Province launches ‘Alberta is calling’ talent recruitment campaign

Province launches ‘Alberta is calling’ talent recruitment campaign

Premier Jason Kenney kicked off a campaign to lure skilled workers from Toronto and Vancouver as he doubled down on his criticism of a so-called Alberta sovereignty act pitched by one of the candidates running to replace him. Kenney held a news conference Monday to announce the United Conservative government’s plans to start recruiting workers … Read more

Alberta essay writer speaks out over controversial contest outcome

Alberta essay writer speaks out over controversial contest outcome

A woman who submitted an essay to Alberta’s ignominious “Her Vision Inspires” essay contest says she’s not necessarily looking for an apology for the results that critics have called racist, sexist, misogynist and fascist. Emelia Kazakawich said she would rather see the current provincial government change its ways. “I believe that a full apology comes … Read more

Alberta’s minister for women apologizes for giving prize to essay arguing women ‘not exactly equal to men’

Alberta’s minister for women apologizes for giving prize to essay arguing women ‘not exactly equal to men’

CALGARY—Alberta’s associate minister for the status of women has apologized for her role in awarding third prize in an essay contest to an entry that argued women are “not exactly equal” to men and that voiced concern about children being replaced by “foreigners.” The contest, which was meant for young women interested in politics, has … Read more

Alberta’s jobs minister Doug Schweitzer resigns

Alberta’s jobs minister Doug Schweitzer resigns

Alberta’s jobs minister Doug Schweitzer has resigned. In a tweet on Friday afternoon, Schweitzer announced he has provided Premier Jason Kenney with his resignation from Cabinet. He also said he will continue to serve as MLA until the end of the month or another date established closer to that time. “It was an honor to … Read more

Behind the COVID curtain: formerly confidential Alberta government documents made public

Behind the COVID curtain: formerly confidential Alberta government documents made public

The Provincial Court of Alberta released documents on Wednesday that provide the public a glimpse behind the curtain on how the UCP government decided when to begin removing Alberta’s COVID-19 restrictions in February. The documents — which were previously marked confidential — were ordered by provincial court to be turned over by one of the … Read more

Pro-life float at Alberta town’s Canada Day parade generates surprised reaction

Pro-life float at Alberta town’s Canada Day parade generates surprised reaction

Hundreds of people lined the streets in Olds, Alta., on Friday to watch the Canada Day parade, something they haven’t been able to do since before the COVID-19 pandemic began. For the most part, they were treated to the usual parade fodder: fire trucks, Mounties and various entries by local sports teams and community groups. … Read more

Alberta UCP leadership candidate Danielle Smith promises immediate sovereignty act

Alberta UCP leadership candidate Danielle Smith promises immediate sovereignty act

One of the front-runners to replace Jason Kenney as Alberta’s premier says if she wins, legislation would come this fall to ignore federal laws along with steps to create a provincial police force and tax-collection agency. Danielle Smith said the legislature would need to pass an Alberta sovereignty act as soon as possible to allow … Read more

Alberta electricity rebates to start in July

Alberta electricity rebates to start in July

Electricity rebates announced by the UCP government more than three months ago will begin arriving next month. In a news release Wednesday afternoon, the province said almost two million Albertans will receive rebates on their electricity bills beginning in July. Read more: Receive an energy reject text message? It’s a scam, says Alberta government More … Read more

Trudeau criticizes Alberta’s response to opioid crisis during Edmonton visit

Trudeau criticizes Alberta’s response to opioid crisis during Edmonton visit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized the Alberta government Tuesday for not addressing the opioid epidemic in ways that have proven to be effective elsewhere. “As a government we’ve continued to push for safe consumption sites,” Trudeau said at the old Mercer Warehouse, where he promoted his Liberal government’s budget plan to relax tax laws for … Read more

Brian Jean withdraws arbitration ahead of Kenney’s leadership review

Brian Jean withdraws arbitration ahead of Kenney’s leadership review

Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche MLA Brian Jean says he is letting United Conservative Party members decide the fate of the party after withdrawing an arbitration dispute with the party board over the change in the leadership review process. Jean and 11 other UCP members filed a notice of dispute with the UCP arbitration committee on … Read more