National Newswatch

‘This extends to Calgary’: Ousted MLA’s call for Kenney resignation could have broad repercussions

May 14 2021 — — A veteran UCP backbencher’s call for Premier Jason Kenney’s resignation could have significant reverberations in Calgary and southern Alberta, local political scientists say. In a letter posted to his Facebook page at 2 a.m. Thursday, MLA Todd Loewen called on Kenney to step down, saying Albertans, including himself, have lost faith in the premier’s leadership.

UCP caucus expels the latest dissident, but the fight may not be over

May 13 2021 — Don Braid — MLA Todd Loewen’s demand that Premier Jason Kenney resign was serious business. But it quickly descended into farce, as the full UCP caucus agonized toward his inevitable expulsion at 7:40 p.m. Thursday. The virtual caucus meeting where UCP MLAs voted on Loewen’s fate was at times chaotic, and possibly the leakiest private meeting in Alberta […]

Nenshi’s purple reign over Calgary was mixed but impactful

Apr 7 2021 — Licia Corbella — When Naheed Nenshi became Calgary’s 36th mayor on Oct. 18, 2010, he very quickly became an international phenomenon. Even though his ethnicity and religion never became an issue in Calgary during the campaign to replace outgoing mayor Dave Bronconnier, Nenshi catapulted into fame as a political star as the first Muslim mayor of a major […]