National Newswatch

Trudeau’s heaven will be Alberta’s hell

Dec 10 2018 — Chris Nelson — We hear enough from politicians these days so it’s with trepidation I step aside for a few paragraphs to provide a platform for our prime minister to regale us with his worldview. You see, while hardly Churchillian in tone or content, his expressed view is vital in gaining true insight. Therefore it needs reading and […]

Oil cuts a necessary evil for a province wounded by Ottawa

Dec 3 2018 — Don Braid — The imposition of oil production cuts in Alberta isn’t just the sign of a province in trouble. It’s proof of a country in trouble. The Notley government is doing this because it’s the only way to force up prices and begin closing the extreme price gap between Alberta oil and West Texas crude.

Liberal no-oil plan for Alberta is working, just a little early

Nov 21 2018 — Don Braid — There’s long been a view in Alberta that the Trudeau government is intentionally winding down Alberta’s oilsands, and ultimately the entire fossil fuel industry. This belief has a basis in fact. Indeed, you could say it’s not a fake fact, but an honest-to-goodness fact fact. It was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself who said in […]

Linking rainbow flag to swastika a dark, ugly slur

Nov 12 2018 — Don Braid — “Vile” is a mild word for John Carpay’s linking of the swastika and the hammer and sickle with the rainbow flag of Gay Pride. His comments at a Rebel gathering on Saturday were disgusting, demeaning and dangerous. Referring to totalitarianism, he said: “We gotta think about the common characteristics. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the […]

Sexual misconduct allegations levelled against two Alberta NDP MLAs since 2015, says premier’s office

Nov 9 2018 — Clare Clancy — Two sitting NDP MLAs have been accused of sexual misconduct since 2015, says the premier’s office. The complaints did not come from people in caucus, said Cheryl Oates, the premier’s spokeswoman. “In both circumstances, the alleged behaviour took place outside the workplace,” Oates said in a statement Thursday. “In order to respect the privacy of […]

NDP member kicked out after accusing premier of bullying

Nov 6 2018 — Don Braid — Robyn Luff left in a huff, shocking her caucus and dealing a rare blow to Premier Rachel Notley’s image as a benign and cheery leader. By 9:50 Monday evening, the NDP caucus had voted to kick her out, saying other NDP MLAs “have lost confidence in her ability to participate as a productive and trustworthy […]

A late-night Olympic deal is struck. Now it’s up to council

Oct 31 2018 — Don Braid — They shrunk the Games. That was one of several devices used to get an Olympic deal, announced quite literally at the 11th hour Tuesday night. It’s signed by the feds, the province and Calgary’s BidCo. The line set aside for Mayor Naheed Nenshi is blank. No signature. Council still has to accept the agreement. And […]

Nenshi ready to cancel Olympic bid over funding furor

Oct 28 2018 — Don Braid — Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he’ll urge councillors to cancel the city’s Olympic bid unless a funding deal is reached over the weekend. The revelation came in a letter sent late Friday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “If we cannot come to a mutually agreeable conclusion by Monday, I deeply regret that I will have no […]

Kenney’s cause scores a cash bonanza from car dealers

Oct 23 2018 — Don Braid — Jason Kenney loves his big blue pickup. In return, auto dealers love Jason Kenney. Twenty-six Alberta car and truck car dealerships have donated a total of $170,000 to the UCP leader’s cause in the past three months. The Motor Dealers Association of Alberta (MDA) also pledged $100,000 that hasn’t been donated yet. The money goes […]

Notley slams hypocrisy of B.C. LNG project

Oct 4 2018 — Don Braid — Premier Rachel Notley backs B.C.’s huge new liquid natural gas terminal, but there’s bitterness behind the smile. Notley was irked by the sight of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan announcing the $40-billion LNG project Tuesday, with happy grins plastered on their faces. “There is a high level of jaw-dropping hypocrisy that […]

As Alberta steams, Ottawa scrambles for pipeline fix

Sep 5 2018 — Don Braid — Fury mixed with hopelessness makes for a poisonous political stew. That’s where many Albertans are today, as last week’s pipeline rejection sinks in. This is a truly toxic moment for the province: another sign that national projects can’t be built; further evidence that the federal consultation “process” (are you hating that word yet?) is a […]