Let me start by saying I don’t believe the polls. We’re hours away from an Alberta provincial election and throughout the entire campaign, the release of polling data has been a daily sport. From the beginning, all of the polls have been pointing to a majority or minority win by the upstart and unproven Wildrose Party. With all due respect to my market research friends who do good, solid work, I struggle to wrap my brain around the poll results. I don’t think this struggle comes out of denial or a desire to see a different result, but simply because [...]
Some random “this is actually happening” thoughts on the election of Alison Redford as Alberta’s next Premier. It is gratifying to have as a Premier an individual that more closely reflects of the views of the average Albertan. Those who don’t live in Alberta see our province as a right wing hinterland, ripe with rednecks and ultra conservative policies and points of view. Those who live in Alberta acknowledge there are pockets of this living here, but that the overwhelming majority of this province is open, moderate, reasoned and compassionate. Perhaps, in time, through Redford’s presence on the provincial and [...]
Or your big boy shorts, whatever you prefer. On a regular basis, I hear from otherwise very smart people that they don’t vote. Why? Because they don’t care. They don’t know enough about politics. They don’t know who to vote for. Their vote doesn’t matter. They are disillusioned with what is happening in parliament, the legislature or their city or town council chambers. Only in Canada, only in a free democracy, could you be allowed to come up with excuses for why you don’t want to do something your country asks you to do. I will take an ignorant vote over no vote [...]
Admit it. You know it’s true. You are a political geek. Lover of all things government and politics. Uncertain? Diagnose yourself. Here are the 10 signs.