Will Alberta’s election campaign go federal?4 minute read Thursday, Jun. 1, 2023
Political tremors emanating from Alberta Monday night should serve as a warning shot for the rest of Canada.
Expect the United Conservative Party’s victory in Alberta’s provincial election to embolden the combative style of politics espoused by right-wing politicians across the country, especially Conservative Party of Canada Leader Pierre Poilievre.
Danielle Smith, who has been Alberta’s premier since winning the UCP leadership last October, secured a majority government Monday, winning 49 of Alberta’s 87 seats and earning 52.6 per cent of the popular vote. The NDP, led by Rachel Notley, Alberta’s premier from 2015-19, won 38 seats with 44 per cent of the vote.
Ms. Smith called the UCP victory “another miracle on the Prairies,” in her victory speech, echoing former premier Ralph Klein’s turn of phrase from 30 years ago after his Progressive Conservatives won in 1993, even if Mr. Klein’s “Alberta Advantage” austerity policies appear quaintly moderate when compared with the UCP.
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To Trump or not to Trump?4 minute read Preview Monday, May. 22, 2023
The May 10 CNN town hall broadcast featuring former United States president Donald Trump wrapped up almost two weeks ago, but Americans are still trying to figure out what exactly happened.
The whole town hall idea seemed implausible: CNN, a network reviled by Mr. Trump and which has steadfastly challenged the former president’s false claims of electoral fraud, giving an open forum and free rein to the presumptive front-runner for the 2024 Republican nomination to spew his Trumpian effluent.
But, hey, news is news. At least, that’s the way CNN leadership tried to justify its decision to host the town hall.
In the aftermath of the profane and incorrigible performance by Trump, CNN CEO Chris Licht reportedly told staff: “You do not have to like the former president’s answers but you can’t say that we didn’t get them.”