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Maple-Flavoured Politics: Voter and Campaign-Worker Fatigue

We’re in the midst of a general election here in Ontario. Election Day is June 12, 2014. Two ridings in Toronto, Trinity—Spadina and Scarborough—Agincourt, are also in the midst of federal by-elections. That Election Day is June 30, 2014. (There are also two by-elections in Alberta, but at least there aren’t provincial elections there now.) . . . → Read More: Maple-Flavoured Politics: Voter and Campaign-Worker Fatigue

calgaryliberal.com: Admitting My Failure

At the Alberta Liberal Party’s annual general meeting in June more than two thirds voted to shut down the supporter system. As someone who championed the system when it was first introduced, and then pushed for it nationally for the federal Liberals, I must admit my failure to both Albertans and to the provincial party. . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Admitting My Failure

calgaryliberal.com: Crybaby Liberals, Part 2

The previous blog post was seen as a might bit unfair by a couple of folks on twitter. Particularly in my thought that Ms. Murray and Coyne were so off base that their position was quite farcical. Let me explain in more depth the problems with their position. Firstly, they’ve warped the idea of the . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Crybaby Liberals, Part 2

CalgaryLiberal.com: Politics Isn’t Complicated: It’s Not Chess, It’s Cooking

People over-complicate things. And politics is one of those things. It isn’t complicated. It’s about the sum of personal relationships between many people guided by leadership, churned by passion, and basted by endurance. It’s the furthest thing from chess. It’s more like cooking. Or, at least, good cooking. You have good ingredients – an incredible . . . → Read More: CalgaryLiberal.com: Politics Isn’t Complicated: It’s Not Chess, It’s Cooking

CalgaryLiberal: Use Liberalist: a Note to All Liberal Party of Canada Leadership Contestants

Let me level with you, possible future leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. You’re starting to build up your team, looking for head people and chairs amongst the different provinces. One of the major decisions of your campaign will be how you will be handling your data. And you should put your data into . . . → Read More: CalgaryLiberal: Use Liberalist: a Note to All Liberal Party of Canada Leadership Contestants

CalgaryLiberal: A Merger That’ll Never Happen

The left in the province of Alberta will never merge. There are four core reasons for this to be the case. Firstly, the NDP is directly tied, through its organization, its employees (many of whom who work for the federal NDP as well), and other means, cannot get the nod for merger from Ottawa. This . . . → Read More: CalgaryLiberal: A Merger That’ll Never Happen

THE FIFTH COLUMN: South March Highlands Mountain Bikers – Unlikely Trail Heroes

Unlikely, because more often than not the stereotypical view of mountain bikers is more likely to be as trail villains rather than trail heroes.

First, we have the well meaning but uninformed view of many who call themselves environmentalists that mountain biking damages trails, when the vast majority of the research indicates the impact is . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: South March Highlands Mountain Bikers – Unlikely Trail Heroes