Alberta online politics news

  • 14.03.2017 15:26

    Memo to Notley NDP. From: Rick Bell, columnist Calgary Sun. Marked URGENT. A new Mainstreet Research poll reveals what you will hear on the street if you travel those streets from one end of this province to the other. Most people aren't buying what you're selling. They just aren't. This is not meant as an insult. This is the truth. They want a change in direction and they want it now. ...

  • 14.03.2017 00:56

    The provincial government is asking Albertans to weigh in on its labour laws. The province’s employment standards code and labour relations code, which govern things like maternity and parental leave and the collective bargaining process, haven’t been significantly updated in years. Labour Minister Christina Gray said Monday that Alberta is out of step with the rest of the country, especially ...

  • 11.03.2017 03:18

    They were elected at the same time and served together around the cabinet table, but two former Tory finance minister illustrate the deep split among many long-time Progressive Conservatives as the party heads toward a defining leadership vote. After a bruising and bitter contest dominated by Jason Kenney's call to unite the PCs with the Wildrose, Tory delegates will select the party's new ...

  • 10.03.2017 22:20

    The federal government has announced $6 million to help Alberta respond to the growing effects of what it calls a significant overdose crisis. Alberta is the second province to receive emergency funding to combat the crisis, after $10 million was pledged for B.C. last month. The funding comes as numbers released by the provincial government last month show 343 people died in Alberta from an apparent ...

  • 10.03.2017 20:26

    OTTAWA — Health Minister Jane Philpott confirmed Friday that Ottawa has reached health agreements with Quebec, Ontario and Alberta — a dramatic turnaround after months of negotiations and threats of walkouts at meetings last year. Philpott confirmed the deals in the House of Commons with a wide grin and high-fives with her fellow cabinet ministers. No additional details were immediately ...

  • 10.03.2017 19:54

    OTTAWA — Health Minister Jane Philpott confirmed Friday that Ottawa has reached health agreements with Quebec, Ontario and Alberta — a dramatic turnaround after months of negotiations and threats of walkouts at meetings last year. Philpott confirmed the deals in the House of Commons with a wide grin and high-fives with her fellow cabinet ministers. No additional details were immediately available. ...

  • 10.03.2017 16:30

    HOUSTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it clear he is flatly against a proposed U.S. border adjustment tax, telling a global gathering of politicians and energy sector executives it would hurt the economy in both countries. "Recognizing, of course, how much the Canadian economy depends on close collaboration and integration with the American economy, anything that creates impediments at ...

  • 10.03.2017 15:54

    The province's justice minister announced plans on Thursday to hire 35 Crown prosecutors and 30 court support staff members to address backlogs in Alberta courts.  The announcement comes on the heels of the release of a nine-page protocol for prosecutors that outlines a “triage” system that encourages staying charges in certain types of cases, or pushing for early resolution ...

  • 09.03.2017 04:38

    Liberal Leader David Swann says grim statistics from the Calgary police on fentanyl-related overdoses and crimes show the need for greater action from the NDP government on the crisis surrounding the deadly drug. In question period Wednesday, Swann said Calgary police had responded to 223 fentanyl-related overdose calls in 2016, the first year the service began tracking those numbers. And according ...

  • 09.03.2017 01:54

    OTTAWA — Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould fended off suggestions she was stirring up a debate on abortion Wednesday, as she introduced legislation to eliminate so-called "zombie laws" from the Criminal Code. Zombie laws are sections of the law that remain in the Criminal Code despite having been deemed unconstitutional by the courts. Among those is the statute dealing with abortion, ...

  • 08.03.2017 23:22

    Opponents of Alberta government plans to build a dam in Springbank to help control flooding gained an ally Wednesday: the Tsuut'ina Nation. Chief Lee Crowchild said in a statement the nation has "learned from third party sources" that the proposed dry dam would directly impact Tsuut'ina lands, especially in the Redwood Meadows community. Crowchild faults the Alberta government for ...

  • 08.03.2017 22:38

    Albertans shouldn’t expect a big spending budget next week, the finance minister warned during a speech on Wednesday. Finance Minister Joe Ceci both dampened expectations for the March 16 budget and expressed very cautious optimism about the province’s economic outlook in a speech at a Conference Board of Canada event at the downtown Westin Hotel. Any near-term growth the province experiences ...

  • 08.03.2017 17:16

    A Wildrose MLA complained Tuesday about political messaging from the non-partisan civil service and questioned government employees on their political affiliation. At a public accounts committee meeting at the Federal Building, Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt grilled Corey Hogan, the managing director of the public affairs bureau, about the political ties of his colleagues. Hogan was in the ...

  • 07.03.2017 23:18

    The Alberta government has announced the first two public meetings to discuss recreation uses in southern Alberta and the Castle parks area. Public information sessions will be held March 10 at the Pincher Creek Community Centre from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and March 11 at the Chain Lakes Provincial Park MD of Ranchlands Building from 2-5 p.m. Alberta Environment and Parks staff will be on hand to answer ...

  • 07.03.2017 22:56

    A former Progressive Conservative director who resigned from the party board after being accused of bias by Jason Kenney supporters wants her position back. Denise Brunner had been cleared by the party of any wrongdoing but stepped down as vice-president of organization in January to avoid being a distraction. But in an email sent to the board this week, Brunner said she was withdrawing her resignation ...

  • 06.03.2017 22:26

    Alberta’s four opposition caucuses will stand together against the province's opioid crisis as the business of Alberta's legislature gets underway Monday. The Wildrose, Progressive Conservative, Liberal and Alberta parties will hold a joint press conference late Monday morning to urge the NDP government to take immediate action. Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann last week called for ...

  • 05.03.2017 23:56

    Giving indigenous people a greater say in the operation of national parks and the creation of new protected areas is on the agenda at a major conference in Alberta this week. First Nations leaders and officials from the federal and provincial governments will review proposals that could give more legal weight to protected areas designated by bands, said Steve Nitah, a delegate to the Canadian Parks ...

  • 04.03.2017 06:34

    The daughter of a man killed during a warehouse stabbing spree burst into tears Friday when a jury found an Edmonton man guilty of two counts of first-degree murder. Jayme Pasieka, 32, was also convicted of four counts each of attempted murder and aggravated assault. Patricia Harris, who sat in the front row of the courtroom gallery for almost every moment of the eight-day trial, cried when the verdicts ...

  • 04.03.2017 01:14

    While the NDP government is committed to the current model of funding private schools for now, Education Minister David Eggen isn't ruling out reviewing the public money going to independent schools in this term of government. Last week, a coalition of public school, labour and advocacy groups called on the NDP to phase out public funding for private schools over the next three years, with the ...

  • 04.03.2017 00:24

    Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel says people who illegally enter Canada from a safe place where they are not “fleeing direct persecution” should face charges. And Rempel is calling on the Liberal government to state clearly if it believes the United States is a safe country. Rempel took to Facebook Friday to share her reaction to a report from The Globe and Mail that said the RCMP has ...

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