National Newswatch

UCP wins bring Kenney closer to government

Jul 13 2018 — Don Braid — The new Alberta is taking shape. In Ontario. Premier Doug Ford’s early actions are a template for what United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney will do if he wins the Alberta election next year. Ford axed Ontario’s cap-and-trade system for carbon pricing. He just cancelled the Liberal school curriculum that taught about same-sex marriage. Kenney […]

Trudeau and #MeToo double standard

Jul 4 2018 — Naomi Lakritz — Quiz time. A little over six months ago, who said: “Sexual harassment is a systemic problem and when women speak up, we have a responsibility to listen to them and to believe them.” And who also said: “Obviously my thoughts turn immediately to the women who came forward knowing how difficult it is, it can […]

Notley to shuffle cabinet Monday for first time since October 2017

Jun 18 2018 — — Premier Rachel Notley is expected to shuffle the NDP government’s cabinet on Monday. A swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Government House, said a news release Sunday from the premier’s spokeswoman, Cheryl Oates. Notley addressed NDP supporters Saturday in Calgary, labelling the opposition United Conservative Party as self-serving and determined to take the […]

Doug Ford’s victory a five-alarm warning for Alberta NDP

Jun 9 2018 — Don Braid — Doug Ford likes pipelines. That’s the end of the good news for Premier Rachel Notley. For her, Ford’s success is a five-alarm warning that a populist wave could swamp Alberta in the election next spring. It’s been a strong possibility since Alberta’s conservative parties united. Now, the UCP has a potent role model. Leader Jason […]

Pipeline supporters overtake Kinder Morgan protest in Calgary

Jun 5 2018 — — What started as a pipeline protest in Calgary quickly became a show of support for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and the oil industry Monday. A group of about 24 anti-pipeline activists played Indigenous drums and raised signs reading, “Stop the Kinder Morgan buyout,” outside Liberal MP Kent Hehr’s headquarters on 6th Avenue S.W. But […]

Notley slams B.C. over Trans Mountain ‘legal rope-a-dope,’ says pipeline agreement close

May 23 2018 — Emma Graney — Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta is “very close” to making decisions to keep the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion alive. Defending her decision to skip this week’s Western Premiers’ Conference in the Northwest Territories, Notley said Tuesday she will stay in Alberta to instead work on those “very important decisions.” Speaking with reporters in Edmonton, Notley […]

Trudeau plain wrong about Harper’s pipeline legacy

May 17 2018 — Licia Corbella — It’s either an untruth or ignorance. Either way, it doesn’t reflect well on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. For two years now, Trudeau keeps saying that “not a single kilometre of pipeline was built” during the almost 10 years that Stephen Harper’s Conservative government was in power. On Tuesday, even in Alberta, Trudeau uttered that falsehood […]

NDP MP Moore has thankfully painted herself into a corner

May 11 2018 — Licia Corbella — NDP MP Christine Moore has painted herself into an ideological corner with the rules she expects men to follow when it comes to sexuality. As a result, she has destroyed several political careers — and, at last, hopefully she has inadvertently impaled her own. On the one hand, Moore expects men to pick up on […]

‘Rank hypocrisy’? B.C. government pension fund invests in Kinder Morgan

May 8 2018 — — While the British Columbia government wages war against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, its own employees are invested in the U.S. company behind the $7.4-billion project. The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. (BCI), which manages the pension funds for B.C.’s public sector workers, owns stakes in the Canadian oil and gas industry as well as […]