National Newswatch

Feds’ stance on Trans Mountain weak, undermines Canadian unity, says Brad Wall

Feb 16 2018 — Bill Kaufmann — Former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall scorched the Trudeau’s government’s performance on the Trans Mountain pipeline dispute between B.C. and Alberta on Thursday, saying its energy policy is deepening national divisions. And while Wall encouraged Alberta’s premier to be remorseless in her fight in support of the pipeline’s expansion to the west coast, in his first […]

Alberta Party leader Greg Clark issues FOIP requests in attempt to prevent feared document destruction spree ahead of PC departure

May 9 2015 — Bill Kaufmann — Fears important documents are being destroyed by outgoing Alberta government officials has Alberta Party leader Greg Clark seeking to halt any potential illegal shredding. But a spokesman for the office of the province’s privacy commissioner said there’s no way to stop any illegal destruction of records until evidence turns up. Clark said he’s submitting a […]

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Albertans shouldn’t fear a change of government in coming election, doesn’t endorse any one party

Apr 30 2015 — Bill Kaufmann — Albertans shouldn’t fear a change of government, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Thursday. Nenshi also said he suspected the governing PCs would win the May 5 election. While he didn’t endorse any party, the Mayor said NDP energy policies differ little from those of the oil industry’s main lobby group. “Rachel Notley didn’t terrify me,” […]

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says Alberta not willing to elect NDP government

Apr 25 2015 — Bill Kaufmann — NDP leader Rachel Notley’s a worthy debater but is half-baked on managing Alberta’s dough, Premier Jim Prentice said Friday while stumping in a northeast Calgary bakery. Sounding upbeat the morning after a leaders’ debate many observers scored for Notley, Prentice said he’s confident her performance won’t further boost an NDP who are consistently shown to […]

Mayor Naheed Nenshi refuses to retract accusations of city councillors being drunk and using drugs on the job

Jan 23 2015 — Bill Kaufmann — Mayor Naheed Nenshi on Thursday refused a city councillor’s demand he retract accusations that political colleagues had been drunk or using drugs on the job. Two days after Nenshi and Coun. Druh Farrell spoke of wild, inebriated parties and rumoured drug use by unnamed councillors at city hall and at community events, Coun. Joe Magliocca […]

Calgary MP considers Wildrose leadership

Jan 12 2015 — Bill Kaufmann — Outgoing Calgary MP Rob Anders says a “sense of mission and duty” has made him eye a run at the Wildrose Party leadership. The controversial MP, who last April lost the nomination for the new federal riding of Calgary-Signal Hill to former provincial cabinet minister Ron Liepert, said Alberta needs a strong voice from the […]

Alberta’s Wildrose Party’s collapse as swift and divisive as its birth

Dec 21 2014 — Bill Kaufmann — The Wildrose Party began nearly seven years ago in much the same way it crumbled — in distrust and division. Calgarian John Hilton-O’Brien recalls those birthing pains when the Alberta Alliance Party merged with the Wildrose — two right-wing movements seeking political traction. “The Wildrose and Alliance people never got along,” said Hilton-O’Brien, who became […]