By Kieran Leavitt Star Edmonton Tues., March 5, 2019 EDMONTON—It isn’t the official election campaign period in Alberta yet, but observant voters could be forgiven if it appeared that the province was on the eve of voting day. “It’s game on,” said Ian Urquhart, political science professor at the University of Alberta. “I think, in a de facto sense, the campaigning period is longer now than it may have ever been.” Alberta’s next election must be held before the end of May, according to rules governing elections in the province, which means the writ could drop anytime between now and the end of April, triggering an election. But the ramping up of election rhetoric from the two front-runners — the governing NDP and their biggest opponent, the United Conservatives — has been happening for over a month in anticipation that Premier Rachel Notley might call the election any day. The NDP has been making … [Read more...] about Pre-election period, campaign, or election: Where is Alberta right now?
By Dan Healing The Canadian Press Mon., Oct. 29, 2018 CALGARY — Steep oil price discounts costing Alberta producers and the provincial government millions of dollars each day in lost revenue could be eased if the industry is given a temporary royalty holiday in return for producing less, according to a bank analyst. In a report Monday, Royal Bank analyst Greg Pardy said Alberta oil is selling for multi-year discounts to U.S. benchmark prices for two reasons — there’s not enough export pipeline space and barrels can’t go into storage in Alberta because there’s no room left. The traditional solution is to put the stranded oil in railroad cars, but that capacity is also full and growing too slowly to make a difference, he said. “In the context of an estimated net supply imbalance of 160,000 to 185,000 barrels per day, we estimate that a five per cent royalty holiday on Alberta’s 3.8 million barrels per day (current estimate) of … [Read more...] about Analyst touts Alberta royalty holiday as temporary Canadian crude price crutch
By Gillian Steward Columnist Mon., June 11, 2018 Given how elated he was over the victory of Doug Ford you could be forgiven for thinking that Jason Kenney, Alberta’s would-be premier, had just won. For Kenney, leader of the United Conservative Party, Ford’s victory was a sign of things to come, not just in Alberta, but in the battle he wants to lead against the Trudeau Liberals and the NDP across the country. Ontario “has elected a majority Progressive Conservative government dedicated to joining our fight against Trudeau’s carbon tax,” Kenney said in a fundraising email shortly after Ford declared victory. He then pointed out the Ontario PCs are “strong allies of our resource industries: oil, gas, mining and forestry.” Note the order of the resources: sounds like Kenney thinks Ontario will line up behind him to defend the interests of the petroleum industry no matter what it may cost consumers there. Article … [Read more...] about Ford win buoys hopes for Alberta conservatives
By Dan Healing The Canadian Press Tues., April 17, 2018 CALGARY—Economic damage will extend far beyond the fuel budgets of B.C. residents if Alberta passes and enacts a bill allowing it to restrict exports of oil, natural gas and refined fuels to the province as part of its ongoing pipeline dispute, observers say. The Bill 12 legislation and the trade war escalation it might spark would damage Alberta and Canadian businesses and citizens as well as those in British Columbia, warned Greg D’Avignon, CEO of the Business Council of B.C. “By punishing British Columbia because of the actions of the government of the day — while it might feel good and I completely understand it — it actually has consequences people aren’t thinking about for the citizens of Alberta and our country as a whole,” he said Tuesday. On Monday, Alberta introduced legislation that allows the energy minister to use export permits to tell truckers, pipeline … [Read more...] about Alberta limiting oil shipments expected to harm more than just B.C.
By Dean Bennett The Canadian Press Mon., April 9, 2018 EDMONTON—Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney says proposed legislation creating safe zones around abortion clinics is political game-playing by the NDP government. He said Monday he will abstain when the bill comes to a vote. His caucus members will be allowed to vote freely. Kenney said Premier Rachel Notley’s government has never proposed or discussed such legislation before. He said they are doing so now to distract from a budget that promises an $8.8-billion deficit this year and more long-term debt. Read more: Alberta introduces bill for no-go zones around abortion clinics Article Continued Below Abortion clinic ‘buffer zones’ coming to Ontario Nova Scotia ‘one of the worst places’ in Canada to get an abortion, advocates say “This is so obviously a transparent effort by the NDP to distract attention from its failed economic record,” said … [Read more...] about Jason Kenney will abstain from vote on Alberta’s abortion clinic safe zone law