Alberta Politics: Give Jason Kenney, crowing about how good management made Alberta’s budget surplus possible, credit for chutzpah!

Give Jason Kenney credit for sheer brass! Yesterday, Alberta’s premier, so recently told by his own party to pack up his stuff and take a hike, was taking credit for the province’s unexpected recent resource jackpot. Alberta Pollster Janet Brown, forecasting good tidings for the UCP (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).

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Alberta Politics: Protecting free speech on campus? Forget about it, Pierre Poilievre is just dog-whistling

Federal Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre seems to have generated a lot of publicity for himself lately with a much re-tweeted pledge to force Canadian universities to “protect free speech” by withholding federal research grants and other funds from post-secondary institutions that won’t knuckle under to his demands. Former U.S.

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Alberta Politics: Told to take a hike by UCP, former Alberta Liberal leader Raj Sherman says he’ll run to lead Conservatives anyway

Yesterday, the United Conservative Party failed to get a leadership candidate it really could have used and instead got stuck with a non-candidate it sincerely wants nothing to do with. From the author’s collection: a never-worn T-shirt from Dr. Sherman’s 2011 campaign to lead the Alberta Liberals (Photo: David J.

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Alberta Politics: Portraying Alberta and federal Conservative parties as hot messes, Calgary MP Michelle Rempel Garner says she won’t join UCP leadership race

Calgary MP Michelle Rempel Garner has declared herself out of the race to lead the United Conservative Party in a scathing, 2,800-plus Substack article that dissects the in-fights and extremism bedevilling Alberta’s governing party and casts considerable shade on the federal Conservatives as well for many of the same sins. 

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Alberta Politics: Parliament’s budget watchdog concludes TMX is almost certainly a loser – no matter what Ottawa does

The soaring cost of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion has pushed the still-uncompleted megaproject Ottawa bought for Alberta further into the red, says a report released yesterday by the Parliamentary Budget Officer says. Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux (Photo: Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer). This quickly earned the project

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Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney’s cabinet shuffle, clearly necessary, nevertheless gets delivered in a slippery way

As is typical of the man, Jason Kenney’s cabinet shuffle yesterday, while clearly necessary, was delivered in a slippery manner. Justice Minister Tyler Shandro (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr). Leastways, the usual cheerful statement alerting the media that a big upcoming announcement was in the offing appeared in no one’s email inbox

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Alberta Politics: Verna Yiu, fired in April as Alberta Health Services CEO, named University of Alberta provost and academic vice-president

It’s safe bet the United Conservative Party Government wasn’t very happy to learn yesterday that Verna Yiu, controversially fired in April as president and chief executive officer of Alberta Health Services, has been named as the next provost and academic vice-president of the University of Alberta. University of Alberta President

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Alberta Politics: Thomas Dang, cleared of criminal offence in whistleblowing base, applies for readmission to NDP Caucus

Thomas Dang, MLA for Edmonton-South, has been cleared by police and will face no charges for testing and reporting security vulnerabilities in Alberta’s embarrassingly hackable COVID-19 vaccination records website. NDP Caucus Chair Joe Ceci (Photo: David J. Climenhaga). Mr. Dang, who has been sitting in the Alberta Legislature as an

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Alberta Politics: Rebecca Schulz vows to change the United Conservative Party’s nasty tone, but not necessarily its right-wing agenda

Promising to change the United Conservative Party’s tone, although not necessarily its right-wing agenda, Rebecca Schulz stepped forward in Calgary yesterday as the latest candidate to replace Jason Kenney as party leader and Alberta premier. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, whom Ms. Schulz hopes to replace (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr). She wants

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Alberta Politics: What do you do about a problem like Shane Getson, the UCP MLA whose Facebook post appeared to call for the PM to be lynched? 

With apologies to the Sound of Music, what do you do with a problem like Shane Getson? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Photo: Justin Trudeau/Flickr). More specifically, what should the Alberta Legislature do about a member like Shane Getson, the United Conservative Party MLA for the rural riding of Lac Ste.

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Alberta Politics: For a high-profile minister, UCP’s first official leadership candidate, Travis Toews, has flown under the radar

Despite his high-profile job as Alberta’s finance minister and soaring political ambitions, Travis Toews has kept a remarkably low profile.  Mr. Toews schmoozing supporters in the Alberta Legislative Building Rotunda (Photo: David J. Climenhaga). Just look at the uninformative media coverage of the announcement when Mr. Toews, Alberta’s minister of

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