National Newswatch

Drug treatment a better answer than injection sites

Aug 10 2019 — Danielle Smith — A listener recently recommended a documentary that everyone should see. It’s called Seattle is Dying and it shows in graphic, heart-wrenching detail what happens to a city when its drug and homeless problem gets out of control. Calgary can avoid this fate but it will require a dramatic investment in addiction treatment. I have always […]

‘I’m innocent’: UCP MLA denies wrongdoing over fraud, forgery, bribery investigation

May 31 2019 — Emma Graney — United Conservative MLA Peter Singh says he’s innocent in an investigation for distributing gifts and inducements to voters during his nomination race. The Elections Commissioner investigation stems from a complaint to the UCP penned by four candidates who ran against Singh for the Calgary-East nomination — Andre Chabot, Jamie Lall, Issa Moussa and Matthew Dirk. […]

Crown seeks outside prosecutor to advise RCMP investigating UCP leadership race vote allegations

May 31 2019 — Emma Graney — The Crown prosecutor’s office is seeking an out-of-province prosecutor to advise RCMP investigating allegations of irregularities in the 2017 United Conservative Party leadership race. On Thursday, the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service issued a statement from acting head Sarah Langley on what has been an ongoing controversy tied to the 2017 contest that saw now-Premier Jason […]

NDP call for emergency debate as election commissioner levies new fines linked to Callaway campaign

May 28 2019 — — The RCMP has interviewed Alberta’s Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer over questions that continue to swirl around the UCP leadership race. The revelation came as Alberta’s election commissioner handed out a slew of new fines totalling $22,000 related to Jeff Callaway’s leadership campaign. Responding to the information that Schweizter has been interviewed by police, the NDP […]

Premier Kenney travels to Toronto. Again

May 25 2019 — — Premier Jason Kenney is on the road again, jetting to Toronto for the second time this month. Kenney is selling his “open for business” message on Bay Street, meeting with bankers and investment firms. He also met with the Globe and Mail editorial board and Toronto Mayor John Tory, and delivered a lunchtime address at […]

‘Unprecedented:’ Clerk of Alberta legislative assembly fired

May 25 2019 — Emma Graney — Newly appointed Speaker Nathan Cooper has fired the clerk of the legislature. Merwan Saher, who was appointed by Cooper’s NDP predecessor days before the election, was let go on Friday. Saher was replaced by Shannon Dean, who has worked in various non-partisan roles at the Alberta legislature for more than 20 years. She was acting […]

‘This law is unconstitutional’: B.C. to take Alberta to court after Kenney proclaims ‘turn off the taps’ legislation

May 1 2019 — Emma Graney — British Columbia is launching a constitutional challenge against Alberta after Premier Jason Kenney proclaimed legislation to restrict oil supplies to the western province. Kenney promised repeatedly during the election that, should the UCP win, his cabinet would proclaim Bill 12 “within one hour” of being sworn in. Neither Kenney nor his Energy Minister Sonya Savage […]

Trudeau’s expulsion of two former cabinet ministers is virtually unprecedented, records show

Apr 8 2019 — — Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott’s expulsion from caucus may be virtually without precedent in Canadian political history, suggests a review of Library of Parliament records. No other MPs have resigned as cabinet ministers only to be subsequently ejected from their party’s caucus for taking a position on principle opposing their leader, according to parliamentary records […]