Alberta squanders its business-friendly reputation

Notley government doesn't realize the path back to prosperity will only be achieved through improving the province’s investment climate

Alberta squanders its business-friendly reputationBy Steve Lafleur and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute The decline of Alberta’s investment climate is grabbing headlines in both traditional and social media. While the policies responsible for this chill were announced months ago, the realities are starting to set in, with story after story of struggling businesses asking – indeed pleading – with…

The NDP takes a dangerous Leap to the left

The romance of the Leap Manifesto fails in the face of reality: hard-line socialism defies democracy

The NDP takes a dangerous Leap to the leftAlberta Premier Rachael Notley was “disappointed” when the recent federal NDP convention in Edmonton adopted the Leap Manifesto as a guide to party policy. She should not be alone. The Leap’s anti-hydrocarbon agenda was adopted despite being branded by Notley’s environment minister as a betrayal of the people who voted for the party in Alberta.…

Rachel Notley wise to close off the LEAP chatter

The LEAP Manifesto is a paean to an imaginary world that is, in a counterintuitive way, dismally pessimistic

Rachel Notley wise to close off the LEAP chatterCanada's political pundits are slavering with glee. They're all agog at the opportunity to dive into the perceived spaces between the N, the D and the P – and do what pundits do: speculate, postulate and from time to time, prevaricate. The current object of their affections is the NDP's support of the LEAP Manifesto…

Tom Mulcair: the New Democrat nobody knew

Mulcair was never someone who could win

Tom Mulcair: the New Democrat nobody knewShowing the pride and impenetrably thick hide of the best political performers, NDP leader Tom Mulcair ignored his own deep wounds to savage the Liberal government in the Commons this week. He was fresh from crippling betrayal by his party at a weekend convention in Edmonton. Yet Mulcair was still at his finest going after…

Will Mulcair actually leave after his long goodbye?

Mulcair may rise from the ashes once the consequences of the NDP's radical shift to the fringes become apparent

Will Mulcair actually leave after his long goodbye?Last week’s NDP convention in Edmonton had all the makings of a typical political event. Instead, it turned out to be one of the biggest political bombshells in Canadian history. Early on, there were few indications that anything unusual was about to happen. Various discussions about policy ideas and political goals went smoothly. Partisan speeches…

There’s is no way to win for Mulcair and the NDP

Whatever the outcome of the vote in Edmonton, he will lose. And the New Democrat mutineers will lose, too

There’s is no way to win for Mulcair and the NDPSpare a thought, this morning, for Tom Mulcair. Later today, the NDP faithful decide his fate at their weekend gathering in Edmonton. Whatever the outcome, this much is beyond dispute: the NDP face a choice that is the worst of both possibilities. If the assembled Dippers summarily dismiss Mulcair, they collectively face the prospect of a leadership…

Federal NDP once again on a path to irrelevance

NDP prepares to jettison its founding vision and sacrifice Alberta workers on the altar of extreme environmentalism

Federal NDP once again on a path to irrelevanceHistory has caught up with the federal New Democratic Party. The third party emerged in the 1960s, at a time when there seemed to be little difference between the Liberals and then-Progressive Conservatives. The democratic socialist alternative stood for everything the two establishment parties did not: the little guy, organized labour, the environment, gender equality…

Tories’ NDP fixation led to election defeat

The lesson the Tories should heed: Take all of your rivals seriously, and don’t play favourites

Tories’ NDP fixation led to election defeatAfter an election campaign has ended, it is interesting to see how reporters, columnists, strategists and others interpret what has unfolded. Unique insights, however, comes from a political insider who is, for whatever reason, willing to talk. Which brings us to Jenni Byrne. The former senior Tory strategist caught some people off-guard with her version…
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