Explaining Patrick Brown

November 13th, 2017 | J. Lieblein

Be Wary Of Universal Basic Income

May 1st, 2017 | M. Menuck

The popularity of a guaranteed universal income for all has only gained popularity in recent years, as headlines touting precarious employment, stagnating wages, and increasing automation of well-paying jobs has dominated the news cycle. This has been accelerated by the rise of populist, anti-establishment parties across the Western world as a UBI is seen as an effective way of undercutting their base of support among underemployed, blue collar men who feel increasingly left behind by the modern world and are increasingly susceptible to nostalgic appeals such as "Make America Great Again". My own province of Ontario has been the latest to jump on the bandwagon, with Premier Kathleen Wynne recently announcing that implementation of a universal income for all Ontario residents is being seriously considered.

Brad Wall's Horrible Mistake

May 1st, 2017 | J. Hodgson

Brad Wall has made a horrible mistake. I wrote An Open Letter to Brad Wall last December, warning Wall about pointless austerity and he decided to play the tough guy and bring in a 90’s-style budget. The Saskatchewan Party probably figured that if they bring in a tough budget now, they’ll have 3 years for people to get over the initial shock and, by 2020, the party will be applauded for a balanced budget and a recovering economy. Since so many Saskatchewan Party people had their formative years in the 90’s, they think the population will reward them for these tough choices with another election win and a pat on the back.

Stephen Harper Could Unite Alberta

March 19th, 2017 | J. Hodgson

Now we have to go through the whole process of uniting with the Wildrose Party and selecting a new leader for a new party. Brian Jean already wants this badly. So too does Jason Kenney, obviously. Neither one is ideal, but idealism isn’t what’s needed in the Notley era. We just need “ability to win” and “ability to govern conservatively” in order to begin the long process of putting this province back together. Is this a job for Jean or Kenney? Maybe, but a lot of uncertainty remains. Both of these guys have baggage and issues that will pose a problem in a general election. I don’t need to get into it here, because frankly, either one of these guys would be just fine running the new conservative party in my estimation.

An Open Letter To Brad Wall

December 1st, 2016  | J. Hodgson

I’ve been a Saskatchewan Party supporter since the Elwin Hermanson days. I volunteered for my local candidate in the 2003 election and sat in my car listening in disappointment to the results on November 5, 2003. I attended Brad Wall’s kick-off upon becoming the new leader a short time later, but for me it was too late. I was young and ambitious and I did what so many others were doing in that era and I moved to Alberta. I thought Saskatchewan was a socialist lost-cause and Alberta was a conservative shining-light. (Wow how times have changed.) Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party proved me wrong in 2007 and turned Saskatchewan into a prosperous and dynamic province. The population boomed and business flourished. Some at Poletical still had a pessimistic view of the situation, but for most conservatives, not being the NDP proved to be good enough.

Six Alberta Political Myths Debunked

August 1st, 2016  | R. Rados

The past few years in Alberta have been unstable, to say the least. The political landscape has changed so much that most Albertans are confused and anxious. They're confused about where their own political affiliations will take them and they're anxious about the future of the province's economy. Everything Albertans thought they knew about Alberta has been upended. To make it worse, political myths have been swirling through communities across the province and deepening the divides. Most of those myths have been perpetuated by NDP supporters, but some of them come from various conservative factions across Alberta. To cut through the fog, it's important to separate fact from fiction as we get closer to 2019. Here are a few inaccurate narratives and myths that Albertans have been sharing around campfires and on social media.

Brown's Carbon Tax Can Work

May 1st, 2015 | M. Menuck

As depressing as federal politics may be at this time in Canada, with our Prime Minister engaging in a disgustingly staged smarty-pants show before the national media when he isn’t performing yoga poses before our international allies, those of us fortunate to live in the province of Ontario can at least find some solace provincially. After a near decade and a half in office that has seen the once mighty economic engine of the country reduced to have-not status with a public debt rivaling that of such fiscal basket cases as California and Greece, Ontarians finally seem to be tiring of the Liberal government. Premier Kathleen Wynne’s approval rating consistently polls in the low twenties and projections consistently show the Progressive Conservatives on track to win a majority government.

Alberta Could Stay Orange

June 5th, 2015 | R. Rados

The NDP's historic, sweeping majority may have been the result of a rash, populist wave of fed up casual voters, but that doesn't mean the Notley government is destined for one term. Although it's true that 60% of Albertans don't identify with social democratic ideology, the NDP could keep their grasp on power for well beyond eight years. The way the NDP keeps their grip will depend on how subtle, incremental and careful Notley chooses to be in executing her party's classic socialist policies. There will be huge pits and massive obstacles standing in Notley's way, but that doesn't mean she'll fail. The hardline views of the Wildrose will keep NDP spending in the spotlight and the age and inexperience of her MLAs will likely produce more scandals and media frenzies in coming years. 

Wildrose: 10 Points To Ponder

January 11th, 2015 | J. Hodgson

People in 2012 were supporting the Wildrose Party because they were a new, populist party that people associated with friendly, photogenic Danielle Smith. I found myself campaigning alongside wildly different types of supporters. Liberals informed me that they were voting Wildrose because they offered the best alternative to a PC government. This was before they seemed to realize what the other, original half of the people in the party were about. 

Wildrose Problems: Liberals And Big Cities

September 16th, 2014 |R. Rados

Liberals and socialists have no chance of winning a majority in Alberta – not under their real monikers. If they want to transform Alberta to better fit their ideologies, they need to buy memberships and vote in Progressive Conservative leadership races. Flooding another party's convention and hijacking their platform isn't a new idea. It's a time tested strategy that's as old as party politics. If hijacking the conservative platform isn't the goal, it's electing a leader with the lowest potential of winning a general election. 

Can Alberta Trust Prentice?

June 1st, 2014 | R. Rados

To a lot of Albertans, Jim Prentice's name doesn't invoke any glorious memories or real familiarity. It's only among conservatives and Conservatives that his name triggers any real emotion. If we hearken back to 2004, we see Jim Prentice winning a seat in Canada's House Of Commons and being appointed Minister of Indian Affairs in 2006. As years pass on, Jim Prentice shuffles through two other Canadian Cabinet posts... 

The Saskparty Can Keep Winning

March 2nd, 2014 | J. Hodgson

In 2005, the Editor of Poletical started a website called NoNDP. The purpose of the website was to encourage Saskatchewan voters to vote the NDP out of power. In 2007, the voters of Saskatchewan did just that. Since then, the province has been on an upswing that hasn’t occurred in decades. 

Apples, Oranges, Public, Private

January 1st, 2014 | R. Rados

The public sector is not the private sector. The means in which both sectors acquire the revenue used to pay their employees are fundamentally different. One pays salaries from profit, while the other pays salaries from taxation. Taxes are acquired through law, while profits are acquired through mutual exchange. It's all quite simple.  

B.C. Chooses Lesser Evil

June 2nd, 2013 | J. Hodsgon

On May 14th, the voters of British Columbia surprised the consensus makers with a strong vote of support for the BC Liberal Party. Once again the talking heads and the over paid pollsters were proven wrong by the common sense of the average person. 

Voter's Remorse

April 1st, 2013 | A. Marshall 

Democracy is treated as though it is some kind of wonderful gift modern societies have been given. Our forefathers dreamed a dream and democracy is what we got. The best part is that few of us seem to take advantage of this gift. Apathy runs rampant and only decreases slightly when an election appears less banal than the last.

Cam Broten: The Sask Party's New Threat

April 1st, 2013 | J. Hodgson

When you think of Saskatchewan you think of two things: Cigar chomping capitalists driving their Cadillac’s through the dirty slums and massive amounts of toxic pollution. That’s why Cam Broten wants so desperately to remake Saskatchewan into the land of equality and environmentalism.

Alberta's Looming PST 

March 16th, 2013 | R. Rados

Politicians lie. Once in a while, when we deserve it, we get an elected official who isn't just saying something to win votes or prevent an unmanageable popularity meltdown. This is what democracy has produced. The culture of lies belongs to us. We turned our leaders into liars by rewarding the ones who told us what we wanted to hear and punishing the ones who told us the truth.

A New Idea From Quebec

March 2nd, 2013 | J. Hodgson 

One of the biggest problems “Big Government” routinely runs into in the real world is math. Regardless of ideology or polarized politics, at some point “Big Government” runs out of other people’s money and when they do...pain.