Category Archives: Law

Police Surveillance of NDP Cabinet Minister Shannon Phillips

As Ms Soapbox read the decision of retired superintendent Paul Manuel, formerly of the Calgary Police Service, in the disciplinary proceedings against two members of the Lethbridge Police Service who conducted unauthorized surveillance of an NDP Cabinet Minister at a … Continue reading

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The Ignominy of Kenney’s Bill 1

 As Albertans flooded into the streets to join the hundreds of thousands of people around the world protesting systemic racism and police brutality, some of us worried about the UCP government’s move to limit our right to engage in peaceful … Continue reading

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Jason Kenney and the KXL Deal

Last week Mr Kenney threw away (yet again) his belief in the sanctity of the free market by announcing his government (ie. us) would invest $1.5 billion in TC Energy (formerly TCPL) to complete Keystone XL and provide a $6 … Continue reading

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Bill 22: An Attack on Democracy

Someone once said, “The only thing worse than knowing where the bodies are buried, is watching your enemies dig them up.”   In order to ensure the Elections Commissioner’s investigation into the UCP leadership race didn’t dig up any more bodies—heaven … Continue reading

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The Fog of Politics

The fog of politics is like the fog of war.  It’s hard to see what’s really going on.     Albertans are choking in UCP fog.  We wonder why Mr Kenney who came to power on the Thatcher/Reagan ideology—small government, low … Continue reading

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The Anti-Alberta Energy Inquiry (Thank God for Lawyers)

In his book On Tyranny historian Timothy Snyder sets out twenty lessons from the 20th century to help democracies resist the “the usurpation of power by a single individual or group, or the circumvention of law by rulers for their … Continue reading

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An Interview with Beverley McLachlin, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

I was delighted when Shelley Youngblut, CEO & Creative Ringleader of Wordfest, asked if I would like to interview Beverley McLachlin, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, on stage before a live audience about her new book … Continue reading

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Trudeau’s Ethics Violation

It was a headline befitting the National Enquire, splashed across the top of the newspaper in four different fonts and three different colours: “The evidence abundantly shows that Mr Trudeau knowingly sought to influence Ms Wilson-Raybould both directly and through … Continue reading

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Cowboys and Politicians

It’s the last day of the Calgary Stampede.  It’s also the last day for politicians to dress up as cowboys for one last photo-op before getting back to business of politics.    The issue we have with this photo isn’t … Continue reading

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Jason Kenney and the Pope

Is there a limitation period after which we can safely disregard a politician’s scary comments? In 2000 Jason Kenney, then a 32 year old federal MP, gave a disturbing speech* at the St Joseph’s Community Catholic Home School Conference.  It’s … Continue reading

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