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Susan on the Soapbox: While Brad Wall is “Showboating” Rachel Notley Moves On

“Premier Wall says that if standing up for your industry and your province is showboating, take me to the bridge.”—Brad Wall’s response to Rachel Notley’s comment that Wall was “showboating” on the eve of the premiers’ meeting.

Brad Wall is the second provincial premier (Jim Prentice was the first) who tried to take a bite out of Rachel Notley and ended up crumpled on the floor.

The brouhaha started when Mr Wall said Ms Notley had given Quebec a de facto veto of future pipelines when she said Quebec would support such pipelines if Alberta demonstrates it’s taking (Read more…)

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Notley strikes a collaborative tone in Canada’s pipeline debate

This week’s Council of the Federation meeting in St. John’s, Newfoundland marked Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s first appearance on the national stage since the NDP won a stunning victory in the May 5, 2015 provincial election. The new premier used the meeting to strike a more… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: Can the Great Wall of Saskatchewan resist Rachel Notley’s wish to put democracy back into energy politics?

PHOTOS: Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers in Newfoundland, with St. John’s Harbor visible in the background (CBC Photo). One hopes they didn’t have to walk up that hill! Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (CP Photo). The acerbic public disagreement between Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: First NDP Throne Speech on message. McIver Tories totally tone deaf in opposition.

The NDP throne speech was predictable and on message The first Speech from the Throne of Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley‘s administration included many of the key promises made during the recent provincial election. The 604,515 Albertans who voted NDP should be pleased… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: The Speech from the Throne: NDP’s new political funding rules turn the Tories’ world upside down

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley gives a thumbs up in the Legislature for her government’s Speech from the Throne yesterday. Below: Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell reads the speech (Government of Alberta photos). There weren’t any real surprises in the Notley Government’s first Speech from the Throne yesterday, although the ban on corporate and union donations […]

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Susan on the Soapbox: Will Platts Pop Alberta’s “Bitumen Bubble”?

Platts, a global company with a remarkably flaccid name, finds itself smack in the middle of an international price fixing scandal and I really hope the Alberta government is paying attention!

Last week the European Commission storm troopers, sorry, inspectors, raided the offices of BP, Shell and Statoil, three of the most significant oil companies on the planet, to find out whether they colluded to manipulate oil prices by reporting false information to Platts, the most powerful price reporting agency on the planet, in a conspiracy to manipulate trade in North Sea Brent oil.

Platts was (Read more…)

Susan on the Soapbox: Redford’s Keystone Ad in the New York Times: The St Patrick’s Day Blunder

So it’s come to this has it? Premier Redford has officially abdicated responsibility for the Canadian natural resource strategy to her communications director, Stefan Baranski, who persuaded Ms Redford to place an ad in today’s New York Times.

The ad, entitled Keystone XL: The Choice of Reason, was meant to counter the Times “just say no” editorial that urged President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline*.

The Times’ position in a nutshell was this: A president who has repeatedly identified climate change as one of humanity’s most pressing dangers cannot in good conscience approve a project

. . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Redford’s Keystone Ad in the New York Times: The St Patrick’s Day Blunder

The Canadian Progressive: Council of Canadians opposes west-to-east oil pipeline plan

By Council of Canadians | Feb. 11, 2013: OTTAWA – The Council of Canadians is opposed to a west-to-east oil pipeline plan being proposed by TransCanada Corp., which is supported in principle by the Harper government, and enthusiastically backed by the Alberta and New Brunswick provincial governments. The pipeline – which could move upwards of one million barrels of READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: West-East Tar Sands Pipeline: New Brunswick Premier David Alward Goes to Alberta

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 3, 2013: New Brunswick Premier David Alward really wants Alberta’s tar sands to flow to the world through his province. To accelerate Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s dream of converting Canada into a China-dominated petro-state, I should say. Alward is currently on a three-day visit to the heartland of Canada’s dirty READ MORE