Max Fawcett

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at a press conference in Edmonton on Mar. 20, 2020. (Jason Franson/CP)

Has Jason Kenney convinced Erin O’Toole that oil and gas subsidies don’t exist?

Max Fawcett: When it comes to the Conservative leadership race, O’Toole’s highest profile backer has the power to steer the conversation in a more productive direction for his province, but he’s determined not to use it

Alberta is investing $1.1 billion in the disputed Keystone XL pipeline, a project that Kenney says is crucial for the province's economy. (Alik Keplicz/AP/CP)

What if Jason Kenney is secretly working to undermine Alberta’s oil and gas industry? A conspiracy theory.

Max Fawcett: The decisions Kenney’s government have made lately has only caused greater scrutiny over the province’s $1.5 billion investment in the Keystone XL pipeline

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks during a press conference in Edmonton on Feb. 24, 2020. (Jason Franson/CP)

Saudi Arabia is buying shares of Alberta’s oil sands companies. The ‘ethical oil’ argument is dead.

Max Fawcett: If Canadian oil and gas companies are going to accept Saudi Arabia’s money, it’s probably time for their proxies to retire arguments about the immorality of their oil

Some golf courses in British Columbia are open or about to open, Alberta's golf clubs want to do the same despite the reluctance of provincial health officials to give the green light. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

Go on and golf

Max Fawcett: Golf, for all of its sins, is a low-risk activity. It may well be the perfect sport for an environment where social distancing remains a necessity.

People use social distancing while they wait to get into the No Frills grocery store in Kingston, Ont. on Apr. 3, 2020. (Lars Hagberg/CP)

Weaponizing the ‘paradox of prevention’

Max Fawcett: The better we do at flattening the curve on coronavirus, the more people will question whether we ever needed to try so hard in the first place

Ontario Premier Doug Ford talks with Metro Supply Chain Group COO Murray Brabender while inspecting personal protective equipment supplies at a warehouse in Toronto on Mar. 29, 2020. (Frank Gunn/CP)

Doug Ford’s surprising turn

Max Fawcett: Before the coronavirus made its way into Canada, Ford was best known for leading a government that could best be described as dumpster-fire adjacent


Will Canada respect its renters now?

Max Fawcett: The government needs to acknowledge that the political relevance and cultural value of renters are important. That means creating a short-term shelter subsidy of $1,000 per month right now.

A protest sign outside an energy company AGM (annual general meeting) being held in Calgary, Alberta. (Larry MacDougal/CP)

Why the oil price collapse is not a ‘win’ for the environment

Max Fawcett: The environment wouldn’t be a winner in a prolonged price war between Saudi Arabia, Russia and North America

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney comments on the Teck mine decision in Edmonton on Feb. 24, 2020. (Jason Franson/CP)

Jason Kenney needs to drum up a new reputation for the oil and gas sector

Max Fawcett: Alberta’s energy sector should highlight the weaknesses in other market-oriented oil and gas regions like Texas, where gas flaring and water management are more lax


Alberta’s post-secondary funding problem is staring them right in the face

Max Fawcett: 10 years ago, Alberta needed geologists and petroleum engineers. Now they’re unemployed. See what happens when post-secondary funding is predicated on a boom-and-bust economy?


New Conservative leader, new climate plan?

Max Fawcett: The only place where the environment isn’t a higher priority than the economy is—you guessed it—the Prairies