Tagged alberta politics

What to expect as election day nears

By Ashar Memon, March 27 2019 — Provincial election season is upon us. Albertans will head to the polls to vote in the provincial general election on April 16, capping off what is expected to be a raucous month-long campaign period. There are five major political parties vying for power this election: the Alberta Party,…

Party discipline just as much a problem in Alberta politics

The UCP’s proposal won’t help. By Derek Baker, February 27 2019 — Canadian governments are plagued by strict party discipline and leader-dominated election campaigns. Backbenchers rarely vote out of party lines. When they’re allowed to, it’s apparently a big deal — ‘the party will allow this to be a free/conscious vote’ plasters headlines whenever it occurs.  Likewise, the provincial level is also…

Western alienation is real but anger needs to be channelled correctly

By Derek Baker, December 19 2018 — Alberta’s federal relations have never been overly congenial. From lurking sentiments of the underrepresentation of Western regions in federal politics to overt statements proclaiming  “Let the Eastern bastards freeze in the dark,” Western alienation has persisted throughout the history of Confederation. Tensions ebb and flow. Alberta, along with…

Increasing provincial minimum wage to $15 provides economic and moral benefits

By Kayle Van’t Klooster, September 11 2018 — The Alberta New Democratic Party government’s increase to the provincial minimum wage towards a living wage is one of its most ambitious policies. When it was announced, the policy was met with a significant amount of skepticism from detractors claiming it would ruin the economy. Critics were vocal…

Without a platform, Kenney’s social conservatism defines him

November 24, 2017 — A provincial byelection was called for the Calgary-Lougheed riding Nov. 16. Much like the rest of the city, the riding has a history of electing conservative candidates. This time around, that candidate is United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney, who is campaigning without a policy platform. Kenney believes his policies should…

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