National Newswatch

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 […]

The final, lethal pipeline threat — a Liberal minority

Sep 24 2019 — Don Braid — As this federal election campaign slips deeper into uncertainty, an awful realization dawns in the east. The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will never be built unless a majority government is elected. After Justin Trudeau’s blackface fiasco, polls show the Liberals and Conservatives are virtually tied, making a minority very likely. To govern, either big-party leader […]

Report shows Alberta in for deep cuts and big fights

Sep 3 2019 — Don Braid — The MacKinnon report, at its fervent heart, is a radical document. It calls for a wholesale remaking of Alberta government in order to eliminate deficits and debt. If Premier Jason Kenney’s UCP goes ahead with these recommendations or even attempts a good number of them, Alberta is in for prolonged conflict that could make the […]

Study argues Alberta ‘short-changed’ by Canada Summer Jobs funding allocation

Sep 3 2019 — — Alberta is getting the short end of the stick when it comes to federal grant money allocated from the Canada Summer Jobs program, a recent study published by a conservative think-tank argues. The paper analyzed Statistics Canada data, as well as information from Employment and Social Deployment Canada, which showed regional disparities in the distribution […]

Rising tide isn’t lifting all boats in Canada’s oilpatch in 2019

Aug 8 2019 — Chris Varcoe — Many of Canada’s largest petroleum producers are pumping out higher second-quarter profits and improved cash flow levels, yet more money isn’t coursing through the veins of the entire oilpatch. Canada’s oilfield service firms witnessed a significant drop in activity during the first six months of 2019, and are tempering expectations for the back half of […]

As ‘kamikaze’ scandal grows, so does Kenney’s popularity

Jul 19 2019 — Don Braid — In another world, at another time, a government would be in deep trouble over current voting and financing scandals. The UCP leadership vote, allegedly involving bogus email addresses, is being investigated by the RCMP, with a special prosecutor from Ontario appointed. The Mounties have interviewed five UCP cabinet ministers. One leadership candidate, Jeff Callaway, has […]

UCP solidarity, never a sure thing, shows some early cracks

Jul 17 2019 — Don Braid — Alberta’s politics are carved in stone right now. It seems that the UCP dynasty, like the Sphinx, won’t begin to erode for a couple of millennia. That’s the prevailing thought, especially among conservatives. They earnestly believe that with a stark right-left choice the NDP will now start to fade and lose most of its 25 […]

Trudeau says conservative premiers playing politics on infrastructure

Jul 12 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested during an Alberta appearance Friday that politics are getting in the way of infrastructure needs for conservative premiers across the country. During a stop at Edmonton’s Trans Mountain pipeline terminal, Trudeau commended the collaboration of Calgary and Edmonton mayors Naheed Nenshi and Don Iveson with his federal government on major […]

Krause questions why Trudeau changed charity laws for activists

Jul 4 2019 — Licia Corbella — Why did Prime Minister Justin Trudeau order his revenue minister to stop the Canada Revenue Agency from auditing politically active charities? Was it to protect his best friend and former principal secretary, Gerald Butts? Those are just two of the many questions asked by Vivian Krause during a sold out Calgary Chamber of Commerce luncheon […]

One last pipeline to pay for Trudeau’s national dream

Jun 19 2019 — Don Braid — Tuesday’s Trans Mountain pipeline approval was no whoop-de-do moment. There won’t be a Raptors-style victory parade in downtown Calgary. As Premier Jason Kenney said, the real test is construction — not the courtroom stop-and-start kind, but continuous physical progress of the pipe to Burnaby. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said several times that construction will start […]

Trudeau paints conservative premiers as a threat to Canada

Jun 12 2019 — Don Braid — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, bent on re-election, is already playing a divisive, dangerous game with the country he claims to lead. On Tuesday, six premiers including Jason Kenney sent him a letter warning that Bill C-69 in its original form, as well as Bill C-48, will damage the economy from coast to coast. On Bill […]

CPC Leader Scheer to push energy corridor idea in Calgary

May 25 2019 — Bill Kaufmann — Weeks after Jason Kenney used Calgary’s skyline as a backdrop during his election campaign to highlight the city’s empty office space, federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will use the same view to offer hope in filling them. On Saturday morning, Scheer will meet with reporters on Scotsman Hill overlooking the city’s downtown to detail his […]