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CalgaryLiberal: No Debate: FawcettFails To Attend Forum

A question that burned through my mind on Tuesday during the Calgary-Klein forum was “How did this guy ever get elected?” How did this guy get in? Fawcett wasn’t prepared. He fumbled. He didn’t have answers, didn’t have positions, and shared very little. This has to end. This Tory didn’t stand for anything. And he . . . → Read More: CalgaryLiberal: No Debate: FawcettFails To Attend Forum

Cats, Chopsticks, and Rainbows: Ward 4 Interview with Jane Morgan

Jane Morgan was born in Drumheller, Alberta, and currently lives in Highland Park. She has worked in a variety of jobs including insurance and telecommunications. Since 2004, she has owned her own book-keeping and consulting company. She has been active with the Wildrose Alliance, and acted as executive director in 2009.  Why are running for . . . → Read More: Cats, Chopsticks, and Rainbows: Ward 4 Interview with Jane Morgan

Cats, Chopsticks, and Rainbows: Ward 4 Interview with Jane Morgan

Jane Morgan was born in Drumheller, Alberta, and currently lives in Highland Park. She has worked in a variety of jobs including insurance and telecommunications. Since 2004, she has owned her own book-keeping and consulting company. She has been active with the Wildrose Alliance, and acted as executive director in 2009. 
Why are running for alderman in Ward 4?
Morgan wants to restore accountability and the lost confidence people have in city hall. She says that being fiscally responsible is one of her top priorities if elected. She also described how she has been through good times and bad with Calgary, and it was time for her to give back to the community. 
What does the city look like 100 years from now?
“Technology will continue to grow in leaps and bounds,” says Morgan. “What I like to see are more unique ideas of how you work, such as telecommunicating, and work centered somewhere else.”
Morgan’s own employees work from home, and believes that this could be a growing in trend for Calgary in years to come. 
Morgan also believes that growth will be key to Calgary’s future. 
Is social media an important driving force, or is it still the voting demographic and the hot issues that dictate the election?
While Morgan believes that social media is a component to an election campaign right now, “it’s not necessarily crucial.” For her, it is all about getting out to the doors and meeting people, and that is how someone like Obama in 2008 ran his campaign.
Morgan also sees social media as a good inner campaign tool.
“It compliments a campaign because it’s a way to reach out to your organizers and getting them involved,” describes Morgan.
What was one thing the city did right this term?
Economic development was front and centre for Morgan. According to her, the city “showed positive results over the last three years nationally and globally,” even when we were in the midst of an economic recession.
“I believe [economic development] is a crucial element in maintaining city growth,” says Morgan. 
Should municipalities be granted constitutional powers?
In answering this question, Morgan questioned about why taxes were transferred from the cities to the provinces or to the federal government. The problem with this transfer according to Morgan is that “you have to ask for the money back to provide for the basic services for the city.”
Morgan believes that there should be greater autonomy, but it takes time and a shift in thinking if we are ever going to gain constitutional powers.
“The government closest to the people should have the greatest responsibility,” asserts Morgan. 
Almost all candidates have preached the importance of transportation. Would you take the bus to work at least once a week if elected? If not, why would you not take it if you are recommending Calgarians should take it?
“I’d be willing to do it once a week,” says Morgan.
If she does take transit to work, Morgan said it would be “an excellent and clear personal observation on what’s working and what’s not.” It would also provide her an opportunity to talk to people who take transit on a regularly basis.
What does your platform include in terms of Aboriginal issues?
Morgan says that she does not specifically address Aboriginals, and that a number of issues are not ethnic specific. 
She said that figures of poverty and homelessness are higher amongst Aboriginal people are higher, and that it is important to give people a hand up, which in turn helps the entire community. Morgan said she was in favour of halfway homes or methadone clinics if they do make improvements to their lives.
With CCTVs and the public behavior bylaw, do you believe the city has a place for dictating and monitoring the conduct of its citizens?
“I’m not opposed to the cameras in downtown if they are only observing the pubic,” says Morgan. 
Morgan pointed out that she was not sure just how much the city should be putting police service into monitoring instead of other activities. The purpose of these cameras she pointed out was to identify witnesses and crimes.
“If people are charged appropriately under the law, I’m OK with it,” Morgan responded.

This is cross-posted with CalgaryPolitics.com

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