National Newswatch

Alberta Party leadership race to feature three contenders

Jan 16 2018 — James Wood — The Alberta Party leadership contest will be a three-way race. At the 5 p.m. Monday deadline, there were no last-minute contenders jumping in the race to join the three candidates who had already declared. The field is made up of Kara Levis, a Calgary-based lawyer for TransCanada and chair of the National Women’s Liberal Commission; […]

Notley says Alberta breakup with national NDP isn’t in the cards

Dec 26 2017 — James Wood — The Alberta NDP is at odds with both federal and British Columbia New Democrats over pipelines, but Premier Rachel Notley says breaking up isn’t in the cards. In a year-end interview with Postmedia in Calgary, Notley said her party won’t break away from the national NDP. “That is not something I’m interested in pursuing,” said […]

Notley still working on relationship with Calgary

Dec 26 2017 — James Wood — Premier Rachel Notley’s relationship with Calgary remains a work in progress, even as the city may decide the fate of her NDP government in 2019. A year ago, as the city remained mired in recession, Notley acknowledged the government needed to better connect with Calgary. She appointed new officials to her McDougall Centre office, made […]

Derek Fildebrandt’s return to UCP possible, but Jason Kenney says legal issues must be resolved first

Dec 21 2017 — James Wood — United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney wouldn’t discuss Derek Fildebrandt’s political future Wednesday but made clear the Strathmore-Brooks MLA must still settle his remaining legal issues before he can even try to rejoin the UCP caucus. On Monday, Fildebrandt was found guilty in relation to a hit and run and fined $402 in Edmonton traffic […]

Alberta pledges $1.4 billion for industry climate change initiatives

Dec 6 2017 — James Wood — Alberta’s NDP government is creating a new $1.4-billion fund to help industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions through innovation and technology. The biggest chunk of the funding, which will be doled out over seven years, sees $440 million earmarked for oilsands projects that will help companies increase production while reducing emissions. The new fund will also […]

David Frum warns Canada not immune from ‘authoritarian populism’ that led to Trump presidency

Dec 5 2017 — James Wood — Canadians should not assume the country is immune to the international trend of “authoritarian populism” that helped spawn the presidency of Donald Trump, conservative thinker David Frum said Monday. Speaking at the University of Calgary, Frum — a dual Canadian and American citizen who is one of Trump’s leading conservative critics — acknowledged that Canada […]