Alberta Politics: Give Jason Kenney, crowing about how good management made Alberta’s budget surplus possible, credit for chutzpah!

Give Jason Kenney credit for sheer brass! Yesterday, Alberta’s premier, so recently told by his own party to pack up his stuff and take a hike, was taking credit for the province’s unexpected recent resource jackpot. Alberta Pollster Janet Brown, forecasting good tidings for the UCP (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).

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Alberta Politics: Protecting free speech on campus? Forget about it, Pierre Poilievre is just dog-whistling

Federal Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre seems to have generated a lot of publicity for himself lately with a much re-tweeted pledge to force Canadian universities to “protect free speech” by withholding federal research grants and other funds from post-secondary institutions that won’t knuckle under to his demands. Former U.S.

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Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney’s cabinet shuffle, clearly necessary, nevertheless gets delivered in a slippery way

As is typical of the man, Jason Kenney’s cabinet shuffle yesterday, while clearly necessary, was delivered in a slippery manner. Justice Minister Tyler Shandro (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr). Leastways, the usual cheerful statement alerting the media that a big upcoming announcement was in the offing appeared in no one’s email inbox

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Alberta Politics: Rebecca Schulz vows to change the United Conservative Party’s nasty tone, but not necessarily its right-wing agenda

Promising to change the United Conservative Party’s tone, although not necessarily its right-wing agenda, Rebecca Schulz stepped forward in Calgary yesterday as the latest candidate to replace Jason Kenney as party leader and Alberta premier. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, whom Ms. Schulz hopes to replace (Photo: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr). She wants

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Alberta Politics: What do you do about a problem like Shane Getson, the UCP MLA whose Facebook post appeared to call for the PM to be lynched? 

With apologies to the Sound of Music, what do you do with a problem like Shane Getson? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Photo: Justin Trudeau/Flickr). More specifically, what should the Alberta Legislature do about a member like Shane Getson, the United Conservative Party MLA for the rural riding of Lac Ste.

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Alberta Politics: For a high-profile minister, UCP’s first official leadership candidate, Travis Toews, has flown under the radar

Despite his high-profile job as Alberta’s finance minister and soaring political ambitions, Travis Toews has kept a remarkably low profile.  Mr. Toews schmoozing supporters in the Alberta Legislative Building Rotunda (Photo: David J. Climenhaga). Just look at the uninformative media coverage of the announcement when Mr. Toews, Alberta’s minister of

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Alberta Politics: Kenney Government’s persistent habit of advocating U.S.-style gun laws bears repeating, and remembering

On May 17, just three days after the racial-hate-motivated massacre at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, N.Y., the Kenney Government was publicly complaining about new federal regulations intended to ensure that the increasingly frequent mass shootings in the United States stay south of the world’s longest undefended border. Alberta Premier

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Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to start your week. – The Associated Press reports on Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s warning that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Mary Papenfuss discusses how people living in Trump-supporting counties (with lower vaccination rates driven by COVID denialism) have thus far been twice as likely to die

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Alberta Politics: After 51% vote, Jason Kenney announces he’ll quit as UCP leader and Alberta premier – but maybe not just yet … 

Short days ago, Jason Kenney boasted to a right-wing podcaster in Washington, D.C., that he’d never lost an election.  Likely UCP leadership candidate Brian Jean (Photo: David J. Climenhaga). That changed yesterday with the result of a vote that, ironically, Alberta’s premier technically won by a hair.  But while Mr.

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