National Newswatch

Alberta United Conservative government shuffles cabinet amid leadership race

Jun 21 2022 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has announced multiple cabinet changes following resignations tied to his party’s leadership race, with Environment Minister Jason Nixon now taking over permanently as finance minister. “As Alberta continues to experience strong economic growth and job creation, our focus is on providing stable and steady government that will allow this […]

Alberta justice minister demands answers from Edmonton on crime

May 26 2022 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — Alberta's justice minister says people in Edmonton are not being kept safe from violent crime, particularly on public transit, and he's ordering Mayor Amarjeet Sohi to provide answers. Tyler Shandro has told Sohi he's invoking his ministerial powers under the province's Police Act to demand a report within two weeks on what the […]

Intraparty war in Alberta Premier Kenney’s UCP sees Twitter fight over clown image

Apr 22 2022 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — An internal feud battering Alberta’s governing party took a new twist after one of Premier Jason Kenney’s senior political staffers went on Twitter and compared United Conservative backbench critics to clowns. The tweet was sent Friday morning by Bryan Rogers, chief of staff to Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda, less than two days after […]

‘Soap opera’: Alberta premier says he’s been too tolerant of open dissent

Apr 21 2022 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — Premier Jason Kenney says Albertans are unimpressed with the intraparty melodrama of his United Conservative government and adds that, if anything, he has been too soft on dissenters. “What Albertans expect from their government isn’t a constant soap opera, and they certainly don’t want to see a family feud,” Kenney said, responding to […]

Alberta’s Kenney interviewed by RCMP in criminal probe tied to party leadership race

Mar 28 2022 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he has been interviewed by RCMP as part of an investigation into potential criminal identity fraud in the 2017 United Conservative Party leadership contest. “I did an interview at (their) request, once,” Kenney said Monday after being asked by reporters. “As I’ve said from the very beginning ... […]

Relief, caution and dismay around Alberta’s COVID-19 plan after lack of consultation

Feb 9 2022 — Dean Bennett — Alberta schools, municipalities and businesses are expressing dismay, relief and confusion as they scramble to adapt to the province lifting COVID-19 public health rules with what they say was no consultation and little advance notice. "In the same way we saw restrictions lifted in the past without any meaningful consultation or a demonstrable data-based plan, […]