National Newswatch

In French debate, Trudeau lumps oil industry with enemies

Oct 12 2019 — Don Braid — Some federal leaders are getting close to declaring the oil and gas industry a hostile force. That’s one result of this dismal campaign. To score climate-change brownies, they’re pushing the country down a dangerous, divisive road. In the French-language debate Thursday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said he has to continue the fight against conservative premiers […]

The final, lethal pipeline threat — a Liberal minority

Sep 24 2019 — Don Braid — As this federal election campaign slips deeper into uncertainty, an awful realization dawns in the east. The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will never be built unless a majority government is elected. After Justin Trudeau’s blackface fiasco, polls show the Liberals and Conservatives are virtually tied, making a minority very likely. To govern, either big-party leader […]

Report shows Alberta in for deep cuts and big fights

Sep 3 2019 — Don Braid — The MacKinnon report, at its fervent heart, is a radical document. It calls for a wholesale remaking of Alberta government in order to eliminate deficits and debt. If Premier Jason Kenney’s UCP goes ahead with these recommendations or even attempts a good number of them, Alberta is in for prolonged conflict that could make the […]

As ‘kamikaze’ scandal grows, so does Kenney’s popularity

Jul 19 2019 — Don Braid — In another world, at another time, a government would be in deep trouble over current voting and financing scandals. The UCP leadership vote, allegedly involving bogus email addresses, is being investigated by the RCMP, with a special prosecutor from Ontario appointed. The Mounties have interviewed five UCP cabinet ministers. One leadership candidate, Jeff Callaway, has […]

UCP solidarity, never a sure thing, shows some early cracks

Jul 17 2019 — Don Braid — Alberta’s politics are carved in stone right now. It seems that the UCP dynasty, like the Sphinx, won’t begin to erode for a couple of millennia. That’s the prevailing thought, especially among conservatives. They earnestly believe that with a stark right-left choice the NDP will now start to fade and lose most of its 25 […]

One last pipeline to pay for Trudeau’s national dream

Jun 19 2019 — Don Braid — Tuesday’s Trans Mountain pipeline approval was no whoop-de-do moment. There won’t be a Raptors-style victory parade in downtown Calgary. As Premier Jason Kenney said, the real test is construction — not the courtroom stop-and-start kind, but continuous physical progress of the pipe to Burnaby. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said several times that construction will start […]

Trudeau paints conservative premiers as a threat to Canada

Jun 12 2019 — Don Braid — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, bent on re-election, is already playing a divisive, dangerous game with the country he claims to lead. On Tuesday, six premiers including Jason Kenney sent him a letter warning that Bill C-69 in its original form, as well as Bill C-48, will damage the economy from coast to coast. On Bill […]

Think this is bad? Imagine a Liberal minority backed by Greens

May 15 2019 — Don Braid — Take a wary look at British Columbia; a shaky NDP government, supported by three Greens, fiercely hostile to the Trans Mountain pipeline. Now, imagine the same dynamic in Ottawa after the fall federal election. Try not to pass out. It’s by no means unthinkable that the Liberals will be reduced to a minority. To stay […]

Kenney drives NDP from office after epic political odyssey

Apr 17 2019 — Don Braid — They arrived on a wind of change in 2015, only to be blown out of office four years later by an even more powerful gale. Rachel Notley’s New Democrats, with all their dreams and hopes and agonies, succumbed exactly as UCP Leader Jason Kenney said they would, overwhelmed by a united conservative bloc that is […]

As campaign comes to angry end, Kenney should drop oil-cut talk

Apr 15 2019 — Don Braid — This election campaign comes to no gentle end. Rather, it slams into the finish line, brakes screeching, as hot and emotional as ever. On Sunday, Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel charged that phony robocalls were going out with a voice that sounds like his, saying that he wants people to vote for UCP Leader Jason […]

As election stakes rise, so does dissent in Kenney’s UCP

Jan 16 2019 — Don Braid — Some Alberta fantasists thought provincial conservatives would truly unite after the mass floor-crossings of 2014, or the formation of the United Conservative Party in 2017. It was not to be. Maybe it will never be. Our homegrown conservatives are born to brawl. They’re at it right up to the eve of a crucial provincial election […]

Jason Kenney says he will demand energy industry CEOs ‘get in this game’ against anti-oil activists

Dec 29 2018 — Don Braid — “No apology if this sounds bellicose,” says UCP Leader Jason Kenney, explaining why he believes Alberta should fight back hard against anti-oil activists. The counter-attack shouldn’t just come from government, according to Kenney. He insists that industry leaders join his battle. If he’s elected, he says, “I will call in the CEOs of major oil […]

Notley firmly rejects separatism but vows to fight on

Dec 28 2018 — Don Braid — Premier Rachel Notley knows exactly where she stands on this Alberta separatism thing. “I say that my Canada includes Alberta, and my Alberta is part of Canada,” she says in a year-end interview. “We have an obligation as political leaders to find a solution. We absolutely have to find a solution. “Nobody wins in the […]

Talk of Alberta exit is out in the open again

Dec 12 2018 — Don Braid — After lying dormant for nearly 40 years, talk of Alberta separatism is again boiling to the surface. On Tuesday, Premier Rachel Notley said she’s well aware of the increasing chatter about giving up on Canada. And she dealt with the question exactly as the first PC premier, Peter Lougheed, did back in the 1980s. “I […]

Oil cuts a necessary evil for a province wounded by Ottawa

Dec 3 2018 — Don Braid — The imposition of oil production cuts in Alberta isn’t just the sign of a province in trouble. It’s proof of a country in trouble. The Notley government is doing this because it’s the only way to force up prices and begin closing the extreme price gap between Alberta oil and West Texas crude.