Political parties are private clubs with enormous power and influence over our democracy and especially our elections. They are subject to being high-jacked by extremists special interests that make up their so-called Base. Those groups provides the voters and volunteers to nominate and elect candidates. We see this power of the Base with the Religious … Continue reading Ousted MLA Accuses UCP of “Crooked Party Politics.”
There is a great public policy debate/conversation happening around religious-based education being publicly funded. The most obvious example is the Separate (aka mostly Catholic) School system in Alberta. That is complicated enough but then add in the faith-based Charter and Private Schools systems with 70% public funding, all justified as "choice." Choice isn't the issue … Continue reading Examining Choice in Education
The old adage that in politics perception is reality hold true all too often. Evidence based opinion is often overwhelmed by confrontational bias related to tribal beliefs, priority interests or just plain sloppy thinking. All of these are alive and well in the Alberta citizenry these days, especially as related to perceptions of Alberta's economic … Continue reading Are Perceptions Reality in Alberta?
Albertans can expect to be going to the polls sometime between March and May 2019. Political Parties are well into preparation by raising funds, nominating candidates, holding policy conventions and constructing election platforms. Dave Cournoyer is a great writer and seasoned political watcher living in Edmonton. He blogs at Daveberta.ca. He is a fellow you … Continue reading Alberta Election 2019
SINCE THE LAST ELECTION The New Democrat Party majority government was elected in 2015 due to the massive rejection of the four decade long government by the "Entitled" Progressive Conservative Party. It was a big surprise to partisans, pollsters and pundits, not to mention the NDP and PCs. Since then the failed Progressive Conservative party had … Continue reading Political Polarity – Alberta Style