Jen Gerson

Jen Gerson is a journalist, political commentator, and co-founder of the online newsletter The Line.

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We need our politics to be much, much better than this

“None of these parties are convincing me that they have a grasp of the depth of the problems we're facing, both as a nation and a broader international bloc.” Journalist and columnist Jen Gerson on the state of things.

CBC poll: Some heartening data about vaccines in Alberta, but intransigence remains

Polling data shows that Albertans who say they will refuse to take a vaccine are more likely to be conservative, less educated, and pessimistic about the financial future.

The post-COVID recovery: a rising tide for some, a tsunami for others

The chasm between those on the top end of the K-shaped graph and those on the bottom end is going to grow larger, and more difficult to cross post COVID-19, says Jen Gerson.

OPINION | Hey Alberta, how is it going so far?

The Keystone XL cancellation is just the latest piece of proof that the UCP spun a fantasy in 2019 that it now can't make real, says Jen Gerson.

OPINION | Done with the political turkeys after the holidays

“Unless our leaders are willing to subject themselves to the same sacrifices, an order built on consensus rapidly devolves into something more tyrannical. ” Jen Gerson on the Alberta politicians fleeing for warmer climates.

OPINION | Kenney's 'Fair Deal' speech may prove to be a watershed moment in his tenure as premier

Jen Gerson argues if Albertans want to move forward with Jason Kenney's proposal — despite the added inconvenience, cost and time — that it could actually be the most straightforward gauge the premier could devise for the "seriousness of the separatist sentiment."

Governing this province should be an honour, not an inheritance

I suspect that the platform the UCP is presenting is built on little more than fear, anger, and wishful nostalgia.” political columnist Jen Gerson on the Alberta election.

The grievances we feel in Alberta are legitimate, but we need to cool our jets: Jen Gerson

Like Brexit, separation has the appeal of self-determination, and of simply giving a giant middle-finger to Ottawa. This is an emotionally satisfying prospect. But then what?

Notley has done the right thing — her mistake was to trust Trudeau

"On the whole, Notley has proven herself a capable national leader during one of the most fraught economic periods of Alberta's recent history," writes Jen Gerson on the premier, the prime minister and oil production cuts.

Oilsands rhetoric: hysterical and misleading in its criticism, glossy and antiseptic in its defence

What Alberta needs is someone to do for the oilsands what Anthony Bourdain did for the seal hunt — paint a moving, sometimes-ugly, but altogether honest portrait of it.