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“The Highest Level of Transparency?” – Start with the Lukaszuk Letter

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Blog | One Comment

During September 6th’s campus forum on the UofA’s budget mess the Acting Provost, Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pell, reportedly received some criticism about administration’s lack of transparency – the administration’s refusal to disclose the percentage cuts it was imposing on individual faculties this year. His audience was assured that transparency would improve. The UofA’s media scribes wrote: […]

Would Joan Crockatt agree or google?

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

Inspired by Joan Crockatt’s performance during the November 24th all-candidates forum for Monday’s by-election in Calgary Centre. I wonder if she would agree or go to Google for an answer?

107,588 Thank Yous!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized | No Comments

What better way to end these posts about the other Alberta election than to thank all of you who supported me on April 23rd (the final results were posted by Elections Alberta yesterday at http://results.elections.ab.ca/wtResultsSNE.htm). There aren’t enough adjectives to use with respect to the support you showed – amazing, gratifying, humbling… I shout out these […]

Today’s Alberta Deserves A Senate Nominee With Multi-Party Appeal

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

Throughout this campaign I’ve emphasized how hyper-partisanship plagues federal politics. What separates me from other candidates is that I stand for a truly non-partisan approach to politics. Unlike other Senate nominee candidates I stand for thinking seriously about issues instead of blindly following the party line with respect to what government should do to improve […]

Video: The Democracy I Used to Know

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

Inspired by our favourite Canadian Comedian, Ian rants about the need for accountability and oversight in the Alberta Senate nominee election. In particular, Ian voices his concern with Wildrose candidates that are raising only provincial issues in their run for a federal senate position.

“Don’t Get Fooled Again”: Can Conservatives Be Non-Partisans?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

With only four days left in the election campaigns it’s time to take a close look at the bill of goods Conservative Senate candidates are trying to sell you when it comes to their abilities to walk the talk about non-partisanship they like to use. The Senate is a partisan institution, they are running as […]

I Hope I Saw a Glimpse of the Future Tonight

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

Tonight Edmonton’s NextGen and InterVivos sponsored Candi(date) – an interactive forum between candidates in the provincial/Senate nominee elections and electors. NextGen’s mandate makes me wish I was still somewhere in the 18 to 40 year old demographic they appeal to (OK, actually I would want to be an over 30 NextGen since the 19th Century […]

Hats off to the People of the Hat

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

Everyone should run for public office. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get out and meet people, to hear and hopefully to listen to their concerns and their ambitions. Last Thursday I was able to spend most of the day in Medicine Hat. There I met people who are trying to increase the Hat’s vitality and […]

“Father Knows Best” and Alberta’s First Nations

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Blog, News | 2 Comments

On Saturday Trish Audette wrote in the Edmonton Journal that environmental issues have been missing from the two election campaigns taking place now. She might also have said the same about First Nations. This omission is perhaps most glaring in the “other Alberta election,” for three coveted senator-in-waiting positions. Since this race is for a […]

Video – Ian on Renewable Energy

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

The Next Alberta sees the world’s energy economy at a turning point. Albertans need to be proactive to ensure that renewable energy joins oil and gas as an important part of our energy future. About 85 percent of the electricity used in Alberta today comes from fossil fuels. Encouraging the use and development of renewable […]