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Hands off Morneau! In defence of a great Albertan

Oct 20 2017 — Colby Cosh — A colleague told me the other day that I should write a column about Finance Minister Bill Morneau — basically, because no columnist should pass up a chance to face wash some politician for ineptitude or deviousness. This struck me as a strong argument. But my response was that I would never dream of treating […]

Brad Wall could be the most successful Canadian politician alive, period

Aug 10 2017 — Colby Cosh — Let me be the first to propose the silly-but-I-sort-of-half-believe-it theory of Brad Wall’s retirement from politics. It is, perhaps at least partly, about his son’s music career. Wall’s kid Colter (you’ll notice that classic Western Hockey League first name) is a talented country singer-songwriter whose first full LP came out this summer. He is on […]

The Alberta political landscape has become an unregulated wild west

Jun 26 2017 — Colby Cosh — Everybody says that British Columbia politics is SOOO CRAZY right now because there’s a hung legislature and political parties are cynically trying to make the best use of their leverage. I am not sure why this is considered madness; it looks a lot like business as usual. But, meanwhile, in Alberta, electoral politics have been […]

Elect a Rae, get a Harris? A warning sign for the Alberta NDP

Apr 12 2017 — Colby Cosh — Lesson from a life spent occasionally glancing at Alberta politics: when Ron Kneebone speaks up, pay attention. Last week the University of Calgary economist, who is a longtime authority on Alberta’s public finances, raised a modest alarm about rising income support caseloads. Or, to use the old-fashioned lingo, welfare recipients. Their number is growing fast […]

Goodbye to the Alberta PCs. And good riddance

Mar 20 2017 — Colby Cosh — On Saturday, as was generally foreseen, Jason Kenney became leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives. This sounds portentous and impressive. But one of the things that strikes you, since Kenney is proposing to (at a bare minimum) re-brand the Alberta PCs, is that their leaders are not exactly an honour roll of mighty statesmen. The […]

Of course it’s ‘news’ that Freeland’s grampa was a Nazi collaborator, even if the Russians are spreading it

Mar 8 2017 — Colby Cosh — Chrystia Freeland’s long-dead grandfather is the talk of the town today. And since it is 2017, most of the talk is about whether we are allowed to talk about him. On Monday, Freeland, the foreign affairs minister, warned Canadians of “efforts on the Russian side to destabilize Western democracies” while Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale […]