National Newswatch

Jean Charest gives angry Alberta Conservatives what they want — but they aren’t biting

Jul 11 2022 — Gillian Steward — Last week, Conservative leadership candidate Jean Charest came to the Calgary Stampede bearing promises that should satisfy Albertans demanding more power and recognition for their province. The plan is well thought out and being pushed by a politician who knows his way around both federal and provincial politics, but Charest isn’t likely to get the […]

Justin Trudeau has called out the Catholic Church for its role in residential schools. Why hasn’t Jason Kenney?

Jun 28 2021 — Gillian Steward — When Justin Trudeau publicly rebuked the Catholic Church for not accepting more responsibility for all the abuse and death at residential schools he was calling out the hierarchy of his own religious faith. The prime minister deserved kudos for that: it is not an easy thing to do. So why hasn’t Alberta Premier Jason Kenney […]

Is Jason Kenney now the federal Conservatives’ alpha male?

Aug 12 2019 — Gillian Steward — Since Doug Ford has stepped back from politicking for federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer lest he embarrass him it’s clear Jason Kenney is now the party’s alpha male. I don’t mean that the Alberta premier will replace Scheer any time soon but it’s becoming more than a little obvious that the former Conservative MP and […]

Jason Kenney makes Justin Trudeau look good outside Alberta

Jul 15 2019 — Gillian Steward — Justin Trudeau came to Alberta last week and amidst stoneface employees at the Trans Mountain pipeline terminal just outside Edmonton held what can only be described as an election campaign photo-op. He spoke forcefully about tackling environmental issues while at the same time ensuring jobs in the energy sector by green lighting controversial projects, such […]

Is pipeline pressure also weighing on Jody Wilson-Raybould?

Feb 25 2019 — Gillian Steward — Jody Wilson-Raybould and SNC-Lavalin are now inextricably entwined in the minds of Canadians. It’s impossible to think of one without thinking of the other. But is the SNC-Lavalin affair really the straw that broke the camel’s back? Or are there other pressure points that caused the former attorney general to eventually break rank and resign […]