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The Alberta vs. B.C. pipeline fight. Now it’s war.

Feb 3 2018 — Jen Gerson — Brother turned against sister this week. The House of the West divided. It’s hippie vs. rig pig; British Columbia against Alberta. B.C. Premier John Horgan announced this week plans to bar increases to diluted bitumen shipments off his coast until the province conducts an extensive study of the crude’s effects in water. It’s a direct […]

The Ontario PC Party needs a woman to take charge

Jan 29 2018 — Jen Gerson — It could once be fairly said that the sign of a struggling political party was a woman at the helm. From former prime minister Kim Campbell, to Christy Clark, Alison Redford and Kathleen Wynne, most of this generation of female leaders can tell a similar tale of gamely stepping up to lead stale, scandal-ridden or […]

Happy New Year: 2018 is going to be even worse

Jan 1 2018 — Jen Gerson — By universal consensus, this past year has been deemed one of the more terrible in living memory. Beset by mass shootings, historic hurricanes, refugee crises, genocides and American politics, it’s difficult to remember a year more generally loathed. In fact, 2017 was so terrible that a birthday Instagram post by Taylor Swift that read “I […]

Perhaps what Trudeau really needs is an etiquette commissioner

Jan 1 2018 — Jen Gerson — Let’s put aside, for a moment, the questions of ethics and law. Those were resolved in the days before Christmas, when federal ethics commissioner Mary Dawson ruled that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the conflict of interest act several times over when he flew on the Aga Khan’s private helicopter en route to a vacation […]

Can Rachel Notley win over Calgary business?

Nov 27 2017 — Jen Gerson — One must say this for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley: She really has learned how to land the punchline. Two years ago, when she was elected to lead the province, the surprise NDP premier addressed the Calgary Chamber of Commerce with praise for federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and the promise of a royalty review. The […]

The greatest weakness in Western democracies is us

Nov 13 2017 — Jen Gerson — “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’” Trump wrote in his tweet, referring to the leader of North Korea’s ruling dynasty. “Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend — and maybe someday that will happen!” Tweeted, sigh, President Donald Trump […]

Whoever wins, new leader of Alberta’s UCP will chart course for Conservatives across the country

Oct 28 2017 — Jen Gerson — Whatever the outcome of the new United Conservative Party’s leadership vote this weekend, one thing has become abundantly clear: Alberta is angry. Why? Ask Brian Jean, former leader of the Wildrose Party, which launched 15 years ago as a the conservative alternative to the province’s dynastic Progressive Conservatives and eventually hoovered up enough of their […]

I mean no disrespect when I say that I have a problem with #MeToo

Oct 17 2017 — Jen Gerson — No doubt you will have noticed your social media feeds filled with it, the simple little status update: #MeToo. The meme, an admission of sexual assault and harassment, has proliferated in recent days as the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to unfold. Although the experiences range from groping and peeping to abuse of power and rape, […]