Category: Provincial

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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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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Prentice says Alberta won’t spend way out of low oil prices

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Prentice says Alberta won’t spend way out of low oil prices

Moody’s says AB, SK in best financial position to weather low oil prices Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says his government doesn’t plan to spend its way out of the problems created by the falling price of oil. Prentice told the legislature today his government is committed primarily to finding economies within its own departments. He […]

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Bill 10 statement released by Premier Jim Prentice

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Bill 10 statement released by Premier Jim Prentice

Bill 10 put on hold Thursday by Prentice to allow for further consultation On Thursday afternoon, Alberta premier Jim Prentice announced he is putting on hold the controversial Bill 10.  The legislation attempted to address the rights of LGBQT youth and parents in Alberta schools as well as the autonomy of school boards and the constitutional rights […]

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Prentice puts Bill 10 on hold for more consultation

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Prentice puts Bill 10 on hold for more consultation

Opposition to Bill 10 said some conditions could be stigmatizing Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has put on hold Bill 10 which would have allowed gay students to form support groups, but only if schools approved them. Prentice says the bill has added to rather than resolved divisions on the issue and more consultations are needed. […]

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Bill 10: Critics say amendment opens door to segregation

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Bill 10: Critics say amendment opens door to segregation

Wildrose, Libs, NDP and three PC backbenchers voted against Bill 10 Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives, facing mounting resistance on a controversial bill, have passed an amendment that opponents say opens the door to segregating some gay youth who want to form support clubs. The amendment to Bill 10 passed 38-17, with only three Progressive Conservative backbenchers voting against […]

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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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