In Alberta, Canada the United Conservative Party is running a leadership campaign to replace Jason Kenny. Whoever wins this UCP Leadership contest will be the next Premier of Alberta so it was a big deal today when the party announced a bizarre limitation: 6.3. All preliminary membership lists and the Read more…
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 Read more…
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’ Read more…
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 Read more…
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 Read more…
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 Read more…
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 Read more…
…What Jason (Kenney) said to me. It’s not about me challenging other incumbents. It was only about me challenging female incumbents… And he said I could run against any other men… I don’t think it serves women well to have effectively affirmative action in politics…
It should be noted that Mr. Fildebrandt is accused of many politically unsettling problems including:
Recently I attended a Progress Alberta event titled ‘Emergency Town Hall: Why Progressives Can Win in 2019’. This event had four notable presenters and I was very pleased that they allowed me to record the event. Personally, I found sessions 3 and 4 (below) on how the left has to respect the United Conservative Party and Jason Kenny to be the most interesting.
The ‘Coles Notes’ version of the night would be:
- Calgary will be the only notable battleground in the 2019 election
- Alberta is far more left than presented in the media
- Jason Kenny is a machine that must not be underestimated
- The left has a natural role in governing that is not understood or accepted by the general public
- Conservatives own the media, including social media
- I find it amusing that every side thinks the other side controls the media
- The center cannot consistently win elections, which could be extended to ‘people need a common enemy to rally around and that means left or right’
1: Why Progressives Can Win in 2019 Alberta: Alberta is More Progressive Than You Think – 8 mins
It used to be very clear that Alberta had a spending problem and not a revenue problem. However, since the 2014 oil crash, the world and Alberta have forever changed. Historically, oil ‘busts’ were the result of a downturn in some key economy that reduced the demand for oil & gas products. Today we have the worlds first notable price downturn caused by over production of oil, with no end in site.
This over production was started intentionally by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in an effort to kill shale oil fracker’s and other non-state owned small players. The idea was to have OPEC lead an over production that would drop the price of oil for a few years and force the marginal upstart players (i.e. US based frackers) out of the industry. Then Saudi lead OPEC would reduce supply and drive the price back up. Well, the Crown Prince was wrong and it didn’t work.
More importantly it won’t work in the future. Saudi Arabia and friends can reduce the global price of oil by increasing production but they can no longer raise the price because they no longer control the global output, here’s why:
- American fracking companies scale up their oil production in a matter of weeks
- Canadian oil sands in Alberta and Saskatchewan have vast reserves backed by billion dollar upgrader investments that just keep coming online
- Iran, which has had its oil embargoed for decades, now is pushing 3 billions of barrels onto the open market as of the 2017 lifting of sanctions
- OPEC nations like Venezuela and Nigeria are desperate states the need cash and they will continue to cheat their OPEC agreements and produce produce produce
- Putin and Russia so desperately want to be a world powerhouse but only has an economy the size of Spain’s, with 20% of its citizens without even running water. The Russian federal government gets nearly HALF of its revenue from oil so when the price drops, they just produce more which keeps pushing the price down.
VIDEO: Politicians Better Nature: Alberta UCP’s Leela Aheers Adoption Modernization Bill 206 Shows Cooperation
In this short video Grant Thomson explains how Alberta Provincial politicians can work collaboratively. He uses UCP Leela Aheers private members bill 206 as an example of the NDP and UCP (conservatives) working together to modernize adoption rules.