Alberta online politics news

  • 18.03.2017 15:36

    CALGARY - Alberta Progressive Conservatives are meeting Saturday in Calgary to choose a new leader. Former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney is running against Alberta PC legislature member Richard Starke and party member Byron Nelson. It's the first delegate convention run by the party in 30 years. The leadership race has been dominated by Kenney's plan to fold up the PCs to merge with ...

  • 17.03.2017 17:38

    Alberta's Progressive Conservatives gather in Calgary on Saturday to pick a new leader, capping a potentially watershed campaign defined by the existential question of whether the party should even exist. Leadership candidate Richard Starke said the exchange of ideas was eclipsed in the race by debates over the plan put forward by rival candidate Jason Kenney to wind up the party and seek a new ...

  • 17.03.2017 16:14

    Alberta's 2017-18 budget had bits and pieces for everyone. Sun reporter Juris Graney looks at some of the areas that might affect you. Families and the vulnerable Families and vulnerable Albertans were a significant part of the government's funding pledge Thursday. An extra $27 million is in the budget for the Alberta Child Benefit program, taking it to $174 million. The program, now in its ...

  • 17.03.2017 16:14

    Fort McMurray — The wildfire last May hurt crude oil production, manufacturing and led to more than seven million lost work hours in Wood Buffalo, according to Statistics Canada data presented Thursday to the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce. However, some of Fort McMurray’s political leadership are confident the economic damage will be repaired through the rebuilding phase and an uptick ...

  • 17.03.2017 02:24

    If you haven’t seen any numbers from Thursday’s budget yet, put down your coffee, or beer or whatever else you’re taking a sip of at the moment. OK. Now get a load of this: In a mere three years, Alberta will be $71 billion in debt. Billion with a b. The heady, debt-free days of Ralph Klein already seem like ancient history, and in a couple of years they will be a mere fragment of ...

  • 17.03.2017 02:04

    Calgary families with kids in school are expected to benefit from a reduction in school fees and funding for up to five new schools over the next year. And while specifics on how much fees will be reduced and where the new facilities will be built are unclear, the provincial budget released Wednesday by the NDP government vows to “make a real difference” in the lives of Alberta families. ...

  • 17.03.2017 02:02

    A new government grant program aimed at giving Alberta’s craft distillers a boost will be modelled on an existing program for craft beer makers, even though that program is being challenged in the courts by out-of-province brewers. The Notley government announced in Thursday’s budget a plan to create a new program to grow the province’s fledgling craft distillery business. While the ...

  • 16.03.2017 15:50

    The government abruptly stopped debate Wednesday on whether to allow interim Progressive Conservative leader Ric McIver to delay paying a penalty levied by the ethics commissioner last year while he mounts a legal challenge. Government house leader Brian Mason said he doesn't know when the issue will be discussed again and that he "needed to get a little bit more information" before proceeding. ...

  • 16.03.2017 15:50

    Albertans can expect some fiscal appetizers for families, infrastructure spending and a deficit when Finance Minister Joe Ceci unveils the budget, expected at 3:15 p.m. Thursday. It's the third budget for the NDP, but with a looming $10.8-billion black hole in the provincial coffers, Albertans shouldn't expect any huge surprises. Ceci has said repeatedly over the last few days his government ...

  • 16.03.2017 06:56

    As Albertans look ahead to the provincial budget Thursday, the Wildrose Opposition has a few recommendations for the government. At a news conference at the Alberta legislature Wednesday, the party called for repealing the carbon tax and cancelling any spending associated with its revenue, reducing the size of the bureaucracy through attrition and forming a fiscal reform commission that would help ...

  • 16.03.2017 01:42

    It was an unexpected windfall a dying Cochrane mom used to buy some final gifts for her kids just days before she lost her two-year battle with cancer. But Alisa Slager's death on Jan. 18 meant the $180 carbon tax rebate she received from the Alberta government was no longer hers to spend, so Slager's grieving parents received a bill. And despite their bitterness over the callous correspondence, ...

  • 16.03.2017 01:36

    The community of Redwood Meadows has joined the Tsuut'ina Nation in a renewed fight against the Springbank dry dam project, citing concerns around the potential impact of water back up and pollutants during a major flood event. But Calgary proponents of the project are concerned mounting opposition could delay what they consider an urgently-needed shield against an inevitable future flood in the ...

  • 16.03.2017 00:00

    REGINA — Saskatchewan Justice Minister Gord Wyant says he knows people are frustrated about rural crime, but they shouldn't take the law into their own hands. A resolution passed Tuesday at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities convention says rural crime has increased and people don't have sufficient rights to protect themselves and property. The association will lobby the federal ...

  • 15.03.2017 01:38

    The Alberta government is considering a series of reforms to workplace laws that could encompass everything from enhancing job-protected leaves, to making it easier for workers to unionize. The sweeping review, which aims to update the province's Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code for the first time since 1988, is being applauded by representatives of organized labour who say Alberta ...

  • 15.03.2017 01:20

    If Marie Casey was still alive when she received a bill from the province, demanding she return her $100 rebate from the NDP's carbon tax, the feisty great grandmother wouldn't have minced words. "She'd tell them to stuff it and keep it," said Darlene Piche, the daughter of the recently passed Strathmore woman, who was floored when she received the notice from the government to ...

  • 15.03.2017 01:20

    Alberta's Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman apologized Tuesday for saying the official opposition is "spending a lot of time with sewer rats." Hoffman made the comment on Monday in the legislative assembly in response to a question from Jason Nixon, the Wildrose member for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre. Hoffman said Tuesday there's no excuse for what she said, and she wished she had ...

  • 15.03.2017 01:06

    EDMONTON — Alberta's deputy premier is apologizing for a comment in which she accused the Opposition Wildrose party of hanging out with "sewer rats." Sarah Hoffman said she was sorry on the record in the legislature on Tuesday and repeated her apology later outside the house. "I apologize to members of the assembly and also to anyone else who was offended by those remarks," ...

  • 15.03.2017 00:00

    Many Albertans have May 2019 circled on their calendars -- our next provincial election and the first opportunity to remove the NDP from power. Beyond Alberta, however, Trudeau's Liberals have also inflicted damage on our provincial economy. Thankfully, 2019 will also feature a federal election. During that election it's important for Alberta voters to have a credible and principled candidate ...

  • 14.03.2017 22:26

    Alberta's $10.8 billion deficit isn't going anywhere soon. In the lead-up to Thursday's release of Budget 2017, Finance Minister Joe Ceci said Tuesday his government will continue to act as a shock absorber — taking the hit in the short-term for long-term benefit. "Acting as a shock absorber doesn’t mean you throw Albertans and their ability to get services and programs ...

  • 14.03.2017 15:26

    Edmonton could launch a last-minute bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after plans in Durban, South Africa, fell through Monday. The news came as a surprise, but had local officials musing about the possibility. "This raises some interesting possibilities ... but the city could not undertake this alone," said Mayor Don Iveson. Edmonton was the second-to-last city in the 2022 race before ...

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