The Rational Case Against Huawei

There are many that think Huawei is just a puppet of the Chinese government and an equal number that think the Huawei bans and bad talk are nothing more than hype designed to stifle a non-Western competitor. We recently wrote two articles explaining some of Huawei’s background: 10 Short Answers To Why Huawei is so Scary To Western Countries Who Owns Huawei? A Fascinating Story but neither our previous articles nor the political hype have clearly explained why countries should…

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Timeline of 2019 Events

Since the start of the 2019, there have been many important events in the Trans Mountain Pipeline saga and it is easy to get lost.  To clarify the issues we have appended the following entries to our master list “Complete Trans Mountain Pipeline and Expansion Timeline from 1947 to 2022” 2019 Jan 15 100 First Nations groups meet in Calgary to discuss purchase of Trans Mountain 2019 Jan 21 Trans Mountain submits report to NEB proposing three new mitigation measures…

VIDEO: Confidence in US President Collapses Everywhere Except Russia & Israel

Here are the numbers supporting what you likely already knew. George W Bush was not well liked or respected in the international community, largely because he polarized world leaders into “…those who are with (the US), or with the terrorists” Obama softened the US stance on international issues.  He had been called the Consoler In Chief. Trump’s lack of foreign policy planning and his penchant for grandstanding has lead him to take hard line on almost everything.  Thus far, he…

Jason Kenny’s UCP Alberta Cabinet By The Numbers

We reviewed Jason Kenny’s selections for his first UCP Cabinet and came up with some interesting statistics: 3 or 15% – The number and percentage of previously elected Progressive Conservatives (PC) that are now Cabinet Ministers . 2 or 10% – The number and percentage of previously elected Wildrose party members that are now Cabinet Ministers . 7 or 35% – The number and percentage of women in the 2019 Alberta Cabinet . 7 or 50% – The number and…

What The Mueller Report into Trumps Relationship With Russia Has To Do With Canada

We just spent a few hours reading, skimming and searching through the Mueller report and found just two references to Canada or Canadians, both of which are completely innocuous. You may then ask why a negative outcome worth reporting and we respond that it is a question we have been asked to look into. We expected to at least be able to to say that the report was chock full of mysterious inferences about the Russia – Trump relationship but…

If The Alberta NDP Are Not ‘Crazy Lefties’, Why Are They Not Still In Power?

This op-ed piece is taking a short departure from our mandate of shedding light on facts and avoiding opinion.   After the election, we had discussions thoughtful, educated people referring to the NDP as “crazy lefties”, “nutty greenies” and “anti-pipeline activists” all of which we think is inaccurate. Keep in mind that we are concerning ourselves with the Alberta NDP Party and not individuals.  We believe there are two primary reasons the Alberta NDP Party is not “crazy left”, “nutty green”…

Who Are The Most Popular Provincial Politicians In Alberta? Jason Kenny & Rachel Notley Do Not Even Make the Top 10!

It is usually highly subjective process to create a most popular anything list but elections are popularity contests so we have some very solid numbers to work from.  We analysed the results directly from the Elections Alberta database for the April 16th 2019 election and were a bit suprised to find: Jason Nixon is, by far, the most popular Provincial Politician in Alberta Jason Kenny & Rachel Notley Do Not Even Make the Top 10 Not a single NDP candidate…

Chestermere – Strathmore 2019 Election Results By Zone: Aheer, Langmaid, Fildebrant & Avermenko

If you are wondering how “your” candidate did amongst your neighbors, this is the place to be.   These tables show the results of 32000 votes sorted by all 75 polls (aka ‘areas’) and by popularity. Click on the map to expand it, then find your poll/area and match it up with the tables below. Click to Enlarge Area “Polls” / Zone / Area Map Leela Sharon Aheer (UCP) 13,808 votes = 67.4% (as at 1am April 17, 2019) United Conservative…

5 Myths About Carbon Taxes, On Both Sides of the Issue

If you live in Alberta, BC, Ontario… ok… Canada, or the US or UK or Australia… ok… if you live on planet earth, you have heard about Carbon Taxes.  Those that are for them claim they will cure all environmental ills and those against claim they are just another government tax grab. We dug into the facts and came up with 5 Myths about Carbon Taxes we thought you would find interesting: MYTH 1 – Carbon Taxes Don’t Change Behaviour…

Half of Alberta’s Voters Will Use the Advance Polls and That Will Make Tight Races Very Hard To Call Early

If you are in a close race, Tuesday April 16th is going to be an agonizing night thanks to advance polls. By 2015 Alberta had substantially reworked its advance polls including eliminating the requirement for early voters to state a reason they could not vote on election day.  Acceptable responses were things like, travel and hospitalization.  As a result of this liberalization of advance polling rules, Alberta had a huge 21% of its voters cast their ballots early in 2015.…

VIDEO: Chestermere-Strathmore All Candidates Debate Monday April 8th 7pm

UPDATED: April 12 2019 – The video of the live stream forum is now avialable: https://youtu.be/GdW4NBupzw4  The Strathmore and Chestermere Chambers of Commerce are hosting an all candidates forum and PartisanIssues.com will be live streaming it (via our sister site URTech.ca YouTube channel). The Forum will focus entirely on business-related issues.  If you have a business specific question you would like to ask the Alberta election candidates, send them to [email protected] . We are hoping to see the Leela Aheer…

VIDEO: Who Believes Conspiracy Theories?

Nearly 60% of people in the US, Canada and Britain believe in at least one notable conspiracy theory.   This includes: 5% of Americans think airplane vapor trails are poison gas controlled by the government 46% of Americans believe in haunting’s or ghosts 60% of Americans believe the US Government had something to do with the murder of John F Kennedy 55% of Americans believe the US Government is withholding critical information about 9/11 attacks or was directly involved in the…

Provincial Showdown In Chestermere – Alberta UCP vs Freedom Conservative Party

Chestermere will be the site of Alberta’s most contentious leaders debate in the 2019 election cycle. Derek Fildebrandt is the sitting member of the Alberta Legislature for the riding of Strathmore-Brooks.  Leela Aheer is the sitting member for Chestermere-Rocky View.  These two ridings have had their boundaries redrawn and the majority of the voters in this region will be part of the new Chestermere-Strathmore riding.  This put Fildebrandt and Aheer in direct competition and is likely to become especially ugly…

The Value of a College / University Dropout

We have all heard of the bizillionaire who dropped out of College and became fabulously wealthy and happy, but let’s face it, you are not Marc Zuckerberg or Bill Gates.  You can also find the odd 90 year old still smoking a pack a day, but again, we both know that won’t be you, so you had better plan ahead and education is the single largest non-subjective predictor of a solid financial future. Let’s quickly look at some of the…

Alberta Provincial Debt By Political Party and Lending Nation

The simple sunburst graphic below shows: how much debt Alberta has as of March 2019 which political party took on that debt which countries Alberta owes money to According to the Tax Payers Federation of Canada, Alberta is currently adding debt at a rate of $344 per second, $20K per minute, $1.25M per hour. If you are interested in this topic you may also like our recent article: Alberta’s NDP Borrowed 2.4 Times As Much Money In Their Last 3…

Alberta’s NDP Borrowed 2.4 Times As Much Money In Their Last 3 Years Compared to the PC’s

Since the Alberta election call this week, there has been much talk of spending problems in both the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party (PC, now the United Conservative Party UCP) and the Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP). To make an apples to apples comparison, we made four assumptions: the first year of any government is really the financial responsibility of the previous government, so we ‘charged’ : the PC’s with March 2013 through March 2016 the NDP with March 2016 through…