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Despite my frustration around the outcome of our recent NDP convention, I'm prepared to take Avi Lewis at face value when he says that he didn't expect his Leap Manifesto to be so explosive. And I'd like to try explaining the reaction from many Alberta New Democrats so that Mr. Lewis has a better sense of the road ahead.
At the provincial level, three provinces are led by women, including Premier Rachel Notley in Alberta. Women make up 53 per cent of our province's cabinet ministers. In 2006, it was a mere 11 per cent. So, in a decade, that's progress. Federally, as in Alberta, cabinet is gender-balanced, a move that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau justified with the now oft-quoted "because it's 2015." Yet, in 2016, it must be noted that only 26 per cent of seats in the House of Commons are held by women. So, why is it that the lack of gender parity remains so pronounced in most levels of government across Canada?
The NDP plan to rewrite a law it passed last year.
He claims the party failed to pay him for consulting.
Alberta debt is expected to reach $58 billion by 2019.
"Don't create false public expectations."
"Interest payments will soon be the largest expense in government."
The deficit is due to a steep drop in oil revenue.
"There's a significant investment."
Jonathan Denis was asked to resign from cabinet last May.
The manifesto would mean no new pipelines.
Alberta New Democrats ripped into the leader for not speaking up for pipelines and for feeding ammunition to their critics.
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"We must get to 'yes' on a pipeline.''
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi also weighed in.