreet Research/Postmedia poll that ran earlier this week, it appears there may be some truth behind that jest. The poll surveyed 2,100 Albertans July […]

Even without a leader or policy, the new UCP is far ahead of NDP

Aug 1 2017 — Don Braid — “One and done,” Jason Kenney likes to say about the NDP. It’s his one-term dream for the government. A new poll from Mainstreet Research shows that if the NDP isn’t quite done yet, it’s at least half-baked. The United Conservative Party — still leaderless, with not a single policy to its name — has a […]

Our LNG could help the world cut CO2

Jul 30 2017 — Licia Corbella — You’ve heard the expression that when it comes to helping the environment we are to “think globally and act locally.” Well, when it comes to significantly reducing CO2 emissions, a professor from the University of British Columbia has turned that saying on its head. To paraphrase, Wenran Jiang is urging policy-makers and environmentalists to think […]

Kenney’s a UCP candidate now, but still mum on policy

Jul 30 2017 — Don Braid — Charging that the NDP “poured gasoline on the fire of recession,” Jason Kenney joined the United Conservative Party leadership race on Saturday. He didn’t say anything really new, but then, he doesn’t have to. The regular stuff had his Calgary crowd applauding and hollering.