Graham Thomson

Freelance contributor

Graham Thomson is an award-winning journalist who has covered Alberta politics for more than 30 years, much of it as an outspoken columnist for the Edmonton Journal. Nowadays you can find his thoughts and analysis on provincial politics Fridays at, on CBC Edmonton Television News, during Radio Active on CBC Radio One (93.9FM/740AM) and on Twitter at @gthomsonink.

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Jason Kenney's capitulation as UCP leader is a catalyst for more chaos in Alberta politics

Premier Jason Kenney insisted for months he’d be satisfied with getting the most simple of majorities of 50 per cent of the vote plus one ballot in the leadership review. But, after receiving a paltry 51.4 per cent of the vote, he decided to step down as leader. It now means that Alberta is set to have its sixth premier in 10 years.

What will Jason Kenney's outspoken UCP caucus mutineers do should he win the leadership vote?

May 18 is supposed to be the day when the fighting over Premier Jason Kenney's leadership stops. That's the day we will know whether Kenney has survived the United Conservative Party's leadership vote.

Stranger than fiction: Alberta politics has entered the realm of absurd melodrama

Alberta politics needs a new dictionary, or maybe a thesaurus — a source for words to better describe the province’s political landscape that is beginning to resemble a badly written soap opera.

Brian Jean's byelection win sets the stage for showdown with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Brian Jean who won’t be sworn in as an MLA until April 5 and thus will be unable to be a thorn in Jason Kenney’s UCP caucus for another three weeks. But they’ll be battling behind the scenes by proxy if not actually in the streets.

Alberta's budget is bizarrely a win-win for both Kenney and Notley

Thursday’s budget good news won’t be enough on its own to turn the heads of Premier Jason Kenney’s most ardent detractors, but they will help him sell a narrative that Alberta is turning a corner with nation-leading economic recovery, higher employment, more investment and, of course, a surplus budget.

Jason Kenney sees opportunity in political chaos

While many people are still tiptoeing into a new normal, the Alberta premier has laced up the running shoes and is in a sprint to a post-pandemic world, writes Graham Thomson.

As Coutts anti-mandate blockade continues, Alberta government plans to drop vaccine passports

On January 22, Premier Jason Kenney declared in a tweet that "Ottawa's trucker vaccine mandate has to go." Days later, a truck convoy of protesters angry at the vaccine mandate began tying up an Alberta-Montana border crossing.

Alberta justice minister needs to be fired after latest UCP government scandal. It's that simple

The fact that Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu phoned Edmonton police Chief Dale McFee to discuss his own traffic ticket 10 months ago is a fireable offence, according to Graham Thomson.

United Conservative Party critics renew fight for a more robust review of Kenney's leadership

Displeased United Conservative Party members sent a motion to party headquarters late last week asking that the April 9 review be opened up to a provincewide vote of all UCP members where they’d be able to cast ballots at special party polling stations set up in every riding and then have those votes added to the ballots cast at Red Deer.

Albertans should be taking notice of Bill 81. Here's why

Bill 81 sparked a furious debate in the legislative assembly and kept MLAs up sleepless until 3 a.m. Wednesday before a majority of government members rammed the bill through.