Alberta online politics news

  • 24.03.2017 16:46

    An outside adviser has urged the education minister to close a “significant gap” in law that sets different expectations for public and private schools’ accommodation of LGBTQ students and staff. Minister David Eggen issued a ministerial order Thursday based on the adviser’s report, telling two defiant Edmonton-area Christian private schools they must allow students to create ...

  • 24.03.2017 04:02

    Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says the NDP government intends to keep a closer eye on compensation for senior executives at Alberta Health Services, though it doesn't see their salaries as out of line. The Health ministry's 2017-20 business plan released with the provincial budget last week commits to improving governance within the health care system. In an interview Thursday, Hoffman pointed ...

  • 23.03.2017 16:56

    The political war chests are being prepared for the expected leadership battle of a new united conservative party. That party doesn't even exist yet — it might not form at all — but a group calling itself the Alberta Fund has already registered as a third-party political advertiser. Its mission: To promote Wildrose Leader Brian Jean as the next premier of Alberta. The Alberta Fund is ...

  • 23.03.2017 01:54

    Conservative MP Michelle Rempel accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of losing "his shit" in the House of Commons Wednesday after he was questioned on the government's proposed changes to Parliament's rules. During a particularly raucous question period — and just hours before the government unveiled its second budget — Rempel rose in the House to ask Trudeau about his reaction to ...

  • 23.03.2017 00:26

    OTTAWA — The federal government aims to deter new oil and gas wells, by ending favourable tax schedules for carbon-intense drilling, while easing the cost of geothermal heating projects. The Liberals’ budget, tabled Wednesday in Parliament, will also provide Premier Rachel Notley with a one-time, no-strings-attached $30 million payment in the upcoming financial year. The budget doesn’t ...

  • 22.03.2017 20:54

    EDMONTON — Alberta's education minister wants a central school division to immediately re-evaluate a course entitled "Women Studies." The course — offered to girls in Grades 6 to 9 — focuses on hairstyling, recipes and interior decor. Minister David Eggen said the government has made gender equity a top priority and understands why concerns are being raised about the content of the course ...

  • 22.03.2017 20:32

    EDMONTON — Alberta’s education minister wants a central school division to immediately re-evaluate a course entitled “Women Studies.” The course — offered to girls in Grades 6 to 9 — focuses on hairstyling, recipes and interior decor. Minister David Eggen says the government understands why concerns are being raised about the content of the course. In an emailed ...

  • 22.03.2017 16:10

    The province has taken a good step to deal with increased rural crime by hiring more Crown prosecutors and judges, the head of the association for rural municipal leaders says. "That has been a pent-up demand … and now they're trying to adjust for that. I think that's a great approach," Al Kemmere, president of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts ...

  • 22.03.2017 01:44

    Liquor importers and bar owners who say they have seen their sales decline as a result of the Alberta government's changes to the province's beer taxation system will gather Wednesday night to raise funds for a formal trade complaint lodged last summer. Dubbed "Raise a Glass for Free Trade," the event will be held at Bottlescrew Bill's Pub to raise money for legal costs associated ...

  • 21.03.2017 22:38

    Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she wouldn’t bring in a provincial sales tax without seeking a mandate from voters. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said this week his government is considering an increase to consumption taxes as it wrestles with a budget deficit brought on in part by low resource prices. In a Facebook post made ahead of his government’s budget Wednesday, Wall said provinces ...

  • 21.03.2017 21:28

    EDMONTON — The Canadian Cancer Society is urging the Alberta government to finally enact legislation to ban young people from using indoor tanning beds. The Skin Cancer Prevention (Artificial Tanning) Act was passed by the legislature in March 2015, but has not been put into force. Evie Eshpeter, a society spokeswoman, said the two-year delay is putting young people at risk of developing skin ...

  • 21.03.2017 20:54

    Canada's university presidents are helping to spread the cancer of mob censorship. Western University is the latest offender, imposing a $1,040 security fee on students who are hosting University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson. Dr. Peterson made national headlines for refusing his university's edict to use gender-neutral pronouns. Professor Jordan Peterson speaks at the University of ...

  • 20.03.2017 23:22

    A merger of the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties would be difficult but legally allowable, says a group of lawyers dubbing themselves the Alberta Conservative Consolidation Committee.   Elections Alberta has said there is no legal mechanism to merge provincial political parties and provincial law forbids transferring assets between two parties. However, in a legal opinion released ...

  • 20.03.2017 21:02

    Newly elected Progressive Conservative leader Jason Kenney will meet with Wildrose leader Brian Jean at 3 p.m. in Edmonton Monday to talk unity. It’s the first post-victory meeting for the former federal Conservative colleagues, who are both angling for leadership of a united conservative force in Alberta politics. Kenney won 75 per cent of the PC leadership convention vote in Calgary over the ...

  • 20.03.2017 18:06

    CALGARY — The new leader of Alberta's Progressive Conservative party wants to begin negotiations as soon as possible with the opposition Wildrose with a goal of merging the two parties before the next provincial election. Former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney will meet with Wildrose leader Brian Jean today in Edmonton. Kenney says there is a lot of work ahead but if all goes ...

  • 19.03.2017 21:02

    Calgary — Newly minted Progressive Conservative leader Jason Kenney will meet with the party board on Sunday to start the ball rolling on unification. Getting more than 1,400 delegates to Calgary for the leadership vote was the relatively easy part, now the party must figure out its next steps. With an election looming just two years away, party president Katherine O'Neill said Saturday she ...

  • 18.03.2017 23:02

    With provincial Progressive Conservatives poised to select a new leader Saturday after a campaign dominated by the issue of uniting-the-right, candidate Richard Starke drew cheers and boos as he laid out the case against unity. As candidates made their closing arguments in speeches Saturday morning, Starke warned that a new united conservative party as called for by frontrunner Jason Kenney would be ...

  • 18.03.2017 21:50

    Assault charges are being laid against Alan Hallman, former campaign organizer for PC candidate Jason Kenney, after he was arrested Friday night at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary. Calgary police confirmed they were called to a disturbance around 11 p.m. Friday at the Telus Convention Centre, where the PC leadership convention was being held. Hallman was subsequently charged with common assault, ...

  • 18.03.2017 21:18

    A former Jason Kenney campaign organizer has been charged with assault after an incident at the Progressive Conservative leadership convention. Calgary police confirmed Saturday morning that officers were called to the Calgary Convention Centre just before midnight to deal with a disturbance involving Alan Hallman. Hallman was cuffed by security and kept in a room until police arrived just after 1 ...

  • 18.03.2017 20:52

    Alberta's Progressive Conservatives have gathered in Calgary to select their next leader and by that choice, chart the party's future. Delegates to the convention have a big decision to make between two candidates who want the party to remain independent and one who has vowed to seek a new coalition with the Wildrose Party in hopes that uniting the right-of-centre parties will help deliver ...

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