Alberta Politics: So! It really was the anti-greenwashing provision in Ottawa’s Bill C-59 that pushed the UCP into shutting down the War Room

It’s official now: Calgary Herald political columnist Don Braid has breathlessly reported, to paraphrase the headline on the column he posted yesterday, that it was the threat of federal fines that pushed the Alberta Energy War Room into the government fold. Alberta Premier Danielle Smith (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr). The subhead

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Alberta Politics: Shannon Phillips to quit as MLA, citing the disinformation and viciousness women are subjected to in public life

Shannon Phillips, the high-profile NDP MLA for Lethbridge-West with a reputation for toughness and commitment, is leaving politics. Her resignation will take effect on Canada Day.  Ms. Phillips on skates, tough on the roller derby rink as well as in politics (Photo: Facebook/Lethbridge Roller Derby Guild). Ms. Phillips, first elected

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Alberta Politics: Why settle for performative truth-in-advertising rules? UN head calls for total ban on fossil fuel industry ads

Why settle for a milquetoast truth-in-advertising law? The Secretary General of the United Nations wants the world to ban all advertising by the fossil fuel industry. Alberta Environment Minister Rebecca Schulz (Photo: David J. Climenhaga). One wonders how the United Conservative Party will react to the call by António Guterres

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Alberta Politics: Could a federal climate change truth-in-advertising law pose a risk to the Alberta Energy War Room and its directors?

When Canadian Energy Centre Ltd., better known as “the Alberta Energy War Room,” was set up by premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party Government soon after its election in 2019, it was structured as a private provincial corporation to make it immune to searches using the province’s Freedom of Information

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Alberta Politics: Billed as a leadership debate, NDP get-together in Edmonton yesterday was more of a candidates’ mutual-admiration society

The NDP get-together in Edmonton yesterday was billed as a leadership debate, the last one before voting commences today. In the event, though, it seemed more like a candidates’ mutual admiration society.  The candidates were all in agreement about hockey – and about almost everything else (Photo: X/Sarah Hoffman). The

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Alberta Politics: Truth in advertising? Forget about it, says the UCP, assailing Bill C-59 ‘gag order’ in overwrought screed

Say what you will about Alberta’s United Conservative Party Government, you have to admire their sheer brass.  Charlie Angus, the NDP MP for Timmins-James Bay (Photo: Facebook/Charlie Angus). Consider the impassioned protests of the province’s so-called environment minister, Rebecca Schulz, whose job apparently principally involves enabling and even encouraging environmental

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Alberta Politics: 7 years ago, the NDP announced the location of a South Edmonton Hospital; thanks to the UCP, it will probably never be built

Seven years ago yesterday, Alberta’s NDP government announced the location of a desperately needed new hospital in South Edmonton. Keep your eye on this still-empty field, where no hospital will likely ever be built. (Photo: David J. Climenhaga). Roughly halfway through the Notley Government’s term in office, it was a

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Alberta Politics: Farewell Rachel Notley – it’s pretty much all over now but the tribute speeches and the final fund-raisers

Well, farewell Rachel Notley. Ms. Notley’s official portrait is unveiled in the Alberta Legislature Building on Dec. 8, 2022 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga). Yesterday marked the real end of the line for Alberta’s first – and, so far, only – NDP premier, who brought the nearly 44-year Progressive Conservative dynasty

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Alberta Politics: The worst premier Alberta never had is back – and he’s written a book taking credit for some of Danielle Smith’s worst ideas!

All of a sudden, Ted Morton’s back! Dr. Morton, as he obviously liked to be seen, in 2007 (Photo: Wikipedia, creator not clearly identified but probably Chuck Szmurlo). Frederick Lee “Ted” Morton has written a book – apparently to remind political Alberta that back before Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube made

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Alberta Politics: ‘Not one shred of evidence’ bill’s arbitrary measures are needed; they could block up to 50,000 Albertans from voting

Does Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver have any idea how many Albertans could be denied the right to vote in the next general election because of the United Conservative Party’s planned changes to provincial voting rules in Bill 20, the Municipal Affairs Statutes Amendment Act, 2024? A demonstrator at Saturday’s

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Alberta Politics: The Alberta Advantage? For workers subject to the province’s wage suppression tactics, it’s gone like the wind

What Alberta Advantage?  Dr. Stanford as he addressed the Alberta Federation of Labour mid-term forum in Calgary yesterday (Photo: Twitter/Alberta Federation of Labour). A new report by economist Jim Stanford shows how working people in Alberta are experiencing unprecedented reductions in incomes, purchasing power, and living standards.  Alberta’s Disappearing Advantage:

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