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
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
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.
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
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?
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
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?