Smith announces financial relief measures for Albertans during televised address

Smith announces financial relief measures for Albertans during televised address

Many Albertans will receive financial relief from the provincial government amid the ongoing inflation and affordability crisis, Premier Danielle Smith announced on Tuesday night. During a televised address, Smith revealed her government plans to provide a $600 payment over the next six months for each child under 18 in families with lower incomes. The threshold … Read more

Alberta NDP calls on Premier Danielle Smith to come clean on pursuing health-care user fees

Alberta NDP calls on Premier Danielle Smith to come clean on pursuing health-care user fees

Alberta’s Opposition says Premier Danielle Smith must dump health spending accounts — and if she doesn’t dump them, clarify if she still believes they’re a good way to convince people to pay out of pocket for doctor visits and surgeries. “Danielle Smith’s agenda is literally advocating for the dismantling of public health care,” NDP Leader … Read more

Alberta chief critical of Premier Danielle Smith’s claim of Indigenous roots

Alberta chief critical of Premier Danielle Smith’s claim of Indigenous roots

A First Nations leader in Alberta is questioning Premier Danielle Smith’s claim of Indigenous heritage. Smith has said she has some Cherokee roots and years ago declared herself as a person of mixed race. Chief Tony Alexis of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, west of Edmonton, said Friday that a true Indigenous person would not go … Read more

Alberta First Nations leaders stand against premier’s sovereignty act

Alberta First Nations leaders stand against premier’s sovereignty act

In what may have been an unprecedented show of unanimity, all of Alberta’s treaty chiefs have spoken out strongly against the provincial government’s proposed sovereignty act. “It is nothing but a dangerous and damaging plan to undermine democracy and abandon the rule of law,”” said Chief Darcy Dixon of the Bearspaw Nation, one of dozens … Read more

‘Warped stance on COVID’: Fired Alberta Health Services board member calls out Smith

‘Warped stance on COVID’: Fired Alberta Health Services board member calls out Smith

A health system leader fired by Premier Danielle Smith has fired back in an open letter, saying her abusive, divisive attacks, blended with “warped” anti-science beliefs, make her a poor excuse for a leader and one literally putting Albertans in harm’s way . “(Albertans) are entitled to governance that is principle-based, respects decency and inspires … Read more

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith wins Brooks-Medicine Hat byelection

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith wins Brooks-Medicine Hat byelection

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is back in the legislature after winning a seat more than seven years after she left. Smith has defeated four opponents to win the byelection in the constituency of Brooks-Medicine Hat in the southeastern corner of the province. With all polls reporting NDP candidate Gwendoline Dirk was second while Barry Morishita … Read more

Premier Smith says journey to fix Alberta health-care system will be ‘bumpy’ and ‘perilous’

Premier Smith says journey to fix Alberta health-care system will be ‘bumpy’ and ‘perilous’

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is promising rocky times ahead as she reorganizes the entire governance structure of provincial health services before the end of January. “It’s going to be a bit bumpy for the next 90 days,” Smith said Thursday in a speech to the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. “I know that it’s perilous to … Read more

Danielle Smith addresses comments about unvaccinated being ‘most discriminated against group’

Danielle Smith addresses comments about unvaccinated being ‘most discriminated against group’

On Wednesday, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith released a statement regarding comments she made a day earlier about people who chose not to be vaccinated being “the most discriminated against group that I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime.” The comment garnered widespread criticism online and from other political figures in Canada. In a statement issued just … Read more

‘Most discriminated against group’: Alberta premier pledges to protect unvaccinated

‘Most discriminated against group’: Alberta premier pledges to protect unvaccinated

Danielle Smith, sworn in Tuesday as Alberta’s new premier, said she will shake up the top tier of the health system within three months and amend provincial human rights law to protect those who choose not to get vaccinated. “(The unvaccinated) have been the most discriminated-against group that I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime,” Smith … Read more

Alberta’s Kenney urges Poilievre not to focus on ‘fringe issues’

Alberta’s Kenney urges Poilievre not to focus on ‘fringe issues’

Outgoing Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says federal Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre needs to steer away from “fringe issues” if he aims to lead not only the party but the country. And he thinks “[Poilievre] is doing that.” Speaking to The West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, Kenney said, “I think he’s really in his wheelhouse, focusing on … Read more