Alberta Politics: No one expected Devin Dreeshen to quit Jason Kenney’s cabinet – so what happened between Monday and Friday this week?

Almost no one expected Devin Dreeshen to resign from Jason Kenney’s cabinet Friday morning.  The thirtysomething minister of agriculture may have been mired in a messy scandal stemming from allegations made in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit by a former United Conservative Party political staffer, and facing public accusations of drunken

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Alberta Politics: UCP bill will allow big money and dark money back into election financing, restrict free speech rights, NDP Opposition says

Alberta’s United Conservative Party introduced new election financing legislation yesterday that appears likely to allow big money and dark money to start flowing back into provincial politics as well as restricting the free speech rights of groups that disagree with the government. So it seems on brand for the UCP

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Alberta Politics: Two celebrity murder mysteries back atop Alberta independent bookshops’ fiction bestseller list for second week

Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold by independent booksellers in Alberta during the week ended Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. The lists are compiled by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, and include sales at Audreys Books and Glass Bookshop in Edmonton. Last week’s celebrity murder mysteries

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Alberta Politics: UCP Government imploding? Sexual harassment scandal hits Premier’s Office hours after supposed referendum victory

Premier Jason Kenney had less than 24 hours to savour his dubious victory in Alberta’s anti-equalization referendum before a serious scandal involving accusations of sexual-harassment, heavy drinking in the office, and the firing of a victim hit the headlines. It’s not clear if the revelation a former ministerial chief of

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Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney will try to spin his anti-equalization referendum vote as a huge victory – don’t believe him

Deeply unpopular with Alberta voters, distrusted by many in his own divided caucus, and with his United Conservative Party in financial disarray, Premier Jason Kenney will try to spin the 62-per-cent yes vote in his dishonestly worded, constitutionally meaningless, low-turnout, anti-equalization referendum as the hugest victory in the history of

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Alberta Politics: Sorting fact from fiction in Allan Inquiry commentary and coverage: That $1.3-billion fib explained

The United Conservative Party and its allies are not being truthful when they say, “The public inquiry into anti-Alberta energy campaigns has confirmed that foreign donors gave $1.3 billion to Canadian environmentalists to harm Alberta’s energy sector.” It confirms no such thing.  I pulled that particular quote from a tweet

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Alberta Politics: State of terror, by Louise Penny and Hillary Clinton, tops Alberta independent booksellers’ fiction bestseller list

Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold by independent booksellers in Alberta during the week ended Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. The lists are compiled by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, and include sales at Audreys Books and Glass Bookshop in Edmonton. I notice a couple of

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Alberta Politics: Allen Inquiry half-heartedly exonerates environmental groups that took U.S. funding, turns on Alberta War Room

Of all the conclusions of Commissioner Steve Allan’s misbegotten and sometimes incoherent $3.5-million “Public Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns” might have come up with, the most unexpected was what he had to say about Canadian Energy Centre Ltd.  Who would have thought that the Allan Inquiry would end up attacking

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Alberta Politics: After another week of political disasters, UCP prepares to release Allan Report on ‘anti-Alberta’ environmental campaigns

Has the leadership of the United Conservative Party grown so disconnected from reality it imagines the release of the report of the so-called “public inquiry into anti-Alberta energy campaigns” will somehow win back the hearts of Alberta’s disillusioned public? Or is it just having such a terrible week it’s decided

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Alberta Politics: The obvious lessons from Alberta’s municipal election will be hard for Jason Kenney and the UCP to learn

Many of Alberta’s highest-decibel conservative loudmouths were by turns appalled and furious yesterday at the outcome of Monday’s province-wide municipal elections. The votes saw progressive mayors and councils elected in the province’s two largest cities and many other signs this place is changing for the better.  Edmonton Mayor-elect Amarjeet Sohi

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Alberta Politics: Despite UCP efforts to tilt the playing field, progressive mayors are elected in both Edmonton and Calgary

Despite the best efforts of Alberta’s United Conservative Party Government to tilt the playing field steeply in favour right-wing candidates, voters in both Calgary and Edmonton elected progressive mayors yesterday.  Amarjeet Sohi, a soft-spoken former bus driver and trade unionist who was once a political prisoner in India and served

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Alberta Politics: Sunday sermon for employers: Expect letters that misuse scripture as evangelical churches jump on the anti-vaxx bandwagon

Some Canadian evangelical churches are jumping on the anti-vaccine bandwagon that’s been trundling through the republic to our south to abet vaccine refuseniks who hope to use religious exemptions to get out of vaccination requirements they need to work in hospitals, jails and other facilities where the potential for the

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Alberta Politics: Set in Edmonton, Metis author Conor Kerr’s Avenue of Champions leads independent booksellers’ fiction bestseller list

Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold by independent booksellers in Alberta during the week ended Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. The lists are compiled by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, and include sales at Audreys Books and Glass Bookshop in Edmonton. ALBERTA FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Avenue

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Alberta Politics: Churches big and little weigh in: religious COVID-19 vaccination exemptions aren’t going to be easy to get

Unfortunately for Canadian anti-vaxxers, it takes time and a certain amount of ingenuity to establish a new religion, which has considerably complicated the task of getting religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine requirements. This factoid came to mind during Alberta’s daily COVID-19 update yesterday, when Alberta Health Services President and CEO

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