Alberta Politics: Plan to have patients at Calgary clinic pony up ‘membership fees’ might have had a chance if the UCP’s War on Ottawa had heated up sooner

Timing is everything, so Dr. Sally Talbot-Jones must have been kicking herself yesterday for launching her effort to charge patients as much as $4,800 a year up front to see a doctor in a timely fashion when she did. Alberta Premier Danielle Smith (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr). It must have been

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Alberta Politics: Busted! Globe outs Danielle Smith’s unpublicized pandemic data ‘task force’ headed by physician who attacked COVID restrictions

When Alberta Premier Danielle Smith mused in the midst debate over her government’s new funding turf war with Ottawa that “we could also establish our own research programs” to ensure ideological balance in academic research, many Albertans suspected they understood precisely what she had in mind. Dr. Gary Davidson, the

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Alberta Politics: Once upon a time Danielle Smith told Marco Van Huigenbos, ‘Coutts must win!’ Now she can’t even find the poor guy’s phone number

Now that the chickens are coming home to roost for some of the would-be Canadian colour revolutionaries of 2022, a certain amount if schadenfreude in social media was inevitable given the rhetoric of the Coutts blockaders and Ottawa occupiers.  Alberta Premier Danielle Smith, in whom Mr. Van Huigenbos once put

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Alberta Politics: How did Danielle Smith know about an anonymous letter alleging dirty deeds at the city of Edmonton before it arrived?

Albertans are being asked to believe the provincial government doesn’t keep copies of every piece of correspondence it receives, including some it formally acts upon.  Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr). To say this strains credulity understates the matter considerably. Yet this is precisely what Alberta Premier

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Alberta Politics: Danielle Smith sets out to ensure the ideological purity of federally funded university research in Alberta

It must seem unfair to the United Conservative Party base that flat-earth researchers consistently get the short end of the stick when it comes to federal research funds while the spherical-earth crowd so obviously favoured by Ottawa gets all the dough!  CBC Power & Politics host David Cochrane (Photo: BroadcastDialogue.com).

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Alberta Politics: Danielle Smith picks Alberta’s hill to die on: No to heat pumps, solar panels, and pharmacare

Alberta’s hill to die on? Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault (Photo: Government of Canada). According to Premier Danielle Smith it’s our God-given right to gas-generated electricity, diesel-powered buses, and gas-heated homes. You want our forced-air gas furnaces, our diesel buses, Guilbeault? Come and take ’em! This is Wild Rose Country

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Alberta Politics: The Recovery War Room: Best practices if ideologically acceptable, but not necessarily best practices

Alberta’s United Conservative Party Government tabled legislation yesterday to establish its previously announced Canadian Centre of Recovery Excellence, which appears to be the drug-treatment equivalent of the UCP’s notorious Alberta Energy War Room.  Canadian Centre of Recovery Excellence CEO designate Kym Kaufmann (Photo: Kym Kaufmann/Eden Health Services). According to the

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Alberta Politics: Danielle Smith squirms at thought of Jason Kenney’s Critical Infrastructure Defence Act used against her allies

You might be tempted to think Alberta Premier Danielle Smith was on the right track with her obvious discomfort at the thought of her predecessor’s Critical Infrastructure Defence Act being used to prosecute the so-called anti-carbon-tax protesters impeding traffic alomg the Trans-Canada Highway west of Calgary. A few of the

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Alberta Politics: Some amusing thoughts on Wexit, Wexitry, and Wexiteers in a potentially confusingly united Western Canada 

Let’s imagine a scenario that even a year ago would have seemed all but impossible but is now within the realm of possibility.  Participants in a pre-pandemic pro-Wexit demonstration at the Alberta Legislature in December 2020 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga). First, let’s assume that the NDP Government of British Columbia

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Alberta Politics: No surprise, Alberta’s privatized surgery clinics don’t seem to be doing anything to reduce wait times

Does anyone remember Premier Danielle Smith’s handpicked administrator of Alberta Health Services confidently predicting that wait times for surgeries in this province were about to fall and fall dramatically?  NDP Opposition Health Critic Luanne Metz (Photo: David J. Climenhaga). Reduced surgical wait times would be the biggest single mark of

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Alberta Politics: Rush to ‘Recovery Alberta’ mental health agency sure looks like an ideological drug-treatment hobbyhorse

Alberta’s United Conservative Party Government is about to carve thousands of employees and $1.13 billion out of Alberta Health Services to create what looks like a drug-treatment hobbyhorse for a small group of ideologues in the office of Premier Danielle Smith.  Soon-to-be Canadian Centre for Recovery Excellence CEO Kym Kaufmann

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Alberta Politics: Actual news flash! Anti-woke Right launches War on Easter so it can pick a fight and blame someone else for starting it! 

Happy Easter, everyone! Canadian Navy cooks prepare deviled eggs – make of that what you will – for Easter (Photo: Twitter/Veterans Affairs Canada). Given the nature of the occasion – the most solemn in the liturgical calendar – it’s not really a season associated with rip-roaring fun and overindulgence like

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