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NDP Opposition Leader Rachel Notley addressing her party's convention Sunday afternoon (Image credit: Screenshot of NDP Facebook live video).
David J. Climenhaga | If returned to power, the former NDP premier vowed to transform Alberta into a powerhouse of renewable energy in North America and to introduce universal child care.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at his 9.5-minute speaking appearance yesterday evening. Image: Screenshot of Alberta Government video
David J. Climenhaga | Unlike the premier, Opposition Leader Rachel Notley entertained questions from reporters, telling them it sounded as if Kenney was "making it up on the fly." It's hard to dispute that assessment.
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Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley surrounded by campaign volunteers in 2015 shortly before she became premier. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If you go by Elections Alberta's figures, there really isn't a third political party in Alberta any more.
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Alberta Labour Minister Jason Copping announcing the government's vaccine leave legislation yesterday. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Never let it be said the United Conservative Party has done nothing worthwhile during the two years it's been in power in Alberta. Bill 71, passed yesterday, is proof.
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University of Alberta political scientist Jared Wesley. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | When the electorate is sharply polarized, sometimes a party has to pick a lane. It can't just conclude that if everyone is complaining it must be doing something right.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image credit: Paul Taillon/Office of the Premier via Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | What if the narrative continues to be widely accepted that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney himself is now the UCP's principal impediment to re-election?
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Lethbridge-West MLA Shannon Phillips as Alberta NDP environment minister in 2015. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The Lethbridge Police Service's apparent effort to undermine former NDP environment minister Shannon Phillips sure looks like a political campaign, not a proper investigation. Answers are required.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Why is an ostensible political winner, touted as a restoration of a successful political dynasty, acting like a party that knows in its bones it is a loser?
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Rachel Notley during the NDP leadership campaign in October 2015. Image credit: Olav Rokne, used with permission
David J. Climenhaga | These fundraising numbers, like recent polling, add to the narrative of a badly led party increasingly rejected by the public that has the potential to bedevil the UCP right up to the next election.
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Rachel Notley and Sarah Hoffman when they were Alberta's premier and health minister -- admit it, don't you wish they still were? Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Every afternoon we're told surging COVID-19 rates are a wake-up call for Albertans. Every morning the Kenney government sleeps through the alarm.
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NDP environment critic Marlin Schmidt. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta NDP should keep the spotlight shining where it's needed most -- including on Jason Kenney's determination to maintain a cozy space for racism in his government.
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Former Alberta premier Rachel Notley, now leader of the province's NDP Opposition, at a campaign rally on March 17 last year in Edmonton (Image: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | There are worse places to be than in Opposition when the province is in crisis.