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Thursday, November 14 2019 @ 07:51 MST

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Canada Day Thoughts

Alberta PoliticsI type this from my hotel room as I am on vacation. One of the reasons I like the hotel in which I'm staying (other than the jacuzzi tub in the room) is that I get a free newspaper in the morning. In this morning's Globe and Mail is a story on the annual Dominion Institute's Canadian History Quiz. Sadly to say, as a country, we suck at our history.
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Tories slowly learning.

Canadian PoliticsThe federal Conservatives, having been playing by the Alberta Tories manta of doing what they want, have finally noticed that it\'s not working outside of Alberta. Recent polls show that they are running neck and neck with the NDP for second place behind the Liberals. Even worse for them, their leader\'s popularity is the worst of all the federal leaders. Even in his stronghold of Alberta Stephen Harper\'s popularity has slipped by 20% (now riding only in the mid 70\'s in that province).
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“Liberal” media bias.

Canadian PoliticsI\'m always hearing of how biased the media is in its reporting, that the media always tries to portray the Liberal party in the best light. I\'ve noted that the same people who complain about this supposed bias also are remarkably quiet when the media appears biased towards the Conservatives.
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Conservatives, Firewallers and Hypocrites.

Alberta PoliticsConservatives (both large and small “c”) never cease to amaze me. While listening to CBC AM the other day I heard proponents of the so-called “firewall” for around Alberta. They claim, that by pushing Ottawa out of areas that the Alberta provincial government has constitutional authority, such as health and policing.
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Rotten Applewood

Alberta PoliticsInside my riding of Calgary-Montrose and Ward 10, is the community of Applewood. The executive of the community association is made up primarily of people who worked on both the Hung Pham and Margot Aftergood campaigns. The interesting part is this. The Auditor General is now investigating money given to the community association.
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The Power of One.

Alberta PoliticsIt is often said in today\'s age that it is impossible for one individual to make a difference. While this is often true, occasionally one person can make changes, or at the very least, make those who can make the changes very uncomfortable.
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Ward 10 saga continues.

Calgary PoliticsRecent events in the Ward 10 election scandal have made me wonder if the government is busily trying to make it go away. After all it involves loyal Tories who are up to their eyeballs in the scandal. We find out that the inspection (which should have been a public inquiry) will end without questioning those directly involved with the voting irregularities. Nothing like a government sweeping voting scandals under the rug to give the place that fresh, sham election feel that you generally only find in countries who's leaders are generally referred to as “strongman” or “maximum leader”.
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Not cheating on an election means never having your reputation besmirched.

Calgary PoliticsDavid Aftergood, husband of former (and now possibly disgraced) alderman Margot Aftergood has been running through the courts trying to stop the provincial inspection into wrongdoing during last fall's ward 10 election. He's concerned that the inspection will ruin his reputation. I can see why, he's just been charged with two counts under the Local Authorities Election Act.
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Gomery and the next federal election.

Canadian PoliticsThere\'s much talk in the press about the latest revelations from the Gomery commission\'s look into the sponsorship scandal. Much of this talk, especially in the Alberta press, is speculation when the Conservatives will pull the plug on the government. In Alberta, much of the press is wondering why the Tories haven\'t done so already.
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Tories begin to eat their young, again.

Canadian PoliticsWell it didn\'t take long for the conservative news pundits to speak out on the tack the federal Conservative party is taking. Reading through the Calgary Sun on Tuesday (we get both it and the Herald at work) the opinion columns were rife with the usually conservative wogs spewing out their unique brand of vitriol.