National Newswatch

Andrew Scheer and the two big Conservative fears

Nov 30 2019 — Don Braid — Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer had every right to expect an enthusiastic reception Friday at the United Conservative Party convention in Calgary. His party won 69.2 per cent of the provincewide federal vote on Oct. 21. He elected 33 of 34 Alberta MPs. The Conservatives reduced the Trudeau Liberals to a minority. Scheer’s economic policies […]

Ottawa will be judged by action, not visits and talk

Nov 26 2019 — Don Braid — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland arrived in Alberta Monday amid genuine crisis. Listening “very, very hard” — her words — won’t do a thing to fix it. Only action will. The Canadian National Railway strike has shut down the delivery of 170,000 barrels of oil a day. Grain shipping is clogged. Alberta refiners are facing […]

Who cares what Canada’s two-seat PM has to say about Alberta?

Nov 21 2019 — Chris Nelson — Well, if nothing else, you have to admire her sheer nerve. Here’s a person who led a major Canadian political party holding the reigns of power in a majority government into an election campaign that proved the most disastrous in our country’s entire history. But that was so many yesterdays ago. So today we’re supposed […]

Calgary-area UCP MLAs say they won’t support conscience rights bill

Nov 17 2019 — — A controversial private member’s bill meant to extend protection for physicians’ conscience rights will not be supported by a pair of Calgary-area MLAs, who’ve spoken out against the bill in its current form. Introduced in the legislature by Peace River UCP backbencher Dan Williams last week, Bill 207 would prevent patients from submitting a professional […]

Alberta’s premier shouldn’t take Bloc Quebecois bait

Nov 15 2019 — Don Braid — There’s no anti-Alberta character Jason Kenney won’t attack. But sometimes, he should cool it. The premier is giving Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet too much oxygen by snapping back at his provocative anti-oil statements. Blanchet is the boss of a Quebec-only, separatist federal party. He doesn’t run a government. Unlike earlier Bloc bosses, he’s not […]

Encana departure a blow to UCP prosperity promises

Oct 31 2019 — Don Braid — The myth of the United Conservative Party has taken a beating this week. Many felt that once Jason Kenney routed the NDP and became premier, investors would dance in the streets, the unemployed would flock back to work and the valleys would be green again. Exaggerated as this may be, the expectation of reborn prosperity […]

Justin Trudeau’s crocodile smile for the West

Oct 31 2019 — Don Braid — Deaf to Alberta and Saskatchewan for four years, Justin Trudeau wants us to believe his hearing is suddenly restored. The Liberals won no seats in the main energy provinces. Now the prime minister, reduced to a minority, yearns to listen and understand. But his sop to westerners — engaging an advisor who happens to be […]

Alberta justice minister accuses Nenshi of being ‘Trudeau’s mayor’ in Twitter blast over budget fallout

Oct 30 2019 — — Budget concerns heard within the walls of city council chambers spilled onto social media Tuesday as Calgary’s mayor and the provincial justice minister sparred over police funding. A day after councillors questioned a $13-million police budget shortfall, Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer jabbed at Mayor Naheed Nenshi, calling him “Trudeau’s mayor” in a Twitter post. “Trudeau’s […]

The needlessly petty parts of the UCP budget

Oct 29 2019 — Don Braid — There was a budget in the spring of 2015 that raised taxes for individuals but not corporations, and included many hikes to taxes, fees and other charges for citizens. Albertans did not like it. The final PC government, led by Premier Jim Prentice, promptly got slaughtered by the NDP, thus ending a 43-year reign. Now […]

Trudeau minority has to go ahead with Trans Mountain

Oct 22 2019 — — Alberta conservatives will hate this. But with Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives beaten, the remaining hope for Trans Mountain construction is Justin Trudeau in (limited) power. There is a view, advanced here sometimes, that a minority is disastrous because the NDP, Greens and/or Bloc Quebecois will force Trudeau to abandon Trans Mountain. And, of course, those parties […]

In French debate, Trudeau lumps oil industry with enemies

Oct 12 2019 — Don Braid — Some federal leaders are getting close to declaring the oil and gas industry a hostile force. That’s one result of this dismal campaign. To score climate-change brownies, they’re pushing the country down a dangerous, divisive road. In the French-language debate Thursday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said he has to continue the fight against conservative premiers […]