Alberta premier spars with Opposition leader over firing of election watchdog
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney clashed with the Opposition NDP on his first day back in the legislature since his government fired the election commissioner who was investigating Kenney's United Conservative Party. "Our Constitution is founded on the rule of law, and (Kenney) is now the absolute textbook case of what it looks like when you break the rule of law," NDP Leader Rachel Notley said during question period Monday.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will address hundreds of delegates at the UCP 's annual general meeting in Calgary on Saturday. The roughly 1,600 AGM attendees will be in Calgary until Sunday to vote on a variety of resolutions and elect new members to its board of directors.
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Alberta is taking a gradual approach to balancing its budget while protecting programs that matter most, Premier Jason Kenney told delegates at the United Conservative Party's annual general meeting in Calgary on Saturday.
"Some of this will be controversial, some of it will invite protests, saw one today," Kenney told the hundreds of members assembled in Calgary. "But I'm reminded of what premier Ralph Klein used to say. 'If a day goes by and there's not a protest, I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong.'"
Outside the Westin Calgary Airport hotel hosting the convention, between 700 and 1,000 people marched, protesting cuts to public services and the looming loss of thousands of public sector jobs.
Alberta's Kenney, deputy PM Freeland meet in Edmonton to find common ground
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland met up in Edmonton to try to find some common ground in a region that shut out the Liberals in the federal election. Freeland, also named intergovernmental affairs minister in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new cabinet, says she is here to listen and work to find solutions with Alberta. She is also to meet Tuesday with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe. Voters inFreeland, also named intergovernmental affairs minister in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new cabinet, says she is here to listen and work to find solutions with Alberta.
Alberta United Conservative leader Jason Kenney on election night at Big Four Roadhouse on the Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley gives her concession speech following the 2019 election . THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Jason Franson. Kenney has promised that his UCP government will start with a
In that election , the UCP won government for the first time with 54 percent of the vote, mainly on the strength of a Jason Kenney ’s United Conservative Party has won a majority in Alberta’s provincial election , unseating Rachel Notley "Wildrose leader rejects PC merger in speech to party faithful".
Klein, Alberta's late premier known for deep cuts of more than 20 per cent to public spending in the 1990s, was not just top of mind for Kenney but for protestors as well — with one sign reading "Ralph Klein, But Less Fun: UCP."
Inside the AGM, the party's first since it formed government in the province's spring election, Kenney assured those in the room that this budget's cuts are a far cry from those seen in the 1990s.
"Our approach is soft-hearted, but hard-headed," Kenney said. "We do not want to lay off good people … and we will work hard to minimize the impact of this 2.8 per cent modest reduction in spending."
Kenney also told attendees — receiving multiple standing ovations during his hour-long speech — he's just getting started when it comes to accomplishing the government's mandate, saying just 12 per cent of the way into its four-year mandate the government has delivered on 39 per cent of its commitments.
More than 600 professors sign online letter of protest to Jason Kenney
Hundreds of professors from across Canada have signed an open letter to Premier Jason Kenney after he questioned the credibility of University of Calgary professor Melanee Thomas, saying he is threatening academic integrity. In the legislature on Monday, NDP Leader Rachel Notley quoted Thomas’ criticisms of the United Conservative Party’s dismissal of Alberta election commissioner Lorne Gibson, who was investigating members of the UCP. In the legislature on Monday, NDP Leader Rachel Notley quoted Thomas’ criticisms of the United Conservative Party’s dismissal of Alberta election commissioner Lorne Gibson, who was investigating members of the UCP.
The bitter election was fought largely over the economy, pipelines and the environment. Running on a campaign slogan of “Alberta: Strong and Free”, winner Jason Kenney and his right-wing United Conservative party ( UCP ) pledged to revive the province’s troubled oil and gas sector, cut taxes and
The 2017 Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta leadership election was held on March 18, 2017 in Calgary. It chose Jason Kenney as the successor to former Alberta Premier and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta leader Jim Prentice.
He outlined actions like repealing the province's carbon tax, appointing a red tape reduction minister and proclaiming the education act, with the audience chanting "promise made, promise kept" after every stated accomplishment.
The UCP leader also harkened back to the spring election, taking a few shots at the provincial NDP and what he described as "media pundits and phony polls" in the process.
"When the voters were allowed to speak we received 55 per cent of the popular vote, a 22 point lead over the NDP. That was the highest popular vote in this province in two decades," Kenney said.
"Albertans rejected their anger and instead embraced our positive message of hope."
He also said the NDP is upset with the passage of Bill 22, which allows the government to fire the election commissioner who has been ken in uncovering campaign finance violations related to the 2017 UCP leadership race, which Kenney won.
NDP call for emergency debate following layoff announcements from Alberta Health Services
On Saturday, the official Opposition says these job losses will be a direct violation of a promise that Kenney made on the campaign trail. "The premier stood in front of the TV cameras this past spring and signed a giant placard saying that he would not endanger healthcare in the province of Alberta."Jason Kenney lied to Albertans, he's breaking his promise," Shepherd said. READ MORE: UCP Leader Jason Kenney wants to explore private health-care options Shepherd is referencing a promise that has been circulating on social media that Premier Kenney made during the provincial election campaign.
The UCP is holding its annual meeting today through Sunday in Calgary. Premier Jason Kenney is to speak to members on Saturday and is to take questions from party Party members are set to vote on a variety of resolutions through the weekend and will elect new members to the board of directors.
EDMONTON— Jason Kenney ’s provincial political colleagues didn’t pull any punches when criticizing statements he made in a speech to United Khan referenced “homophobia” expressed by party members at the first Annual General Meeting in Red Deer in May where a resolution passed
Before Kenney took the stage, introduced by former prime minister Stephen Harper's wife Laureen Harper, attendees were treated to a cultural showcase — first an Indigenous hoop dancer, followed by a Bhangra group and finally children who performed a Ukrainian folk dance.
Kenney said he leads the youngest and most diverse caucus in the history of the Alberta legislature.
"They earned their way to the legislature through open nominations because we believe in equality of opportunity not NDP-style quotas," he said.
The roughly 1,600 AGM attendees will be in Calgary until Sunday to vote on a variety of resolutions and elect new members to its board of directors. On Friday, they listened to a speech by federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.
Kenney said his next steps are to bring the group's messages first to a premiers' meeting on Sunday, and then to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Kenney says he and Trudeau will meet in Ottawa in 10 days.
Rachel Notley calls for one-on-one debate with Kenney on healthcare cuts .
The leader of the Official Opposition is calling on Jason Kenney to a one-on-one debate, following what the NDP call "devastating" public health care cuts."We know the UCP want to hide from the serious consequences of their health care to Alberta families. That’s why these cuts came out after the budget debate," Rachel Notley said in a Facebook post.