Alberta

GUNTER: The throne speech was obsolete by the next day

I can never understand commentators who seem surprised (even irritated) by the vagueness of a throne speech. Vagueness is the point. A typical throne speech is to legislative agendas what daydreaming about winning the lottery is to retirement planning. Vice-regal addresses are accurate indications of a government’s priorities — until all those best-laid plans get …

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Moody’s downgrades Alberta’s credit rating over weak economy reliant on oil

EDMONTON — The Alberta government’s credit rating has been downgraded by an agency that cited the province’s reliance on oil revenue and what it calls its high environmental risk. Moody’s Investors Service has adjusted the province’s rating to Aa2 stable from Aa1 negative. The rating service cites weakness in the provincial economy that remains concentrated …

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How Wexit looks to Alberta’s First Nations: ‘A lot of Indigenous folk feel just as alienated’

CALGARY — A wry smile briefly crosses Lee Crowchild’s careworn face when the word “alienation” is mentioned. He hears this particular word from so many lips these days in Alberta. It’s the place where he was born, so he understands well enough those long-standing strains and issues that exist between the province and Ottawa. However, …

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