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…

The Great Browning: Why White Supremacists Are Doomed

It is understandable that people often prefer to associate with people of their own groups.  It is just easier to converse, live with and do business with people that share a similar background.  Personally, I find that boring, but understandable. The Great Browning is the notion that over the next few hundred years the concepts of White, Black, Asian, … will all be relegated to the history books as nearly everyone’s skin will be some light shade of brown.  The…

What if Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Did Not Argue SNC Lavalin’s Case with Jody Wilson Raybould?

Imagine a scenario in which a major Canadian based company is facing the prospect of being seriously damaged as a result of their own wrongdoing, nearly a decade ago, in a third world country like India or Algeria, but not inside Canada or any of its notable partners.  Imagine that company lobbying to admit their guilt, change management, pay massive fines in the $250M range and have a knife held to their throat for a decade to make sure they…

VIDEO: What is Wrong With the Canadian Media Coverage of the SNC-Lavalin Case

In the video below Canada’s top civil Servant Michael Wernick explains what is wrong with the media coverage of the SNC-Lavalin Case. He starts by explaining that there are many things in Canadian Politics that worry him: Inflammatory language “like treason and traitor” from social media and supposedly responsible politicians alike Physical violence against politicians “I am afraid someone is going to get shot this year during the political campaign” Foreign interference Reputation of people trying to help their country being…

What Is a Deferred Prosecution Agreement In Simple Terms?

There is much talk about “Deferred Prosecution Agreements” because of the SNC Lavalin bribery scandals.  The insinuation from many media outlets is that a Deferred Prosecution Agreement lets companies go without punishment.  This is far from how DPA’s actually work. Here are the top five things everyone should know about Deferred Prosecution Agreements: 1 – What a Deferred Prosecution Agreement Is: A Deferred Prosecution Agreement effectively has the company plead guilty and do whatever the Government prosecutor wants them to…

What Are The Real Numbers For Alberta, Ontario and Canada New Vehicle Sales?

Much is being made about the 12% decline in new vehicle sales in Alberta this past December.  It is being attributed to the price of “Western Canadian Select” oil collapsing in the fall of 2018 and the Notely NDP Governments response to it.  Also, Oshawa Ontario’s GM plant closure has caused much news relating to how many vehicles are sold in Ontario and how the plant closure will affect GM sales going forward. We wanted to know what the numbers…

VIDEO: Is Canada Being A Boy Scout by Continuing To Prosecute SNC Lavalin?

There is a lot of hype around possible political interference in the prosecution of SNC Lavalin Libyan & Algerian bribery scandals involving Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Prime Ministers Office and former Canadian Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.  However, we want to know why the Canadian Government is still so aggressively going after SNC in the first place. Karl Moore of McGill University explains in the video below that SNC Lavalin has already repeatedly admitted guilt and paid massive fines in various…

Do You Think Jason Kenny Would Shovel Out His Neighbors Driveway? Where is My Right Wing Party?

I have helped the Alberta Wild Rose a.k.a. United Conversation Party (UCP) and the Federal Conservatives in many ways over the decades.  From telecom equipment, to consulting, to canvasing, to paying for advertising, to IT support, to donations, to… well you get the point.  However I have found it increasingly difficult to support the Alberta UCP and the Federal Conservatives in recent years and today may have been the breaking point. I was out shoveling my neighbors driveways when I…

VIDEO: Did Cryptocurrency Exchange Boss Fake His Own Death To Steal All The Money?

If the insane value gyrations, scams and exchange failures of crypto currencies have not scared you away from them, this story should do the trick.  QuadrigaCX was a Canadian based Crypto Currency Exchange until a few days ago when the founder, Gerald Cotten, died and took the decryption codes to his grave.  This means about CDN $200M of ‘investor’ money is forever lost in hyperspace. To make this story worse, the are some very smelly peculiarities to it: It is extremely unusual that…

What is the ‘Oil Curse’ and How It Applies to Amazon and Walmart

The “Oil Curse” or “Curse of Oil” or “Resource Curse” is the net negative outcome that is seen with any single industry that takes over a geographic area.  The central idea is that when oil is discovered in an undeveloped land, like rural Africa, the initial promise of great wealth results in rapid development and that leads to what economists call ‘externalities’.  Externalities are charges that should be calculated as part of the cost of development but instead are pushed…