National Newswatch

Jean gets assist from Fleury; Kenney ices more Conservative MPs

Oct 26 2017 — James Wood — Brian Jean got an assist from former NHLer Theo Fleury Wednesday but Jason Kenney flooded the ice with MPs as the United Conservative Party leadership contest entered crunch time. Kenney issued a press release announcing he had the backing of 23 current Conservative MPs from Alberta just minutes ahead of Jean’s news conference announcing the […]

UCP leadership race enters homestretch

Oct 23 2017 — James Wood — The race to become the first leader of the new United Conservative Party has entered the home stretch, with the victor to be determined by force of personality and strength of campaign organization. As UCP members prepare to cast their votes this week ahead of Saturday’s announcement of the winner, there are few major policy […]

Notley slams Quebec’s ban on covered faces

Oct 21 2017 — James Wood — Premier Rachel Notley had harsh words Friday for Quebec legislation that takes aim at Muslim women who cover their faces for religious reasons. Bill62, which was adopted in the Quebec legislature Wednesday, bans people with their faces covered from providing or receiving public services in the province and is widely seen as an attack on […]

Five things about UCP leadership race

Oct 21 2017 — James Wood — The United Conservative Party may have been formed this summer when Progressive Conservative and Wildrose members voted to form a new party, but the really big decision is looming. Next week, UCP members will choose either former Wildrose leader Brian Jean, former PC leader Jason Kenney or Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer as the fledging party’s […]

Notley says federal NDP pipeline opposition is irrelevant

Oct 20 2017 — James Wood — Premier Rachel Notley said Friday that opposition to pipelines by the newly elected leader of the federal NDP has little bearing on the ongoing debate over the projects. Jagmeet Singh made a campaign-style swing through Vancouver, where he reiterated that he is against both the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain line to the Pacific […]

Notley wins national award for advancing women in politics

Oct 19 2017 — James Wood — Premier Rachel Notley is being honoured for her work advancing women in politics. Equal Voice will present Notley with its 2017 National EVE Award at a ceremony Friday at the Fairmont Palliser hotel in Calgary. The award is given annually to a woman who has achieved significant success in her political career. Notley became Alberta’s […]

After chaotic election night, Naheed Nenshi emerges as winner

Oct 17 2017 — James Wood — After a tumultuous municipal campaign and a chaotic election day on Monday, Naheed Nenshi was returned for a third term as Calgary’s mayor. While the city website was replete with glitches and agonizingly slow in posting results due to unknown technical difficulties, Nenshi’s main challenger, Bill Smith, conceded just before midnight. Speaking to jubilant campaign […]

Jean raises concerns over UCP leadership voting process

Oct 12 2017 — James Wood — Leadership candidate Brian Jean sounded the alarm over the electronic voting system in the United Conservative Party’s leadership contest, saying Wednesday thousands of party members may not be able to vote because they aren’t registered with the party. But with the deadline for party members to register less than two days away, UCP officials say […]

Nenshi warns voters about ‘racists, haters’ trying to influence election online

Oct 9 2017 — — Concerned about an increasing presence of racism and hateful language in the civic election’s social media discourse, mayoral candidate Naheed Nenshi is asking voters to support diversity instead. In a Facebook video posted by Mashhood Qazi, a community activist and president of the Sindhi Association of North America’s southern Alberta chapter, Nenshi talked about what […]

UCP leadership race shaping up to have no women

Sep 17 2017 — James Wood — The United Conservative Party appears to be in a position of strength as contenders vie to be the first leader, but as the new party takes shape it faces questions over whether issues around diversity could be an Achilles heel. The deadline to enter the UCP leadership contest was last Tuesday and the roster of […]

UCP candidates sign pledge to scrap carbon tax and balance budget

Sep 14 2017 — James Wood — Candidates for the United Conservative Party leadership have put their promises to scrap Alberta’s carbon tax and balance the provincial budget into writing. But they acknowledged that the pledge to abolish the carbon tax brought in by the NDP government could be complicated by the fate of Justin Trudeau’s own carbon pricing plan. On Thursday, […]