National Newswatch

Ontario Tories raised more than $16.1-million in political donations in 2016

May 31 2017 — Justin Giovannetti — Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives raised more than $16.1-million through political donations in 2016, a record haul that far outstripped the governing Liberals as the parties prepare for next year’s election. Kathleen Wynne and the long-governing Liberal Party’s once-powerful fundraising machine raised $6.5-million last year, the second-lowest since Ms. Wynne became Premier in 2013. The total included […]

Can Kenney unite Alberta’s right?

Mar 18 2017 — Justin Giovannetti — Jason Kenney is widely expected to win the leadership of Alberta’s storied Progressive Conservative Party on March 18. That will be the easy part. The tougher fight starts the next day as the former federal cabinet minister faces his promise to unite the province’s long-quarreling right wing.

Premier Rachel Notley pushes Alberta as part of Canada’s broader U.S. approach

Feb 28 2017 — Justin Giovannetti — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley met Monday with governors and congressional leaders in Washington who could influence President Donald Trump’s agenda on trade, energy and pipelines – issues that are vital for the province’s economic recovery. She sat down with the governor of Montana and the border state’s two senators, as well as the governor of […]

Notley asking Alberta’s mayors to ‘raise the volume’ to sell climate plan

Oct 8 2016 — Justin Giovannetti — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is calling in reinforcements and asking her province’s mayors to “raise the volume” across the country and help sell her government’s climate plan nearly a year after it was unveiled. Ms. Notley’s plan has already had some success changing the province’s image, according to environmental leaders contacted by The Globe and […]

E-mails reveal how Alberta’s ‘Enron clause’ was orchestrated

Aug 8 2016 — Justin Giovannetti — As Alberta began deregulating its electricity market in late July, 2000, Enron Corp.’s chief lobbyist in Canada was getting kudos from head office in Houston for his influence over the entire process. Robert Hemstock was Enron’s Canadian head of government relations, the front man in talks with regulators over the structure of Alberta’s power purchase […]

Alberta minister calls federal NDP’s proposed climate plan ‘a betrayal’

Apr 8 2016 — Justin Giovannetti — Alberta’s Environment Minister attacked a proposed NDP policy road map known as the “Leap Manifesto” on Friday, calling the sweeping climate-change plan a betrayal of Albertans who voted for Rachel Notley’s New Democrats. Speaking a few city blocks away from where 1,500 NDP delegates were gathered for the federal party’s convention, Shannon Phillips said the […]

Alberta’s painful reversal

Mar 6 2016 — Justin Giovannetti — As the province’s economy worsens, Albertans are losing confidence. ayne Finch was perched on the edge of his seat as a red and chrome semi-truck was driven up to an auction hall in this industrial suburb of Edmonton. The Montana logger came to Alberta in late February looking for a deal – and while he […]

Alberta carbon plan a major pivot in environmental policy

Nov 23 2015 — Justin Giovannetti — Alberta’s NDP government is imposing an economy-wide carbon tax starting in 2017 and a cap on emissions from the oil sands in a sweeping plan aimed at showing it is serious about fighting climate change. Premier Rachel Notley’s strategy – a major shift in environmental policy for Canada’s largest oil-producing province – will take centre […]

Harper takes shots at Alberta Premier to attack Mulcair

Sep 18 2015 — Justin Giovannetti — Following a global crash in oil and gas prices, Alberta’s economy is expected to be in recession this year. While tangling with federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Mr. Harper echoed comments he made days earlier on the campaign trail, when he blamed tax increases brought in by Ms. Notley’s government for worsening the province’s economic […]