Brooks DeCillia

Political researcher

Brooks DeCillia spent 20 years reporting and producing news at CBC. He splits his time now between researching public opinion about energy and the environment at the University of Calgary and teaching journalism at Mount Royal University.

Latest from Brooks DeCillia


Albertans divided on remedy for coming 'fiscal reckoning,' says poll

Experts say Alberta’s mounting deficit means hard choices are coming, but a new CBC News poll suggests Albertans remain divided about the best remedy for the coming “reckoning.”

Fair Deal panel report underlines challenges for Kenney when rhetoric meets reality

Jason Kenney's handling of the Fair Deal panel’s recommendations suggests the government knows it doesn’t have the public onside with the big recommendations contained in the report yet.

CBC News poll: Kenney, UCP would handily win election if held now

A new CBC News-Road Ahead poll suggests that, even though UCP support is down from last year’s election, it's still high enough to capture another majority government.

CBC News poll: Why the economic crisis could speed up transition to renewable energy

A new poll for CBC News suggests 79 per cent of Albertans think the province should transition toward renewable energy.

CBC News Poll: In experts we trust (at least, more than we used to)

A new poll for CBC News suggests that even before COVID-19 spread across the globe, Albertans’ trust in experts was on the rise.

CBC News poll: Albertans were already anxious. Then, the floor dropped out

A new CBC News poll finds that seven in 10 Albertans think the provincial economy is getting worse.

In defence of climate change 'hypocrisy'

Why it’s nonsensical to suggest that having a carbon footprint means you can’t legitimately raise concerns about climate change and its potential dire ramifications.

OPINION | Why Kenney's honeymoon popularity may last less than 9 months

Jason Kenney should savour these days, political analysts say, as the "glow that comes with winning" almost invariably gets tarnished by the weight of governing.

How rural, religious and other identities affect the way Albertans vote

"It becomes, ‘my party, no matter what,'" writes Brooks DeCillia. "And so the nuances of party platforms, even ones that appeal directly to rural voters, arguably don’t matter."

OPINION | In this election, we're not talking about challenges we actually face

"Political parties, for the most part, want to avoid the sticky mess of serious debate. But politicians can’t always escape the tough questions.” Political researcher Brooks Decillia on the Alberta election.

Notley seen as political leader most responsible for pushing Trans Mountain pipeline ahead, new poll suggests

A new poll conducted for CBC News suggests 42 per cent of Albertans think Premier Rachel Notley is the politician most responsible for pushing the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion ahead.

Here's what makes Albertans more likely to vote for the NDP, the UCP or another party

Some fancy statistical work reveals factors that influence how we're likely to cast ballots, come election time.

Derek Fildebrandt, 'the mosquito … they just can't quite kill': MLA amps up the frank talk after UCP ouster

The outspoken Alberta MLA has been growing increasingly vocal since being shunned by the party he fought to found — including suggesting it's time for Alberta to renegotiate Confederation and describing "shame" in the eyes of his former UCP colleagues over the NDP's abortion clinic safe-zone bill.

We want it all: Albertans expect low taxes, balanced budgets and no service cuts

While almost 58 per cent Albertans want a balanced budget, a large number also don’t want to pay more taxes or cut spending on social programs such as health and education. It’s a fiscal course difficult to reconcile.

United Conservative Party on track to win big in Alberta, says poll

One and done. With many voters still pessimistic about the economy, Albertans look set to kick out NDP and return to conservative rule.