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Tears, grief and anger over the UCP’s epic COVID-19 collapse

Sep 25 2021 — Don Braid — Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt choked up while doing an interview. Dr. Verna Yiu, the head of Alberta Health Services, looked like she was about to cry as she said deaths are keeping the ICUs below capacity. Coun. Jeff Davison, a candidate for mayor, told council that his six-year-old daughter had her vital […]

MLA says Kenney was mean to the unvaxxed — while offering them $100

Sep 8 2021 — Don Braid — The restless peace in the UCP caucus is over. The latest to blast his own premier is Airdrie-Cochrane MLA Peter Guthrie. Guthrie’s biggest gripe is that Jason Kenney wasn’t nice to the unvaccinated. He wrote on Facebook on Tuesday: “Last Friday the Government of Alberta announced restrictions, adopting a disparaging tone towards unvaccinated individuals.

More federal election signs as COVID-19 worries increase

Aug 6 2021 — Don Braid — All the pieces are falling neatly into place for a federal election, including some sharp Liberal messages for Alberta and Western Canada. First came Thursday’s letter from federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu, asking her Alberta counterpart, Tyler Shandro, to reveal the science behind the province’s decision to abandon most COVID-19 measures.

Kenney considers cabinet shuffle and a summer of silence

Jun 29 2021 — Don Braid — Premier Jason Kenney recently sent a memo to all of his cabinet ministers, asking them to explain what they’ve accomplished and hope to do in the future. He expects the responses by Friday. It sounds a bit like a job application. There’s widespread talk about a cabinet shuffle that may come soon.

Kenney wades into tainted political turf and comes away stained

Jun 3 2021 — Don Braid — There’s no space in Alberta more emblematic of arrogant privilege than the notorious Sky Palace. After then-premier Alison Redford resigned in 2014, dogged by other scandals, it was finally confirmed that the government was building a private residence for her and her daughter atop Edmonton’s Federal building. Smoking cannabis did not help young people kick […]