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

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“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

Why aren’t other Alberta political leaders going after the #Fildepocket scandal?

Derek Fildebrandt has arguably been the most newsworthy Albertan of the past 24 hours. The revelation that he has been subletting his luxury, taxpayer-funded, downtown Edmonton apartment while claiming the maximum allowable (of nearly $2000 a month) has rightfully incensed the general public. This is the type of stuff that a political opponent, and communications … Continue reading Why aren’t other Alberta political leaders going after the #Fildepocket scandal?

No one is taking back Alberta, it’s been here all along

  Principled leadership and experience will be paramount in the fight to take back Alberta. That's why I'm with @jkenney #medhat #ableg https://t.co/pgw1Wj7Ztw — Drew Barnes MLA (@DrewBarnesMLA) August 3, 2017 Alberta is being "taken back" apparently in a fight by the newly minted United Conservative Party. But, who took it to start with? The … Continue reading No one is taking back Alberta, it’s been here all along

Are YOU an Ordinary Albertan?

There's a concerning tagline that is popping up in discourse among the right wing movement in Alberta the past week; Ordinary Albertans. We all remember the federal election campaign of the CPC in 2015 that went terribly off the tracks with talk of barbaric cultural practices, and appeals to Old Stock Canadians. This talk of Ordinary Albertans of … Continue reading Are YOU an Ordinary Albertan?

Why GSAs matter and why Alberta’s right has it wrong

Jason Kenney has stepped into the GSA controversy in Alberta again, and is predictably facing another backlash. He just doesn't seem to be able to restrain himself when it comes to his desire to out kids. This is a deeply personal matter for me as a member of the LGBTQ community. I grew up listening … Continue reading Why GSAs matter and why Alberta’s right has it wrong

Authoritarian tactics creeping into Alberta politics

The surrogates of Jason Kenney's leadership campaign have started to demonstrate some deeply disturbing behaviours that border on authoritarian, and should generate grave concern among Alberta's general populace. The inability of his supporters, particularly his communications staff, to deal with any sort of criticism or dissent has lead to the public shaming of three individuals … Continue reading Authoritarian tactics creeping into Alberta politics

My thoughts on photo radar

Ya know what I'd rather see than a vote on photo radar? Evidence that photo radar is being used in places where there's high incidents of speed related accidents. 6 overpasses on the Henday aren't the problem. Intersections on long stretches without lights are. I'd also like to see permanent installations in areas where there … Continue reading My thoughts on photo radar