National Newswatch

Notley’s former chief of staff investigated by privacy commissioner

Mar 13 2018 — Emma Graney — Alberta’s privacy commissioner is investigating John Heaney, Rachel Notley’s former chief of staff, over a series of deleted emails. The investigation will include an oral hearing, and commissioner Jill Clayton expects to issue notices compelling staffers to attend and produce records. The United Conservative Party wants that hearing to be public, it said in the […]

Feds’ stance on Trans Mountain weak, undermines Canadian unity, says Brad Wall

Feb 16 2018 — Bill Kaufmann — Former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall scorched the Trudeau’s government’s performance on the Trans Mountain pipeline dispute between B.C. and Alberta on Thursday, saying its energy policy is deepening national divisions. And while Wall encouraged Alberta’s premier to be remorseless in her fight in support of the pipeline’s expansion to the west coast, in his first […]

Alberta Party membership soars as leadership race continues

Feb 15 2018 — — The Alberta Party, currently in the midst of a leadership race, has seen a dramatic uptick in membership. According to figures released by the party Thursday, it has grown more than 500 per cent in less than 12 months. The province’s third party was starting from a low floor, with just 1,024 members in March […]

Canada’s new Australian fighter jets to call 4 Wing Cold Lake home

Feb 5 2018 — — Australian F-18 fighter jets destined for 4 Wing Cold Lake to supplement Canada’s aging CF-18 fighter fleet will require upgrades to their ejection seats and external aircraft lighting before they can take to the skies with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Additionally the 18 Hornets, which first entered service in Australia in the late 1980s, […]

Rachel Notley blasts B.C. government’s move against Trans Mountain pipeline

Jan 31 2018 — — Premier Rachel Notley blasted British Columbia’s provincial government Tuesday over its latest attempt to stall progress on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, calling the move an overreach of constitutional authority that will erode investor confidence. “It is so far beyond the scope of what they have the legal authority to do, they are creating a […]

#MeToo movement fallout could be huge for Canadian politics

Jan 27 2018 — Graham Thomson — Where is this going to end, this parade of politicians forced to resign because of allegations of sexual harassment? The procession started Wednesday in Nova Scotia with the resignation of Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie, moved to Ontario with PC Leader Patrick Brown stepping down, and ended Thursday in Calgary with Liberal MP Kent Hehr […]

United Conservative Party internships focus for national anti-abortion group

Jan 24 2018 — Emma Graney — An Ottawa-based anti-abortion group is encouraging its members to pursue United Conservative Party internships and learn how to “advance pro-life legislation provincially in Alberta.” “We have two paid political internship opportunities for young pro-lifers and three for those from Alberta!” RightNow wrote in an email to members Monday. The UCP is offering internships this summer […]