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Political Writer — Calgary Herald

Calgary Herald political writer based at the Alberta Legislature. dhenton@calgaryherald.com

Alberta’s long string of deficits ended by billion-dollar surplus

calgaryherald.com — Despite predictions of gloom and doom, the province posted a surplus last year of more than $1 billion, no matter how it's counted. The previous Tory government initially forecast a $514-million surplus last year, but when oil prices plummeted last fall, premier Jim Prentice warned Alberta could end up in the red.

Minimum wage set to rise one dollar to $11.20 on Oct. 1

calgaryherald.com — Alberta's hourly minimum wage will jump by $1 to $11.20 in October as the NDP takes its first step on its campaign pledge to hike the wage to $15 by 2018, Jobs Minister Lori Sigurdson said Monday. Sugurdson said the $1 hike, which will give Alberta the second highest minimum wage in the country, will provide "a better life to low-income workers.

After a month on the job, Notley finds biggest challenge is managing expectations

calgaryherald.com — After years of toiling on the opposition benches, NDP Premier Rachel Notley says it took a while to get used to heading a majority government. After her government selected the Speaker, deputy Speaker and deputy committee chair on its first day in the legislature, she turned to the three colleagues who, with her, previously made up the entire NDP caucus and exclaimed: "Oh my goodness.

Alberta moves on hiking carbon levy, but more action expected in months ahead

calgaryherald.com — Alberta's long-awaited tweak of its regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions was seen Thursday as baby steps that must become much more ambitious to clear the major hurdles ahead.

Notley vows action on Calgary flood mitigation

calgaryherald.com — Alberta's NDP government will move quickly on mitigation projects to protect Calgary from another flood, Premier Rachel Notley assured Calgary's mayor Tuesday. After meeting Naheed Nenshi at her office in the legislature, Notley said she plans to take the issue to her cabinet "very soon" and "move forward in a way that ensures Calgarians are protected" from another flood like the devastating 2013 disaster.

Bill to ban corporate and union donations passes final reading

calgaryherald.com — The NDP's landmark bill to ban corporate and union donations passed third and final reading in the legislature late Monday. Bill 1, An Act to Renew Democracy, was passed unanimously despite opposition concerns that the law still enables corporations and unions to guarantee loans to political parties and to donate the time of paid employees to work on campaigns.

Alberta Energy Regulator faces changes under NDP as Notley wants to review its mandate

calgaryherald.com — The NDP government will review the "conflicting mandate" of the province's oilpatch watchdog with a view to separating its responsibility to both promote and police energy development, says Premier Rachel Notley.

David Dodge hired to help build Alberta’s capital plan

calgaryherald.com — Alberta's NDP government has recruited top gun financial advisor David Dodge to help it draft a multi-year plan to build roads, schools and hospitals. Premier Rachel Notley said the former federal finance deputy minister and former governor of the Bank of Canada will make recommendations on the size, scope and financing of the capital plan her government will unveil with the budget in October.

NDP tables tax bill against opposition protests

calgaryherald.com — Rachel Notley's NDP government hiked corporate income taxes and personal taxes for wealthy Albertans on Thursday against the protestations of the opposition Wildrose and Tories. Finance Minister Joe Ceci said Bill 2 - promised during the spring election campaign - "is an important step in providing balance and fairness to the taxation system and allows the NDP government to better invest in hard-working families."

Alberta’s new justice minister faces a series of hot button issues

calgaryherald.com — In just three weeks, new Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley has had to scramble to address many urgent issues, from a fatal police shooting to tabling the NDP's first legislation - but that's just fine with her. The 36-year-old Calgarian, who went from being a practising labour lawyer to the province's solicitor-general in a heartbeat, said the busy portfolio was to be expected.
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Jun 30, 2015

Add another $2.2M for the AER CEO ($558K) & his 5 VPs & hearing commish. The 7 member board of directors is an extra million. #ableg

Jun 30, 2015

How much do we pay the DM of Energy and 9 ADMs? The DM took home $411,000 last year and together with his ADMs they received $2.6M. #ableg

Jun 30, 2015

The Chartered Professional Accountants Act comes into force July 1, merging Alberta’s 3 professional accounting organizations. #ableg

Jun 30, 2015

NDP Govt officials now say there's an embargo on the 2014-15 annual report because it's not being released publicly until 2 pm today #ableg

Jun 30, 2015

Finance Minister now available to discuss annual report.Guess he didn't know it was being released when he made plans to go to #yyc. #ableg

Jun 30, 2015

RT @Marty_Chan: #Ableg reporters now long for the days when Jim Prentice only showed up late for media conferences.#abpoli twitter.com/darcyhenton/st…

Jun 30, 2015

RT @calgaryherald: Calgary businesses say minimum wage hike could lead to job losses ow.ly/OX1I9 #yyc #ableg

Jun 30, 2015

Nobody can say why there's an embargo on last year's annual report? #ableg

Jun 30, 2015

And there's an embargo for news conference that isn't happening. So why the embargo? Does anyone know how to play this game? #ableg

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