Category: Politics

Prentice says Wildrose migration to PCs a month in the making

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Prentice says Wildrose migration to PCs a month in the making

Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith says some party members wanted to take party in opposite direction Quiet talks to unite the Opposition caucus with Alberta’s governing Progressive Conservatives were already underway when Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith denounced two of her colleagues who had crossed the floor. Premier Jim Prentice says an emissary from the Wildrose […]

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Danielle Smith betrayal one of epic proportions

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Danielle Smith betrayal one of epic proportions

Was Danielle Smith undermining WRP by-election campaigns while negotiating with Prentice? Two and a half years ago, Beacon News was blackballed by the Wildrose Party for a story about leader Danielle Smith on the campaign trail. The piece, by Christopher Walsh, was a throw back to Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journalism style of the 1970s. […]

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How Redford’s missteps led to downfall of the Wildrose

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
How Redford’s missteps led to downfall of the Wildrose

Talk of merger between Wildrose and Tories following Jim Prentice leadership win By Peter Stockland for Troy Media The late, great Rod Love believed fervently that democracy turns on small things. Over a longish lunch at Buon Giorno restaurant on 17th Avenue S.W. many years ago, Love related to a listening reporter the lesson he […]

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Jonathan Denis says he has ‘open mind’ on Wildrose floor crossers

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Jonathan Denis says he has ‘open mind’ on Wildrose floor crossers

Jonathan Denis says he’s ‘prepared to leave past grievances in the past’ Alberta Premier Jim Prentice’s caucus is discussing a bid by as many as seven official Opposition members to cross the floor, and at least one cabinet minister says he’s keeping an “open mind.” “I’m prepared to put my best foot forward. I’m prepared […]

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Tsilhqot’in Nation decision means new relationship with resource developers

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Tsilhqot’in Nation decision means new relationship with resource developers

Tsilhqot’in Nation insists it will be a partner in resource development When the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a land title decision in favour of British Columbia’s Tsilhqot’in Nation, aboriginal leaders celebrated saying it gives their group a solid legal weapon to remind governments and potential industrial developers of who holds the power. It’s […]

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Wildrose Party down by 7 MLAs after defections

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Wildrose Party down by 7 MLAs after defections

Wildrose Party could lose more MLAs in coming days Sources say seven members of the Opposition Wildrose Party, including leader Danielle Smith, will seek to cross the floor to the governing Progressive Conservatives. The party sources, who spoke with The Canadian Press on the condition of anonymity, say house leader Rob Anderson is also on […]

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Wildrose defections part of Prentice fiscal master plan?

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Wildrose defections part of Prentice fiscal master plan?

Are Danielle Smith and her Wildrose Party colleagues a Trojan Horse inside the PCAA? Albertans awoke Tuesday to discover the Official Opposition Wildrose Party is considering deserting en masse to the government benches. The question Martha and Henry are likely asking as they rub sleep from their eyes is, Why? The Canadian Press is reporting the […]

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Wildrose caucus to meet to talk about merging with PCs: sources

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Wildrose caucus to meet to talk about merging with PCs: sources

Two Wildrose MLAs quit party three weeks ago Alberta’s opposition Wildrose caucus is expected to meet Tuesday to discuss merging with Premier Jim Prentice’s Progressive Conservatives, sources have told The Canadian Press. If merger talks fail, there may be four or more defections to the Tory team, said one source. The sources spoke on condition […]

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Prentice: Caucus has final say over Wildrose, PC merger

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Prentice: Caucus has final say over Wildrose, PC merger

Wildrose leader Danielle Smith will poll team Tuesday on joining the PCs Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says any attempt by elected members of the Opposition Wildrose to join the government would ultimately be decided by his Progressive Conservative caucus. Beyond that, the premier wasn’t commenting Tuesday on reports that several Wildrose members were seeking to […]

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Privacy commissioner investigates Lukaszuk cellphone bill leak

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Privacy commissioner investigates Lukaszuk cellphone bill leak

Lukaszuk cellphone bill leaked during PC leadership race Alberta’s privacy commissioner is investigating a government department for leaking a politician’s cellphone bill. Commission spokesman Scott Sibbald said Monday that the bill belonged to former cabinet minister Thomas Lukaszuk. It was leaked to the Edmonton Sun in August and showed that Lukaszuk had rung up more […]

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