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“Follow the Money” – The Coles Notes Version

Government is all about money—finding it, spending it and saving it.  Politics is all about where you find the money, who you spend it on and how much, if any, you save.  The trifecta for any political party is to … Continue reading

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Allison Redford’s New Years Resolutions

The only thing more irritating than your own New Year’s resolutions are those made for you by someone else.  Nevertheless, I’ve created 10 New Year’s resolutions for Alison Redford.  Hey, she’s busy preparing for the spring election, I’m sure she’ll … Continue reading

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The House of Mirrors

Recent statements by Finance Minister, Ron Liepert, confirm my suspicion that politics is like a House of Mirrors.  Not a transparent glass house (no stone throwing allowed), but the maze-like puzzle boxes you find at amusement parks and the midway.  … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from the Americans

I just returned from a business trip to Washington DC.  It was hot, sticky, confused and angry—hot and sticky because 200 years ago some bright light decided that the best place to locate the capital was in the middle of … Continue reading

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Keys to the Kingdom

Let me tell you a secret.  The key to Alberta’s future prosperity was discovered 65 years ago—by the Alberta Post-War Reconstruction Committee.  The Committee was created by the Social Credit government in the twilight of the war years in order … Continue reading

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The Rapture vs Alberta’s 30 Year Strategic Plan

4:45 p.m. May 28, 2011.  On the off chance that I am not going to be sucked up into the heavens at 6 p.m. May 28, the Day of the Rapture, and will still be kicking around 30 years from … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Wedge

Like the proverbial eagle, the 2011 Budget has landed—with less hoopla than expected.  Yes, the $39 billion budget came with a $3.4 billion shortfall but it left health services intact.  This was a wise decision on the part of the … Continue reading

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2+2+2 = 222

Remember those silly math games we played as children—what’s 1 plus 1?  Two?  No silly it’s 11!  As children these games were quite amusing, but as adults they’ve become tiresome.  The PC’s should bear this in mind when they make … Continue reading

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*Crunch*

Hear that crunching grinding noise?  That’s the sound of the tectonic plates of the political parties moving in divergent, convergent and transformational directions.  On Tuesday Ed Stelmach announced he would not seek re-election.  On Wednesday Ted Morton said the provincial … Continue reading

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Is it a “bed” or a “space”?

The 5 Year Action Plan – Part 2 OK, pop quiz.  What’s the difference between “long term care” and “supportive living” (also known as “assisted living”)?  You don’t know do you.  Neither did I until I read a letter (Jan … Continue reading

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