Explaining The Notwithstanding Clause

The Notwithstanding Clause is back in the spotlight.

Despite what you may have heard, the Notwithstanding Clause is not unconstitutional. 

In fact, it is a core element of the Canadian constitution and has been since the modern constitution was agreed upon in 1982.

CPP Investment Board Playing Politics

As you probably now know, the managers of the Canada Pension Plan - the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board - are coming to Alberta this week to tell Albertans how amazing the CPP is.

The CPP has been spending god-knows-how-much money advertising the CPP on TV, radio, online, and more, and now they're coming to Calgary tomorrow and Edmonton on Wednesday to do the same.

We've been encouraging our supporters to attend the event since the events were first announced, but we've been stymied by a series of interesting "coincidences".

The Liberals Won't Listen



As the Liberals' electoral prospects plummet, their insistence on downplaying the impact of their proposed emissions cap becomes increasingly untenable. 

But rationality seems to have left Ottawa long ago. 

Surprise, surprise.

Eric Duhaime Speech In Calgary

Late last month, we had the privilege of hosting an event with Éric Duhaime, the leader of Quebec's Conservative Party. 

During the course of the evening, it became evident that Alberta and Quebec share common ground in our collective fight against federal overreach. 

The concept of provincial jurisdiction lies at the heart of Canadian democracy, ensuring that diverse regions with unique aspirations have a voice in governance.

Who Wants To Freeze In The Dark?

Alberta needs more power.

On Saturday, the coldest night Albertans have experienced in decades, a critical emergency alert was issued by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) - cautioning Albertans about potential rotating power outages due to high power demand, and urging them to reduce their electricity usage.

Shaping The Future

As we hurtle towards the New Year, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support and engagement throughout the last year. 

If you read our email from last week, you know it was a long one.

But that's because we accomplished a lot!

We faced challenges together.

We celebrated victories together.

We initiated conversations and helped shift the window of what is politically possible.

We showed resilience.

Our Biggest Year Yet

When I sat down to write our 2023 Year in Review, I thought it was going to be a walk in the park.

But, early in the process, it became glaringly obvious that this was going to be a much bigger job than I'd originally planned.

That's because once you put it all down on paper, it's actually insane how much we’ve done this year.

We were in the trenches, fighting for every inch.

We had some wins.

We moved the ball.

However, as Winston Churchill once said:

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."

And continue we shall.

The Cap Is Upon Us



With the United Nations’s 28th Climate Change Conference in Dubai generating headlines, we all knew it was only a matter of time before Canada’s radical eco-activist Environment Minister did something stupid.

And here it is, from Steven Guilbeault himself:

"The Government of Canada's plan to cap and reduce emissions from Canada's largest emitting sector is ambitious, but practical. It considers the global demand for oil and gas — and the importance of the sector in Canada's economy — and sets a limit that is strict, but achievable."

That’s right, folks - the Oil and Gas emissions/production cap is finally upon us.

Canadian Pension Pilfer

Over the weekend, the Canada Strong and Free Network organized its annual networking conference in Red Deer, during which I participated in a panel on the merits of establishing an Alberta Pension Plan.

Joined by University of Calgary Economics professor Trevor Tombe and Cory Morgan from the Western Standard, and moderated by the CFSN Chair, Michael Binnion, I debated several different aspects of the plan, and thought it would be useful to share my insights with you.

Confederation saved... for now!



This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Impact Assessment Act is unconstitutional.

Commonly known as the “No More Pipelines Law”, the law was passed by the federal Liberals in 2019 but, as we've outlined ever since, the law was actually much worse than even its nickname suggests.