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A taxpayer’s apology for asking how the government spent her money | Full Comment | National Post

A taxpayer’s apology for asking how the government spent her money | Full Comment | National Post | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Sometimes journalists forget it's the right of authorities like those at Alberta Health Services to spend our money without being bothered by questions (RT @DonBraid: Love this @JenGerson detonation!
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Jim Prentice knows what needs to be done | Troy Media

Jim Prentice knows what needs to be done | Troy Media | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
While in the best interest of his party, Jim Prentice knows a snap election is not in the best interest of Albertans
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NAFTA probe of Alberta's tailings ponds blocked by Canada

NAFTA probe of Alberta's tailings ponds blocked by Canada | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Canada has succeeded in blocking an investigation into Alberta's tailings ponds by NAFTA's environmental watchdog.
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Alberta Liberal Leader Quits

Alberta Liberal Leader Quits | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman is quitting as the party's boss effective immediately. The two-term Edmonton MLA and emergency room doctor says he will stay on in his seat until the next election — which could come as early as this sprin...
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Wildrose-turn-independent MLA Joe Anglin seeking PC nomination for next election

Wildrose-turn-independent MLA Joe Anglin seeking PC nomination for next election | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Former Wildroser-turn-independant MLA Joe Anglin is looking to change banners in the next election.
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Economic recession likely in Alberta this year

Economic recession likely in Alberta this year | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A recession is the most likely scenario for Alberta in 2015, concludes the Conference Board of Canada's new provincial economic forecast. In a commentary released Monday, the board's chief economis...
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“So if Alberta, for example, decides to dramatically cut spending then that would support the idea that we might be heading for a recession but on the other hand if the government decided ‘do we just tighten our belt and run a deficit for a couple of years’ then that would support the notion that we wouldn’t head to a deficit. So I don’t know what it is they are assuming the Alberta government is going to do.”

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Braid: The tax and the T-Bird; Prentice's tough sell

Braid: The tax and the T-Bird; Prentice's tough sell | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Will Premier Jim Prentice bring in a provincial sales tax? There's a better chance he'll cross the floor to join Wildrose. The sales tax has been floated as a trial balloon many times, usually as c...
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Expecting tough times ahead, Prentice purchases a vintage car for $54K.

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Suzuki denies rumours of federal election run in Harper’s Calgary riding

Suzuki denies rumours of federal election run in Harper’s Calgary riding | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Its goal would have been to make climate change a hot campaign issue by challenging Prime Minister Stephen Harper and some of his top ministers in their home ridings
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Alberta NDP says hospital infrastructure years behind because of neglect

Alberta NDP says hospital infrastructure years behind because of neglect | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta's NDP leader says the safety of patients and health-care workers is at risk because the government has neglected hospital infrastructure for years.
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It's the response from the government that is so aggravating...they basically say, "so what?"

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Braid: Low oil price no excuse for backing out of cancer hospital

Braid: Low oil price no excuse for backing out of cancer hospital | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
What project will be finished first — Calgary's new cancer centre, the ring road through the Tsuu T'ina, or the colonization of Mars? Call it a toss-up. After all the planning, politics and promise...
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Prentice says he backs a sunshine list for salaries at AHS and post-secondary schools

Prentice says he backs a sunshine list for salaries at AHS and post-secondary schools | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Premier Jim Prentice says the Tory government will in fact bring forward sunshine lists for post-secondary institutions, school boards and Alberta Health Services despite comments from his office s...
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Tar sands make international headlines again, for all the wrong reasons: op-ed

Tar sands make international headlines again, for all the wrong reasons: op-ed | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Canada has made international headlines again—and again for all the wrong reasons.
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Simons: A chilly wind blows through Edmonton

Simons: A chilly wind blows through Edmonton | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
“The cyclical collapse of oil prices is as predictable as death. We all know we are going to die. The only surprise is when.” — Former Alberta finance minister Ted Morton in the Globe and Mail.
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Alberta faces a ‘serious financial circumstance’ – Premier Prentice

Alberta faces a ‘serious financial circumstance’ – Premier Prentice | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice is upping the rhetoric on the economic crisis facing the province.
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40% more CBE schools could be forced to turn to enrolment lotteries this year

40% more CBE schools could be forced to turn to enrolment lotteries this year | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The impact of surging student enrolment will be felt "citywide," says a public school official, and families in dozens of communities may be left with little choice but to try their luck in an enrolment lottery.
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Derek Fildebrandt To Seek Wildrose Nomination In Strathmore-Brooks

Seeking the Wildrose nomination in Strathmore-Brooks
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Tory members Kennedy-Glans, Griffiths, Jablonski leaving politics

Tory members Kennedy-Glans, Griffiths, Jablonski leaving politics | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Longtime Alberta Progressive Conservative politician Doug Griffiths has resigned. The four-term MLA for Battle River-Wainwright says he is quitting immediately because it's time for fresh faces in ...
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Fun, fun, fun as Prentice drives a T-Bird away

Fun, fun, fun as Prentice drives a T-Bird away | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Premier Jim Prentice travelled to Arizona on Sunday where he apparently purchased a 1956 Ford Thunderbird at a Barrett-Jackson auction that was live-streamed on the Internet.
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...he paid for both the flights and the car with his own money...

 

 

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Albertan Graffiti: Jim Prentice buys a 1956 Ford Thunderbird | daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics

Albertan Graffiti: Jim Prentice buys a 1956 Ford Thunderbird | daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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Fundraising for cancer centre on hold due to project's uncertain future

Fundraising for cancer centre on hold due to project's uncertain future | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The Alberta Cancer Foundation has stopped fundraising for a new cancer centre in Calgary after receiving no firm assurances from government that the facility will go ahead as planned and provide co...
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Public rink scrapped in Edmonton but province still bought a Zamboni garage

Public rink scrapped in Edmonton but province still bought a Zamboni garage | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A planned public skating rink near Edmonton's $375-million Federal Building may have been put on ice but the province still spent $832,000 on a Zamboni garage -- with no Zamboni to park inside.
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But no money for a cancer hospital...

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Keystone XL opponents in Nebraska file 2 new lawsuits

Keystone XL opponents in Nebraska file 2 new lawsuits | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline in Nebraska reignited a legal fight Friday that could delay the entire 1,897-kilometre project, filing two new lawsuits over its proposed route.
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Flunking the integrity test

Flunking the integrity test | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
No more deception. That’s what Premier Jim Prentice promised Albertans following his appointment to the highest political rank in Alberta
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..."Alberta’s ethics legislation the worst in the country"


No kidding. And lying to get elected is considered ethical according to the current rules...I'm not exaggerating here. This is due to a technicality in a definition of "private interest." Doing something to increase or continue your pay as an MLA is not considered private interest.

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Prentice willing to talk sales tax as oil prices slump

Prentice willing to talk sales tax as oil prices slump | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Faced with a looming economic crisis and sub-$50 a barrel oil threatening to punch a massive hole in the provincial budget, Premier Jim Prentice on Tuesday said he’s open to a discussion on a sales tax in Alberta.
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Creating an Alberta Advantage for renewable energy

Creating an Alberta Advantage for renewable energy | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
By Robert Hornung, John Gorman, Jacob Irving and Alison Thompson Falling oil prices are creating a new reality for Alberta’s long-term economic health. As the province looks for new markets for its...
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Rebound in clean energy investment in 2014 beats expectations | Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Rebound in clean energy investment in 2014 beats expectations | Bloomberg New Energy Finance | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Surges in investment in offshore wind in Europe, and solar in China and the US, helped to drive the 2014 global clean energy total up 16% to $310bn London and New York, 9 January – World clean energy investment rebounded strongly in 2014, boosted ...
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