National Newswatch

Trudeau has failed to resolve pipeline crisis

Apr 17 2018 — Susan Martinuk — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is traveling through Europe this week, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with world leaders as he charmingly promotes Canada as a nation that is open for investment. Meanwhile, we at home are left to muse about Trudeau’s seeming inability to ensure that such opportunity truly exists in Canada and for Canadians.

Great stakes and low expectations ahead of Sunday’s pipeline summit

Apr 14 2018 — Chris Varcoe — No compromise. No surrender. It’s unlikely a quick settlement in the Trans Mountain imbroglio will happen Sunday when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sits down with Premiers Rachel Notley and John Horgan to discuss the pipeline deadlock. Expectations are low a resolution will result from the three-way talks in Ottawa. Not low like one-in-a-million odds — […]

Trudeau must move the pipeline forward

Apr 12 2018 — Jamie Carroll — Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came west. He came to Alberta to see the folks at Suncor pulling this country’s most important resource out of the ground. And he came to British Columbia to see not just the place where that resource desperately needs to go, but to meet the people who seem so […]

The federal NDP as pipeline peacemaker. Really?

Apr 12 2018 — Don Braid — ADJUST COMMENT PRINT On Wednesday, the pipeline crisis brought a stunning case of hypocrisy on the hoof. Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said the B.C. and federal governments should go to the Supreme Court, hand in hand, for a ruling on the constitutionality of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. That would bring peace and understanding […]

As Kinder Morgan wobbles, Alberta might buy a stake

Apr 9 2018 — Don Braid — Sunday’s news from Kinder Morgan was stunning, both in importance and insensitivity. It came just hours before the vigil for victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy that tore at the nation’s heart. The U.S.-based CEO and president, Stephen Kean, said all non-essential work and spending on the pipeline expansion will stop. If construction guarantees […]

Gaudy socks aren’t the worst of Trudeau’s sins

Apr 3 2018 — Naomi Lakritz — Monday on this page, Chris Nelson mused about what the reasons might be for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau falling out of favour in the polls with Canadian women. Well, Chris, unlike Trudeau, I can’t speak for all women. But if we were to compare it to a divorce, then I’d have to say it’s because […]

Fewer women buying into Trudeau’s flim flam

Apr 2 2018 — Chris Nelson — Unlike our prime minister, I’ve always figured women are generally a bit smarter than us men. Certainly, when it comes to the actual doing of dumb things in life, the focus group containing all men usually wins hands down. Not being in the habit of patronizing people, I’ve never felt the need to do so […]

Calgary MLA Brandy Payne says she won’t seek re-election in 2019

Apr 1 2018 — — Calgary Acadia MLA Brandy Payne says she will be stepping back from political life, deciding to spend more time with her family instead. On Thursday, Payne announced on Facebook that she will not seek re-election in 2019, saying it has been a “privilege to be part of a government that has worked with integrity,” adding […]

Hypocrisy, thy name is Jagmeet Singh

Mar 28 2018 — Licia Corbella — ADJUST COMMENT PRINT Irony and hypocrisy often run hand in hand. On Parliament Hill, they are bedfellows. Consider what has happened to NDP member of Parliament David Christopherson. The Hamilton Centre MP was the lone New Democrat to vote in favour of a perfectly sensible, if not righteous, Conservative party motion that better clarified the […]

NDP starting to fear Trudeau will leave pipeline hanging

Mar 14 2018 — — Premier Rachel Notley’s crew won’t say it outright, but they’re worried that Ottawa could slide away from full support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. This doesn’t have to be outright abandonment of federal power over interprovincial trade. It could simply mean the feds fail to push the B.C. government hard, or at all, and […]

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann says he won’t seek re-election next year

Mar 13 2018 — — Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann has confirmed he does not plan to run for re-election in 2019. Swann faced questions from reporters Tuesday after cabinet minister Kathleen Ganley announced she plans to seek the NDP nomination in Calgary-Mountain View, Swann’s riding, next year. He said while he hadn’t made an official announcement, his plan not […]

Alberta Advantage Party formed by former Wildrose members announces leader

Feb 26 2018 — — A political party established by former Wildrose members announced its first leader Saturday in Red Deer. Founding member Marilyn Burns was acclaimed to lead the Alberta Advantage Party, which is not yet officially registered with Elections Alberta. “The only reason I’m doing it is because I love the people of Alberta,” she said. “We are […]