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Danielle Smith, what her latest poll numbers tell her and us

Aug 6 2022 — Rick Bell — The math tells one heck of a yarn. Danielle Smith winning the UCP leadership on the fourth ballot, with 46.4% support on the very first ballot, 20 points ahead of her nearest rival, Travis Toews. Smith’s get-tough-with-Ottawa Sovereignty Act popular with UCP members. Ditto legal protection under human rights law for the unvaccinated. Danielle Smith, […]

Poilievre, guns blazing over liberal media

Jul 13 2022 — Rick Bell — You wouldn’t expect Pierre Poilievre to hold back. The MP many say is a shoo-in to be Canada’s next Conservative leader come September isn’t going to change his tune this late in the game. As the saying goes, he’s going to dance with the ones who brung him, surfing the I’m-as-mad-as-hell-and-I’m-not going-to-take-this-anymore populist wave to […]

Kenney never listened and now he’s out

May 19 2022 — Rick Bell — He never listened. Never. He was right. We all were wrong. Until we were right. Then on a night when those around him figured Premier Jason Kenney would win in a walk, almost half the UCP members voting didn’t support him. Kenney admitted he didn’t expect the result. Of course he didn’t. He never listened. […]

Kenney’s right-hand man takes off the gloves with Trudeau

Apr 8 2022 — Rick Bell — It sounds good. We’ll see what happens if and when the rubber actually hits the road. After all, talk is cheap. But Jason Nixon, Premier Jason Kenney’s legislature quarterback, appears to be full of piss and vinegar after the budget comes down from Ottawa. The man is clearly still hot under the collar over the […]

Justin Trudeau’s gift to Jason Kenney

Feb 23 2022 — Rick Bell — The prime minister doesn’t see it as a gift. He no doubt sees it as evidence of his own genius, turning the screws on folks he really loathes. The premier is not about to look a gift horse in the mouth. He hasn’t seen a lot of gift horses lately. The reality is Prime Minister […]

Kenney, what does he think of Trudeau now?

Jul 16 2021 — Rick Bell — We heard a lot about the prime minister during the last Alberta election. A whole lot. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The bad guy. That was then, this is now and some who cast their ballot for Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives and welcomed his pledge to tangle with Trudeau and then put the man in the […]

Jason Kenney is no humble pie-eating Ralph Klein

Jun 4 2021 — Rick Bell — It would have been so easy. Photos. Not the best look. The white table cloth, the wine, the big bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Premier Jason Kenney, and Tyler Shandro, his unpopular Health Minister, and Jason Nixon, the premier’s designated buddy, and Travis Toews, his trusty budget boss. The United Conservative Fab Four along with […]

Kenney, UCP bigshots, patio pictures, all hell breaks loose

Jun 3 2021 — Rick Bell — The political rehabilitation of Premier Jason Kenney will have to be put off to another day. On this day a picture is truly worth a thousand words. But let’s back up a sec … The United Conservative government is not popular. The NDP is up by 13 points among decided voters and those leaning one […]

Kenney sinks in poll, UCP COVID wrangling, election threatened

Apr 11 2021 — Rick Bell — Premier Jason Kenney’s world looks to be falling apart. He needs to put his Humpty Dumpty back together again. Then we hear the bombshell. I’m told the premier threw down the gauntlet behind closed doors Thursday and informed United Conservative members of the legislature if they don’t have confidence in the government, then they should […]

Team Kenney to Alberta on COVID Step 3, it’s Trudeau’s fault!

Mar 24 2021 — Rick Bell — Look, look over there! There’s the bad guy! This is one where the court of public opinion is judge and jury. You see, it’s no secret more than a few folks are peeved off with the stalling on Alberta’s Step 3 COVID-19 reopening. Most of these individuals are people who voted for Premier Jason Kenney’s […]

Premier Kenney, get your act together!

Jan 28 2021 — Rick Bell — If you’d told me on Alberta election night I’d be writing this column on the Jason Kenney government this day or any day I would have thought you were crazy. But I’m writing it and you’re not crazy.

Keystone XL headed for the grave. Where’s Trudeau?

Jan 19 2021 — Rick Bell — We knew it was coming when Joe Biden won the election south of the border. When Alberta’s bet for Donald Trump to win did not pay out, a bet of about a billion Alberta taxpayer bucks sunk into a pipeline. Biden is the U.S. president-elect and will be president Wednesday and everyone knew he wanted […]

Premier Kenney, it’s time to face the music

Jan 5 2021 — Rick Bell — People ask. Is it enough? Do you think Premier Jason Kenney did enough? Jamie Huckabay, Kenney’s high-powered political point man, his ever-trusty chief of staff, his Oxford-educated blue-chip sidekick is out the door after jetting off to the COVID-infested United Kingdom while we were locked down and then scurrying back home through the States. Tracy […]

Premier Kenney, Albertans white-hot angry. Where are you?

Jan 4 2021 — Rick Bell — Where is Premier Jason Kenney? This Sunday shouldn’t have been a day of rest for him. It should have been a day of action. It was for me. Reading all the emails, the steady stream of outrage. From folks of every political stripe, from every part of the province. People who did what they were […]