There is lots of frustration and anger in Alberta these days. Perceptions are hardening, fasts are used and abused selectively, beliefs depend on where you stand and are personally impacted on an issue, or what political partisan ideology you identify with. In the various Alberta-based sources of rhetorical flourishes we often hear that "Ottawa Liberals … Continue reading Some Perspective on Federal Government Actions on Alberta Energy Issues
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
Here it comes. The Green New Deal will shake the windows and rattle the doors of the political establishment in Congress and really aggravate the White House. The big-buck lobbyists, and self-serving Corporate Deniers of #ClimateChange are going to find they can't buy the usual political suspects any more, even if they survive the 2020 … Continue reading Here Comes the Green New Deal
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?