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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Alberta Politics: Alberta’s ‘astonishingly bad’ K-6 social studies curriculum appears to have been ‘designed for home schooling’

How bad is the social studies curriculum the United Conservative Party wants to start piloting? Alberta Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr). We all know it’s bad. But I mean, seriously, how bad is it really?  Last Friday, the expert panel asked by the province to weigh in on

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