Category Archives: Alberta

Braid: Leaders erupt as Senate cuts Alberta out of tanker ban hearings

A Senate committee has ruled there will be no hearings in Alberta on Bill C-48, the atrocious tanker moratorium, which should really be called the Alberta Product Ban.

The committee will travel to Terrace and Prince Rupert, B.C. But the senators have twice voted down pleas to hold hearings in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

On Friday NDP Leader Rachel Notley sent a letter asking the Senate to reconsider. She urged Albertans to do the same.

“They don’t think the people of Alberta should be heard . . . I gotta tell you, this is kind of an unprecedented stampede of stupid,” Notley said.

“I’m stunned. Albertans deserve better from Canada.”


Corbella: Is NDP’s carbon tax more scandalous to voters than internal UCP drama?

If two recent polls hold true, Albertans will have a United Conservative Party government following the April 16 provincial election. As the saying goes, however, one week is a long time in politics, never mind four weeks, so anything could happen.

Nevertheless, UCP Leader Jason Kenney has long vowed that Bill 1 of his government would be to repeal the NDP government’s carbon tax — or as he calls it, the “tax on everything.”

Just how much of an effect will getting rid of the carbon tax have on struggling families and businesses?


Rachel Notley calls Alberta election for April 16

After weeks of speculation, NDP Leader Rachel Notley has made it official: it’s election time in Alberta.

The vote will take place on April 16, she said Tuesday morning in Calgary.

The start of the campaign comes one day after the NDP government delivered its throne speech in the legislature and amid a near-constant stream of controversies in recent days involving its main rival, the United Conservative Party led by Jason Kenney.

This’ll be One Down and Trudeau To Go.


Corbella: Poll indicates the NDP will ‘get clobbered’ in the coming Alberta election

If some of the actions of the Alberta NDP — such as filling quasi-judicial boards with controversial anti-oil activists just weeks before the provincial election — has you wondering how this can possibly be a wise election strategy, wonder no more.

The NDP can read polls just as well as the rest of us, and party members know they are headed for an electoral bloodbath if poll numbers hold steady in the election, which must be held before the end of May.


‘We are getting robbed blind’: Billboards call for Alberta to separate

Anti-Ottawa sentiment in Alberta has reached new heights with the installation of two billboard advertisements in high-visibility locations.

The ads have recently been put on display in Calgary and Edmonton. They ask the question “Should Alberta ditch Canada?” and link to Alberta Fights Back, a website promoting a province-wide referendum on separation.

“We are sick and tired,” campaign director Peter Downing told CTV Calgary.


The reality of the recession bites some Albertans harder. What that means for the election — and whoever wins

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a five-part series that’s a little different from what you usually read on CBC. In it, we add new reporting and analysis to the work of dozens of writers who have contributed to our Calgary at a Crossroads and Road Ahead projects over the past three years. The goal is to take stock of the turbulent times we’ve been through while exploring where we’re headed next — and how we might get there.


Corbella: Disastrous policies have created desperate times for Alberta’s young men

Renowned economist Jack Mintz, President’s Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, says it’s not surprising that jobs are down in light of oil curtailment. Sure, curtailment was needed and helped narrow the oil price differential, but when you make less oil, you need fewer workers.


I call HOAX – Edmonton mosque gets threatening letter promoting white supremacy

EDMONTON–An Edmonton mosque is calling on Albertans to condemn Islamophobia after receiving a threatening letter demonstrating a “flagrant display of white supremacy.”

The Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council (AMPAC) posted a letter on Facebook and Twitter Wednesday morning that was delivered to Markaz Ul Islam in southeast Edmonton, addressed on behalf of “real Albertans” and saying “you and your religion don’t belong here in Alberta.”

Right, a UCP supporter is going to send a threatening letter to a Mosque, purposely mentioning Jason Kenney and the UCP Party, not to mention prominently displaying the party’s Logo with an election on the horizon certain to turf the hated NDP out of office, sure if you say so. Nope, no sign of leftist desperation here.


Alberta: Our 51st state?

Alberta as our 51st state is not as far-fetched as it sounds at first blush.  The idea was written about by Peter Zeihan in Accidental Superpower (2014) and recently broached by Holman Jenkins, Jr. in no less than the Wall Street Journal.  Before diving into the politics and practicality of a Alberta leaving Canada, let’s first review some background to see why such a traumatic event could even be considered.

Unlike the U.S., which is netted together with the world’s best river system and a favorable geography and climate, Canada is the opposite.  Zeihan shows that three barriers split Canada into five largely autonomous regions.  They are the Rocky Mountains, the Canadian Shield, and the St. Lawrence River.


The British press arrives in Alberta’s oilsands — armed with ignorance and fake news

So where did The Economist get it wrong? Let’s start with how in its December attack on energy extraction in Canada (“Justin Trudeau’s climate plans are stuck in Alberta’s tar sands”), the magazine claimed Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is “demanding that the federal government speed up construction of a new pipeline to the west coast.” This was in reference to the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.


Premier Notley says ‘PIMBY’ to new Alberta refinery

On Premier Rachel Notley’s Christmas list was new petroleum refining capacity for her province of Alberta. In early December she issued a request for expressions of interest in new capacity to Alberta’s oil and gas industry and though nothing came down the chimney December 25 the end-date on her inquiry is February 8, so she may still not be disappointed. Alberta has four refineries at the moment but the premier evidently thinks a fifth, or maybe expansion of the existing ones, would help the province deal with its increasingly land-locked resources.