National Newswatch

UCP leadership race in danger of becoming a junior high melodrama

Oct 14 2017 — Graham Thomson — How much does Brian Jean dislike Jason Kenney? Let me count the ways. During the past week or so, Jean, the former Wildrose leader, has been unleashing a litany of complaints or digs against Kenney, the former Progressive Conservative leader. The friction between the two United Conservative Party leadership candidates is getting so intense you […]

Intolerant Wildrose members act as political arsonists in homophobic ‘lake of fire’

Jun 13 2017 — Graham Thomson — The Wildrose’s homophobic “lake of fire” has turned into a tire fire. It is proving impossible to extinguish. The latest flare-up came on the weekend when outraged party members used social media to attack Cody Johnston, an openly gay Wildrose staff member, who had innocently said he would attend Saturday’s Pride events in Edmonton. “What […]

Jason Kenney pops back to the surface

Apr 15 2017 — Graham Thomson — He’s back. Not that he was really ever away. But for more than two weeks Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney was, as far as the legislature and mainstream media were concerned, missing in action. It got to the point this week where the NDP caucus issued a news release with the needling headline: “Where’s Kenney […]

Alberta not reversing course on climate change to match Donald Trump’s backward march

Mar 30 2017 — Graham Thomson — The ink hadn’t even dried on U.S. President Donald Trump’s coal-friendly, environment-busting executive order Tuesday when the hand wringing began in Canada. “Trump’s bid to reverse climate agenda puts pressure on Ottawa,” declared the Globe and Mail headline, as talk shows across the country put pundits in chairs to debate the question: Should Trudeau slow […]

Mystery of the PC-Wildrose discussion group solved — sort of

Mar 28 2017 — Graham Thomson — If the makers of Trivial Pursuit ever get around to releasing an Alberta Politics Edition, here is the perfect trivia question: Who is Zoe Addington? It’s a perfect question because only a true political nerd will know the answer. Addington was named in a joint news release last Friday to a 10-member “discussion group” helping […]