National Newswatch

Oops: Jason Kenney lets UCP membership lapse, gets waiver to run for leader

Sep 29 2017 — Emma Graney — After letting his United Conservative Party membership lapse, Jason Kenney had to be granted a waiver to run for leader. Kenney’s membership expired in mid-August. According to his communications director, Blaise Boehmer, it came to the team’s attention after the merger of Progressive Conservative and Wildrose party membership lists. Boehmer said Thursday his team notified […]

Liberals killing energy industry, new federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says

Aug 29 2017 — Emma Graney — Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer told an Edmonton business luncheon Monday that the Liberals are out to end the energy industry. The opposition leader said he has no faith that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will be built, because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has politicized the decision-making process. Scheer pointed to the Northern Gateway — […]

Wildrosers come forward with money issues raised months ago

Aug 26 2017 — Emma Graney — United Conservative Party MLAs from the Wildrose side say they were rebuffed when they asked months ago for explanations about the caucus’s finances. Their complaints come in the wake of revelations the UCP caucus is facing layoffs thanks to a looming deficit, and will ask MLAs to dip into their allowances to cover a $337,000 […]

UCP MLA Derek Fildebrandt to be in court on hit and run charge

Aug 15 2017 — Emma Graney — United Conservative Party MLA Derek Fildebrandt is facing charges over an alleged hit and run. It’s the latest in a string of controversies tied to the MLA for Strathmore-Brooks, who is in hot water for renting out his taxpayer-funded apartment on Airbnb and double-claiming meals on the public dime. According to court documents, Fildebrandt is […]

Alberta Party leader, taxpayers group slam Fildebrandt’s Airbnb apartment, demand investigation

Aug 10 2017 — Emma Graney — The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is unimpressed with United Conservative Party MLA Derek Fildebrandt renting out his taxpayer-subsidized apartment. Alberta director Colin Craig told the Journal Thursday it was wrong, and points to the need for a full review of the rules that govern MLA expenses. “The public gives MLAs money to cover off their accommodation […]

Finance critic Derek Fildebrandt rents his government-subsidized apartment while claiming housing allowance

Aug 10 2017 — Emma Graney — A United Conservative Party MLA says there’s nothing wrong with him subletting his downtown Edmonton apartment while claiming thousands of dollars in rent from the public purse. Derek Fildebrandt, MLA for Strathmore-Brooks, advertises his downtown bachelor suite for rent online as “newly renovated, modernly furnished and very well-kept.” “It has a sweeping view of the […]

Jean, in UCP leadership bid, talks tough-on-crime policies

Aug 4 2017 — Emma Graney — Former Wildrose leader Brian Jean pledged a series of tough-on-crime policies Thursday as he continued his bid for the United Conservative Party leadership. Jean was in Grande Prairie to unveil his latest policy planks, including tougher penalties for people who commit violent crimes, more resources for sexual assault victims and tackling the opioid crisis.

Brian Jean supports interim leader, says ‘no’ to mudslinging in leadership race

Jul 28 2017 — Emma Graney — Brian Jean isn’t interested in mudslinging during the United Conservative Party leadership race. During his campaign launch and policy announcements early this week, and again when speaking with the Journal Thursday, the former Wildrose Party leader’s language has tended towards sunshine and positivity — aside from when he talks about the NDP. “I’m a unifier, […]

Thoughts turn to leadership after conservatives vote to unite

Jul 24 2017 — Emma Graney — The NDP will face a single united conservative force in the next election after Alberta’s Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties voted overwhelmingly on the weekend to merge forces. Both secured more than 95 per cent pro-unity votes from their members, setting into motion a monumental shift in provincial politics and sounding the death knell for […]

One Alberta MLA raises fist at another, Legislature Speaker investigating

Apr 20 2017 — Emma Graney — An apparent threatening motion made Tuesday by one politician to another inside the legislative building is being investigated by the Speaker. It all started after Calgary-Hawkwood NDP MLA Michael Connolly exchanged words with Strathmore-Brooks Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt as the two men left the chamber. After the verbal altercation, Connolly allegedly raised his fist at […]