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…

12 Quick Facts About Leela Aheer, Alberta MLA for Chestermere-Strathmore

We have known Leela Sharon Aheer for a couple of decades but the last eight years with the Wildrose/UCP and 2019 Alberta election brought out some facts we’ll bet most people just don’t know about her: If you think Leela is a hard worker, you’d be wrong because ‘hard working’ is a massive understatement.  She only sleeps a few hours per day and works constantly.  She personally knocked on over 7000 doors in the riding of Chestermere-Strathmore and more than…

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…

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 Forum Chestermere Rec Center Thursday April 11th 7:25pm

UPDATED: April 12 2019 – The video of the live stream forum is now avialable: Synergy will be hosting the Chestermere-Strathmore All Candidates Forum at the Chestermere Rec Center Thursday April 11th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm and we will be live streaming it right here. We are expecting to see the Leela Aheer (UCP), Derek Fildebrandt (Freedom Conservative Party), Jason Avramenko (Alberta Party), Melissa Langmaid (NDP) and others at this event. AGENDA: 6:30 – 7:00 pm Written questions will be…

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

UPDATED: April 12 2019 – The video of the live stream forum is now avialable: 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 (UCP),…

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…

VIDEO: American’s Left Is Loosing Grip On Reality The Way the America Right Did In the Gingrich Revolution

The latest round of American Presidential Candidates has shown that those on the left of the political spectrum are just a as willing to ignore facts and as the political right.  This is a potentially catastrophic death spiral. In today’s world voters need to think more and listen less as leaders on both sides of the political spectrum drive to emotion and ignore facts. Politics has always been a perception business and at its heart, the political system is a…

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…

A Brief Analysis Of When Democrats Win MidTerm Election and When Replubicans with MidTerm Elections

There is a curious pattern emerging in the modern US politics that we had not detected previously.  Historically, the belief has been that, in general, citizens vote for change when the economy is bad and vote for the incumbent when the economy is good.  You may recall the phrase: “It’s all about the economy, stupid!”.  That may no longer be the case. Take a look at these US mid-term election results and see if you can find the pattern: 1974…

Is Alberta Oil Really Going To Generate More Than 100,000 Rail Cars Loads of Oil in 2019?

In a word, yes.  While conventional oil production in Alberta has been at the same level for years, Alberta’s oil sands have hit yet another production record and the oil will move one way or another. As you can see in the chart below, Canada is out of pipeline capacity so that leaves, truck and rail. On October 18, 2018 the CEO of CP Rail said he expects to “match or exceed its record 2014 pace of 110,000 crude carloads…

VIDEO: How Much Responsibility Do Facebook Google & Twitter Have To Block Russian Misinformation?

In an era of apparently undeniable Russian state sponsored interference in American and UK Elections social media companies like Facebook, Twitter & Google have been called to account for their part in the ‘attacks’. This begs the question, how much responsibility do internet and social media companies really have for blocking misinformation by primarily foreign entities? In this video Bloomberg explores Keith Rabois’, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and PayPal Vice President, opinion that social media is just another form…

Is Toronto City Council Too Large: Toronto vs New York vs Vancouver vs LA vs Chicago

There has been much debate in recent weeks about the size of Toronto City Council.  Currently there are 47 elected councilors in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and newly elected Ontario Premier (and former Toronto City Councillor) Doug Ford announced he is reducing that number to 25. You can make solid arguments on both sides of this issue: Reasons To Keep Toronto City Council at 47 Better representation The cost of each councilor only about 0.00008% of Toronto’s $14.2B annual budget…

What is a Preferential Voting Ballot?

Preferential Voting (PR) is a ballot system in which voters number their winning preference rather than just casting a single ballot.  For example, instead of just marking their ballot with the single person/party they would like to win, voters list the order in which they would have those on the ballot win.  If more than 50% of voters set the their number one choice to be the same candidate, the election is over and that candidate has won. Lets go…