Alberta Politics: Premier Jason Kenney, in isolation, blows off criticism of the lackadaisical UCP approach to COVID-19 restrictions as ‘political pressure’

It’s not very reassuring to learn Alberta Premier Jason Kenney treats calls for stricter measures to control resurgent COVID-19 infections as “political pressure.” But yesterday, after Alberta on Wednesday surpassed 400 new cases in a single day for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, Mr. Kenney did just

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Northern Reflections: Any Bets?

Justin Trudeau’s government survived yesterday. But the Conservatives are already serving up another motion. Susan Delacourt writes: The first wave of COVID-19 may have bridged some differences between the parties in the minority Parliament, but the second wave is hardening them. Normally, political parties can ride out public anger about

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Alberta Politics: Handpicked UCP advisors call for mention of residential schools to be erased from primary grades’ social studies curriculum

A recommendation by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s handpicked curriculum advisors to strip all mention of residential schools from the province’s Kindergarten-to-Grade 4 curriculum “will perpetuate systemic racism through whitewashing,” says Melissa Purcell, the Alberta Teachers Association’s staff officer for Indigenous education. “The Indian Residential School system was created to erase

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Accidental Deliberations: On failing health

The news that Jason Kenney’s UCP has approved a resolution demanding privatized health care – coupled with Kenney’s refusal to reject the concept – has been rightly recognized as a dangerous development in Alberta.  But it hasn’t received much attention yet in Saskatchewan’s provincial election campaign. And there’s significant reason

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Alberta Politics: UCP launches ambitious legislative session, with 20 bills packed into six weeks and no time for COVID-19

An ambitious six-week fall sitting of the Alberta Legislature commenced in Edmonton yesterday with Premier Jason Kenney telling the House during Question Period that his government isn’t about to publish any updated COVID-19 modelling. As Opposition Leader Rachel Notley argued, it would be useful to know what the experts say

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