Alberta Politics: Russian vodka disappears from Alberta shelves – but what about Russian pipeline steel and AIMCo’s Russian investment fund?

On Sunday, Premier Jason Kenney announced the provincial government has directed the Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis Commission to stop accepting Russian-made liquor products and to quit selling current stock to retailers. The announcement also indicated without details that retailers had been instructed to stop selling Russian vodka and the

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Alberta Politics: The Throne Speech: Short-term objectives, privatization, boondoggles, grudges, and attacks on public health care and education

In the Westminster Parliamentary system, the Throne Speech is supposed to set out the government’s direction, goals and policy for a new session of the legislature.  The one read by Alberta Lieutenant-Governor Salma Lakhani in the provincial Legislature in Edmonton yesterday appears to have been written for the next 45

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Alberta Politics: Hot takes: Putin outmanoeuvres the West; Trudeau outmanoeuvres the Opposition, and Alberta outmanoeuvres … shoes!

Well, this has been an interesting Alberta Family Day – and it’s not even over yet.  In international politics, Russia recognized the independence of two breakaway Russian-speaking provinces of eastern Ukraine and immediately sent in its armed forces to protect them.  Senator John McCain (Photo: United States Senate). Naturally, in

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Alberta Politics: With a murky legal strategy but a clear political one, Jason Kenney vows to challenge use of Emergencies Act in court

Using his favourite medium, Facebook, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced yesterday his government plans to go to court to challenge “the unjustified use of the Emergencies Act” by Ottawa. The one minute and 49 second video clip posted to the social media platform was not particularly informative about what the

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Alberta Politics: Small group of Edmonton counter-protesters manages to hold up noisy pro-convoy parade for close to an hour

A small group of counter-demonstrators in Edmonton yesterday managed to blockade a parade of “Freedom Convoy” supporters on their way to the city’s downtown for the better part of an hour mid-day yesterday.  When Edmonton Police and Alberta Sheriffs arrived at the intersection of River Valley Road and Fortway Drive

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Alberta Politics: Alberta bid to recover $1.3-billion loss from KXL shutdown is politically motivated and unlikely to succeed

A brief statement by Energy Minister Sonya Savage yesterday says Alberta’s United Conservative Party Government intends to use a legacy provision of the now-kaput North American Free Trade Agreement to recover the government’s “investment” in the cancelled Keystone XL Pipeline project.  The minister’s statement – heavy with nearly incomprehensible business-bureaucratic

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Alberta Politics: Kenny pulls plug on vaccine passport, as expected, but still manages to gobsmack news conference watchers

There were exactly zero policy surprises at Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s afternoon COVID-19 news conference yesterday.  As predicted by everyone everywhere, Mr. Kenney pulled the plug immediately on the province’s vaccine passport – which was euphemistically known as the “Restrictions Exemption Program,” so he could deny ever having implemented such

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Scripturient: This Says It All

The clearest, most concise statement about the alt-right protests and demonstrations comes from Mark Carney, former governor of both the Bank of England and the Bank of Canada. This protest was never about freedom: it was always about pushing a virulently rightwing agenda, endorsed by the treasonous Donald Trump, to

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