National Newswatch

Alberta’s ‘Fair Deal Panel’ begins feedback tour with Edmonton town hall

Dec 3 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — A panel examining Alberta's role in Confederation kicked off its public town hall tour Tuesday, with many telling the panellists the province deserves a better deal — but through collaboration rather than confrontation. More than 150 people spoke to the panellists at a north Edmonton community centre. The speakers were given two minutes to make their points. […]

Opposition says it’s a dark day: Bill passes to fire Alberta election watchdog

Nov 21 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — The Alberta government has passed a bill to fire election commissioner Lorne Gibson, raising questions about the future of his investigation into Premier Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party. Kenney's government introduced the bill on Monday and invoked time limits on all three stages of debate. It passed on Thursday. Government house leader Jason Nixon said it was his […]

Notley kicked out of legislature for comment on election watchdog firing bill

Nov 19 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta NDP Opposition Leader Rachel Notley has been kicked out of the legislature chamber after she refused to apologize for comments about the United Conservative government's plan to fire the province's election watchdog. Notley told the house Tuesday that Government House Leader Jason Nixon was making misleading statements on proposed legislation that would end the […]

Alberta government firing election commissioner who was investigating leadership

Nov 18 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta's United Conservative government is firing the province's election commissioner, but says it's not because he is investigating the party and has fined it more than $200,000. Finance Minister Travis Toews says the decision to end Lorne Gibson's contract is about saving money, but Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley calls it a shameful, authoritarian attack on the […]

Alberta alters rules on oil production limits to spur more conventional drilling

Nov 8 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta is adjusting its rules on oil production limits to give companies incentive to drill more conventional wells. Energy Minister Sonya Savage says that starting immediately any oil produced from a new well will not be subject to the limits. The province expects the change will spur producers to drill hundreds of new wells and that each well […]

Alberta UCP government tables budget with cuts to civil servants, universities

Oct 24 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta is blazing a new trail for its red-ink economy with a budget that preserves health and education funding but takes a big stick to cities, civil servants and universities. The first financial plan from the United Conservative government elected in the spring projects a deficit of $8.7 billion on $50 billion in revenue for 2019-20. Debt […]

Alberta, Saskatchewan go Tory Blue, face challenges with Liberal minority

Oct 22 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta and Saskatchewan were painted a solid Conservative blue on Monday, but leaders must now wrap their heads around getting resources to market with a Liberal minority government in Ottawa that will need the help of other parties to remain in power. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney campaigned for federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and had called a […]

Alberta government won’t seek meeting with teen enviro-activist Greta Thunberg

Oct 15 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — The Alberta government won't seek out a meeting with teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, but Environment Minister Jason Nixon said he hopes the Swedish girl takes time to learn about the province's oil and gas industry. "I think when you look at some of Miss Thunberg's comments, she doesn't understand our province, that she doesn't understand the […]