National Newswatch

Conservatives lining up to run against Hehr in Calgary Centre

Feb 1 2018 — James Wood — With Liberal MP Kent Hehr embroiled in controversy, Calgary Conservatives are lining up for the chance to reclaim his Calgary Centre seat for the Tories. Claudia Lemire, the president of the Conservatives’ electoral district association for Calgary Centre, said there was already strong interest in the party’s nomination before Hehr was accused last week of […]

Third-party report on Hehr likely to remain under wraps

Jan 31 2018 — James Wood — The investigation into alleged sexual harassment by Liberal MP Kent Hehr will almost certainly remain under wraps once it’s concluded, raising the hackles of a group dedicated to government transparency. The Calgary Centre MP resigned from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet last week after being accused of making inappropriate sexual comments to a legislative staffer […]

‘I was surprised’: Former Liberal colleague never heard any complaints about Hehr

Jan 27 2018 — James Wood — A former Liberal MLA says he never heard any allegations of misconduct made against Calgary Centre MP Kent Hehr during his time as a provincial politician, but he supports the current investigation. Hehr resigned from the federal cabinet Thursday, pending the results of an investigation over accusations he made inappropriate sexual comments to female staff […]

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 […]