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Crusading MLA Robyn Luff presents no-win scenario for Notley

Nov 10 2018 — Keith Gerein — A week ago, few people knew her name. Today, Robyn Luff is the talk of Alberta politics, particularly in NDP circles. To Premier Rachel Notley, she’s become something else: an unexpected problem. For those who haven’t been following along, the Calgary backbench MLA who had been nearly invisible in her 3½ years in office stepped […]

Alberta’s economic crisis deserves more than political games

Oct 30 2018 — Keith Gerein — Everywhere you walk these days, Halloween decorations are out in force. Trees have shed their summer bounty. Leaves are crunching underfoot. A renewed crispness is in the wind, a hardening of purpose as Albertans begin preparations for a long winter. The same is true under the dome of the legislature, where 87 MLAs took their […]

Statistics show Rachel Notley has been the most threatened Alberta premier

Feb 13 2017 — Keith Gerein — Premier Rachel Notley has been subjected to more frequent threats of harm than her recent predecessors, show newly released provincial statistics that confirm a disturbing escalation of security concerns over the last two years. The rarely seen numbers from the protection services unit were obtained by Postmedia through an access to information request that took […]

Jason Kenney to launch provincial ‘Truck Tour’ in Edmonton

Jul 31 2016 — Keith Gerein — Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful Jason Kenney is set to launch a cross-provincial road trip Monday in Edmonton. Kenney will announce details of the “Unite Alberta Truck Tour” during a brief news conference near the legislature at 10 a.m. On hand will be a Dodge Ram truck Kenney will use for the journey. It is not […]

Alberta health minister faces questions over Primary Care Network funding

Aug 5 2015 — Keith Gerein — The head of the province’s Primary Care Networks is reacting with disappointment after learning a $75-million funding clawback may still proceed, despite earlier suggestions the NDP government planned to reverse the Tory cut. Dr. Phillip van der Merwe, co-chair of the provincial PCN executive, said his initial dealings with the new government and Health Minister […]

Shredding at legislature prompts Alberta privacy commissioner to weigh in

May 8 2015 — Keith Gerein — As delete buttons and shredding machines get a workout at the Alberta legislature this week, the office of the province’s privacy commissioner admits there is no formal enforcement process to ensure valuable records aren’t being turned into confetti. While staff working in ministers’ offices are expected to follow rules governing the destruction of documents, the […]

PCs, Wildrose spar over $950 million in sole-source contracts

Apr 26 2015 — Keith Gerein — Wildrose Leader Brian Jean renewed his attack on PC fiscal management Saturday by releasing new data showing the Tory government spent close to $1 billion on sole-source contracts in 2013-14. The data was obtained through a series of freedom of information requests to every government ministry, the party said. The Wildrose added up the numbers […]

Lukaszuk calls for audit of all cabinet expenses after repaying costs of daughter’s flights

Sep 2 2014 — Keith Gerein — Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk says he will be calling on the province’s auditor general to investigate the travel and expense records of all cabinet ministers, after it was revealed Monday that he recently paid back the province for taking his daughter on government flights. Lukaszuk said he proactively and quietly wrote the province […]

Candidates discuss plight of mentally ill, basics of government at PC leadership launch event in Edmonton

Jun 3 2014 — Keith Gerein — More at-risk Albertans should be “sentenced to mental health care,” rather than ending up in jail or the hospital, Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Ric McIver told an Edmonton audience Monday night. “Putting them jail, having them victimized by somebody because of their mental illness, having them on the street self-medicating and doing illegal things to […]