National Newswatch

Andrew Scheer defends leadership as opposition mounts within party

Nov 30 2019 — Kelly Cryderman — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer used a speech in front of a sympathetic Alberta audience to defend his leadership following a bruising week of political criticisms. Mr. Scheer spoke Friday evening in front of about 1,600 United Conservative Party members as part of the kick off for the provincial United Conservative Party’s annual general meeting in […]

Ottawa renews equalization formula to remain in current form to 2024

Jun 21 2018 — Kelly Cryderman — Ottawa has quietly renewed the equalization formula to keep its current form to 2024, a move it said it clearly communicated to the provinces and territories but seems to have caught those looking for changes to the sometimes contentious federal program off-guard. Provinces such as Saskatchewan and Alberta – “have” provinces under equalization still suffering […]

Trudeau ratchets up pipeline pressure on British Columbia

Feb 16 2018 — Kelly Cryderman — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has increased the pressure on British Columbia in the dispute over the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, saying the province’s proposal to block the project risks alienating Alberta and derailing any consensus on Canada’s climate-change plan. Just two weeks ago, Mr. Trudeau said he was “not going to opine on disagreements between […]

Trudeau sides with Alberta in pipeline dust-up with B.C.

Feb 1 2018 — Kelly Cryderman — With Alberta threatening legal and trade wars with British Columbia over plans to block the expansion of an oil pipeline to the West Coast, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is coming down on the side of Alberta – saying the federally approved project will be built. “Look, we’re in a federation,” he told CBC’s Edmonton AM […]

Federal government eyeing post-2022 carbon-price hikes

Jan 18 2018 — Kelly Cryderman — The federal Liberals have already laid out their plans to ensure the national carbon price hits $50 a tonne by 2022, but government documents indicate Ottawa is eyeing hikes beyond that time horizon. Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says no decisions have been made about a carbon price post-2022. However, a federal Finance Department document […]

UCP Leader Jason Kenney, fresh off by-election win, looking to recruit LGBTQ, female candidates

Dec 16 2017 — Kelly Cryderman — As Jason Kenney continues in his quest to win the job of Alberta premier, the former Conservative federal cabinet minister says he will work to broaden his party’s support in the NDP’s Edmonton stronghold, and to recruit a “diverse” group of candidates including LGBTQ community members and women. “I will be making a very deliberate […]