National Newswatch

Questions about Trudeau, treason reveal state of public discourse in Alberta

Dec 27 2018 — David Climenhaga — Donna Kennedy-Glans, by all accounts an intelligent and accomplished Alberta Conservative, recently posted and pinned a Tweet asking, “Has Trudeau committed treason?” If her intention was to grab the attention of Alberta’s chattering classes, she succeeded. If she was out for attention, though, I’m not sure she really wanted the kind that had folks wondering, […]

Conservative leaders duck and cover in wake of disgraceful anti-carbon rally

Dec 6 2016 — David Climenhaga — With some of the most debased elements of Canada’s so-called conservative movement openly on display at last weekend’s “anti-carbon tax” demonstration in Edmonton, I suppose it’s mildly reassuring several conservative leaders were trying hard yesterday to put a little daylight between themselves and the event’s organizers. A few, like federal Conservative leadership candidate Michael Chong, […]

Former PC leadership candidate Sandra Jansen, subjected by Tories to ‘intimidation and harassment,’ joins NDP caucus

Nov 18 2016 — David Climenhaga — Sandra Jansen and Rachel Notley Ten days ago ago she was a credible candidate for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party. This afternoon, Sandra Jansen became a member of the New Democratic Party Caucus in the provincial Legislature. It remains to be seen how much this decision — I would say, this “courageous decision” […]

Don’t laugh or scream but Jason Kenney is the Hillary Clinton of Alberta politics

Nov 15 2016 — David Climenhaga — Jason Kenney is the Hillary Clinton of Alberta politics! Before you all start screaming, or convulsing with laughter, let me explain. I do not mean that Kenney, the front-running social conservative candidate to lead the Progressive Conservative Party and thereafter unite Alberta’s right, precisely shares the views of Clinton, the unsuccessful Democratic Party candidate in […]

Brian Jean goes full Trump for the Wildrose masses: We need to Make Alberta Great Again! Believe me!

Oct 30 2016 — David Climenhaga — The surprise shouldn’t be that Alberta’s Wildrose Party went Full Trump at its annual general meeting in Red Deer Friday night and yesterday. It should be that anyone’s surprised. Still, mainstream media were agog at this turn of events. To give credit where credit is due, several journalists actually used the T-word to describe both […]

Brian Jean’s crack about beating Rachel Notley may have ended his hopes to lead Alberta’s right

Sep 1 2016 — David Climenhaga — Brian Jean may well have destroyed his chances of ever leading Alberta’s conservative movement back to the Promised Land of government with an idiotic off-the-cuff remark Tuesday night about beating Premier Rachel Notley. The opposition leader and Fort McMurray-Conklin MLA certainly wounded himself gravely when he told a town hall meeting in his riding in […]

Enron and the power boys played Ralph Klein’s government as suckers

Aug 10 2016 — David Climenhaga — The release over the weekend by Alberta’s NDP government of an exchange of mails 16 years ago between Enron’s head office in Houston and the now disgraced and defunct company’s chief Canadian lobbyist contain bad news for both the Progressive Conservative Party and the Wildrose Opposition. The emails reveal the PC government led by Ralph […]

Jason Kenney on the road: Time theft, corporate gifts and the mysterious absence of ‘Porky the Waster Hater’

Aug 6 2016 — David Climenhaga — Go away. Don’t bother us. That was the message from officials in the office of Parliamentary Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson to folks who wrote to complain that Calgary Midnapore MP Jason Kenney is campaigning for another job in another jurisdiction on their dime. “Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson has no jurisdiction over […]