Brent Rathgeber

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It's going to take more than new anchors to fix the drifting CBC

(subscription) (subscription)CBC president Hubert Lacroix hit the nail on the head, though his eyes were probably tightly closed at the time: Public broadcasters, he...

Crouse calls court case a trophy hunt

The case is being brought forward by St. Albert resident Steve Stone, who was represented by lawyer and former MP Brent Rathgeber. The case involves...

When it comes to parliamentary reform, everyone's a hypocrite

(subscription)Any attempt at meaningful Senate reform is going to be obstructed by institutional resistance and constitutional limitations; still, appointing independent senators was probably the...

Conservative MPs criticize Gilmore for floating Conservative Party shakeup, take aim at his marriage to Liberal minister

(subscription) (subscription)Former Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber, who left the party to sit as an independent and was defeated in the last election by Mr.

Urging MP Cooper to be constructive

I am disappointed that our Liberal government has decided not to support Bill S-217, the reincarnation of Brent Rathgeber's Wynn's Law. I'm equally disappointed that...

Tory hopefuls raise sex-selective abortion

The dispute eventually led MP Brent Rathgeber to quit the Conservative caucus. Lemieux, who lost his seat in last year's election, urged people who believe...

Choose Supreme Court justices on the basis of merit — and nothing else

(subscription)The new process will take the vetting out of the hands of a parliamentary committee and put it under an independent panel chaired by...

Trump, Clinton and the perils of wide-open primaries

(subscription) (subscription)I think what stops them is how little chance they have, running as an independent in a system dominated by parties. ... Brent,...

Obama says no one more qualified to be president than Clinton... and more

(subscription) (subscription)“After having committed to making the parliamentary budget officer 'truly independent of government,' it is disturbing that political staff from your office —...

Lana Payne: In with a vengeance, out with a murmur

Former Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber, who finished his political career sitting as an independent after leaving the Harper caucus, was critical of the prime minister's...

Lana Payne: In with a vengeance, out with a murmur

Former Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber, who finished his political career sitting as an independent after leaving the Harper caucus, was critical of the prime minister's...

Why electoral reform matters a lot less than you think

(subscription) (subscription)Brent Rathgeber was the Conservative MP for the riding of Edmonton—St. Albert from 2008 to 2013, when he resigned from the Conservative caucus...

Hold the whip: Liberal backbenchers explore newfound freedom to vote against government

Former MP Brent Rathgeber, who resigned from the Conservative caucus to sit as an Independent in 2013 after getting fed up with the Harper government's...

Rathgeber: Resist reforms that strengthen parties rather than individual MPs

If I were to make a list of all of the problems contributing to a breaking democracy in Canada, the majority governments that are manufactured...

The Duffy affair — and what it's like living under the PMO's bootheel

(subscription) (subscription)Micromanaging MPs and senators, sanitizing a Senate audit, interfering with an independent audit and attempting to cover it all up — it all...

Manitobans Have Option To Vote 'None Of The Above' By Declining Ballots

Former Independent MP Brent Rathgeber told the Edmonton Sun during the last campaign that voters deserve the right to make it known when they can't...

Parliament Hill shocked by death of MP Jim Hillyer, 41

(subscription) (subscription)Former Conservative turned Independent MP Brent Rathgeber sat with him briefly on the Library of Parliament committee. In an interview, Wednesday, Rathgeber remembered...

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(subscription) (subscription)“We will miss him greatly.” Cromwell, born in Kingston, Ont., said that as his time as a judge draws to a close, he...

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(subscription) (subscription)The 2016 U.S. presidential election has become a contest not between Republicans and Democrats, but between the establishment and the independent voter. On...

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(subscription)Near the apex of their movement's popularity in 2010, 57 per cent of Tea Partiers said they considered themselves Republicans, while 28 per cent...

When you treat politics like a game show, you get Trump

(subscription) (subscription)Although Sanders has been prominent American political figure for some time, he was until recently an Independent and he shuns corporate donations and...

Rookie Liberal MP Willing to Challenge Party Line

Brent Rathgeber was roundly praised when he chose to leave the Conservative party in 2013 rather than accept the neutering of his private member's bill...

St. Albert MP renewing push for David Wynn Law, one year after constable's death

Independent MP Brent Rathgeber had first introduced the bill last June but lost his seat in the October election. Const. David Wynn was shot by...

New St. Albert MP renewing push for Const. David Wynn's law one year after the Mountie's death

The bill was introduced last June by Independent MP Brent Rathgeber, who lost his seat to Cooper in October's federal election. “It's a common-sense piece...

The strange rehabilitation of an Alberta political leper

(subscription)Brent Rathgeber 01 May13/2015 Brent Rathgeber was the Conservative MP for the riding of Edmonton—St. Albert from 2008 to 2013, when he resigned from...

Is the appeal of fiscal conservatism fading in Canada?

(subscription) (subscription)I think the problem for the outgone (federal) government was that they couldn't make a credible argument that they were fiscal conservatives,” said...

Q&A: Brent Rathgeber on his ill-fated run as an Independent

Unlike the vast majority of candidates in the 42nd general election, Brent Rathgeber can take full credit for the ballots cast for his candidacy. Those...

St. Albert-Edmonton: Rathgeber falls short in bid to win as independent

Brent Rathgeber, 51, the independent MP who split from the Tory caucus, finished far short in his bid to defeat his former party. Michael Cooper,...

St. Albert-Edmonton: Rathgeber falls short in bid to win as independent

Brent Rathgeber, 51, the independent MP who split from the Tory caucus, finished far short in his bid to defeat his former party. Michael Cooper,...

Former federal veterans ombudsman rallies for Rathgeber ... - iPolitics

At a rally for independent candidate Brent Rathgeber in St. Albert Thursday night, retired colonel Pat Strogan said independents are needed in Canada's parliament to...

Uphill battle for Rathgeber in St. Albert-Edmonton, new poll shows

A new poll released Friday shows independent MP Brent Rathgeber is in danger of losing his St. Albert-Edmonton seat to his Conservative opponent. The Mainstreet...

Fringe focus: What do Alberta fringe candidates add to the federal election?

Edmonton has five independent candidates, including former Conservative Brent Rathgeber. Chaldeans Mensah, a political scientist at MacEwan University, said many fringe parties focus on one...

Independent MP Brent Rathgeber gives former Tory insider's take on the sins of ...

(blog) (blog)The only Independent candidate in Canada with any hope of winning on Oct. 19 gave a persuasive and troubling analysis last night of...

#RathAgainstTheMachine: On the campaign trail with Brent Rathgeber

(subscription) (subscription)But fundraising isn't the only hurdle independent candidates face. There's no war room to rely on for resources, templates for campaign signs and...

Riding profile: St. Albert-Edmonton

That's because Brent Rathgeber, the outspoken MP who split from the Tory government, is attempting to accomplish the rare feat of winning as an independent.

PREST: Hey, PM: all that complainin' got to you yet?

Then there was Conservative backbencher MP Brent Rathgeber, who in 2013, complaining that the PMO was muzzling him, quit the party to become an independent.

Calgary, Edmonton could show cracks in Conservatives' fortress Alberta

Picking up Conservative-turned-Independent MP Brent Rathgeber's riding is also looking likely, though riding-level polling suggests Rathgeber is competitive. The following is a list of ridings...

Are Independents about to have their day in Parliament?

Just ask Brent Rathgeber, the Independent candidate for St. Albert–Edmonton. Rathgeber made headlines in 2013 for quitting the Conservative caucus out of principle, sidelining himself...

Former CPC nomination contestants under $1000 'gag order'

(subscription) (subscription)Former CPC MP Brent Rathgeber, who is currently running for reelection as an independent, says that in 2008 he only got his $1,000...

Rathgeber mounts independent bid to hold St. Albert

(subscription) (subscription)Now, Independent MP Brent Rathgeber is hoping the residents of St. Albert and North Edmonton will back his somewhat smaller “Purple Revolution” and...

Several Alberta seats could be up for grabs, poll analyst says

One of the seats that could change hands, Grenier said, is in St. Albert, where former Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber is seeking re-election as an...

Health care, education top list of budget concerns

Federal independent candidate and incumbent Brent Rathgeber shared his opinions on stimulating the economy through infrastructure investments, given the province's excellent credit rating, current low...

Court documents 'validate' allegations of PMO involvement in committee ...

(subscription) (subscription)The emails and memos entered as evidence in Sen. Mike Duffy's criminal trial speak to what's become “the new normal” in the Prime...

Federal government error may have shortchanged thousands of low-income seniors

Former Conservative caucus member Brent Rathgeber, who is now running as an Independent in St. Albert-Edmonton, said the Stephen Harper government doesn't want to talk...

Notley's win unlikely to boost Mulcair's fortunes in most of Alberta

Other potential NDP gains are in Edmonton-Manning and Edmonton-Mill Woods. Another possibility is in St. Albert, where incumbent Brent Rathgeber (a former Conservative) is running...

Independent Representation; Putting Constituents First | Re-Elect ...

Re-Elect Brent Rathgeber ... I use my independent voice to ask the government tough questions, to hold its feet to the fire and to hold...

Wednesday's Editorial: What a difference a year makes

With nine veteran MPs either retiring or declaring as Independent this year (Brent Rathgeber in Edmonton-St. Albert), high-profile candidates of all stripes have been attracted...

Will voters reward principled independent MPs?

His name is Brent Rathgeber, also elected in 2008 and 2011 as a member of a Big Party. In Rathgeber's case, it was the Conservatives.

The happiest politician in Canada?

There can be (and is) a Conservative riding association for Edmonton-St. Albert, but there cannot be (and is not) an Independent Member Brent Rathgeber association...

Edmonton MPs announce millions in spending, critics accuse them of "pork ...

Edmonton MPs announce millions in spending, critics accuse them of "pork ...On Facebook, independent Edmonton-St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber sarcastically thanked Ambrose for visiting his...