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Graham Thomson: NDP tries to learn ropes without hanging itself

On Friday, the Alberta government issued a news release under the wonderfully optimistic headline: “Premier Notley concludes successful economic mission.”

I say optimistic because nobody can tell whether her five-day trip to Montreal, New York and Toronto was, in fact, a success. 616 more words


Notley denies she is caving in to federal NDP on climate change plan

Alberta’s NDP premier denied Tuesday she was “caving in” to federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair when she issued a statement on social media endorsing his national climate change program, but opposition critics aren’t convinced. 528 more words


Graham Thomson: Rookie NDP MLAs still need training wheels


Just when you thought the NDP government was perhaps ready to remove the training wheels, you realize they might need training wheels on the front as well. 584 more words


Alberta NDP blasted by Wildrose over new Public Affairs Bureau director

EDMONTON – Alberta’s NDP government has appointed a former union strategic adviser to run its key communications operations.

Mark Wells is the new managing director of the Public Affairs Bureau. 264 more words


Graham Thomson: D.C. off the agenda for premier's first U.S. visit

Rachel Notley is about to make her first international trip as premier.

Like so many of her predecessors, she’s going to New York to talk to the Wall Street crowd. 625 more words


Regulator rejects consumer agency bid for restitution in TransAlta price-fixing case

Alberta’s electricity regulator has rejected a consumer agency’s bid to have TransAlta pay restitution to consumers for power prices they paid as a result of market manipulation. 570 more words


Graham Thomson: Collect 'em, trade 'em — Alberta political action cards

As publicity stunts go, this one is quirky. Maybe even cute.

Not that there’s anything cute about extreme weather events.

But the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is trying to interject a modicum of humour into a couple of topics that aren’t an obvious source of laughs: climate change and Alberta politics. 581 more words