Category Archives: Politics and Government

It’s my birthday (sort of)

I celebrated a birthday earlier this week and in the Soapbox household birthday celebrations go on forever. Which is why there is no blog today. I’ll be back next week. In the meantime I’d like to leave you with a … Continue reading

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Jason Kenney’s Last AGM

A political party’s AGM tells you a lot about the party. What we learned after the UCP AGM is the UCP’s big tent isn’t big enough to hold all its members. But first a quick recap relating to the small … Continue reading

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Government or Frat House? Either Way Kenney Can’t Lead  

Ariella Kimmel, former chief of staff to Jobs Minister Doug Schweitzer, filed a lawsuit this spring alleging the Premier’s office fostered a “poisoned work environment,” it failed to address her concerns about the sexual harassment of another employee, and she’d … Continue reading

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Halloween in Alberta

In its Halloween message the Kenney government said today is a day filled with costumes, pumpkin carving, scary movies, and tasty treats. They encouraged everyone to follow the advice of our health officials so we can all enjoy the spookiest … Continue reading

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The Allan Report: Foreign Funding of Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns

First, we had Steve Allan’s Report on the (not so public) public inquiry’s findings with respect to the role of foreign funding into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns. Then we had the Kenney government’s press release which said the Allan Report confirmed … Continue reading

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Minister Toews and the AUPE: A Shift in the Balance of Power

“Strikes are only one measure of unrest.” Todd Vachon, an assistant professor and director of labor education at Rutgers University. Did you catch it, that shift in the balance of power? Last Wednesday Finance Minister Travis Toews issued a statement … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving…?

I was composing a short Happy Thanksgiving blog when a UCP government press release appeared in my inbox.   Today is World Mental Health Day and Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Mike Ellis, said “Right now it might … Continue reading

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Jason Kenney the Anecdotal Policy Maker   

“Anecdotal” (anəkˈdōdl) adjective: an account not necessarily true or reliable, because based on personal accounts rather than facts or research. And the gong show continues. On Sept 30, we learned Jason Kenney puts more weight on random anecdotal stories than … Continue reading

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On Liberty and Alberta’s Covid Crisis

This is for the woman who yelled “Do you feel safer now?” when my daughter stepped off the sidewalk to give the woman and her rambunctious dog room to pass. Do you feel safer now? My daughter stepped off the … Continue reading

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Kenney’s Awesome Summer and Disastrous Fall

“So, no, I don’t apologize for the decision to relax public health restrictions in the summer.” – Jason Kenney Let’s recap what’s happened since July 1 when Kenney waxed eloquent about a new day dawning and the future looking brighter … Continue reading

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