Alberta Politics: If you’re an Albertan who demands low taxes, balanced budgets, and pipelines to B.C., expect to be told to look in the mirror

PHOTOS: Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci, a New Democrat. Below: Former Wildrose leader and United Conservative Party leadership contender Brian Jean, now retired from politics, and B.C. based environmentalist Tzeporah Berman, very much not retired from activism. By way of setting the stage for Thursday’s budget speech, Finance Minister Joe Ceci yesterday told the media ...

Alberta Politics: Why Alberta’s NDP would likely prefer a Liberal government in Victoria and B.C.’s NDP just might prefer the UCP in Edmonton

PHOTOS: Yoga enthusiasts on the lawn of the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, probably focusing the energy of the cosmos to make Alberta’s bitumen go away. Below: The Alberta Legislature in Edmonton at about the same time of year. There’s nobody on the lawn because it’s too darned cold. Below the lovely architecture, a steely-eyed Alberta ...

Alberta Politics: So long, Denis; Hello Valérie … Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

PHOTOS: Just-defeated Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre (Photo: City of Montreal.) Below: Montreal Mayor-elect Valérie Plante, who defeated Mr. Coderre in the city’s civic election Sunday, and Saskatchewan Senator Denise Batters, both photos from their Twitter accounts. I’ve got some advice for those right-wingers from Western Canada cheering the political demise of Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, ...

Alberta Politics: Western Canada’s artificial alienation: Catalonia here we come! Then again, maybe not …

Right on schedule, us Western Canadians are feeling alienated. Really! Don’t just take my word for it! The digital editions of the gutter press are full of the complaints nowadays of such alienated Albertans as United Conservative Party leadership contenders Brian Jean and Jason Kenney. Likewise, we’re hearing lots of Western alienation talk from Brad ...

Alberta Politics: TransCanada pulls the plug on Energy East: the fallout in Alberta will be measurable

PHOTOS: Protesters opposed to the Energy East Pipeline project in Montreal last summer (Photo: Radio Canada). Below: United Conservative Party leadership contender Brian Jean, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Canadian prime ministers Trudeau, Pierre and Justin, and sometime UCP leadership candidate Jeff Callaway. It’s been quite obvious for some time now to ...

Alberta Politics: UCP leadership candidate Brian Jean utters the R-word – one faux pas too many

PHOTOS: Mr. Jean as he likely appeared yesterday afternoon, perhaps as the obvious impact of his foolish use of words sank in. (Photo: CBC) Below: Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and St. Albert NDP MLA Marie Renaud. It sure sounds like Brian Jean is done. You know, like dinner. Done in by the R-word, as a ...

Alberta Politics: Report questioning tidewater premium for Alberta petroleum undermines a powerful narrative … expect fireworks

PHOTOS: No Smoking … no kidding! An oil tanker sits in a Spanish port. B.C. environmentalists don’t want to see scenes like this on their coast. (Photo: Wikipedia Commons) A lot of Albertans believe they’re going to have to. Below: Report Author David Hughes and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Whether or not it is actually ...

Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley’s tough talk on pipelines evokes the Peter Lougheed Era of energy policy confrontation

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at yesterday’s news conference in Edmonton. (Photo: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta) Below: Earth scientist David Hughes (Post Carbon Institute photo), B.C. Premier Christy Clark (B.C. Government photo), and B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan. Using language that, intentionally or not, evoked the Peter Lougheed Era of Tory energy policy confrontation ...

Alberta Politics: Wildrose leader’s public spat with the mayor of Montreal may not help, but it’s likely to continue

PHOTOS: Wildrose Opposition leader Brian Jean has been giving Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre the sink-eye again lately. Below: Mr. Coderre, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Don’t expect Alberta Opposition Leader Brian Jean’s public spat with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, which has flared up again recently, to end any time soon. After all, ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Dilbit Dogma: On Pipelines to Tidewater

Friday, April 15, 2016 According to pipeline supporters and cheerleaders, one of the primary rationales for building pipelines to tidewater – Canada’s east or west coast – is to maximize the price that Canadians can get for tar sands oil by reaching world markets. A number of years ago this argument may have been true, ...

Alberta Politics: Just when the nattering nabobs of neoliberal negativism felt safe to write off the NDP, the crack of Doomsday opens!

PHOTOS: Actor David Suchet as Agatha Christie’s imaginary Hercule Poirot. Below: Postmedia Alberta Frankenpaper political columnist Lorne Gunter, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Prosperity Fund President Barry McNamar and the late Spiro T. Agnew, who is thought by some scholars to be the worst vice-president in U.S. history. This tale of ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Emission Omission: Canadian government plans to assess only some pipeline greenhouse gases

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 The Canadian government wants to know what you think about its plans to consider “upstream” greenhouse gas emissions associated with “major oil and gas projects.” But whatever you do, don’t look downstream – there’s no dirty fossil fuel pollution to see there, upstream is much prettier to look at. Since 89% ...

Alberta Politics: Deconstructing political discourse in Alberta: Doublethink is alive and well in recessionary Wild Rose Country

PHOTOS: Parson Manning spreads the Gospel of Market Fundamentalism in his days as leader of the Reform Party of Alberta. The actual neoliberal preacher-men of Confederation may not appear exactly as illustrated. Photo grabbed from Elmer Gantry, the movie. Below: Brian Jean, leader of the Wildrose Opposition (from wildrose.ca); the prime minister Trudeau whose policies ...

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Con Pipeline Hysteria

By the way Rona Ambrose and the Con zombies have been clamouring for the Energy East pipeline to be built NOW, you might think that if it isn't we're all doomed.Even though that's nonsense. And considering the state of the planet one might argue that the opposite is the case.So I'm glad to see that Justin Trudeau ...

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 4: The Iowa caucuses explained … sort of

After 15,723 polls, 787,252 hours of TV time, and 254 billion words written (all numbers estimates), the election process to choose the next President of the United States begins in earnest on Monday. If you’ve only been paying fleeting attention, you may well be saying, “What, Donald Trump isn’t president yet?” Well, no, he’s not, ...

Alberta Politics: C’mon … admit it, Wildrosers! Denis Coderre’s zinger burned because it landed a little too close for comfort

PHOTOS: Welcome to Bedrock City, AB. Actual rural Wildrose ridings in Southern Alberta may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Alberta Opposition Leader Brian Jean (CBC photo), Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day and Barney Rubble, MLA. It sure doesn’t look as if the pipeline safety concerns of Montreal Mayor Denis ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Oil Pimps and the Dangerous Pipeline Debate

It's quite the confrontation. Denis Coderre, the blowhard Mayor of Montreal, jackhammering plans for an Energy East pipeline. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre announced the city's official opposition to proposed Energy East pipeline project Thursday, saying the potential risks outweigh its possible economic benefits to communities including his.And Brad Wall, the blowhard oil pimp from Saskatchewan, threatening ...

Alberta Politics: A good day for Rachel Notley – but you’d never know it with media and opposition in full-scale, unrestrained meltdown

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at yesterday’s press conference in Toronto. Below: Ms. Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. You may have missed it, but something truly remarkable happened in Alberta politics yesterday. Premier Rachel Notley, after less ...

The Canadian Progressive: 100 groups urge Trudeau to halt Canada’s “broken” tar sands pipeline approval process

More than 100 groups from across Canada and the U.S. have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging him to halt Canada’s “broken” tar sands pipeline approval process. The post 100 groups urge Trudeau to halt Canada’s “broken” tar sands pipeline approval process appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau’s campaign co-chair invited TransCanada to lobby post-Harper government on Energy East

On Monday, Justin Trudeau’s national campaign co-chair Daniel Gagnier invited TransCanada, the company behind the proposed Energy East tar sands pipeline, to lobby the post-Harper government on Canada’s national energy strategy. The post Trudeau’s campaign co-chair invited TransCanada to lobby post-Harper government on Energy East appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Energy East: “Treaty and Aboriginal rights must be respected”

Energy East must respect treaty and Aboriginal rights, says the Ontario Energy Board in its just-released review of TransCanada’s proposed pipeline. The post Energy East: “Treaty and Aboriginal rights must be respected” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Energy East pipeline carries more risks than rewards for Ontario, says report

TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline carries more risks, such as oil spills, than rewards, for Ontario and First Nations, says the Ontario Energy Board in a new report. The post Energy East pipeline carries more risks than rewards for Ontario, says report appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Energy East pipeline carries more risks than rewards for Ontario: report

TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline carries more risks, such as oil spills, than rewards, for Ontario and First Nations, says the Ontario Energy Board in a new report. The post Energy East pipeline carries more risks than rewards for Ontario: report appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: NEB’s Energy East pipeline review must be suspended: Groups

Over 60 groups from across Canada recently asked the National Energy Board to suspend its biased review of TransCanada’s Energy East tar sands pipeline. The post NEB’s Energy East pipeline review must be suspended: Groups appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Energy East pipeline: Maude Barlow raises alarm in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Beginning April 11, communities along TransCanada’s proposed Energy East route in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will hear why the pipeline is all risk and little reward for them. The post Energy East pipeline: Maude Barlow raises alarm in Saskatchewan and Manitoba appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.