National Newswatch
May 20 2022 — Catherine Cullen

Conservative leadership hopeful Leslyn Lewis has outlined a frightening scenario: if Canada signs an international pandemic treaty, Canadians’ travel and medication choices could be restricted, the Constitution could be suspended and it could all pave the way for a global government. Lewis made those claims in a half-hour-long live event broadcast on Facebook and Twitter […]

Canada investigating ‘a couple dozen’ suspected monkeypox cases: Tam

May 20 2022 — John Paul Tasker

‘We don’t really know the extent to which the spread has occurred,’ chief public health officer says. Canada’s chief public health officer said Friday provincial health authorities are investigating “a couple dozen” possible cases of monkeypox — and most of the specimens under review are from Quebec, where two cases have been confirmed already this […]

Feds reclassified Trans Mountain as a ‘non-agent’ Crown corporation to avoid parliamentary scrutiny, says NDP critic

May 20 2022 —

Trans Mountain Corporation and Finance Canada both say an April 20 change to the Crown corporation’s official status was made in order to allow it to obtain third-party financing, after Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced on Feb. 18 that the government would not provide any further public money to the project. But NDP environment critic […]

‘An unforgiving political culture’: Conservative MPs, strategists unpack the ‘undoing of Jason Kenney’ in Alberta

May 19 2022 —

Conservative Alberta MPs blamed the tough pandemic political climate for Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s splintered internal support and say his resignation was a result of a “no-win situation” and “an unforgiving political culture” that allowed United Conservative Party divisions to grow. But Conservative strategists say Kenney’s leadership style and caucus management played a huge role […]

May 20 2022 — Amanda Connolly

The hotly-anticipated final report from former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour into how best to fix the military sexual misconduct crisis is expected to land with Defence Minister Anita Anand on Friday. It comes as the Canadian Forces remains under heavy scrutiny for what experts have repeatedly described as endemic abuses of power, sexism, racism […]

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May 19 2022 —

The Liberal government is banning Chinese vendors Huawei Technologies and ZTE from Canada’s long-awaited blueprint for next-generation mobile networks. “Telecommunication companies in Canada will not be permitted to include in their networks products or services that put our national security at risk,” Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne said Thursday in Ottawa. “Providers who already have this […]

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May 19 2022 — Stephanie Levitz

As they navigate what some have called the “dumpster fire” that is the federal Conservative leadership race, Tory MPs Thursday were grappling with a burning question of whether Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s resignation tosses another log onto the pile or not. Some were quick to dismiss any implications. “I’m not even from Alberta,” said one […]

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The Glorious Ungovernable Province of Alberta

May 20 2022 — Jen Gerson

The first time I had a proper conversation with Jason Kenney was about six years ago. The NDP were in power in Alberta; the federal Conservatives had cast about for a successor to Stephen Harper and, it was decided by silent consensus, said successor would not be Jason Kenney. So the former federal cabinet minister […]

Rachel Notley, still standing

May 20 2022 — Paul Wells

Alberta’s first NDP premier surveys the Kenney-less landscape. On the day after Alberta premier Jason Kenney got such a low vote of confidence in the United Conservative Party leadership review he announced his resignation from politics, Rachel Notley was taking calls. I had taken care to talk my way into the queue. “How much time […]

The ideals and principles that proved Jason Kenney’s undoing

May 20 2022 — Howard Anglin

Well, that’s one thing settled. After winning a majority of votes in the UCP leadership review, Jason Kenney announced he will step down as Alberta premier. At least he goes out on a winning streak — a perfect 13 for 13 in political contests by my count. If something sounds funny about a politician resigning […]

Premier Jason Kenney deserved a better death

May 19 2022 — Don Martin

There’s a lesson for Canada’s political leaders in the short life and quick death of Jason Kenney as premier of Alberta. It’s one-strike-you’re-out politics now after Kenney got the weakest vote of confidence possible with a 51 per cent thumbs-up to his leadership from the United Conservative Party base. It’s an almost-unfathomable act of internecine […]

Conservative meltdowns: the cure is at the centre

May 19 2022 — Rick Peterson

We’re now witnessing, live and direct, leadership meltdowns in Alberta’s United Conservative Party and in the Conservative Party of Canada. It’s an ugly scene on both counts: the long, painful and twisting campaign leading to Premier Jason Kenney’s ouster in Alberta and an increasingly nasty, personal and divisive race for the Conservative Party of Canada […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Birthday of New Brunswick Father of Confederation William Steeves

May 20 2022 — Arthur Milnes

Father of Confederation William Steeves was born on this date, in 1814, at Hillsborough, New Brunswick.  Steeves went on to become a highly successful businessman (including in N.B.’s emerging lumber industry) before entering colonial politics. Between 1846 until 1865 Steeves held a variety of important portfolios in various cabinets. Along the way he became a […]

History, Politics and Policy in the Conservative Leadership Race

May 20 2022 — Charles McMillan

Since the passing of Sir John A. Macdonald in 1891, the Conservative Party, under all the official titles through which it has cycled, has been, with the Liberal Party, one of two dominating Canada’s political landscape. Since Macdonald, only one Conservative prime minister, Brian Mulroney, has won two consecutive majorities. What lessons might be drawn […]

For Alberta conservatives, Jason Kenney became yesterday’s man

May 19 2022 — Jason Markusoff

UCP members loved Campaign Kenney, but not Premier Kenney. Now to find another leader. In these strange times for politics in Alberta, the following two things can be true at the same time: Jason Kenney is one of the most ideologically conservative people to ever occupy a senior federal cabinet post or the premier’s chair […]

May 19 2022 — Sean Speer

Jason Kenney’s swift resignation as United Conservative Party leader is a lamentable outcome for Canadian conservatism. It reflects the rise of an oppositional mindset on the Right that is bad for Conservative politics and the country as a whole to the extent that it marginalizes centre-right ideas and policies and enables progressives to govern essentially […]

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May 19 2022 — Colby Cosh

Jason Kenney, who resigned Wednesday night as leader of the Alberta United Conservative Party he helped create, governed Alberta exactly as if someone had handed him a relatively simple playbook at the start of his second political career. “Set aside the culture-war crap if you can help yourself,” it might have read. (And he did!) […]

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May 19 2022 — Max Fawcett

Always bet on chaos. If there’s one thing I’ve learned after spending more than a decade in Alberta, it’s that politics here inevitably gravitates towards the most dramatic outcome. The long-running UCP leadership review, one that saw Jason Kenney receive just 51.4 per cent support from the 34,000-plus ballots cast, is just the latest data […]

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May 20 2022 — Robin Guy

The Canadian aviation and tourism industries have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The myriad of public measures has resulted in a decline of travel by approximately 95% of 2019 levels and the financial cost is greater than 9/11, SARS, and the 2008 financial crisis combined.

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May 19 2022 — Rick Bell

He never listened. Never. He was right. We all were wrong. Until we were right. Then on a night when those around him figured Premier Jason Kenney would win in a walk, almost half the UCP members voting didn’t support him. Kenney admitted he didn’t expect the result. Of course he didn’t. He never listened. […]

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May 18 2022 — John Milloy

Don’t blame me. With all that is going on in the world, it wasn’t I who decided that the House of Commons should spend a full day last week discussing whether to continue opening their daily session with a prayer. Nevertheless, for those interested in the intersection between faith and politics, the debate on the […]

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Rapper J. Cole to play pro basketball in Canada

May 19 2022 — Associated Press

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario (AP) — Rapper J. Cole will play another season of pro basketball, this time in Canada. The Canadian Elite Basketball League tweeted Thursday night that the 37-year-old rapper will join the Scarborough Shooting Stars in the coming season as a guard. The season begins May 25. Cole, whose full name is Jermaine Cole, […]

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