National Newswatch

NDP hopes tide is turning as Notley gets cheers in Calgary

Nov 24 2017 — Don Braid — Rachel Notley seemed to be bouncing on air as she walked along the hallway in the Telus Convention Centre, on her way to a news conference. This was one happy premier. She’d just been cheered heartily several times by a huge crowd at the annual meeting of the Albert Urban Municipalities Association. As she finished, […]

Jagmeet Singh takes shot at Jason Kenney in swing through Alberta

Nov 20 2017 — — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is accusing United Conservative Party boss Jason Kenney of “divisive” politics, while praising Alberta’s premier during a visit to Calgary on his cross-country tour. “(Jason Kenney) is very divisive in terms of his policies. Maybe he’s united two parties, but he’s not someone that puts out policies that are bringing […]

Notley confirms December byelection for Calgary-Lougheed

Nov 17 2017 — James Wood — The byelection battle in Calgary-Lougheed got underway Thursday with Premier Rachel Notley and United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney trading barbs, and the UCP accusing the NDP campaign of misconduct. Notley signed an order-in-council Thursday setting a byelection in the south Calgary riding for Dec. 14. UCP MLA Dave Rodney resigned the seat last month […]

The strange resignation of Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark

Nov 11 2017 — Don Braid — It’s not every day that a party leader sees his caucus double in size. It’s an even odder day when that same leader quits less than two weeks later. Yet that’s what Greg Clark did. He quietly resigned as leader of the Alberta Party earlier this week. On Oct. 29, former NDP MLA Karen McPherson […]

UCP’s Jason Nixon is a giant in every way

Nov 4 2017 — Licia Corbella — While Jason Kenney, the United Conservative Party’s newly elected leader remains out of the legislature until he can win a seat in a byelection, he has put his assembly duties in the capable and very large hands of Jason Nixon. Most Albertans, however, likely have little knowledge of just what a giant of character Alberta’s […]

The state has no business in Muslim women’s closets

Nov 1 2017 — Naomi Lakritz — Sixty-four per cent of Albertans surveyed last week told an Ipsos Public Affairs poll that they’d favour having a law in this province like Quebec’s Bill 62. The latest incarnation of Quebec’s xenophobia, Bill 62 prohibits Quebecers from wearing face-coverings while providing or receiving a public service. It’s not like anyone other than Muslims is […]

Notley says government will crack down on PACs as much as possible

Nov 1 2017 — James Wood — Premier Rachel Notley pledged Tuesday that her government will crack down on the activities of so-called political action committees as much as it can under Canadian law. In question period, Liberal MLA David Swann called on the NDP government to support his upcoming private member’s bill on third-party fundraising, which will include definitions of a […]

New Democrats should not stall Calgary-Lougheed byelection

Oct 30 2017 — Don Braid — Based on evidence, history and a compelling sample of two (2!) people who actually live there, our decision desk here at column central declares Jason Kenney the winner in Calgary-Lougheed. Really, who can imagine the new United Conservative Party leader losing a chunk of the territory he and ex-PM Stephen Harper dominated for nearly two […]

Kenney works a political miracle, but challenges await

Oct 29 2017 — Don Braid — So it’s Jason Kenney by a thumping majority, taking charge of the United Conservative Party he forged in the fires of conservative disunity and enmity. There was so little doubt about the outcome that his victory was posted on the UCP website well before the formal announcement, only to be quickly yanked down again, then […]

All UCP leadership hopefuls are great choices but Kenney is best

Oct 28 2017 — Licia Corbella — Unlike past leadership contests for the centre-right party in this province, Albertans will not suffer a hangover of regret the morning after Saturday night’s United Conservative Party leadership results are revealed. While it’s not yet known who the new leader will be, what is known is regardless of who wins the vote tonight, the fledgling […]

Conservatives say Hehr broke MP rules in civic campaign

Oct 26 2017 — James Wood — The federal Conservatives are accusing Calgary Centre MP Kent Hehr of breaking House of Commons rules as he campaigned with his dad in the recent civic election, while the Liberal cabinet minister acknowledges he made a mistake. Hehr’s father Richard was elected to the Calgary Board of Education last week. On Oct. 13, he tweeted […]