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Alberta Correspondent, Maclean's Magazine

Alberta Correspondent for Maclean's, the Canadian weekly whose name I learned has an apostrophe. jason.markusoff@macleans.rogers.com

The happiest politician in Canada?

macleans.ca — The Harper Conservatives called a 78-day election period to help strengthen their fundraising and campaign spending advantage in 337 ridings. The other one is currently held by Brent Rathgeber. Aside from the odd ones who simply love the smell of fresh lawn sign in the morning, Rathgeber is perhaps the happiest opposition politician about the premature election campaign.
Aug 04, 2015

RT @markusoff: Meet the real winner of the early election call: ex-Conservative Independent Brent Rathgeber. macleans.ca/news/canada/th… pic.twitter.com/eLwPfKxeNw

How conservative is new Supreme Court judge Russell Brown?

macleans.ca — In what's possibly a Canadian judiciary first, the incoming Supreme Court of Canada justice Russell Brown appears on a testimonial webpage right next to Ezra Levant.

The Tories on big-city transit: Buy support now, pay later

macleans.ca — Potential suitors, political and otherwise: the way to Naheed Nenshi's heart is by light rail. The Calgary mayor, never one to spare combative rhetoric or snark when he's unhappy, was gushing Friday as Calgary-based Defence Minister Jason Kenney and fellow MPs pledged up to $1.53 billion for the Green Line, a 40-kilometre LRT route that nearly spans the entire sprawling city, north to southeast.
Jul 25, 2015

Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa got pre-election transit pledges. Thank fed finance ministers of '20s for their generosity. macleans.ca/politics/the-t…

Jul 27, 2015

Feds and City trumpeted a $1b Ottawa LRT pledge today. My piece on why we should thank 2023’s finance minister. macleans.ca/politics/the-t…

Jul 28, 2015

Harper on big-city transit: Buy support now, pay later: macleans.ca/politics/the-t… (belatedly) via @markusoff

Not the Brian Jean show

macleans.ca — Alberta's election produced a pair of epic narratives: the fall of the Tory empire and an NDP majority in a province few ever thought would possibly elect one. Tucked in behind these stories is Wildrose's remarkable comeback.
Jul 22, 2015

TIL Brian Jean speaks of himself in the third person in this layered way I find mildly unnerving: ow.ly/PWJnb (via @markusoff)

Jul 22, 2015

"You can see that it’s not the Brian Jean Show. And Brian Jean wants to make sure it’s not the Brian Jean Show." macleans.ca/news/canada/no…

Jul 22, 2015

“Not the Brian Jean show” — a Maclean’s Q&A with Wildrose leader on Notley, Smith and Ft.Mac. macleans.ca/news/canada/no… pic.twitter.com/ZFc9ft4Rs0

Jul 22, 2015

RT @lindseywiebe: "You can see that it’s not the Brian Jean Show. And Brian Jean wants to make sure it’s not the Brian Jean Show." macleans.ca/news/canada/no…

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Say hello to Alberta's new big-money party: The Alberta NDP

macleans.ca — By a whopping $374.61 - enough for 16 People's Republic of Albertastan T-shirts! - the Alberta NDP can claim the fundraising crown for the latest quarter. From the period from April 1 to June 30, the newly governing New Democrats reported $269,730.61 compared to the opposition Wildrose's $269,356, according to the latest figures released by Elections Alberta.
Jul 20, 2015

Alberta NDP topped the Tories & Wildrose in fundraising in newest ElectionsAB filings. My latest in Maclean’s: macleans.ca/news/canada/sa… #ableg

Jul 20, 2015

In new quarterly disclosure, 75% of Alberta PCs’ contributions are from corporations. Now that’s banned. Oh. macleans.ca/news/canada/sa…

Jul 20, 2015

RT @markusoff: In new quarterly disclosure, 75% of Alberta PCs’ contributions are from corporations. Now that’s banned. Oh. macleans.ca/news/canada/sa…

Jul 21, 2015

Alberta NDP led last period of fundraising, and source of 3/4 of PC donations is now banned. New eras, huh. macleans.ca/news/canada/sa… #ableg

Jul 21, 2015

RT @MacleansMag: Alberta's PCs can kiss their corporate-donations lead goodbye. Meet the new big-money party: ow.ly/PUGxF pic.twitter.com/M8Qr56pWjj

A national energy strategy all agree on but nobody will act on

macleans.ca — The scene: A meeting room in the Quebec legislature, February 2016. An immaculate wood table with chairs around it, the most august ones occupied by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Quebec Premier Philippe Couilllard. Tense aides surround them. Rachel: Monsieur Couillard, I - Philippe: As I said, call me Philippe.
Jul 17, 2015

RT @jason_kirby: A national energy strategy everyone agrees on but nobody will act on - @markusoff on the premiers' deal macleans.ca/politics/canad… @MacleansMag

Jul 17, 2015

RT @markusoff: New from me: Canadian Energy Strategy, the nothing they can all agree on macleans.ca/politics/canad…

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Newsmaker: #lostbear looks for his owner

macleans.ca — His black button nose is surrounded by a tan muzzle, which is surrounded by fuzzy, light-brown fur, which is surrounded by global media buzz. To some four-year-old boy, he is a beloved companion who offered plush security when a robotic Tyrannosaurus rex gave a toothy roar.

What's to blame for Western Canada's forest fire outbreak?

macleans.ca — As hundreds of residents of La Ronge were being evacuated because forest fires threatened to lap up their homes, a cluster of six fires sparked the wilderness around Hall Lake, a nearby community. Its residents, too, had to flee by school bus and car.
Jul 14, 2015

We did start the fire: As much of the West burns, my look at how humans are so often to blame for wildfires. macleans.ca/news/canada/wh…

Jul 14, 2015

RT @markusoff: We did start the fire: As much of the West burns, my look at how humans are so often to blame for wildfires. macleans.ca/news/canada/wh…

Jul 14, 2015

RT @MacleansMag: It's the summer of smoke in Western Canada. But what's behind the forest-fire outbreak? ow.ly/PCr0I pic.twitter.com/AphTkmHvZf

For the record: Rachel Notley's speech to the Stampede Investor Forum

macleans.ca — I was about to head inside the Calgary Petroleum Club for an interview Tuesday when a man dressed up as a cowboy accosted me on the sidewalk, stunned look on his face. This is common during Stampede, even in the afternoon.
Jul 09, 2015

RT @MacleansMag: It was a speech so surprising, one man accosted @markusoff. Rachel Notley's speech to an oilsands industry crowd: ow.ly/PmtVi

Jul 09, 2015

RT @JeffALewis: What NDP looks like in Alberta: "Job creators create jobs in the private sector, not government." macleans.ca/news/canada/fo… h/t @markusoff

Jul 09, 2015

RT @MacleansMag: It was a speech so surprising, one man accosted @markusoff. Rachel Notley's speech to an oilsands industry crowd: ow.ly/PmtVi

Jul 09, 2015

RT @ElizabethMay: Rachel Notley's pro-oil sands speech to Stampede Investor Forum - Macleans.ca macleans.ca/news/canada/fo… #GPC only party opposing Kinder Morgan.

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Calgary’s stampede of stumpers

macleans.ca — There will be more pancakes to flip, parades to attend and barbecues at which to listen reassuringly while Jane and Duane Average talk through burger mouthfuls, but, for the federal party leaders, the Calgary Stampede is the royale with cheese of the summer's political calendar.
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Aug 04, 2015

@LeslieCBC @RosieBarton I recall that. but she became a campaign piñata on Day 2 and it’s a looong campaign

Aug 04, 2015

@JBumstead87 yes, but they’re not always public until after the story goes live.

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