Lorne Gunter, Edmonton Sun

Medicine Hat-born Lorne Gunter has built a loyal following for his unrepentant take on political affairs since 1991, when he started at Alberta Report. He became managing editor while covering federal and provincial politics at the magazine that bred some of Canada's top conservative commentators including Ezra Levant, Ted Byfield and Rick Bell.

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Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose asks a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Monday, Feb.13, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

The backlash to political correctness was inevitable

Several times this week I’ve been warned by supporters of M-103, the anti-Islamophobia motion being debated in Parliament, that if the motion fails even more Muslim youth will become radicalized.

Conservative leader and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper pauses during a campaign rally in Beaumont, Alberta March 28, 2011. Canadians will head to the polls in a federal election May 2. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Anti-terror bill needs rigid safeguards

When I first visited Beaumont, Alberta, on the southeastern outskirts of Edmonton, it had a population of just over 2,000 and a distinctly Franco-Albertan character. The beautiful brick Catholic church of St. Vital (now close to 100 years old) kept watch over the surrounding prairie from its perch atop the “beautiful hill.”

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Toughen bail laws for hardened criminals

Albert Foulston was arrested at an Edmonton home Tuesday on a dark, wintery night. Police allege Foulston and two other suspects had earlier been involved in an assault and robbery at a modest motel nearby.

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice speaks about the 2015 budget and the financial problems facing the province at the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton on Feb. 11, 2015. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency)

What Would Ralph Do?

On Wednesday, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice announced a 9% cut in spending in the province’s upcoming budget, expected next month. The cut is a response to a projected $7 billion loss in government revenue in the coming year, the result of the halving of world oil prices.

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Why was this man free?

The one lesson that screams out from the weekend casino shooting of two Mounties in St. Albert, Alta., is just how porous our criminal justice system is.

Winter weather has arrived early for some parts of North America. (MIKE DiBATTISTA/QMI Agency)

Climate alarmists need to chill out

Every time it gets unseasonably cold and someone says the chill is proof global warming isn’t happening, the climate alarmists shriek that one cold spell proves nothing.

Tim Hortons has agreed to be bought by the company that owns Burger King in a deal that could culminate in the worlds third largest fast-food chain. (Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency)

Dollars to doughnuts, Burger King-Tim Hortons deal is a good one

When it comes to international business, we Canadians have to get over our inferiority complex. And we will have no better chance to throw off our nervous economic xenophobia than with the Burger King-Tim Hortons merger/takeover announced Tuesday.

Joe Oliver, Canadian minister of natural resources, speaks at the pipe yard for the Houston Lateral Project, a component of the Keystone pipeline system in Houston, Texas March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Good Friday news reveals bad politics

It’s an old public relations strategy in politics that the best time to announce bad news is late on a Friday. That way, the news hits when most of the public (and much of the media) isn’t paying attention. It takes a couple of days for the bad news to trickle down.

George Poitras, right, a Mikisew Cree First Nations councillor and former chief, speaks during a press event at Pembina Institute's Athabasca River Expedition at Fort McMurray, Alberta in this August 3, 2007 file photo. Poitras said the oilsands development have had a "disturbing impact" on the environment and the community of Fort Chipewyan. (Carl Patzel/QMI Agency files)

Inconvenient truth about oilsands and cancer

“Don’t confuse us with facts.” That’s what opponents of the oilsands seem to be saying about the latest report on alleged links between oilsands development and cancer among First Nations people in Northern Alberta.

Greg Kvisle is shown in a television framegrab from Sun News in High River, Alta August 8, 2013. He is shown with his guns that were seized by RCMP, despite his home not being in a flooded out area. (Edward Dawson/ Sun News/QMI Agency)

Interviews shed more light on RCMP’s actions

This week, investigators from the independent Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC) are once again in High River, Alta., interviewing residents whose homes were broken into by Mounties in the wake of last June’s dramatic floods.

The duplex in Calgary where a man identified himself as a member of Freemen-on-the-Land and has claimed the rental property as an embassy. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)

‘Embassy’ claim just hypocrisy

If the facts of the case are as reported, Andreas Pirelli is surely as guilty of stealing Rebekah Caverhill’s property (one half of a duplex) as he would be had he been able to stuff it in a duffle bag and run off with it.

Climatic Armageddon?

On Sunday, Alberta Premier Alison Redford declared the 2013 Bow and Elbow rivers flood the worst in the province’s history.

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NSA spying not about Big Brother scrutiny of ordinary citizens

I’ll admit to having changed my mind since the revelation nearly two weeks ago that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has computers searching for clues about upcoming terror attacks by scanning the records of the billions of telephone calls made annually around the world.

Raed Jaser, left, appeared in Old City Hall court on April 23, 2013. (Pam Davies sketch)

Why was Jaser here?

What was Raed Jaser doing in Canada anyway?