National Newswatch

UCP’s Jason Nixon is a giant in every way

Nov 4 2017 — Licia Corbella — While Jason Kenney, the United Conservative Party’s newly elected leader remains out of the legislature until he can win a seat in a byelection, he has put his assembly duties in the capable and very large hands of Jason Nixon. Most Albertans, however, likely have little knowledge of just what a giant of character Alberta’s […]

All UCP leadership hopefuls are great choices but Kenney is best

Oct 28 2017 — Licia Corbella — Unlike past leadership contests for the centre-right party in this province, Albertans will not suffer a hangover of regret the morning after Saturday night’s United Conservative Party leadership results are revealed. While it’s not yet known who the new leader will be, what is known is regardless of who wins the vote tonight, the fledgling […]

Desire to erase our history is growing farcical

Aug 29 2017 — Licia Corbella — At first I thought it was fake news. Who could blame me? I was perusing Twitter on Tuesday night and read the following headline: “ESPN Pulls Asian Announcer Named Robert Lee Off UVa Game to Avoid Offending Idiots.” I clicked on the link and it led me to an odd rant on a website called […]

UCP leadership battle one of quality

Aug 5 2017 — Licia Corbella — The joke on social media is that the new United Conservative Party could run a Labrador retriever as its leader and win the next Alberta provincial election. Judging from the recent Mainstreet Research/Postmedia poll that ran earlier this week, it appears there may be some truth behind that jest. The poll surveyed 2,100 Albertans July […]

Our LNG could help the world cut CO2

Jul 30 2017 — Licia Corbella — You’ve heard the expression that when it comes to helping the environment we are to “think globally and act locally.” Well, when it comes to significantly reducing CO2 emissions, a professor from the University of British Columbia has turned that saying on its head. To paraphrase, Wenran Jiang is urging policy-makers and environmentalists to think […]

Future looks bleak for the NDP and that’s good for Alberta

Jul 25 2017 — Licia Corbella — There is much to say about the historic votes for conservative unity in Alberta on Saturday beyond the fact that both the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties voted 95 per cent in favour of merging. Talk about unity. What are the chances of both parties voting the same percentage in favour of a United Conservative […]

Political cowardice by former PMs is to blame for enriching Khadr

Jul 7 2017 — Licia Corbella — Political cowardice. Those two words sum up how Canadian taxpayers got stuck turning Omar Khadr into a multimillionaire. The federal Liberal government has confirmed that Khadr received an apology and $10.5 million tax free Thursday in a settlement of his $20-million lawsuit against the Canadian federal government. Political foes are trying to make Prime Minister […]

How an infrastructure right-of-way could be Trudeau’s legacy

Jun 28 2017 — Licia Corbella — If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to leave a lasting positive legacy that will be remembered by Canadians for all time he’ll need to do more than legalize marijuana, hike taxes and run record deficits. That’s why Trudeau would be wise to heed the recommendations of a Senate committee report born from research originating at […]

Show Canada Alberta’s bottom line, Premier Notley

Jun 13 2017 — Licia Corbella — Talking tough is good. Showing people the money is better. Much better. Presenting the nation’s balance sheet in digestible bits to the rest of the country is what Premier Rachel Notley should do if she really wants people to “mark” her words and to gain some social licence to have pipelines built that benefit everyone […]

Keep foreign influence out of our elections

Jun 6 2017 — Licia Corbella — July 24 will mark the 50th anniversary of a day that changed the course of Canadian history — arguably for the worst. It’s the day French President Charles de Gaulle repeated the motto of Quebec’s nationalist movement from the balcony of Montreal’s City Hall to a large crowd, exhorting: “Vive le Quebec libre” (long live […]

New report alleges outside influence in Canada’s 2015 federal election

May 23 2017 — Licia Corbella — Foreign money funnelled towards Canadian political advocacy groups affected the outcome of the 2015 federal election, according to a document filed last week with Elections Canada and obtained in part by the Herald. The 36-page report entitled: Elections Canada Complaint Regarding Foreign Influence in the 2015 Canadian Election, alleges third parties worked with each other, […]

Journey through the darkness of cancer

May 21 2017 — Licia Corbella — My straight hair is now curly, my once-full eyebrows must now be drawn in with an eyebrow pencil and my eyelashes — which were never the envy of anyone — are even shorter and sparser than before. Despite these changes, from the outside I am recognizable; from the inside, however, I am transformed. As much […]

Death threat sealed Anderson’s decision to quit

Jan 7 2015 — Licia Corbella — Receiving a death threat was “the final straw” for Airdrie MLA Rob Anderson to decide not to run again for public office. Shortly after Dec. 17 — now known as defection day — when Anderson and eight other Wildrose MLAs, including party leader Danielle Smith, crossed the floor in an unprecedented move to join the […]