Alberta Politics: Guest Post: UCP polarization of Alberta politics neutralizes the language of right-wing extremism

PHOTOS: Young anti-Bill 6 protesters interviewed by a reporter at the Alberta Legislature in November 2015. Note the overheated genocide rhetoric in the sign at bottom right. Below: More extreme rhetoric from the same event; commentators Barret Weber, the author of this post, Naomi Lakritz, and Ricardo Acuña. Guest Post by Barret Weber Last weekend’s ...

Alberta Politics: NDP plan to change funding model for agricultural commissions is unlikely to much help farmers or the government

PHOTOS: Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier with some of the members, staff and leaders of the province’s agricultural commissions at a sparsely attended news conference in Edmonton yesterday to announce the Marketing of Agricultural Products Amendment Act 2017. Below: Mr. Carlier, at left, chats with Alberta Beef Producers Chair Bob Lowe, far right, in a ...

Alberta Politics: Even some farm leaders admit the Alberta NDP’s notorious Bill 6 is an improvement

PHOTOS: Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier as he walked through an anti-NDP demonstration in front of the Alberta Legislature shortly before the passage of Bill 6 in December 2015. Below: NDP Labour Minister Christina Gray, Alberta Federation of Agriculture President Lynn Jacobson and Wildrose Agriculture Critic Dave Schneider. The New Democratic Party Government’s notorious Bill 6, ...

Alberta Politics: George Clark’s parking lot putschists deliver an unintended compliment to Alberta’s NDP Government

PHOTOS: Alberta First Plebiscite Warriors leader George Clark, in a screen shot from a video interview shot not long before someone stepped on the hose from his media oxygen supply. Below: Donald Trump and Calgary’s own Ted Cruz, a couple of U.S. politicians who know how to do the Tea Party thing right. Don’t you ...

Alberta Politics: New Year’s resolutions: Time for Alberta’s conservative leaders to speak out against violent and misogynistic political speech

ILLUSTRATIONS: Counting down to New Year’s. Three days to go is plenty of time for the leaders of Alberta’s conservatives to resolve to speak out in the New Year against threatening and misogynistic commentary by their supporters. Below: Former PM Stephen Harper, federal Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose, Calgary MP Jason Kenney and former Reform Party ...

Alberta Politics: Christmas in Wildrose Country: That noise on the roof may not be Santa Claus! It could be the UN, here to steal your turnips!

ILLUSTRATIONS: Will Santa have to come armed and armoured like this to be safe on Alberta rooftops in case the province’s loony right mistakes him for a UN trooper bent on world government and turnip confiscation? Below: Wildrose MLA Rick Strankman and NDP MLA Estefania Cortes-Vargas. Below them: A sinister I [HEART] [ALBERTA] [BEETS] bumper ...

Alberta Politics: Former Tory labour minister and deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk enters the farm safety fray with ‘Bill 6 Taskforce’

PHOTOS: Thomas Lukaszuk in the summer of 2014 when he was running for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta. Below: A group of farmers and their supporters unhappy with Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, protest the legislation at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton a few days ...

Alberta Politics: Are moderate Alberta conservatives likely to find themselves waking up to a Wildrose nightmare?

ILLUSTRATIONS: It’s a nightmare alright – but whose? Actual Alberta voters may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and NDP Premier Rachel Notley. (Both shown in CBC photos.) The prevailing narrative in the Alberta media, as a headline in the reliably pro-Wildrose Edmonton Sun put it earlier this week, is that ...

Montreal Simon: Why Michelle Rempel Should Apologize to Rachel Notley

If it wasn't Michelle Rempel, the Con clown whose burning ambition far exceeds her limited capabilities, I never would have believed it.But at a time when Rachel Notley, the very decent premier of Alberta, has been receiving vicious death threats.At a time when the rednecks in that province have been having themselves a hatefest, claiming the ...

Montreal Simon: Rachel Notley and Alberta’s Monstrous Harvest of Hate

When Rachel Notley was elected Premier of Alberta I thought it was a shining moment for that province.I thought she would be able to make Alberta more than a one-party petrostate, the land of the Con zombies, and the home of the Harperites.And would finally end its reputation as a haven for religious bigots and ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Bill 6: What are we really talking about?

“Between what was explicitly stated, and what was intended, fear and miscommunication has filled the gap.” – Rachel Notley on Bill 6 Safety is paramount. Everyone says so. And yet all hell broke loose when the NDP government tried to bring Alberta alongside the rest of Canada by introducing Bill 6 to protect the safety ...

Alberta Politics: Sorry Wildrose, but recall legislation has no place in a representative democracy

PHOTOS: A man with a pitchfork at a protest by a group of farmers and their supporters in front of the Alberta Legislature this week. We’re going to chalk this up to over-enthusiasm, but if someone had brought a pitchfork to a labour rally, you can count on it the police would have arrested him. ...

Alberta Politics: Bill 6 Update: With the NDP in damage control mode, has the storm passed?

PHOTOS: The crowd outside the Westerner Centre in Red Deer, photo grabbed from the Twitter feed of Mary MacArthur, the Western Producer’s Alberta correspondent. Below: Labour Minister Lori Sigurdson and Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier. Alberta’s New Democratic Government went into damage-control mode yesterday, giving the most vociferous critics of Bill 6 what they’ve been saying ...

Alberta Politics: Never mind the ‘Fuddites,’ Alberta needs Bill 6, although Bill 6 needs fixes

PHOTOS: NDP Labour Minister Lori Sigurdson chats with anti-Bill-6 protesters in front of the Legislature on Friday. Below: The crowd of protesters at its zenith and members of the Legislative Press Gallery interviewing a turkey, not for the first time, either! From here in the city, it almost looks as if rural Alberta has worked ...

Alberta Politics: Bill 6, Alberta’s new farm safety legislation, will be a test both for the NDP Government and the Wildrose Opposition

PHOTOS: Down on the Alberta farm, successive Conservative governments have made sure farm animals had more rights than farm workers. Below: Alberta Labour Minister Lori Sigurdson and Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier, who may be about to fix this. It’s an embarrassing blot on the record of successive Progressive Conservative governments and the premiers who led ...