Alberta’s Way Forward – laying out a vision for the future

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

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Love, thoughts, prayers aren’t enough.

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.

Perspective of time will look unfavourably upon us, too.

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.

Encouraged by the talk, eager for the walk: UCP takes stance on LGBTQ Rights

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

Equality through exclusion; my thoughts on Calgary Pride

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

My Hate to Hope Speech – Aug 19, 2017

Good Evening, I want to start by thanking Chevi for the tireless work she does to advocate for LGBTQ issues, indigenous people, and now homeless people. You are an inspiration to many, and the way you’ve turned a negative into a positive is admirable. I’m honoured to be here today with these community leaders from … Continue reading My Hate to Hope Speech – Aug 19, 2017

“What’s your stance on the gay agenda and those Muslims?”

"What's your stance on the gay agenda and those Muslims?" That's a question that was asked recently at a political meeting. It was an event like pretty much any other. A group of people gather in a pub (or maybe it was a restaurant, maybe a community hall). As a growing party a lot of … Continue reading “What’s your stance on the gay agenda and those Muslims?”

There is no left and right here. Only right and wrong.

I was a member of the Air Cadets for over a decade. A big part of the cadet and military service is learning about leadership. As I recall, leadership was defined as motivating others to do what you want them to do. As I’ve grown in my professional career, I’ve learned to have a more … Continue reading There is no left and right here. Only right and wrong.

Political outrage for the sake of outrage is so tiring

Today as an Alberta Party communications person I had a pretty solid day. We were able to hold an opposition member to account for unethical behaviour and drove a large part of the conversation throughout both Alberta and the country on MLA expenses and double dipping. A solid win. This evening, after having doubled down … Continue reading Political outrage for the sake of outrage is so tiring