Tags : Politics

Barnes open to returning to UCP caucus

Drew Barnes is an independent MLA in Cypress-Medicine Hat. He was booted from the UCP caucus about a year and a half ago. Barnes says with the new leadership under Premier Danielle Smith he would be open to returning to caucus if they share his values of helping to make life more affordable for Albertans. […]Read More

Budget deliberations begin next week at city council

Budget Deliberations will begin at city council next week. Mayor Blaine Hyggen says council has had the opportunity to review everything well in advance to make sure they are all prepared and they are ready to make inform decisions on all the data. Hyggen says this year is difficult given the high cost of inflation. “I’ll […]Read More

Lethbridge MLA becomes minister for first time.

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith named her new cabinet. Of note…Lethbridge East MLA Nathan Neudorf becomes Deputy Premier and Infrastructure Minister. Other appointees noted below: Deputy Premier and Minister of Skilled Trades and Professions – Kaycee Madu Deputy Premier and Minister of Infrastructure – Nathan Neudorf President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance – Travis […]Read More

Put your two cents in for budget deliberations

The City of Lethbridge is hoping to hear from residents about the upcoming 2023-2026 budget deliberations. They will take place starting in November. Locals are encouraged to go online and visit the My Two Cents campaign which will allow them to give their own two cents on how they think the budget should be spent. […]Read More

Trudeau caught not wearing a mask at airport

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Costa Rica enjoying a holiday with his family. There was some controversy when our PM stepped off of the plane and he was seen not wearing a mask. Political reporter Brian Lilley says that is a major no-no since the Trudeau Liberals say you must wear a mask at […]Read More

Danielle Smith receives endorsement from Nathan Neudorf

UCP leadership candidate Danielle Smith has a few new shining endorsements from Alberta MLAs. Lethbridge-East MLA Nathan Neudorf has thrown his support behind Smith to replace Jason Kenney as premier and leader of the party. Smith said at the first UCP leadership debate on Wednesday in Medicine Hat that she has also received support from […]Read More

Alberta government supporting more Ukrainian refugees

More than 3,800 Ukrainian refugees are making their way to Alberta. The Alberta government is giving those arriving after July 25th six months of temporary income assistance. Our legislative reporter, Tyler Dawson, says the province continues to support those who are fleeing the war with Russia. He shares the details with BCN’s Hal Roberts. Read More

CTF’s report says Bill C-11 not good for Canadians

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is releasing its report on what it says are the damaging effects of the Trudeau Liberal’s proposed Bill C-11 which many say is an attack on our freedom. Ontario Director, Jay Goldberg, explains to BCN’s Hal Roberts how damaging this bill could be for Canadians and the dangerous precedent it may […]Read More

When are utility rebates coming?

Many of us here in Alberta have been wondering where those utility rebates are. The province said back in February and March that we would be receiving help with our natural gas and electricity bills as inflation has made life so much more difficult. We asked UCP Caucus Chair and Lethbridge East MLA Nathan Neudorf […]Read More

Duane Bratt highlights key issues with Kenney government

The fallout from the Jason Kenney leadership review and subsequent Kenney resignation has been felt in a number of ways. That is according to Political Science Professor Dr. Duane Bratt who teaches at Mount Royal University. Bratt presented at SACPA on Thursday and said Premier Kenney dug his own grave during the pandemic which led […]Read More

Danielle Smith announces run for UCP leadership

Reaction to Jason Kenney’s resignation made its way to Lethbridge as well. Local politicians commented on the decision Thursday. As Micah Quinn explains, there are some who have already put their names forward vying to become the new leader of the UCP including Danielle Smith and Brian Jean. UPDATE: UCP caucus chair Nathan Neudorf released […]Read More

Lethbridge MP says constituents not happy with high inflation

Many Alberta families are hurting due to the high cost of fuel for their vehicles, higher natural gas prices for their homes and the cost of groceries is also going thru the roof. Many are not happy about it and a number of Lethbridge residents have brought their concerns to Lethbridge MP Rachael Thomas. Thomas […]Read More

How the UCP leadership review may unfold

The UCP leadership review is underway. Voting members have until May 11th to get their votes in to decide whether Jason Kenney should remain on as leader. The results will be known on May 18th. Our legislative reporter, Tyler Dawson gives his thoughts as to what may transpire. Read More

Legislative reporter discusses both CPC and UCP leaderships

When it comes to winning the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada the key will be winning over the hearts and minds of western Canadians. That is according to our legislative reporter and the Alberta correspondent with the National Post Tyler Dawson. Dawson will also explain why mail-in ballots may work to the advantage […]Read More

Council approves veteran banner project for Legion

Good news for veterans in our city. At City Council on Tuesday, a vote was carried unanimously to approve the Royal Canadian Legion Branch in Lethbridge to install banners on street lights in our city come November. A sizable chunk of change will be used to fund the project. The study will be funded from […]Read More

Take Back Alberta campaign growing

There is a group who would like to see Jason Kenney no longer be premier of Alberta. The grass roots movement, known as Take Back Alberta, is not happy with the direction Kenney has taken our province. Founding member, David Parker, who worked on Kenney’s campaign team explains in this exclusive interview.Read More

Budget will bring relief

Lethbridge East MLA and UCP Caucus Chair, Nathan Neudorf, says with the new tabled budget Albertans can expect to see a little relief on their bills including their natural gas and electric bills.Read More

Provincial police force concerns from Lethbridge County

The Alberta government has discussed the potential of implementing a provincial police force which would replace the RCMP. A report last year says the transition would cost $366 million. In 2021, the Alberta government began shifting the cost of policing to municipalities. That resulted in a bill over $350,000 for Lethbridge County to cover policing. […]Read More

Lethbridge MLA says Alberta will not follow Quebec’s lead.

On Tuesday Quebec Premier Francois Legault announced his province has a plan to tax the unvaccinated in his province. As for Alberta, a resounding no was given as to whether or not our province would bring in this tax on residents. As Micah Quinn explains, Lethbridge-East MLA, Nathan Neudorf, did not hold back with his […]Read More

Craig Dalton announces resignation as City Manager

Here’s a follow-up to a story we first brought you on Tuesday. City Manager Craig Dalton announced that he will be stepping down from the position after less than two years. Before Dalton, the city managers were Bramwell Strain and Jody Meli as an interim manager. As Micah Quinn explains, Dalton is the third city […]Read More

Throne Speech misses the mark says political reporter.

The Trudeau Liberals began their third term in office with a speech from the throne delivered by Governor General Mary Simon. The economy is struggling under supply chain issues and rising inflation is facing its fair share of challenges. According to political reporter Brian Lilley that is apparently not the focus for the Trudeau Liberals […]Read More

Calls for early Kenney leadership review

Premier Jason Kenney is facing an earlier call for a leadership review. That is according to our legislative reporter, Tyler Dawson, who says constituency associations have passed a resolution calling for it to be held in March instead of April of next year.Read More

Political update from Toronto Sun columnist Brian Lilley

This week Brian Lilley talks about how a Saskatchewan senator has launched a review of Tory leader Erin O’Toole, how grain price increases have been great for our farmers but not so much consumers and how thousands of federal workers were allowed to continue working without being vaccinated against COVID-19.Read More

Issues within the Tory caucus

Political reporter, Brian Lilley, says Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu has been shaking things up on Parliament Hill lately. She announced the start of a civil liberties caucus to raise issues surrounding COVID-19. It’s a move, Lilley says, could really backfire. Read More

Playing the blame game

Premier Jason Kenney, like many other provincial leaders, has been grilled over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our legislative reporter, Tyler Dawson, says it appears as though Kenney is not accepting all of the blame but placed some of it at the feet of our province’s chief medical officer of health-Dr. Deena Hinshaw.Read More

Taliban clamping down

There are reports of Taliban gunmen who attacked a wedding in eastern Afghanistan to stop music being played. The attack killed two people and injured 10 others. Our foreign affairs expert, Lisa Daftari, says it appears as though the Taliban is clamping down on anything associated with western culture.Read More

Unofficial results for 2021 Lethbridge municipal election

In Lethbridge, there were some local questions constituents had a chance to vote on. One was if our city should adopt a ward system. Over 60 per cent of you said yes. It would be implemented by the 2025 election. Also, more than 55 per cent of respondents voted in favour of constructing a new […]Read More