National Newswatch

Alberta wants to bring back elections for nominees to fill Senate vacancies

Jun 26 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta's United Conservative government plans to bring back elections for would-be senators and hold a vote in a little more than two years. Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer introduced legislation Wednesday that would revive and update a law that allowed for four elections before it lapsed in 2016. "(The bill) will continue Alberta's push for the democratization of the Canadian […]

Alberta government, Opposition swap accusations, attacks in earplug debate

Jun 24 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta's earplug debate got louder Monday as the Opposition NDP accused Premier Jason Kenney of lying and sought to have Government House Leader Jason Nixon found in contempt of the legislature. "The premier is lying and his house leader was lying. And they're too comfortable with that," NDP Leader Rachel Notley told reporters prior to question period. In question period, Notley demanded […]

Alberta premier hands out earplugs during debate on bill affecting union rights

Jun 20 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Premier Jason Kenney passed out earplugs in the legislature overnight as his government invoked a time limit on debate over a bill that strips some bargaining rights for 180,000 public-sector workers. The bill passed Thursday morning following an all-night session during which Kenney walked up and down the aisles dispensing bright-orange earplugs to United Conservative caucus members so they could tune […]

Alberta introduces amended Education Act; Opposition says LGBTQ kids at risk

Jun 5 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta is overhauling its framework for grade-school education for the first time in a generation, but the Opposition says it's just a cover to out gay kids and expose them to harm. A bill introduced Wednesday by Education Minister Adriana LaGrange is meant to replace the 31-year-old School Act and governs everything from school attendance to district boundaries and trustee […]

Trudeau says Alberta carbon tax fight won’t affect Trans Mountain line decision

May 10 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Alberta's opposition to a carbon tax won't influence his cabinet's decision on whether to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. "Moves that a province may or may not make will have no bearing on the approval process for important projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion," Trudeau told reporters Friday. […]

B.C. takes Alberta to court on law that could see gasoline exports cut

May 1 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — British Columbia's premier fought battles over the Trans Mountain pipeline on two fronts Wednesday, going to court against Alberta's premier, who wants the line expanded, while urging Ottawa to start shipping more gasoline through the pipe that's already there. John Horgan, speaking to reporters in Victoria, announced his government has filed court documents challenging the legality of an Alberta law that […]

‘We will keep our commitments:’ Jason Kenney takes over as Alberta premier

May 1 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Jason Kenney, a former federal cabinet minister who united Alberta's two estranged conservative parties and led them to victory, officially became the province's 18th premier on Tuesday. Kenney and 22 members of his United Conservative caucus were sworn in as cabinet ministers in a ceremony at Government House. They met for the first time immediately after. Kenney […]

Jason Kenney, Rachel Notley begin formal transfer of power in Alberta

Apr 18 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Premier Rachel Notley and incoming premier Jason Kenney began the formal transfer of power in Alberta on Thursday, with Notley saying Kenney is already getting real-life lessons on the difference between political grandstanding and governing. The NDP's Notley said that since the United Conservative leader won Tuesday's Alberta election, Quebec has rebuffed his public pitch to accept new […]

Kenney talks pipelines with Trudeau after election win, calls it cordial

Apr 17 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Jason Kenney, Alberta's incoming premier, said he cordially talked pipelines Wednesday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — Kenney's political nemesis and his election campaign pinata — and said the plan is to meet soon for a one-on-one. "He called to offer his congratulations. We spoke for about 15 minutes," Kenney said outside Alberta's legislature building. […]

‘Open for business:’ Jason Kenney’s UCP wins majority in Alberta election

Apr 17 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Jason Kenney and his United Conservatives channelled the angst of an angry electorate to soar to a majority government in Alberta's election Tuesday and relegate Rachel Notley's NDP to the history books as a one-and-done government. The UCP, formed two years ago by a merger of the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties, held its rural and Calgary seats and took […]