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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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

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