What an interesting week for Alberta politics (let’s be real, every week in Alberta politics is interesting.) And an awful week for the United Conservative Party. First the excitement started when unsurprisingly the UCP was declined the ability to participate in the Edmonton Pride Parade. To anyone with an iota of knowledge about LGBTQ2 issues, … Continue reading (No) Pride and (abundant) prejudice
An ongoing concern in Alberta for some time, particularly since the economic crash of 2014, has been rural crime. Those who live outside urban areas are faced with little options when rural police forces are overstretched and slow to respond, and with property crimes on the rise, the United Conservative Party (UCP) has seen an … Continue reading Rural Albertans lose when partisanship outweighs principles
For the past two and a half years I have dedicated myself to serving my province and my political party, with an eventual goal of running for election as an MLA. During this time, I have had the great pleasure of connecting with various members of our party and citizens of our province, and I … Continue reading Announcement regarding my candidacy for election
Today a private member’s bill was passed in the Canadian Senate that officially changed the lyrics of "O Canada" to a gender-neutral phrasing from the line “In all thy sons command,” to “In all of us command.” As could easily be predicted, the anti-PC crowd is out crowing about the change, and how it disrespects … Continue reading Why I won’t be getting my knickers in a knot about the new “O Canada” lyrics
In order to succeed in Alberta politics, it’s important to not just be something that people vote for in protest, though that has certainly played a role in the rise of the NDP in 2015 and the subsequent rise of the UCP. In my experience and interactions with people at events, online, and face to … Continue reading Alberta’s Way Forward – laying out a vision for the future
It’s been a dark couple of days in North America. Between a suspected terror attack and the largest mass shooting (which I’m also going to call an act of terror even if police and media won’t) in US history, our society feels like it’s under attack. The usual litany of platitudes and calls for solidarity … Continue reading Love, thoughts, prayers aren’t enough.
With the movement to remove statues of confederate figures in the United States, it was only a matter of time before Canada also started to reflect upon its own genocidal/colonial history and assess whether some of our forefathers (and foremothers) are worthy of the public adulation they have received. A well intending Elementary Teachers Federation … Continue reading Perspective of time will look unfavourably upon us, too.
Last night Vice Chairman of the United Conservative Party Interim Joint Board Len Thom posted the following on Facebook: This evening the Interim Joint Board of the United Conservative Party unanimously passed the following motion: MOVED: l. That the Board affirms and supports the rights of LGBTQ Albertans as enumerated in the Alberta Bill of … Continue reading Encouraged by the talk, eager for the walk: UCP takes stance on LGBTQ Rights
Calgary Pride has been making some waves with recent decisions including the exclusion of uniformed law enforcement and the most recent decision to exclude the nascent United Conservative Party from the Pride Parade on September 3rd in Calgary. Even within the LGBTQ community, these decisions are not without their controversies. There are many LGBTQ conservatives … Continue reading Equality through exclusion; my thoughts on Calgary Pride