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
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
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
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.
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
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