National Newswatch

Report on China’s meddling holds lessons on COVID-19

Apr 17 2020 — Licia Corbella — On March 12, the same day it was announced that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau had contracted COVID-19, a troubling report about foreign threats to Canada was released. Not surprisingly, the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians 2019 annual report got sucked into the vortex of the coronavirus tornado and was […]

Alberta places $7B bet on Keystone XL

Apr 1 2020 — Chris Varcoe — You can’t say Jason Kenney is afraid of placing big, bold bets on the energy front. His government’s decision to invest in the Keystone XL pipeline project is a momentous step. Not only will the UCP government make a $1.5-billion equity investment in a private-sector project — giving the province a stake in Keystone XL […]

Former PM Stephen Harper joins Alberta’s new 12-member economic recovery council

Mar 21 2020 — Chris Varcoe — The province has unveiled a new advisory council on economic recovery for Alberta, a high-powered group that includes former prime minister Stephen Harper. The 12-member panel, led by economist Jack Mintz, will be advising Premier Jason Kenney on issues surrounding the province’s economic recovery as it grapples with a severe downturn caused by the COVID-19 […]

Economic crisis forces major policy changes on UCP

Mar 9 2020 — Don Braid — Alberta at this moment is a lonely peanut shell, tossed aloft and blasted by ferocious world gales. There has been no day like this in my memory of oil riches and crashes, going back to 1978 as a young legislature columnist. Never have we seen such a collision of adverse forces — an international economy […]

As virus threat looms, it’s no time for a fight with doctors

Mar 5 2020 — Don Braid — The Kenney government is not known for gracious retreat. Faced with criticism, it hunkers down and fights. But this battle against the doctors must stop. With the new coronavirus likely to hit the province, it’s the worst possible moment for changes to physician pay and governance rules that could seriously affect service. Dr. Christine Molnar, […]

Kenney accuses ‘green left militants’ of damaging prospects for Indigenous communities

Feb 26 2020 — — In the wake of Teck Resources Ltd.’s decision to withdraw its Frontier oilsands project application, Premier Jason Kenney took aim Wednesday at “urban green left militants” who he blamed for destroying potential jobs in Indigenous communities. Speaking to hundreds gathered in Calgary at the Indian Resource Council’s conference on Indigenous participation in major projects, Kenney […]

Kenney borrows from Lougheed’s playbook, but the rules have changed

Feb 25 2020 — Don Braid — In a throne speech shrouded in dark economic clouds, the UCP makes a startling announcement. The government promises to invest directly in energy projects to get them moving — a sharp change from UCP policy of encouraging business through tax policy rather than direct intervention. “When regulatory uncertainty, hostility by the federal government or pressure […]

As Teck shelves $20B oilsands project, Kenney puts blame on Ottawa

Feb 24 2020 — Don Braid — For the Kenney government and almost anybody interested in oil and gas investment, it was the Sunday night slaughter — sudden news that Teck Resources has cancelled its $20-billion Frontier oilsands mine. Federal cabinet was expected to rule on the mine this week. Teck’s sudden decision to withdraw its application has many consequences, but one […]

In public shift, Kenney says Alberta has to go green over time

Feb 10 2020 — Don Braid — Suddenly, Premier Jason Kenney is talking publicly about the “energy transition.” This is new. And it’s significant. “Over the next decades as we go through the energy transition, we all know that there will be a continued demand for crude,” he told a panel at Washington’s Wilson Center last Friday. Kenney added: “It is preferable […]