National Newswatch

Are you listening? UCP’s earplugs stunt an affront to democratic debate

Jun 21 2019 — Graham Thomson — I’m not sure if this is what Premier Jason Kenney meant on the campaign trail when he said he’d “raise the bar of civility and decorum” in the Alberta legislature. As the legislative assembly endured another late-night debate over controversial government legislation Thursday, Kenney distributed earplugs to his caucus members. He didn’t do it covertly, […]

Is Kenney the real leader of Canada’s Conservatives?

Jun 12 2019 — Graham Thomson — We’re not exactly in “Where’s Waldo?” territory yet but Albertans could be forgiven for wondering, “Where’s Jason?” Even though he won the provincial election less than two months ago, Premier Kenney is not exactly a fixture in the province these days. He’s certainly not a regular in the legislature, now in its third week of […]

Alberta NDP might hold off on election to let UCP investigation conclude

Mar 13 2019 — Graham Thomson — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will absolutely call a provincial election next week — unless, of course, she doesn’t. And at this point it’s looking increasingly like she will wait. Or will she? Welcome to the intense and exhausting world that is the on-again-off-again pre-election speculation in Alberta. Trying to figure out exactly when Notley will […]

Notley undeterred by polls as Alberta braces for election

Jan 3 2019 — Graham Thomson — According to the Chinese calendar, 2019 will be the Year of the Pig. In Alberta, New Democrats are hoping it will be the Year of the Underdog. That’s because 2019 will be the Year of the Election. The provincial election — to be held sometime between March 1 and May 31 — promises to be […]

Why Trudeau is such a lightning rod in Alberta politics

Dec 14 2018 — Graham Thomson — OK, let’s just make it official and put Justin Trudeau’s name on the ballot for Alberta’s 2019 provincial election. I mean, Premier Rachel Notley and United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney seem to be campaigning as much against Trudeau as they are against each other. The latest swipe at Trudeau came Wednesday night in the […]

GSAs, Kenney and Carpay: The tangled web of Alberta politics

Nov 16 2018 — Graham Thomson — Oh, what a tangled web. And at the centre: John Carpay, former Alberta director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation; current president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms; member of the United Conservative Party; friend of UCP leader Jason Kenney; not a great friend of gay-straight alliances. Carpay flung himself headfirst into the headlines this […]

Alberta’s only NDP MP says Trans Mountain pipeline ‘not the priority issue’ with her voters

Aug 21 2018 — Graham Thomson — Albertans might be keenly interested in the progress of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project — but not apparently the people in the federal riding of Edmonton Strathcona. That bit of news comes from the riding’s Member of Parliament, Linda Duncan, who also happens to be Alberta’s only federal NDP member. “I have maybe had […]

Emergency pipeline meeting in Ottawa ends with a whimper not a bang

Apr 16 2018 — Graham Thomson — Well, that went about as badly as expected. Sunday’s meeting in Ottawa between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and British Columbia Premier John Horgan wrapped up with no end to the pipeline impasse. On the positive side, I suppose, nobody stomped out, threats weren’t issued, transfer payments weren’t cut. But neither were […]