Alberta Legislature

Spectacularly Disastrous Legislative Sitting Is Over

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - One of the most dramatic sessions in the history of the Alberta legislature was set to wrap up Thursday.It was a session that started with ...

Redford Out, Hancock Sworn In

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.22.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - It's official — Dave Hancock is now the 15th premier of Alberta.Hancock took the oath of office in front of fellow caucus members, family...

Ides Of March An Alberta Reality?

CBC | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Alberta

With a defection from Alberta's Progressive Conservative caucus yesterday, there are concerns being raised over Premier Alison Redford's leadership...

MLAs Vow To End Fistfight Invites After Shaming By Schoolkids

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A Grade 6 class has taken Alberta's top politicians to task for childish behaviour, but opposition politicians say it's the Speaker who nee...

Teachers Horrified By Behaviour At Legislature

CBC | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Alberta

Teachers at a middle school in Innisfail will no longer take their students to question period at the Alberta legislature after they witnessed the poo...

Tobacco Company Launches Its Own Lobbying Campaign

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A Quebec-based cigar distributor is lobbying the Alberta government not to proclaim new legislation that would ban flavoured tobacco produc...

What The Tories Are Eyeing For The Next Sitting

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta politicians are to return to work in the legislature for the spring sitting on March 3.The sitting is scheduled to run into the fir...

Alberta Tries To Revoke Union Rights

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Alberta government tabled legislation Wednesday aimed at revoking the right of its largest union to go to arbitration and substituting ...

Car Insurance Changes Proposed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Alberta government has brought forward a law that proposes further regulation to how car insurance rates are set.Under the Enhancing Co...

'Ballerinas, Train Conductors May As Well Be Monitoring Oilsands'

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Alberta

The Alberta government may as well hire a group of ballerinas and a railway engineer to monitor the oilsands, the Alberta Liberals charge, thanks to a...

WATCH: Minister Says Oil Bounty 'Sucks The Life' Out Of Alberta

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths took some heat in the legislature Monday for recent comments saying the province's oil an...

Did Redford Break Rules?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta Speaker Gene Zwozdesky says he will study and make a ruling as early as Wednesday on whether Premier Alison Redford's government br...

MLA At Centre Of Ethics Probe A No-Show

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.29.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A member of the Alberta legislature who was cleared of conflict of interest after he tried to get rule changes to help his home-building co...

New Traffic Rules Coming

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.29.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Alberta government says it will introduce new traffic rules for playground zones and change how some roads are used to reduce congestio...

'We Know That We Will Get Flooded Again'

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Premier Alison Redford's government opened the fall sitting of the Alberta legislature Monday by introducing a bill to mitigate damage from...

Wildrose Party, PCs Resume Feud

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The feud between Alberta's two rival right-centre parties resumes Monday in what has become — depending on your spin preference — a bat...

The Difficult Path of Politics and Parenthood in Fort McMurray

Theresa Wells | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Alberta
Theresa Wells

It is hard to describe what happened after I heard our local MLA had been charged in a prostitution sting. I cried when I was first told, cried for what it meant on every level, and cried because I - and my 13-year old daughter - have spent time with Allen. I was there when he announced his nomination for the PC party. I was there when he won the constituency in which I reside - my daughter and I were there for his victory party. I was there when he participated in announcements on the twinning of Highway 63.

Leaves Caucus, Confident He Will Be Exonerated

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A backbench Alberta Progressive Conservative member is withdrawing from caucus while the ethics commissioner investigates his business deal...

Probe Demanded Into MLA's Unpaid Debts

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Backbench Alberta Tory Peter Sandhu withdrew from the government caucus Tuesday while the ethics commissioner investigates his business dea...

Trust Issues With Redford?

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The spring sitting of the Alberta legislature picked up where the fall sitting left off, with Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith calling Premie...

Rough Ride Ahead For Redford

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta's opposition politicians are promising a rough ride for Premier Alison Redford as the spring sitting of the legislature resumes.Red...

Province Sets Budget Deadline

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.17.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The next sitting of the Alberta legislature is to begin March 5.The provincial budget is to follow two days later.Premier Alison Redford ha...

All We Want For Xmas Is A Calgary Municipal Ombudsman

Paul Hughes | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

Creating capacity in municipal governance isn't really something the elves can build and throw in Santa's toy bag. It will take politicians and citizens committed to a superior democratic structure to make this one happen. It would be the best Xmas ever if Alberta embraced this exceptional opportunity to craft a truly democratic society.

The Alberta Legislature, Sleep Deprivation And Bad Decision Making

Theresa Wells | Posted 01.21.2013 | Canada Alberta
Theresa Wells

I woke up this morning and checked into Twitter to discover some very self-congratulatory tweets coming out of the Alberta Legislature. The tweets weren't really about passing good legislation or having a good debate, though. No, they were about the heroism of politicians staying up all night long to debate that legislation and govern our province. And my response? I'm not impressed by that "heroism".

Glass House of the Wildrose Party: Soliciting Funds From Olds College

Kathleen Smith | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada Alberta
Kathleen Smith

Following days of accusations that Lynn Redford, sister of Alberta Premier Alison Redford, had been involved in illegal donations during her tenure as the Government Relations officer at Calgary Health Region, and subsequent accusations on the part of the CBC that Alberta Health Services has been "wining and dining" on the taxpayer's dime for quite sometime, the Deputy Premier struck back Thursday during Question Period.