National Newswatch

UCP board member and former MLA quits party citing ‘dictatorship’-like control

Jan 14 2019 — Emma Graney — Former Conservative MLA and UCP board member Ian Donovan has resigned, citing backroom deals, the party’s “dictatorship”-like control by leader Jason Kenney and party brass, and questions swirling around multiple nominations. A supporter of the United Conservative movement since its inception, Donovan wrote in an email to his colleagues on the Cardston-Siksika UCP board he […]

Kenney’s oil war room plan “juvenile”: Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel

Jan 2 2019 — Emma Graney — Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel has unveiled a tidbit of his party’s 2019 election platform specific to Alberta’s oil sector. Mandel wants to establish a division within the economic development and trade ministry to change the conversation around — and social acceptance of — Alberta’s energy industry “through a proactive, positive, and productive method that […]

Crusading MLA Robyn Luff presents no-win scenario for Notley

Nov 10 2018 — Keith Gerein — A week ago, few people knew her name. Today, Robyn Luff is the talk of Alberta politics, particularly in NDP circles. To Premier Rachel Notley, she’s become something else: an unexpected problem. For those who haven’t been following along, the Calgary backbench MLA who had been nearly invisible in her 3½ years in office stepped […]

Alberta’s economic crisis deserves more than political games

Oct 30 2018 — Keith Gerein — Everywhere you walk these days, Halloween decorations are out in force. Trees have shed their summer bounty. Leaves are crunching underfoot. A renewed crispness is in the wind, a hardening of purpose as Albertans begin preparations for a long winter. The same is true under the dome of the legislature, where 87 MLAs took their […]

Following the money: Alberta’s active political action committees

Oct 28 2018 — — As the province inches towards an election, Albertans can expect to hear more from third-party advertisers, or political action committees (PACs). These groups are required to register with Elections Alberta when they spend, or plan to spend, more than $1,000 on political advertising. There are 15 currently registered, but many of them haven’t declared any […]

Premier Notley ‘pumped’ as unofficial election campaign starts at NDP convention

Oct 26 2018 — Emma Graney — When 1,000 NDP faithful gather in Edmonton Friday for the party’s three-day annual general meeting, it will mark the party’s unofficial campaign launch for the 2019 election. Premier Rachel Notley uses words like “pumped” and “excited” when she talks about this weekend’s convention; “optimistic” and “positive” get mentions too. She talks about a “celebratory” event. […]

Ethics commissioner scolds NDP MLA over Kenney trip complaint

Oct 24 2018 — Emma Graney — Alberta ethics commissioner Marguerite Trussler has cleared United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney and his colleague Prasad Panda, MLA for Calgary-Foothills, of any wrongdoing in their recent trip to India. New Democrat caucus chairwoman Heather Sweet, MLA for Edmonton-Manning, lodged a formal complaint in September, noting concerns about private aircraft travel.