National Newswatch

Special prosecutor to aid probe into Alberta United Conservative leadership vote

Jul 3 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — The Alberta government says a special out-of-province prosecutor will assist in a criminal fraud investigation into the United Conservative Party leadership race won by Jason Kenney before he became premier. Eric Tolppanen, head of the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service, says an agreement is in place to get help from an Ontario prosecutor. The prosecutor's name has not been released. […]

No pipeline fireworks as Western premiers emerge from annual meeting in Edmonton

Jun 27 2019 — Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Canada's western and northern leaders pushed Thursday for reducing trade barriers and building trade corridors while avoiding a bunfight on the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and his B.C. counterpart John Horgan amicably agreed to continue to disagree on the pipeline expansion project that would carry Alberta oil to the West […]

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 […]