National Newswatch

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 […]

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 […]