National Newswatch

Kenney has no fear of disgruntled liberal Tories in Alberta Party

Jun 30 2017 — Jason Kenney — Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney says he isn’t worried that disgruntled Tories looking for a new political home will damage a proposed unified conservative party. Former PC party president Katherine O’Neill is now the executive director of Alberta Together, a group looking to unite centrists ahead of the 2019 provincial election. About 300 people turned […]

How an infrastructure right-of-way could be Trudeau’s legacy

Jun 28 2017 — Licia Corbella — If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to leave a lasting positive legacy that will be remembered by Canadians for all time he’ll need to do more than legalize marijuana, hike taxes and run record deficits. That’s why Trudeau would be wise to heed the recommendations of a Senate committee report born from research originating at […]

NDP won’t tighten rules on Alberta’s ‘political action committees’

Jun 28 2017 — James Wood — The NDP government has no plans to further regulate self-styled political action committees in Alberta, despite calls from some quarters for a crackdown on their activities. Christina Gray, the NDP’s minister for democratic renewal, said the government is comfortable with the current level of oversight, introduced last year, which sees third-party entities required to disclose […]

Trudeau reaffirms support for Kinder Morgan pipeline, Notley says

Jun 15 2017 — James Wood — Premier Rachel Notley says she’s confident that Ottawa is fully behind the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion as it faces fierce opposition in British Columbia. After speaking at the Global Petroleum Show on Wednesday, Notley told reporters she had recently spoken to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — whose Liberal government approved the […]

Show Canada Alberta’s bottom line, Premier Notley

Jun 13 2017 — Licia Corbella — Talking tough is good. Showing people the money is better. Much better. Presenting the nation’s balance sheet in digestible bits to the rest of the country is what Premier Rachel Notley should do if she really wants people to “mark” her words and to gain some social licence to have pipelines built that benefit everyone […]

Kenney speaks to party faithful about unity plans

Jun 10 2017 — James Wood — Jason Kenney says he’s concerned by what drove the surge of support for the Labour party in Thursday’s British election and he sees some parallels with what happened in Alberta in the 2015 provincial vote that brought the NDP to power. The Progressive Conservative Leader spoke at a local Tory constituency association fundraiser Friday evening […]

Keep foreign influence out of our elections

Jun 6 2017 — Licia Corbella — July 24 will mark the 50th anniversary of a day that changed the course of Canadian history — arguably for the worst. It’s the day French President Charles de Gaulle repeated the motto of Quebec’s nationalist movement from the balcony of Montreal’s City Hall to a large crowd, exhorting: “Vive le Quebec libre” (long live […]

Cross-border NDP cold war kills hope of pipeline peace

May 31 2017 — Don Braid — If there was any hope for pipeline peace in our time, it’s gone now, deflated by B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver’s attack on Premier Rachel Notley. He was patronizing, petty, inaccurate and inflammatory. Weaver gave not the slightest nod to Notley’s climate-change policy, which is far more vigorous than B.C.’s. NDP Leader John Horgan […]

Wildrose must grow for unity deal with PCs to advance, says Jean

May 31 2017 — James Wood — Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said Tuesday that the time for a unity deal with the Progressive Conservatives is now, while Wildrose is in a position of strength. Earlier this month, Jean and PC Leader Jason Kenney announced that negotiators from each party had agreed on a deal to form a new “United Conservative Party.” The […]