Apr 17, 2019

Alberta election: Conservative UCP wins, in a blow for Trudeau

UCP leader Jason Kenney is a former federal minister. Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney criticized Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's policies tackling climate change after winning Alberta's election Tuesday night on a mandate to repeal the carbon tax in oil-rich province.

Why it matters: The ousting of Alberta's incumbent left-wing government means 5 in 10 provincial governments now oppose Trudeau’s plans to fight climate change, which is shaping up to be a big issue in October's election, per Reuters. Trudeau's popularity has slumped over a corruption scandal that's been swirling around his Liberal Party.

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina — especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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