National Newswatch

Echoes of Trump resound at Bernier’s Calgary rally

Nov 13 2018 — Gillian Steward — Maxime Bernier came to Calgary last week and it was clear he has lots of fans here. Lots of fans. About 400 people — 90 per cent male, and 99 per cent white — jammed into a hotel conference room on Friday night and enthusiastically applauded almost everything Bernier said. They praised him effusively during […]

Scheer and Conservatives come up empty on the pipeline

Sep 17 2018 — Gillian Steward — Since Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives have positioned themselves as champions of the energy industry they will have plenty of ammunition to fling at Justin Trudeau and the Liberals as MPs return to the House of Commons this week. Most of it will stem from the morass caused by the judicial decision that halted expansion […]

Alberta allies could help Bernier’s new party

Sep 4 2018 — Gillian Steward — Maxime Bernier has lots of fans in Alberta. But does he have enough to make a dent in the Conservative vote in the next federal election? He just might because he garnered significant support from Alberta during the leadership race and one of his biggest fans is Alberta MLA Derek Fildebrandt who, like Bernier, is […]

Ford win buoys hopes for Alberta conservatives

Jun 11 2018 — Gillian Steward — Given how elated he was over the victory of Doug Ford you could be forgiven for thinking that Jason Kenney, Alberta’s would-be premier, had just won. For Kenney, leader of the United Conservative Party, Ford’s victory was a sign of things to come, not just in Alberta, but in the battle he wants to lead […]

Can Alberta have it both ways on carbon pricing?

May 14 2018 — Gillian Steward — As the battle for the Trans Mountain pipeline rages on — last week, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley launched a million dollar ad campaign aimed at its opponents in B.C. — a big question still looms. How can the federal and Alberta governments support a pipeline designed to significantly increase shipments of diluted bitumen from the […]

Trudeau bets he and Notley can push the pipeline through B.C.

Apr 16 2018 — Gillian Steward — In the end Justin Trudeau didn’t have much choice. He couldn’t be seen to look weak when it comes to asserting federal authority in the dispute between Alberta and B.C. over the future of a trans-provincial pipeline that would ship diluted bitumen from the oilsands to the West Coast for export to Asia. That would […]

Rebounding Alberta economy good news for Notley

Mar 6 2018 — Gillian Steward — It’s been a long haul for Albertans since the price of oil took a dive three years ago but it appears they can now bank on better days ahead. That was the good news from Joe Ceci, the province’s finance minister, when he presented a third quarter budget update last week. Not only is the […]

Pipeline politics push Trudeau into the line of fire

Feb 6 2018 — Gillian Steward — The Alberta NDP government desperately wants a pipeline expansion to the West Coast to proceed as fast as possible. The NDP government in B.C. desperately wants to stop it Which has left Justin Trudeau stuck in the line of fire. What he decides to do about that could determine the fate of one government or […]

Winds of change blowing into Alberta

Dec 29 2017 — Gillian Steward — Big winds of change will roar through Alberta in 2018. They won’t be metaphorical winds either. They will be real winds from the Rockies spinning giant wind mills to generate electricity on a large scale. This is a huge turn of events for a province that for decades has relied on fossil fuels to power […]

Alberta license plates a no-no in Saskatchewan

Dec 12 2017 — Gillian Steward — Maybe Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall, one of only two conservative premiers still standing, just felt the need to lash out in frustration before he retires from politics. Maybe he just couldn’t stomach anymore the NDP government in neighbouring Alberta, especially given that the Saskatchewan NDP is on the rise again.

Alberta betting on booming marijuana market

Nov 28 2017 — Gillian Steward — So far it looks like Alberta will be the go-to province for marijuana entrepreneurs lining up to get in on the action when selling pot becomes legal next summer. Unlike Ontario and Quebec, Alberta has taken a free market approach. Recreational marijuana will be sold in privately owned retail stores and there could be a […]