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…

How Much Oil Does Canada Import & Other Oil Statistics

Canada imports about 1 BILLION barrels of oil per year, nearly all into Quebec and Ontario in-spite of the fact that it exports 3.1 Billion barrels of oil per year. These are the specific numbers taken directly from the Canadian Federal Government from 2016: Canadian production: 3.9 MMb/d Imports: 0.9 MMb/d Exports: 3.1 MMb/d Below are some other statistics you might also find interesting: Canada Has the Third Largest Proven Reserves on the Globe: World proved reserves – 1,646 billion barrels…

How Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau May Use Kinder Morgan To Bring Back Energy East Pipeline

Much has been said about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and while the Trudeau Government has made it clear they do not want to own it for very long, there are rumblings that they will use this as a management tool to develop or support the much needed Energy East Pipeline. In the last few months the debate over such an advanced economy as Canada exporting raw materials and importing finished goods based on those raw materials has become…

GM Wants Regulation For Zero Emissions, Zero Crashes and Zero Congestion Vehicles

Let’s be clear that General Motors and all automobile manufactures do NOT want government regulation to mandate a Zero Emissions, Zero Crashes and Zero Congestion world, but they do want laws that: approach those achievable goals are shared in many jurisdictions apply to everyone In the video below GM President Dan Amonn explains GM’s GOALS of Zero Emissions, Zero Crashes and Zero Congestion and that their investments are very long cycle that need to be based on consistent regulations to avoid…

VIDEO: What First Nations Really Think About Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Support for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline continues to rise and now has the support of more than 2/3rds of Canadians.  Further, another poll released on May 18 2018 shows support for the expansion has also continued its surge in BC, now sitting at more than 60% of BC residents.  However, the media has frequently given the impression that First Nations do not support the expansion and that is simply inaccurate. David Chartrand, VP of the Metis National Council points out that nearly all…

VIDEO: How The African Population Explosion Creates Opportunities

In “The West” we don’t often discuss or even consider Africa.  However, over the next 20 years the population of Africa is going to double and we will all be paying attention to that.  Without doubt Africa’s population explosion will lead to two things: Increased demand for goods and services Increased workforce to provide those goods and services What is in question is: Will the governments of the Africa continue to stabilize? Will the rule of law continue to expand and…

Donald Trumps Art of the Gift: Moving the US Embassy To Jerusalem

This week Donald Trump took credit for fulfilling a campaign promise to move the US Embassy in Israel  to Jerusalem.  That was likely an inevitable move, so what could be wrong with doing what Jared Kushner says is taking that issue off the table? Politics is the art of the possible that often involves negotiating with options no-one likes.  In the world of 2018, the official position of the two main parties are: PALESTINE: Israel is an illegal state and…

8 Things The Canadian Federal Government Can Do To Force the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

The current impasse on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion have many pundits, politicians and citizens taking entrenched positions insinuating that this issue has an easy fix the Trudeau Federal Liberal Government is not willing to pursue. We list eight options for the Federal Government below, but as a primer, watch this video in which CBC’s Peter Armstrong asks five knowledgeable people over 4 interviews, “What specifically can the Canadian Federal Government do to force the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion? …

Why Russia Turned Out So Differently From Germany & Japan

After World War 2 the US (and West in general) supported its former enemies.  Rebuilding cities, legal systems, and economies on a massive scale.  Germany and Japan were the primary beneficiaries of that financial aid and guidance and today those two countries are large stable entities that improve the West’s standard of living by providing both solid trading partners and political allies. Some argue that those countries now take “our” jobs when in fact the evidence is clear that those…

The Very Unexpected Way That Blocking Canadian Oil Exports INCREASES The Price of Gas in Canada By $.15 Per Liter

You would expect that if petroleum products can not be efficiently transported to world markets, that there would be an oil and gas oversupply in Canada and that would drive the prices down.  However, it turns out that two factors cause that not the be the case: the majority of large petroleum contracts in Canada (and around the globe) are transacted in US dollars the Canadian dollar is a “petro-currency” meaning that petroleum exports are so important to the economy…

US and Canadian Crime Rates Are Way Down Thanks To Engagement

If you live in the United States or Canada and you feel less safe than you did 20 years ago, you are likely either in one of the very few geographic bubbles (like Chicago or rural Alberta) or you are a victim of politicians and social media trying to manipulate your natural fears.  The fact is that crime, violent and otherwise is waaaay down. Canadian Crime Statistics Below are the Canadian statistics and they roughly concur with the US crime…

Canadians Have Degrees

Interviewer: You’ve got a lot of work experience, but what are your degrees in? Interviewee: We’ll I’m from Canada so my degrees are in Celsius

What’s In A Name? The Global Change From ‘Gas Cars’ to ‘Electric SUVs’

Last year Chrysler announced the end of nearly all their cars, leaving the Chrysler 300 as the sole survivor.  This week Ford announced they same thing by formally heralding the death of the Taurus, Fusion, CMax, and Fiesta leaving only the Mustang and Focus in development.  General Motors will follow suit in the coming weeks. Are the “big 3” giving up on the North American car market? No; what they are doing is responding to consumers purchasing only SUV’s and…

What Is Induced Seismicity in Oil & Gas Exploration & What Can Be Done About It?

What is Induced Seismicity? Induced Seismicity is just another way to say ‘man made earthquakes’ and are sometimes referred to “induced earthquakes”.  Induced Seismicity can be caused by many things humans do including: damming rivers for hydro power build a vast water weight behind the dam which was not their previously having old mine shafts collapse draining of underground water reservoirs tunneling / boring for transit systems but the focus of this article is Induced Seismicity caused by oil and…

Strathmore MLA Derek Fildebrandt Claims Jason Kenney Told Him He Cannot Run Against a Women

The video below shows Derek Fildebrandt at the Strathmore on Monday April 23rd, claiming that UCP leader Jason Kenney told him he could not run against a female UCP member: …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.…

The Unintended Consequences of Government Meddling In the Steel Industry

It is well established that even well intentioned government intervention in industry very often ends up causing more problems than it solves.  Today one of the issues facing the United States is a loss of jobs in the steel industry and so President Trump claimed this is a National Security Issue and so used his unilateral power to impose a 25% tariff on imports of steel into the United States. On its face, this seems like a good idea.  Simplistically,…