National Newswatch

UCP has earned the public mistrust of leadership vote

May 13 2022 — Don Braid — Premier Jason Kenney will be in Washington May 16 and 17 to testify before the Senate energy committee. He flies home May 18, the very day leadership votes are being counted. Well, he does have a day job. But this is either supreme confidence or a sign of denial as the end draws near. After […]

Notley takes on Kenney over women’s right to choose

May 5 2022 — Don Braid — NDP Leader Rachel Notley asked a direct, simple question in the legislature Tuesday. “Can the premier commit that the UCP will never act to reduce access to abortion in this province? Yes or No.” Premier Jason Kenney did not say yes, no or maybe. He talked about something else in the way politicians have when […]

UCP veteran quits role, blasts toxic politics and Kenney’s leadership

Apr 30 2022 — Don Braid — Veteran conservative activist Al Browne is fed up with “vile” legislature behaviour, Premier Jason Kenney’s leadership and the divisive mood in the UCP during the leadership review campaign. Browne recently quit as riding president for Calgary-Hays, the seat held by Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver, so he can finally speak his mind publicly.

Why mail-in ballots? They give Kenney a better chance

Mar 24 2022 — Don Braid — What looked like Alberta’s political blowout of the century is now just another trip to the mailbox. After months of organizing in-person voting in Red Deer on April 9 — with space reserved, contracts signed, security organized — the UCP abruptly pivoted to mail-in ballots to decide on Premier Jason Kenney’s leadership.

UCP to make key decisions on leadership vote that keeps on growing

Mar 22 2022 — Don Braid — The United Conservative Party will wrestle Tuesday with how to handle the biggest political party event in Alberta’s history — the vote on Premier Jason Kenney’s leadership on April 9. Cynthia Moore, president of the UCP, says board members will decide on extra voting venues outside the Cambridge Hotel in Red Deer, the main site […]

Pollster says she was pressured by UCP and the premier’s office

Mar 19 2022 — Don Braid — Pollster Janet Brown regularly produces an Alberta opinion survey called Wild Ride Update. The latest took her on a wilder ride than she ever expected. She accuses the UCP of “spinning” her numbers and releasing private commercial information. Brown came under intense political pressure when her poll for paying clients showed a strong government comeback, […]

Governments finally waking up to convoy menace to Canada’s economy

Feb 11 2022 — Don Braid — The Freedom Convoys are starting to backfire, and we’re not talking about the trucks. Faced with economic damage and massive inconvenience to both businesses and individuals, politicians are finally getting worried enough to act. The federal Conservatives, after encouraging and coddling the convoys, now demand an end to the blockades. “To all of you who […]

Premier Kenney stakes his leadership survival on ‘Open for Spring’

Jan 29 2022 — Don Braid — Premier Jason Kenney says he’s “confident” most COVID-19 measures, including the vaccine passport, will be lifted by the end of March. UCP members vote on his leadership April 9. Who wouldn’t suspect a head-on collision between politics and science? When Kenney launched the Open for Summer campaign last year, COVID cases were very low. There […]

Major decisions on Kenney critics are looming for the UCP

Dec 4 2021 — Don Braid — The usually rambunctious UCP has fallen oddly silent since the recent party convention in Calgary. But it doesn’t mean there’s a peace treaty. At the legislature, MLAs understand that any criticism of Premier Jason Kenney or the government will freeze them out of committees and legislature debates or statements.