2013 News Coverage

December 27, 2013

Wildrose priming themselves for run at 2016 majority government

December 22, 2013

Wildrose can govern for majority, Danielle Smith says

December 17, 2013

Wildrose leader Danielle Smith plans to keep working on Edmonton in 2014 – Metro MLA says government is accountable for slipping grades – Rocky View Weekly

December 16, 2013

WCB bonuses ‘grotesque’

December 13, 2013

Survey shows Calgarians pay among the highest power bills on continent Gun seizure probe heads to High River Oilpatch environmental deposits blasted

December 12, 2013

Alberta government’s new electricity and renewable resource portfolio a ‘political minefield’ New minister Bhullar says inquiry into deaths of kids in government care not needed

December 10, 2013

Province to revisit high-speed rail link between Calgary and Edmonton Opposition questions whether Manmeet Bhullar can handle Human Services ministry

Decmeber 9, 2013

Alison Redford remakes Alberta cabinet in major shuffle of ministers Alberta opposition parties react to cabinet shuffle Province opted for round table over inquiry into deaths of children in care to get ‘results early’

December 6, 2013

Wildrose On Campus sanctioned as club Tories defend rising cost of bitumen refinery

December 5, 2013

Wildrose claims Tory political interference in government document request Redford government runs out clock on Wildrose proposal – Red Deer Advocate Wildrose leader all ears at meet-and-greet – St. Alberta Gazette Remove Alberta ethics boss: Wildrose Party Premier Alison Redford cleared in ethics investigation – CBC

December 4, 2013

Leaked doc shows Premier Redford boosting her ‘image at taxpayers’ expense’: Wildrose Email proves Building Alberta signs promoted Redford, Wildrose says Premier says signs intended to reassure Albertans of flood rebuilding, not to boost leadership Debate heated in Alberta legislature over controversial labour bills

December 3, 2013

Wildrose calls for independent advocate after senior left in soiled diaper for two days AHS to monitor nursing home after senior left in soiled diaper for two days; Wildrose wants independent seniors’ advocate

December 2, 2013

Alberta’s Wildrose to Progressive Conservatives: ‘Come on over’ Wildrose leader comes to town Nursing home cited for care of senior left in diapers for two days

November 22, 2013

Danielle Smith extends olive branch to Edmonton at annual leader’s dinner After heated exchanges, Alberta Speaker Zwozdesky, Wildrose house leader agree to mend fences Wildrose, PC spar over infrastructure Alberta’s finances ‘turning the corner’

November 21, 2013

In this corner: Danielle Smith steels herself for rematch with Redford

November 20, 2013

Wildrose bathroom ads create controversy ‘Buying toilet paper’: Wildrose mocks Building Alberta Plan with satirical posters Local men receive Alberta Order of Excellence Favoured candidate for next election referee draws all-party praise

November 19, 2013

Wildrose infrastructure critic releases report – CHAT TV Medicine Hat Province urged to clarify infrastructure priorities – Sun Barnes releases his infrastructure report – Medicine Hat News AHS leadership shuffle draws critics Wildrose leader blasts Tories for new spending

November 18, 2013

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith visits Stony Plain

November 15, 2013

Government slammed for handling of Athabasca mine pond spill

November 14, 2013

Calgary man caught in health care crunch Minister Doug Griffiths apologizes for ‘misinformation’ surrounding Bill 28 Wildrose gains on Tories, poll shows

November 12, 2013

Tories draw fire over 14 per cent boost to pension contributions for senior managers

November 8, 2013

Aleena Sadowynk improving after Alberta pays for medication

November 5, 2013

Alberta cabinet minister under fire for energy sector remarks Oil sucking life out of Alberta: Griffiths Critics blast officials over spill response Province failing public in accountability: Saher

November 1, 2013

Alberta Premier Alison Redford announces controversial Bill 28 put on hold Redford now ready to talk planning bill Backlash on planning bill leads Redford to announce delay

October 29, 2013

Session opens as Redford, Smith spar over Alberta debt Pay cash for new schools as P3 plans falter, Wildrose urges Tories Alberta Wildrose MLA Heather Forsyth’s service dog a first Service dog makes Canadian history joining Calgary MLA in legislature

October 27, 2013

‘We are slowly removing some of the barriers people had to voting for us,’ Wildrose leader says Wildrose Party tightens rules on selection of candidates Ex-Tory MLA joins Wildrose after oilsands ruling Tory Alberta MLA Cal Dallas crashes Wildrose meeting in Red Deer Twitter spat erupts between Tory, Wildrose communications staff Wildrose Party delegates vote to fight climate change, denounce intolerance Wildrose throws out controversial policies ahead of 2016 election Wildrose party to strengthen emissions and human rights policies Leader Danielle Smith wins 90% approval from Wildrose delegates

October 16, 2013

Emergency room wait times in Red Deer indicative of province-wide failure: Wildrose – Journal/Herald Wildrose accuses PCs of causing increase in ER wait times in Red Deer – Global ER wait times out of control: Wildrose – Red Deer Advocate Alberta’s handling of fleeing offender ‘morally reprehensible’: Wildrose

October 11, 2013

Opposition slams secret severance of Stephen Carter – Sun Alberta premier under fire for not releasing former chief of staff’s severance – Journal Left and right jabs thrown at Keyano’s Mason, Smith debate Government refuses to release severance information for former Chief of Staff – Global

October 10, 2013

Opening of $350-million MLA office building delayed – Journal Premier denies politics play any part in relief Tories defend Asia trips as effort to boost ties

October 9, 2013

Wildrose critic drops by Whitecourt Healthcare Centre Wildrose, Alberta NDP leader face off in debate at Keyano College Tories blasted over $33,000 trip to share flood-response successes in China

October 3, 2013

Wildrose infrastructure critic visits NW Alberta Wildrose infrastructure critic touring the Peace Country

October 2, 2013

Wildrose critic tours McMurray to promote proposed infrastructure list

September 25, 2013

‘We need to make politics fun again’

September 19, 2013

Smith, Mason debate at University of Alberta Wildrose, NDP leaders face-off in debate – CTV

Septembmer 16, 2013

Wildrose wants Stettler investigated Tories accused of dragging out ethics investigations

September 13, 2013

Auditor general agrees with widespread calls to probe pipeline safety in Alberta

September 11, 2013

Health care overhaul – Herald Allegation of mouse attack on Alberta senior prompts investigation

September 10, 2013

Wildrose stands by demands for ‘immediate’ compensation Wildrose calls on province to own up and pay gun-grab damage caused by RCMP in High River

September 6, 2013

Wildrose leader Danielle Smith calls cabinet minister’s dropping of f-bomb towards her inappropriate Tempers flare at public meeting over RCMP home ‘invasions’ Angry High River residents grill Mounties at town hall meeting over forced entries and gun seizures

September 5, 2013

Alberta’s Wildrose and NDP parties to debate post-secondary education – Sun Danielle Smith And Brian Mason To Debate Across Alberta Campuses – Huffington Post Wildrose, NDP leaders to debate on campuses – Journal

September 4, 2013

Foes shooting in political gunfight over firearm seizures Opposition parties urge broader ethics investigation into business interests of Edmonton MLA

September 3, 2013

Rocky Mountain House ups the ante in pursuit of new hospital Wildrose faces peer pressure to join marijuana use debate

August 30, 2013

Smith calling on province and school board to waive school fees for High River families Bed loss from Holy Cross exit ‘wrong’

August 28, 2013

Wildrose Party wants MLA Allen out of government committee (MyMcMurray.com online) Allen still sitting on committees, weeks after announcing plans to leave them – Fort McMurray Today

August 21, 2013

Competitors keep ‘signalling’ to keep prices up: Alberta’s energy watchdog

August 20, 2013

Wildrose critic pitches ‘predator free’ zones after concerns rise about convicted sex offender Stephen Huggett living in Calgary community – Calgary Sun Calgary sex-offender sparks call for ‘predator-fee zones’ – Herald

Stephen Huggett, Convicted Sex Offender, Being Asked To Leave Willow Park Neighbourhood – CP

Shayne Saskiw on CBC Homestretch

August 16, 2013

Hat MLA says province needs to get money to victims caught in an insurance battle Pedersen asks for immediate help for flood victims – CHAT NEWS online

August 15, 2013

Wildrose urges DRP money for Medicine Hat evacuees – Newstalk 770 Alberta health critics firing back at minister for health executive spending scheme – Sun

August 13, 2013

Alberta Health Services approved funding for treatment of St. Albert toddler – Sun Alberta will help fund critical treatment for young St. Albert girl (Journal) Funding approved for Alberta toddler’s MPS treatment (Global online)

August 8, 2013

Canada finds Obama’s resistance to Keystone decidedly unneighborly – Danielle Smith (Washington Times)

August 7, 2013

Families and small biz in Alberta can’t keep up with surge in power prices says Wildrose Pressure ramps up on Alberta to fund care for girl with rare disease

July 29, 2013

Lack of communication upsets High River residents as they struggle to rebuild and move on Some residents calling for government buyout in hard-hit High River neighbourhoods Black Diamond residents want to abandon flooded homes, but aren’t in designated floodway

July 25, 2013

Wildrose leader tours Hat’s flood zone High River doctors frustrated AHS hasn’t given green light for hospital’s reopening

July 22, 2013

High River residents, Wildrose leader demand new flood maps Many High River flood victims want out, Wildrose leader hears Worst-struck High River residents want Alberta to buy out their homes Sunrise residents express their frustration in town hall meeting Alberta Opposition wants new flood map; says victims must know where to rebuild

July 18, 2013

Wildrose says government failed to heed flood warnings, wasn’t prepared for disaster – Herald Alberta Opposition calls for engineering report to find ways to reduce floods – CP Wildrose says province should have done more to protect communities ahead of flooding – Sun Wildrose Party calls for flood compensation cap – CBC Wildrose puts forward recommendations following flood – 660 News Wildrose comments on flood rebuilding plan – iNews 880 Alberta Opposition calls for engineering flood report – Global As Alberta rebuilds after floods, tensions flare over recovery plan – Globe and Mail

July 11, 2013

Danielle Smith calls for extended state of emergency for High River

July 10, 2013

Campus Alberta not working Deficit number hidden in data

June 27, 2013

Danielle Smith echoes residents’ frustrations High River residents evacuated to Nanton to be sent to Lethbridge

June 17, 2013

Release pipeline review, say critics Questions of leadership plague Alberta Health Services as new administrator introduced

June 14, 2013


June 12, 2013


June 6, 2013

Keep Alberta startup money here, MLAs urge

June 3, 2013

Thousands rally at Alberta Legislature to protest PDD cuts

May 30, 2013


May 22, 2013

Smith rejects notion Wildrose ‘mean-spirited’

May 21, 2013

Tory rethink delays PDD cuts Michener Centre closing poses heartbreaking dilemmas

May 16, 2013

MLAS WHIP UP SOME LAUGHS WITH ‘BORROWED’ NOTEPAD redford, smith react to surprise b.c. election results SPRING SESSION ENDS WITH CRITICISM

May 14, 2013

Wildrose calls for drug-rule changes

May 10, 2013

Hospital kitchen needs $32M upgrade Opposition renew push for independent seniors advocate May 9, 2013

Wildrose ‘politicizing’ produces results Wildrose urges Alberta’s Tory government to help seniors in Brooks Alberta to probe seniors’ cases

May 8, 2013

Film tax credit gets all-party support PCS, government meld on the taxpayer’s dime Redford defends mail-out costs

May 7, 2013

No wonder Redford won’t change donation laws

April 29, 2013

AHS set to formalize 100-km policy for seniors’ continuing care

April 24, 2013

Wildrose Party unearths more questionable health expenses from former Alberta health regions Ex-Capital Health VP expensed thousands for dinners, booze, charity balls

April 19, 2013


April 17, 2013

alberta taxpayers paid for trip to mayo clinic to ‘make sure’ health execs cancer was cured wildrose leery of carbon market

April 16, 2013


April 15, 2013


April 11, 2013

Cut to veterans parking to stand AHS willing to talk but still not blinking on discontinuing discounted veteran parking

April 10, 2013

U of A students, staff protest education cuts Province’s drug purchase strategy has backfired, Wildrose says

April 8, 2013

Alberta’s justice minister ‘dropped the ball’ in preventing killer mom’s deportation: opposition critics

April 4, 2013

AHS urged to protect whistle-blowing doctors small donors shift to wildrose

April 2, 2013

wildrose accuses tories of being ‘soft on crime’

March 28, 2013


March 27, 2013


Citizens need power to recall politicians, expert says

March 20, 2013

Provincial politicians send their thoughts to Ralph Klein’s family $500M bioenergy program cut as questions mount

March 19, 2013

Wildrose caucus to donate or refuse 8% pay hike Alberta Wildrose party donates part of MLA salaries to make point about pay Wildrose party to donate pay hike earnings Wildrose party donates part of MLA salaries to make point about pay

March 15, 2013

Alberta doctors say medevac relocation will cost lives Medevac fate unchanged by emergency debate Wildrose accuses ousted Alberta Tory minister of using the F-bomb Alberta’s Opposition offers criminals mock ‘no-prosecution’ coupons Mock coupons from Wildrose sparks apology demands from Alberta’s justice minister

March 14, 2013

Alberta rivals wrangle over planned cuts to Justice Premier Alison Redford backs funding cuts supporting ankle bracelets that tracks sex offenders Chestermere homeowners brace for 50 per cent tax hike Chestermere mayor Patricia Matthews and MLA Bruce McAllister outraged town residents face 53% increase on provincial portion of property tax bills

March 13, 2013

Tory government’s Alberta budget will prompt PC MLA to ditch party, says Wildrose leader

March 12, 2013

Alberta Budget 2013 Borrowing Will Need 85 Years To Repay: Wildrose March 11, 2013

Alberta debt plan risks financial future, Wildrose says Wildrose’s Alberta shadow budget still shows red ink Wildrose releases its would-be budget Alberta’s Official Opposition releases its Wildrose Financial Recovery Plan

March 8, 2013

Debt monster threatens Alberta’s well-being – licia corbella ‘Are u kidding me?’ Alberta’s opposition MLAs react to budget on Twitter Alberta’s opposition critics pan Tory budget

March 6, 2013

Don’t be fooled by ‘voodoo’ accounting – licia corbella Redford’s Tories under attack by opposition at opening of spring sessionAlberta facing ‘challenging times,’ Redford says as leg opens Province revamps policy, people living in continuing care centres to get at least two baths a week

March 5, 2013

Silencing the opposition – graham thomson Rivals ready to pounce as PCS bleed trust – don braid Northern Alberta doctors group and province spar over medevac service Update planned for fiscal rules

March 4, 2013

Critics say Tory announcement short on details, point to past broken promises February 26, 2013

Opposition pushes to prevent conflicts of interest – CTV Wildrose wants to improve Conflicts of Interest Act Ethics commissioner favours advisory role Wildrose to table amendment to toughen up conflict of interest rules in Alberta

February 19, 2013

Alberta’s political leadership have modern families Alberta fiscal update won’t be pretty, opposition warns

February 14, 2013

Alberta’s Wildrose party calls PC spending reckless, offers $48B alternative Pay for projects in cash: Wildrose Wildrose announces fiscal plan for Tories Wildrose Party announces 10-year, debt-free capital plan

February 7, 2013

Wildrose MLA questions justice system after motorcycle death court case stayed

February 1, 2013

Alberta schools, small towns feel ‘pressured’ to use taxpayer money to make donations to PC party, Wildrose MLA says

January 31, 2013

Survey says … TAXES! – Rick Bell Alberta government’s online budget tool rolled out for the public

January 25, 2013

Smith slams Redford for saying ‘nothing’

January 24, 2013

Redford’s TV address to focus on Alberta’s finances – sun Premier Redford to address Albertans in Thursday night televised speech – journal Doctors worry relocating medevac services could put patients at risk

January 22, 2013

Critics slam exit of air ambulance from airport Taxing times, indeed – rick bell

January 21, 2013

AHS reverses plan on health cuts

January 18, 2013

Medical group criticizes job cuts

January 17, 2013

Potential health cuts spark row Alberta Health Services may lay off nurse practitioners in Airdrie and Cochrane Opposition questions emergency services plan after ‘troubling’ Fox Creek incident

January 16, 2013

There’s no need to increase Albertans’ taxes – Rob Anderson Opposition parties blast short session

January 10, 2013

Justice not served after Airdrie home trashed, says family – CBC Family frustrated after vandalism charges dropped – Herald Alberta hit hard by flu bug, say health officials – Sun

January 9, 2013

Outside team contracted by Elections Alberta to investigate Katz donation to PCs – Journal Ethics investigation won’t stall tobacco lawsuit, Alberta justice minister insists – Journal Justice minister says tobacco lawsuit will proceed – CBC Elections Alberta investigating Katz donations – Global Elections alberta hires retired judge, investigators to probe katz donations – Globe and Mail Daryl Katz donations to Alberta Tories to be probed by retired judge – Sun News

January 7, 2013

Power reform must offer consumers fixed- and regulated-rate options: opposition

Arena keno touted for recreation funding

January 4, 2013

alberta’s wildrose party proposes lottery to pay for nhl hockey arenas –Globe and Mail

Wildrose proposes lottery to help fund Edmonton arena – Global

wildrose: lottery game could help fund downtown arena – CTV

Wildrose arena plan – iNews880

Wildrose Party suggests lottery to raise funds for Alberta NHL arenas – Metro

Use KENO lottery to fund downtown Edmonton arena: Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith – Edmonton and Calgary Sun

Wildrose proposes lottery game to fund new NHL arenas for Calgary, Edmonton – Calgary Herald

Wildrose proposes lottery to help fund Edmonton arena – Edmonton Journal

January 3, 2013

Wildrose to propose using lotto revenues to fund arenas in Calgary and Edmonton Oilsands trains fine for now, but pipelines needed in the long run, says Danielle Smith

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