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With questionable integrity, some politicians still stretch expense rules

When former MP LaVar Payne's travel expenses on his website did not show actual receipts, Fildebrandt called that a “cop-out.” “We need the details. We...

Byelection named No. 1 for 2016

The story unexpectedly began when Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner MP Jim Hillyer was found dead from a heart attack in his Ottawa office on March 23. “He...

Ambrose meets Tory faithful

Glen Motz is a man who won't forget his riding, said interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose at a rally in Medicine Hat on Thursday, who...

Motz wins CPC nomination for byelection

He said he did not expect much excitement because there had been a federal election and not another one expected for four years. “Little did...

Tory hopefuls square off

The six men seeking the federal Conservative nomination agree in degrees on a number of things, including low taxes, pipeline development, and that as MP...

Final day to become a Conservative Party member

The byelection has generated an increase in Conservative party memberships. Before the unexpected passing of former MP Jim Hillyer in March there were 654 members.

Members concerned with Tory meeting rules

Some local Conservatives say they are concerned with new national rules for how party members interact with their local riding board, though board members say...

Local Tory hopefuls mostly against same-sex marriage

The Conservative party's resolution on same sex marriage is something most constituents in this riding would not approve of, say many of the Conservative nominees...

Half-dozen file for Tory spot

“They have to be a member of the Conservative party for at least 21 days prior to the nominating election,” said George Bohne, president of...

DND awards multi-million dollar contract to Meggitt

Meggitt Target Systems, based in Medicine Hat and Ashford, Kent, U.K., has received a five-year National Individual Standing Offer from the government for up to...

Raymond businessman seeks Tory nomination

Ranger has gained experience in politics by working on a number of campaigns over the years, including with Ray Speaker, Rick Casson, Jim Hillyer, and...

Hard act to follow for federal Conservatives

Erin O'Toole can be summarized right now as “Who?” Michelle Rempel has both the youth and energy that could take on Trudeau — but she's...

Former MLA to vie for Conservative candidacy

A federal byelection date must be set by mid-September to fill the seat left vacant by MP Jim Hillyer's death in March. Hinman joins four...

Raymond lawyer wants Tory nomination

Raymond resident and lawyer Michael Jones seeks the Conservative party nomination for the upcoming byelection in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner. He is the third person to declare...

Tories begin planning for byelection

Members of the party met through the riding on the weekend to discuss the byelection for the seat left vacant following the sudden passing of...

Community support grants announced

“There are people who have never been in this sort of situation before,” said Chris Christie, executive director of the local McMan office. “The question...

Let the race begin

Well, the race is on to fill the vacant seat in Medicine Hat… and, really, isn't the Conservative nomination vote the one we're watching. Former...

Local riding blue to its core

LaVar Payne was elected Conservative MP in 2008 with 71.35 per cent of the vote and that increased to 71.35 per cent in the 2011...

National Affairs: Liberal push for privacy died after election

Toronto StarMarc Garneau, now the minister of transport, said the deal “infringes upon our sovereignty” and was “an attack on our privacy.” Scott Brison, now...

Jim Hillyer wanted to do right for southern Alberta

Take the friendship between CPC MP Lisa Raitt and former NDP MP Megan Leslie, for example. It's easy to be cynical about politicians. After all,...

Friends, colleagues express 'shock'

There is no indication Hillyer had made a call from his office on Parliament Hill expressing any medical distress on Tuesday evening, said Mike Storeshaw,...

Hillyer's campaign manager: 'He was like my brother'

Former Medicine Hat MP LaVar Payne said the news was a shock. “My wife and I certainly want to send our condolences to his wife,...

Unite the right? No thanks

LaVar Payne, former Conservative MP, recently became a member of the board for the Wildrose Cypress-Medicine Hat riding. When asked if he is considering being...

Newsmakers galore in 2015

In federal politics, Jim Hillyer began the year as the Member of Parliament for Lethbridge and ended it as the MP for the redrawn riding...

MP Hillyer lays out his 2016 focus

... MPs and a small number of committees. Who will be on which committee will not be decided until MPs return to Ottawa in January.

Medicine Hat MP Jim Hillyer's local office now open

Constituency assistants Dominique Hirsch (right) and Josh Hlongwane (middle) Êlook at telephones at the Medicine Hat office of MP Jim Hillyer with Telus representative Kim...

National Affairs: Tongue-tied and twisted: The year in verbal gaffes

Huffington Post CanadaConservative campaign spokesman Kory Teneycke managed to lower expectations of Justin Trudeau's debate performances, all right, just in time to have Trudeau not...

National Affairs: Peter MacKay has early lead, sort of, in Tory race

National PostThe exact number of Conservative supporters who held their nose to stick with Stephen Harper last October and/or who would rather have had a...

Closed doors: Hall of Fame election eludes veteran candidates for 2nd straight ...

Do you feel better about Bill 6 now that the NDP has announced amendments to exclude family and volunteers? ... of Hall of Famers Bert...

Lindsey Vonn wants to maintain her winning tradition in Lake Louise

She surpassed Austria's Annemarie Prosser as the winningest female in World Cup history. Vonn has twice achieved the Lake Louise hat trick of sweeping both...

National Affairs: Resettlement plan personal for MP

It weaved its way through a parliamentary internship, then a post as counsel in the constitutional law branch of the Ontario government, now a member...

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First of all, Payne chose not to run again so he didn't exactly lose his support to Jim Hillyer. Secondly, less than 2,000 people voted...

Not represented by Hillyer: Hatter

Congratulations to Jim Hillyer. On Oct. 19, he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner. Unfortunately, Hillyer does not represent me. I...

Alberta is a Tory stronghold, but other parties staying hopeful

In Medicine Hat, however, Liberal candidate Glen Allan gained votes, but incoming Conservative MP Jim Hillyer large base of support was entirely unswayed. “Does that...

Alberta is a Tory stronghold, but other parties staying hopeful

However, new MP Jim Hillyer took the seat with 34,749 votes, a figure that puts the Conservative Party's share of the total vote at 68.7...

Canada Votes 2015 – LIVE BLOG

Lethbridge HeraldIn Lethbridge – Rachael Harder (Conservative) 22,843, Cheryl Meheden (NDP) 8,438, Mike Pyne (Liberal) 7,134, Kas MacMillan (Green) 1,036, Geoffrey Capp (Christian Heritage) 556,...

Independent John Clayton Turner wants to offer 'Respectful Representation'

It doesn't matter if you're Liberal, Conservative, NDP, Green, you get the money based on the proportion of the population … the independents get as...

Hillyer wants voters to focus on his party's track record

Jim Hillyer says his party has the proven track record and he can't understand left-wing criticism of the Conservative Party or its leader Stephen Harper.

New MP bound to be more effective than predecessor

While that may be a figurative statement, it represents a literal low bar for qualifications needed for a Conservative to be elected in this riding.

Not much of an endorsement; Payne, Lethbridge Tory candidate make thoughts on ...

But comments by departing Medicine Hat MP LaVar Payne and Lethbridge riding candidate Rachel Harder regarding MP Jim Hillyer appear to show Conservatives are out...

Goodale promotes Liberal economic plan in city

Ralph Goodale says that the Liberal Party of Canada can deliver economic growth for Albertans who are concerned about their incomes, infrastructure and the state...

Candidates square off for last time

With 17 days to go before Canadians head to the polls, the five candidates seeking election in the Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner riding worked to make their...

Five candidates make campaigns official

Two candidates live in Raymond, south of Lethbridge, in the new reaches of the riding: New Democrat Erin Weir, a registered nurse; and Conservative Jim...

Election heats up at forum

Glen Allan of the Liberal Party (left to right), Jim Hillyer of the Conservative Party, Brent Smith of the Green Party, John Clayton Turner, an...

Economy, economy, economy: the big issues

... 'Don't worry, the economy is great,'” says Jim Hillyer, Conservative candidate. “That's not really that satisfying of an answer.” But what constituents don't want...

Economy, economy, economy: the big issues

... 'Don't worry, the economy is great,'” says Jim Hillyer, Conservative candidate. “That's not really that satisfying of an answer.” But what constituents don't want...

Local candidates feel their leader's message is best

Local candidates -- NDP candidate Erin Weir (top left), Conservative candidate Jim Hillyer (top right) and Liberal candidate Glen Allan (bottom left) -- will be...

National Affairs: House of Harper needs fresh voices

The loss of MacKay had a ripple effect. The Conservative party's former director of political operations, Fred DeLorey, is trying to keep Central Nova for...

Candidates rumble over economics

Conservative Party candidate Jim Hillyer, Liberal Party candidate Glen Allan, NDP candidate Erin Weir, Green Party candidate Brent Smith, and independent candidate John Clayton Turner...

Election forum Wednesday

Jim Hillyer (Conservative Party of Canada), Glen Allen (Liberal Party of Canada), Erin Weir (New Democratic Party), Brent smith (Green Party) and John Clayton Turner...