National Newswatch

UCP leadership race in danger of becoming a junior high melodrama

Oct 14 2017 — Graham Thomson — How much does Brian Jean dislike Jason Kenney? Let me count the ways. During the past week or so, Jean, the former Wildrose leader, has been unleashing a litany of complaints or digs against Kenney, the former Progressive Conservative leader. The friction between the two United Conservative Party leadership candidates is getting so intense you […]

NDP must halt ‘job killing’ minimum wage increase: UCP

Sep 29 2017 — — Minimum wage workers in Alberta in line for a $1.40 bump in their hourly pay may be celebrating come Sunday, but the United Conservative Party is in no mood to bust out the balloons. Interim UCP leader Nathan Cooper Friday called on the government to halt what he called a “job killing” plan to increase […]

Oops: Jason Kenney lets UCP membership lapse, gets waiver to run for leader

Sep 29 2017 — Emma Graney — After letting his United Conservative Party membership lapse, Jason Kenney had to be granted a waiver to run for leader. Kenney’s membership expired in mid-August. According to his communications director, Blaise Boehmer, it came to the team’s attention after the merger of Progressive Conservative and Wildrose party membership lists. Boehmer said Thursday his team notified […]

Canada defined by inclusion, says Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin

Sep 7 2017 — Paula Simons — Beverley McLachlin never once said Donald Trump’s name. But then, Canada’s famously discreet chief justice didn’t have to. McLachlin was at the University of Alberta on Wednesday to deliver the department of philosophy’s annual public lecture. Ostensibly, the lecture was about landmark moments in Canada’s 150-year constitutional history.

Liberals killing energy industry, new federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says

Aug 29 2017 — Emma Graney — Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer told an Edmonton business luncheon Monday that the Liberals are out to end the energy industry. The opposition leader said he has no faith that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will be built, because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has politicized the decision-making process. Scheer pointed to the Northern Gateway — […]

Wildrosers come forward with money issues raised months ago

Aug 26 2017 — Emma Graney — United Conservative Party MLAs from the Wildrose side say they were rebuffed when they asked months ago for explanations about the caucus’s finances. Their complaints come in the wake of revelations the UCP caucus is facing layoffs thanks to a looming deficit, and will ask MLAs to dip into their allowances to cover a $337,000 […]

Alberta NDP MLA pays back $457 after double-claiming expenses

Aug 22 2017 — Clare Clancy — NDP MLA Debbie Jabbour is the latest politician to explain how overbilling on expenses led her to reimburse taxpayers around $450. “In March of this year, I reimbursed $457 in expenses, an amount that corrected some double-filings for meals and per diems, as well as some mistakenly filed expenses,” said the Peace River MLA in […]