National Newswatch

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 […]

Trans Mountain saga takes odd twist as NDP, UCP support public investment

Apr 9 2018 — Graham Thomson — The twisting journey of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion has taken its most bizarre turn yet. Straight down the rabbit hole. Not only is the Alberta government considering investing public money in the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain project, official Opposition leader Jason Kenney thinks that’s a good idea. The United Conservative Party leader is not thrilled […]

#MeToo movement fallout could be huge for Canadian politics

Jan 27 2018 — Graham Thomson — Where is this going to end, this parade of politicians forced to resign because of allegations of sexual harassment? The procession started Wednesday in Nova Scotia with the resignation of Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie, moved to Ontario with PC Leader Patrick Brown stepping down, and ended Thursday in Calgary with Liberal MP Kent Hehr […]

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 […]