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Alberta budget: despite falling oil prices, province in the black

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta budget: despite falling oil prices, province in the black

Alberta budget revised, surplus reduced The Alberta budget will stay in the black this year despite plunging oil prices. Finance Minister Robin Campbell says in his second-quarter update that the forecast budget surplus for this fiscal year has been revised downward to $933 million. “We still expect to be in a surplus situation at the end […]

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Danielle Smith says no more Wildrose defectors

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Danielle Smith says no more Wildrose defectors

Wildrose leader has checked with remaining 13 members, all on side Alberta Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says that after talking to her team she is confident the caucus hemorrhaging has stopped. “There will be no more floor-crossings,” Smith told reporters Wednesday. She also said she is not resigning as leader and that the Opposition Wildrose […]

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Wildrose defectors sit as far away from former colleagues

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Wildrose defectors sit as far away from former colleagues

Ex-Wildrose members Kerry Towle and Ian Donovan will sit in back row of government side Progressive Conservative backbencher Kerry Towle began the first day of her new political life Tuesday watching her old boss fight for the issues she once championed for the Wildrose party. Towle quit the Wildrose along with Ian Donovan on Monday, […]

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Two Wildrose members cross the floor, join PCs

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Two Wildrose members cross the floor, join PCs

Kerry Towle and Ian Donovan leave Wildrose to join Prentice government Alberta’s Official Opposition Wildrose party continued a descent into disarray Monday as two members, including key caucus lieutenant Kerry Towle, bolted to join Premier Jim Prentice. “Two individuals who I have admired from a distance today have joined the Progressive Conservative caucus,” Prentice, flanked […]

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Canadian veterans demand answers for $1.13 billion in lapsed funds

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian veterans demand answers for $1.13 billion in lapsed funds

Canadian veterans groups say Tories’ strategy is to cut the deficit by not using allocated funds Canadian veterans groups are responding angrily to news that the federal department responsible for their care and benefits was unable to spend upwards of $1.1 billion of its budget over seven years. The figures are contained in answers to […]

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Wildrose equal rights policy voted down, VP Terrence Lo quits

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Wildrose equal rights policy voted down, VP Terrence Lo quits

Terrence Lo, Asian, atheist, parent of gay son says he can’t in good conscience stay in Wildrose party A constituency vice-president with Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose is resigning over the party’s refusal to pass a definitive statement on equal rights at its annual meeting. In his resignation letter, Terrence Lo says that as an Asian, atheist […]

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Michael Sona, robocall scandal staffer, sentenced to nine months

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Michael Sona, robocall scandal staffer, sentenced to nine months

Michael Sona robocall scandal called ‘an affront to the electoral process’ Michael Sona, the former Conservative staffer convicted in the 2011 robocalls scandal, was sentenced Wednesday to nine months in jail for what the judge called “an affront to the electoral process.” Justice Gary Hearn called his task “a difficult and troublesome sentencing.” The Crown had […]

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Alberta throne speech: Economic growth, return to ethics and three Rs

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta throne speech: Economic growth, return to ethics and three Rs

Cleaning up oilsands tailings ponds part of Alberta throne speech Premier Jim Prentice’s government promised Monday to move Alberta to a more prosperous, responsible economy and back to the basics on ethics and education. “Nine weeks ago we put Alberta under new management,” Lt.-Gov. Don Ethell read in the throne speech to open a new […]

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Rachel Notley, new Alberta NDP leader, has politics in DNA

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Rachel Notley, new Alberta NDP leader, has politics in DNA

Alberta NDP could make big gains in next election, says Rachel Notley Rachel Notley wasn’t even 10 years-old when she went on her first protest march. It was in the early 1970s, in Edmonton, with her mother Sandy. “She took me on some anti-war demonstration. I honestly can’t even remember what it was,” said Notley in an […]

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Len Webber wins federal Tory nod in Calgary Confederation

| September 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Len Webber wins federal Tory nod in Calgary Confederation

Len Webber defeats Susanne DiCocco for CPC nomination Calgary PC MLA Len Webber, 53, is the new Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the new federal riding of Calgary Confederation. Len Webber tweeted last night that he won the nomination, defeating Susanne DiCocco for the right to represent Stephen Harper’s Tories in the upcoming 2015 election. Len Webber left provincial […]

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