Old political maxim: If a problem’s impossible let it cease to exist

It seems a rule for all governments, both of the Left and Right, that when they are confronted with a problem they conclude to be insurmountable, their solution is to pretend it isn’t there. But most of the time it is there, and the consequence of their refusal to face reality can be altogether disastrous.

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Eggen sets a trap for Kenney and Kenney doesn’t take the bait

Now that the opposition is united and in Jason Kenney has a leader who will soon, we trust, win a seat in the Legislature, Alberta politics is starting to become very interesting indeed. We’re swiftly coming down to two parties, one on the Left and one on the Right, but the challenges facing them are quite different.

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Alberta’s education minister lets slip his disdain for parental rights

The landslide victory of Jason Kenney in the leadership contest for the new United Conservative Party has wide implications for Alberta and for Canada, a fact that will begin unfolding rapidly over the next few months. But it also has similarly wide implications for Alberta’s NDP government and its inner politics. Two developments in that sphere over the week of the Tory leadership contest are noteworthy. In both of them Premier Rachel Notley got badly smacked.

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In her first head to head clash with Kenney, Notley loses badly

The landslide victory of Jason Kenney in the leadership contest for the new United Conservative Party has wide implications for Alberta and for Canada, a fact that will begin unfolding rapidly over the next few months. But it also has similarly wide implications for Alberta’s NDP government and its inner politics. Two developments in that sphere over the week of the Tory leadership contest are noteworthy. In both of them Premier Rachel Notley got badly smacked.

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Since Jean would oust me from the party, how can I vote for him?

Whenever I try to be “clever,” I get into trouble. So I won’t try; I’ll come right out and confess. I have two biases in favour of Jason Kenney becoming leader of the new United Conservative Party. For one. he is the godfather of our granddaughter, Elise Byfield, fourth child of our son Link who died two and a half years ago. How can I vote against him?

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The real dangers of its sex clubs which the government doesn’t discuss

The sex lives of Alberta’s seven to seventeen-year-olds went back onto the front pages again recently. Jason Kenney, architect of the newly-formed United Conservative Party and candidate for its leadership, declared that if any student applied to join one of the school “sex clubs,” a Conservative government would inform the parents. (Unless, he added, child abuse was known to exist in the family.)

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Is Arab oil money finding its way into the Canadian media?

A couple of weeks ago in this space I ran an article on what is in fact a journalistic mystery — the decision of the National Post to devote five of its news pages to what it described as the rise and fall of Ezra Levant and his news medium, The Rebel. Neither has actually fallen, though the Post obviously expects them to do so momentarily.

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