Alberta Politics: How long before Alberta’s United Conservative Party Government tries to ban mask wearing in schools?

Serious question: How long before Alberta’s United Conservative Party Government tries to ban mask wearing in schools, period?  Alberta Premier Danielle Smith (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flicker). After all, nothing triggers an anti-vaccine snowflake like the sight of an adult wearing a COVID mask, unless it’s the sight of a child wearing

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Alberta Politics: Tyler Shandro’s performative complaint about RCMP commissioner is all part of the UCP’s provincial police campaign

There’s a certain irony, I suppose, to Alberta’s justice minister piously insisting “the commissioner of the RCMP must be held to the highest of standards” while he himself faces an investigation into whether he breached the Law Society’s code of conduct early next year.  RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki (Photo: Royal

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Alberta Politics: Danielle Smith essay calling for health care user fees and co-pays was not peer reviewed: U of C School of Public Policy

Danielle Smith’s controversial 2021 paper arguing how to introduce user fees and co-pays to Alberta health care is not a research paper and was not peer reviewed, a spokesperson for the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy said yesterday. Alberta Premier Danielle Smith (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr). This answers a

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Alberta Politics: Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s plans for health care? Brace yourself for user fees, co-pays, privatization and sly de-listing

Answers to the major problems confronting Alberta’s health care system, Daniele Smith said in a paper published under her name last year, are found in user fees, co-pays, privatization, and slyly delisting services covered by health insurance by redefining them.  The downtown home of the University of Calgary’s School of

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Alberta Politics: UCP fires AHS board, names sole administrator, promises big changes fast: No such thing will happen

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith delivered on her long-promised shakeup of Alberta Health Services yesterday, firing the 11 members of the province-wide agency’s Conservative-appointed board and naming John Cowell as its sole administrator.  Progressive Conservative premier Alison Redford (Photo: David J. Climenhaga). Alert readers will recall that Dr. Cowell was appointed

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Alberta Politics: Don’t worry about contradictions in health minister’s mandate letter – those promises aren’t meant to be kept

Never mind “less is more.” Sometimes more is less.  Alberta Premier Danielle Smith (Photo: Jake Wright/Manning Centre/Creative Commons). Consider Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s mandate letter to Health Minister Jason Copping.  Having boxed herself during her campaign to lead the United Conservative Party, Ms. Smith had no choice but to promise

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Alberta Politics: Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s pitch to Calgary’s mayor about trains to the airport, trains to Banff, sounds lighter than hot air

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith yesterday sent a letter to Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek chattering excitedly about plans to expand Calgary’s light rail transit system to Calgary International Airport. Alberta Premier Danielle Smith (Photo: Jake Wright/Manning Centre/Creative Commons). She made sure it was posted to social media for all to see,

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Alberta Politics: Dr. Deena Hinshaw is out – did the UCP appoint the Dr. Joffe the premier wanted to replace the chief medical officer of health?

As long threatened, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s United Conservative Party Government yesterday announced the end of Dr. Deena Hinshaw’s tenure as the province’s chief medical officer of health through the most difficult months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Mark Joffe (Photo: Alberta Health Services). Was Dr. Hinshaw pushed or did

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Alberta Politics: Hot take: Premier Danielle Smith finally wins a seat in Brooks-Medicine Hat – with an unimpressive 54.5% of the vote

Who knew the Brooks-Medicine Hat by-election results would turn out to be exciting?  NDP candidate Gwendoline Dirk (Photo: CHAT News). Well, sort of exciting.  Everyone was pretty sure Alberta Premier Danielle Smith was going to win and finally get herself a seat in the Legislature. After all, Brooks-Medicine Hat is

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Alberta Politics: New cracks appear in UCP façade as party officials disallow anti-vaxx nomination candidate in premier’s home riding

If Alberta’s United Conservative Party were the “centre right” political party its leader Danielle Smith would like us to imagine it is, the disqualification of Nadine Wellwood as a candidate would barely rate as news.  Ms. Wellwood campaigning with People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier in the Banff-Airdrie federal

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Alberta Politics: St. Albert’s city administration contravened Libraries Act by modifying library funding request before presenting city budget to council

By modifying the St. Albert Public Library Board’s budget request before presenting it to St. Albert City Council as part of its proposed city budget, the city’s administration contravened the Alberta Libraries Act, the library board’s co-chairs advised city councillors in an Oct. 22 letter to the city’s mayor and

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Alberta Politics: Something for Doug Ford to remember: Once in a while when you pull the cork from a bottle a genie pops out!

The Conservative movement’s vast army of online trolls has been strangely silent about the right of poorly paid Ontario education workers to negotiate a decent salary for themselves. Ontario Premier Doug Ford, encountering a stiff breeze (Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr). Funny that, Conservatives being such lovers of Canadian rights

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Alberta Politics: Manitoba’s Stefanson to Alberta’s Smith: Drop dead!

When Manitoba Conservative Premier Heather Stefanson blew off Alberta Conservative Premier Danielle Smith’s call yesterday to ship Alberta oil through the Hudson Bay port of Churchill, Wild Rose Country’s most quotable and quoted political scientist called it a rebuff. Alberta’s United Conservative Party Premier Danielle Smith (Photo: Jake Wright/Manning Centre/Creative

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Alberta Politics: Danielle Smith vows not to let school districts impose mask mandates to protect students and teachers

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith vowed Saturday to take measures to ensure masking mandates for children in Alberta’s kindergarten-to-Grade-12 classes can no longer be imposed.  Justice Grant Dunlop of the Alberta Court of King’s Bench (Photo: Canadian Underwriter). “Our government will not permit any further masking mandates of children in Alberta’s

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