National Newswatch

Notley dances with the one who brought her

Apr 15 2019 — Chris Nelson — Well, if you’re going down to defeat anyhow, then dancing with the one that brought you is as effective an election strategy as any other, I suppose. Maybe that’s why, in the dying days of this provincial campaign, Premier Rachel Notley once again put her faith and Alberta’s economic future into the furtive hands of […]

Trudeau’s heaven will be Alberta’s hell

Dec 10 2018 — Chris Nelson — We hear enough from politicians these days so it’s with trepidation I step aside for a few paragraphs to provide a platform for our prime minister to regale us with his worldview. You see, while hardly Churchillian in tone or content, his expressed view is vital in gaining true insight. Therefore it needs reading and […]

Fewer women buying into Trudeau’s flim flam

Apr 2 2018 — Chris Nelson — Unlike our prime minister, I’ve always figured women are generally a bit smarter than us men. Certainly, when it comes to the actual doing of dumb things in life, the focus group containing all men usually wins hands down. Not being in the habit of patronizing people, I’ve never felt the need to do so […]

Canada’s the stage for Trudeau’s acting aspirations

Jan 22 2018 — Chris Nelson — The good news is there aren’t lots of shady men driving around Calgary trying to lure innocent kids into their cars, offering candy or a chance to pat a puppy. Thankfully, while such worrying instances do occur, they are rare – much less frequent than most people believe. Reports of such happenings are not quite […]

Alberta is isolated at the worst possible time

Jan 15 2018 — Chris Nelson — The Rainmaker died seven years ago, but if ever his words were needed in Alberta and the rest of Western Canada, it’s today. That would be Keith Davey, believed by many to be the Godfather of the modern Liberal Party of Canada, and affectionately called The Rainmaker by those he helped grab or hang onto […]

Alberta government makes mess of death and taxes

Mar 20 2017 — Chris Nelson — Ben Franklin must be doing the old 360-degree roll in his final Philadelphia resting place at the latest muddle our provincial government has dragged us into. It was old Ben, in discussing the then-recently-signed U.S. Constitution, who declared: “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Maybe the premier […]

Alberta politics needs to get out of the sewer

Mar 17 2017 — Chris Nelson — Such were the joys of childhood – throwing firecrackers into sewer pipes and anxiously waiting, homemade spear in hand, the resulting exodus of rats. And kids today think some new app is fun? They haven’t lived. So, arriving in Alberta many years ago, it came as a surprise that here was a land where such […]

Nothing adds up in Alberta’s budget

Feb 27 2017 — Chris Nelson — If you told the Alberta Treasury that today is Monday, what are the chances they’d be able to correctly predict what day tomorrow will be? Probably they’d respond “Thursday,” judging from the hodge-podge of failed predictions and busted assumptions arising in the third-quarter financial update unveiled by Treasurer Joe Ceci. There must have been something […]

Canadians blindsided by Trudeau’s sunny ways

Feb 18 2017 — Chris Nelson — The problem with these so-called sunny ways that our prime minister is supposed to epitomize is they can easily blind you to the truth. Last week, I watched the much-anticipated first meeting between Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald ‘Tweeter’ Trump with a mix of trepidation and small-minded anticipation – half-expecting the younger Canuck to […]

Opposition is giving NDP government an easy ride in Alberta

Feb 16 2017 — Chris Nelson — The best opposition politician in Alberta right now is Rachel Notley. Her recent speech to the adoring NDP faithful at the University of Calgary, in which she savaged the parties trying to line up against her bunch of rascals, was the best bit of political grandstanding seen in many a month. “Whatever new name they […]

Alberta NDP doomed unless they bring back jobs

Dec 26 2016 — Chris Nelson — It’s the jobs, stupid. That variation on James Carville’s wise advice to Bill Clinton during the election fight with George H.W. Bush back in 1992, should double as Rachel Notley’s screensaver in the coming year. Because, make no mistake, the long, hard road to the next provincial election is about to begin here in Alberta. […]

Alberta’s pipeline battle is just beginning to heat up

Dec 8 2016 — Chris Nelson — It’s said if you live long enough, then nothing should ever come as a surprise. So I’ll assume I’ve a few more years kicking around this Earth of ours because, for the life of me, having this province’s economic future squarely in the hands of a Liberal prime minister and an NDP premier isn’t something […]

Premier Notley should jump aboard the Trump bus

Nov 17 2016 — Chris Nelson — Perhaps pipelines are like those proverbial London buses — you wait ages for one and then two come at once. If so, then that would bring some serious relief to our beleaguered city. It might not do much for the thousands vainly looking for stable work before Christmas here in EI Central, but at least […]

It’s no longer called debt — it’s called stimulus

Nov 7 2016 — Chris Nelson — We’re all Keynesians now, here in the True North Strong and not-quite-so-debt Free. Admittedly, it’s taken a while, but we’ve finally seen the light. There used to be outliers among us spendthrift Canucks, like those Albertan redneck rubes. Yes, the ones who didn’t much like jumping aboard the debt and deficit bus by spending more […]