National Newswatch

If Jason Kenney wins, it’s war

Oct 28 2017 — Rick Bell — Crystal-balling political races is a crap shoot. Brian Jean could become leader of the United Conservatives Saturday but it’s Jason Kenney who really makes the NDP’s blood boil. Jean says he is the much better bet to win throughout the province and has survived all the slings and arrows fired by the NDP anger machine. […]

Nenshi and Bill Smith go toe-to-toe in mayor’s race dust-up

Oct 3 2017 — Rick Bell — Nenshi is down in the polls but not out for the count. On Monday night, at Stephen Avenue’s Palace Theatre, all that’s missing are the ring girls holding up the card telling us what round we’re watching. For those wanting to see some blood in the blood sports of politics, we get some. Have to […]

Alberta conservatives unite: Let the games begin

Jul 23 2017 — Rick Bell — The number stuns almost everyone in the room. The overwhelming verdict is much bigger than almost all Wildrosers predicted. The number is read out. 95.4%. What? 95.4%. Yes, more than 95% of Wildrosers agree to unite with the PCs, their former political foe. That’s 23,466 Yes and 1,132 No. “Unity! Unity! Unity!” the crowd cheers, […]

Notley calls out PC leader Jason Kenney for “arrogance” after he says the premier needs an economics course and he’ll pay for it

Jul 11 2017 — Rick Bell — Premier Notley took the offensive at her Stampede breakfast Monday morning. Suffice it to say, she’s not taking Jason Kenney up on his offer. Over the past weekend, PC leader Kenney called the Notley NDP “a government of economic illiterates.” He saw them as a group of politicians living in denial after the latest bad […]

Kevin O’Leary arrives in Calgary pulling no punches

Mar 9 2017 — Rick Bell — It’s early morning in Calgary. Kevin O’Leary heads to a booth at Sauce, a well-known Italian kitchen and market. Everyone in the place knows O’Leary. No surprise, it’s O’Leary of reality show fame. But the man now faces a political reality. He’s trying to become the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. It […]

Trudeau believes Albertans coming his way on carbon tax

Mar 2 2017 — Rick Bell — Justin Trudeau has one hell of a hill to climb. But he’s convinced he will reach the summit. Trudeau was back in Calgary, his sixth trip as prime minister, as he pointed out. Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney are out of federal politics. Their seats, representing Calgary ridings in Ottawa, are up for grabs and […]

Wildrose leader Brian Jean says Albertans tell him they’re for uniting conservatives if he’s the great right hope

Feb 22 2017 — Rick Bell — Brian Jean, the Wildrose numero uno, tours Alberta’s heartland. Jean says at town halls, where the majority are Wildrosers but Progressive Conservatives are in the house along with those with no affiliation, a staggering 95%-plus back uniting conservatives in one party. At the same time, Jean has indicated he will run to be leader of […]