Kenney government hires ex-Postmedia columnist for war room

Will develop a strategic plan "that will lay the foundation for restoring Alberta’s reputation in the fight for our oil and gas sector"

Kenney government hires ex-Postmedia columnist for war roomThe Alberta government has hired a former Postmedia columnist to “fight back” against what it says are the “lies and myths being spread about Alberta’s energy industry.” Oil-and-gas reporter Claudia Cattaneo has been contracted to develop a strategic plan "that will lay the foundation for restoring Alberta’s reputation in the fight for our oil and…

Quebec needs Alberta as much as Alberta needs Quebec

Premier-elect Jason Kenney’s outstretched hand should not be ignored by Quebec

Quebec needs Alberta as much as Alberta needs QuebecIn a speech following his election victory this week, Alberta premier-designate Jason Kenney extended a hand to Quebec, urging the province not to hinder the development of Alberta’s energy sector. We Quebecers should listen to him. Alberta needs Quebec in the same way that Quebec needs Alberta. Alberta is looking for outlets for its hydrocarbons.…

Conservative revival in Alberta was in the cards all along

Albertans are mad as hell and won't take it any longer – at least that's the message to the rest of the country. But is that enough to succeed?

Conservative revival in Alberta was in the cards all alongIn the end, this week’s election outcome in Alberta seems like it was preordained. No, Jason Kenney was wrong when he asserted early in his tenure as leader of the United Conservative Party that the NDP was an “accidental government.” The decision by voters nearly four years ago to hand power to an unlikely suitor…

Taube: Jason Kenney right person to lead Alberta

This is good political and economic news not only for the province, but the entire country

Taube: Jason Kenney right person to lead AlbertaAlbertans will head to the ballot boxes today. Who will they choose to lead the next provincial government? Recent public opinion polls show Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party leading Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP by a comfortable margin. Pollara Strategic Insights has the UCP ahead by 45 to 38 per cent (April 10), Nanos Research suggests…

Who said Alberta was a bastion of conservatism?

The province has long been on the cutting edge of political innovation, despite what some would have us believe

Who said Alberta was a bastion of conservatism?Will Albertans vote for the United Conservative Party on Tuesday? The NDP election victory in 2015 is widely regarded as an accident. Many think it was an aberration in a deeply conservative province that, it’s predicted, will return to its bedrock conservative roots on election day 2019. The conventional wisdom is that Albertans are solidly…

Albertans can’t hide from climate change as election debate rages

Many politicians would rather look to the past than mobilize to fight our greatest challenge

Albertans can’t hide from climate change as election debate ragesThe Alberta provincial election is a case study of the collective Canadian avoidance of climate change. Albertans are told to focus on either cutting various government programs or making deficit expenditures on new social programs, arguing about the pros and cons of taxes (especially carbon taxes), and a generalized hope for a return of high…

Vision, not ideology, will lead Albertans into the future

Alberta’s leaders need to recognize that technology is changing everything, everywhere, and fast. Here's a roadmap

Vision, not ideology, will lead Albertans into the futureThe Alberta election on April 16 will be won or lost on the basis of how Albertans view its economy. A pivotal part of that is the health of the province’s associated innovation ecosystem. In March, the Alberta Council of Technologies Society (ABCtech) and Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) together surveyed more than 500 business and…

Alberta restaurants facing “death of a thousand cuts”

Alberta restaurants facing “death of a thousand cuts”Alberta’s foodservice industry recently reported record sales in 2018, but Restaurants Canada warns that people should not be fooled by that. In fact, it said, adjusted for menu inflation, year-over-year sales have been declining for the average restaurant since 2015. “This has troubling implications for communities across Alberta,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada Vice…

Government policies taking toll on Alberta restaurants

Government policies taking toll on Alberta restaurantsMore than a third of Alberta’s restaurants are considering closing their doors, according to a Restaurants Canada survey. In a news release issued on Monday, the organization said the survey  reveals the need for government policy changes to help foodservice operators recover from recent changes to provincial labour legislation. “When restaurants struggle, so do the…

Wage hikes could shutter more than one-third of Alberta restaurants

Restaurants Canada survey found that 35% of Alberta food-service providers are thinking of closing

Wage hikes could shutter more than one-third of Alberta restaurantsMore than one-third of Alberta restaurants may be forced to close due to the impacts of minimum wage hikes and other cost increases, a survey says. “It’s alarming that more than one in three respondents say they’re thinking of closing up shop,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada Vice-President, Western Canada. “There’s just no margins…