National Newswatch

Nenshi weighs in from far, far side of the Trans Mountain debate

Feb 14 2018 — — As a trade war continues to simmer between Alberta and B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi waded into the debate Tuesday from South Korea where he said there is a “desperate need” for Alberta crude. “One of the most interesting things is (hearing) the other side, literally, of the Trans […]

Calgary-area dentist disqualified from Ontario riding nomination race

Feb 13 2018 — — A Calgary-area dentist who had been seen as the front-runner to win the Progressive Conservative provincial nomination in a southern Ontario riding has been disqualified from the race. Tanya Khattra filed her papers last September to run for the PC nomination in the riding of Cambridge-North Dumfries and soon became the leading candidate in the […]

B.C. Premier Horgan blew it, needs Trudeau to save him

Feb 8 2018 — Don Braid — B.C. Premier John Horgan had the nation’s attention. He had the microphone. He had righteous anger at Alberta’s wine ban written all over his face. But he did not retaliate. Horgan not only said Wednesday he will not impose countermeasures now, but pretty much promised not to act in the future, no matter what further […]

Being male means you’re guilty as harassment hysteria grows

Feb 7 2018 — Naomi Lakritz — If you’ve ever wondered how the kind of hysteria could happen that swept Salem back in 1692, just look around you at its modern-day equivalent — the sexual assault and harassment allegations that are destroying men’s careers and lives. In Salem, at least they held trials before the executions. Today, the execution comes first. Prime […]

Notley and new Saskatchewan premier discuss action against B.C.

Feb 6 2018 — Don Braid — Saskatchewan’s new premier is considering retaliatory measures against B.C. over delays to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. Trade could be one of them, says Scott Moe, but other actions will be considered too. Moe spoke to Premier Rachel Notley for more than 30 minutes Monday. It was a friendly chat that focused largely on the […]

Trudeau leaves Notley to fight Ottawa’s battle

Feb 2 2018 — Don Braid — Sooner or later, every prime minister sees the provinces as annoying little children. Pierre Trudeau started the day he took office. Now his son Justin ascends the high perch of paternalism. “We’re in a federation and the provinces have differences of opinion, different approaches all the time,” Trudeau said in Edmonton Thursday, referring to the […]

Conservatives lining up to run against Hehr in Calgary Centre

Feb 1 2018 — James Wood — With Liberal MP Kent Hehr embroiled in controversy, Calgary Conservatives are lining up for the chance to reclaim his Calgary Centre seat for the Tories. Claudia Lemire, the president of the Conservatives’ electoral district association for Calgary Centre, said there was already strong interest in the party’s nomination before Hehr was accused last week of […]

Third-party report on Hehr likely to remain under wraps

Jan 31 2018 — James Wood — The investigation into alleged sexual harassment by Liberal MP Kent Hehr will almost certainly remain under wraps once it’s concluded, raising the hackles of a group dedicated to government transparency. The Calgary Centre MP resigned from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet last week after being accused of making inappropriate sexual comments to a legislative staffer […]

‘I was surprised’: Former Liberal colleague never heard any complaints about Hehr

Jan 27 2018 — James Wood — A former Liberal MLA says he never heard any allegations of misconduct made against Calgary Centre MP Kent Hehr during his time as a provincial politician, but he supports the current investigation. Hehr resigned from the federal cabinet Thursday, pending the results of an investigation over accusations he made inappropriate sexual comments to female staff […]

Anti-abortion groups make moves on the UCP

Jan 25 2018 — Don Braid — It’s an early but telling skirmish in the looming battle over Alberta’s deepest social values. An anti-abortion group called the Wilberforce Project, formerly Alberta Pro-Life, hopes to enshrine its beliefs in United Conservative Party policy. Wilberforce supporters are recruiting pro-life candidates to run for UCP nominations, as well as writing resolutions for the UCP policy […]

Trudeau’s pot plan is all smoke and mirrors

Jan 24 2018 — Naomi Lakritz — Last Sunday, I was driving on John Laurie Blvd. when I caught up to a motorist in the passing lane who was doing 40 km/h in a 70 km/h zone. As I pulled out to pass him on the right, I could smell the stench of marijuana coming from his car. Wait until marijuana is […]

Canada’s the stage for Trudeau’s acting aspirations

Jan 22 2018 — Chris Nelson — The good news is there aren’t lots of shady men driving around Calgary trying to lure innocent kids into their cars, offering candy or a chance to pat a puppy. Thankfully, while such worrying instances do occur, they are rare – much less frequent than most people believe. Reports of such happenings are not quite […]

Alberta-Saskatchewan licence plate war could be headed toward major escalation

Jan 20 2018 — — The ongoing border skirmish between Saskatchewan and Alberta over licence plates has so far mostly been a war of words, but a deadline next week could see it escalate, with the potential for hefty fines and possible trade sanctions. That is, unless Saskatchewan backs down first. Last month, Saskatchewan banned vehicles with Alberta plates from […]

Trudeau should read the charter and honour his father

Jan 20 2018 — Licia Corbella — Pierre Elliott Trudeau — one of the main architects of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms — would be rolling over in his grave if he knew how cavalier his eldest son is with its contents. So to refresh Trudeau Junior’s memory, here are some key components of the charter, which is pinned to […]