Category: Politics

Danielle Smith apologizes for no debate on floor-crossing

| January 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
Danielle Smith apologizes for no debate on floor-crossing

Danielle Smith says she misunderstood how angry people would be Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith issued an apology to her constituents Saturday saying she should have waited to hear from Albertans before she and other caucus members crossed the floor to join the governing Progressive Conservatives. Smith took to Facebook on Saturday to say she’s […]

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Wildrose leadership race begins, June 6 election announced

| January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Wildrose leadership race begins, June 6 election announced

Applications for candidates in Wildrose leadership race will be handed out Monday Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose party announced Friday it plans to pick its new leader June 6. The race won’t include controversial Calgary MP Rob Anders, who has mused to reporters about taking a run at the top job in the right-of-centre party after failing twice […]

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Prentice defends Dirks on classrooms delivery during byelection

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Prentice defends Dirks on classrooms delivery during byelection

Gordon Dirks promised to deliver modular classrooms to school in his riding days before byelection Premier Jim Prentice is defending Education Minister Gordon Dirks, saying a report that concluded Dirks used his office for political gain was “hardly a scathing criticism.” “He was motivated by a desire to do the right thing, and I continue […]

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Fred Horne, Edmonton-Rutherford MLA not seeking 3rd term

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Fred Horne, Edmonton-Rutherford MLA not seeking 3rd term

Fred Horne resigns after seven years of service Fred Horne, Conservative MLA for the riding of Edmonton-Rutherford has announced he will not be seeking a third term in office. “The opportunity to serve as representative and advocate for the people of my constituency for seven years, as minister of health for three years, and in […]

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Canada Revenue Agency wants to rebut journalists

| January 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
Canada Revenue Agency wants to rebut journalists

Canada Revenue Agency worried reporters ignore its “positive messages” The Canada Revenue Agency wants to set the record straight when journalists fail to include its upbeat take in their stories. A new document shows the Canada Revenue Agency  is considering a special web page to post rebuttals to media coverage it doesn’t like. The web […]

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Alberta hospitals maintenance neglected: NDP

| January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
Alberta hospitals maintenance neglected: NDP

Some Alberta hospitals need asbestos removal, fire sprinkler installation Alberta’s NDP leader says the safety of patients and health-care workers is at risk because the government has neglected infrastructure at some Alberta hospitals for years. Rachel Notley released documents Friday from a freedom-of-information request that show more than $100 million worth of maintenance projects are required at […]

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Prentice: Alberta deficits needed to stave off recession

| January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
Prentice: Alberta deficits needed to stave off recession

Alberta deficits could help as Alberta struggles with collapsing oil prices Premier Jim Prentice says low oil prices have put Alberta’s economy on a razor’s edge and the province needs to embrace budget deficits to avoid disaster. “We are actually warned by economists that to try to deal with this too quickly could actually trip […]

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Alberta PST considered to fix ailing, oil based economy

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Alberta PST considered to fix ailing, oil based economy

Prentice not ruling out Alberta PST Alberta’s prideful boast of being the only jurisdiction in Canada without a provincial sales tax may soon be history. Premier Jim Prentice, after declaring for weeks that a sales tax was off the table, conceded Tuesday that it’s up for discussion as low oil prices continue to bleed billions […]

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Low oil prices to keep Harper government in deficit: TD report

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Low oil prices to keep Harper government in deficit: TD report

Low oil prices could mean $2.3B shortfall One of Canada’s biggest banks says sliding oil prices could turn the federal government’s promised 2015-16 surplus into a deficit. A report by TD Bank is projecting Ottawa to run a $2.3-billion shortfall next fiscal year rather than the $1.6-billion surplus predicted by the government in November _ […]

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Alberta election? PCs may be readying for mid-March vote

| January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Alberta election? PCs may be readying for mid-March vote

Alberta election may be as early as this spring Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives are ramping up their candidate selection process, fuelling speculation that a spring election is on the way. PC party executive director Kelley Charlebois said Monday that on the weekend the party struck a committee to oversee nominations and plans to have 35 nominated […]

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