Peter’s Principles: PRAGMATIC DREAMS

Peter’s Principles. What guided the leadership of Premier Peter Lougheed? We’re talking to people who worked alongside Lougheed to find out. Here’s an excerpt from a conversation with Brent Harding, a civil servant in Lougheed’s 1st government in 1971. … More Peter’s Principles: PRAGMATIC DREAMS

A strongman or Tom Hanks?

THE LEAD ACTORS on Alberta’s political stage have been typecast. It’s kind of like watching the summer movie trailers for coming attractions. Two different film franchises. Two different actors in a starring role. … More A strongman or Tom Hanks?

Too much democracy?

In a global environment where democracy seems to be withering, and information constrained by either/or narratives, how can Albertans make an informed decision about who or what to vote for? … More Too much democracy?

The business of anti-racism…

Alberta’s NDP government has launched an anti-racism campaign. Did they miss an extraordinary opportunity to take a negative and turn it into a positive? … More The business of anti-racism…

Peter’s Principles: LOYALTY

What are the leadership qualities that made Premier Peter Lougheed such a recognized leader in Alberta? One quality – his approach to loyalty. Listen up to our short podcast to learn more! … More Peter’s Principles: LOYALTY

Circle the Wagons

She lives in Calgary and he lives in a bubble.
I’m ticked that national media still hasn’t listened to what Rose Knight is drawing our attention to about our prime minister.
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Buckin’ the sales tax bronco!

A Calgary Stampede dare for all you partisan politicians in Alberta! How bout you rustle up a sales tax for this province? Pronto! … More Buckin’ the sales tax bronco!

Education! (part 2)

A sequel, as promised. We’re posing 2 tough questions:
What should we do with cellphones in the classroom? What should we do with religion in the classroom?   … More Education! (part 2)

Smelling Carbon

How can we move forward on the climate change debate? Apocalypse now vs. climate change denial? Here are some practical ideas. … More Smelling Carbon

Playing Hooky with the Education Act

School Act vs Education Act in Alberta. Are you ready to rumble? … More Playing Hooky with the Education Act

Manipulating the Odds on the Baby Lottery

The Trump administration is slapping down hard on immigration. Zero tolerance. Even separating children from their parents. Meanwhile, in Canada, we’re turning a blind eye to ‘birth houses’ in British Columbia. Pregnant women coming to Canada to deliver their Maple-Leaf branded babies, then heading back home, most to China. This isn’t a partisan political issue. All we need is a simple modernization. … More Manipulating the Odds on the Baby Lottery

Capital D: Dad, Duty, Dignity

It’s Father’s Day tomorrow. My father passed away on February 4th. I posted this blog 5 months ago, but it feels like yesterday. It feels like a right time to share again. Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, and all the cherished memories of fathers. Could God have created a better way of living than as families?
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Family feuds & tidewater–a cautionary tale.

What does a shooting war in Yemen have to do with inter-provincial sniping between Alberta & British Columbia? With Canada’s response to American protectionism? … More Family feuds & tidewater–a cautionary tale.

Ontario Election: PCs in service or in power?

What can you say about the Ontario provincial election?

Speaking with people in Peter Lougheed’s circle of political colleagues, friends, admirers, and even critics (albeit it’s been friendly fire), the thing that keeps coming up is how Peter Lougheed never spoke about being in power, but rather ‘in service’ to Albertans.

So what’s it going to be in Ontario? … More Ontario Election: PCs in service or in power?

Build From-Don’t Attack

What’s the secret sauce that launched a political dynasty in Alberta? Listen in to our latest podcast on Peter’s Principles. … More Build From-Don’t Attack

Peter’s Principles: NEW SERIES

I promised I’d let you in on what I’m up to, and along with my colleague Don Hill, we think it’s time – especially this week with the Kinder-Morgan announcement hanging in the air – to tell you about Peter’s Principles. … More Peter’s Principles: NEW SERIES

The Conservative Conundrum

Podcast & blog:
I have a challenge you can help me with.

Right now, and please don’t second-guess yourself, think of the word conservative. What does it mean to you?

I’m tired of hearing ‘conservative’ being framed, often disparagingly, as a right-winger with views cast in concrete. It’s polarizing. People are simply trotting out a script. My journalist colleague calls it ‘message track’. … More The Conservative Conundrum

IDEA #7: When you must, be formidable

The final idea in our 7 Ideas for Life: An Antidote to Polarity series.
Enjoy this blog post & podcast. … More IDEA #7: When you must, be formidable

IDEA #6: Decision-making is a precious power  

7 Ideas for Life: An Antidote to Polarity
Idea #6: Decision-making is a precious power.
Who is speaking for you? Making decisions that affect you?
And, when are you speaking for others and making their decisions?
Decision-making is a precious exercise of power. And if you do it thoughtfully, you can use this power to break down polarities. … More IDEA #6: Decision-making is a precious power  

PODCAST: Playing Games with Energy Innovation

It’s an old story, but a familiar one:

If first you don’t succeed, try and try again. But what if you try and try and try and it still doesn’t work?

And so here I am, bright and chipper on a Monday morning in the offices of a familiar spot, the National Energy Board. I’m joined by enthusiastic champions of energy innovation who want Albertans to ‘think different’ and embrace the future.
Listen here to a podcast sharing what happened, this week, with energy innovation in Alberta.

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I’m Mad As Hell & I’m Not Going to Take this Polarity Anymore!

I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this polarity anymore! … More I’m Mad As Hell & I’m Not Going to Take this Polarity Anymore!

IDEA #5: Imagination builds bridges

7 Ideas for Life: An Antidote to Polarity
Idea #5: Imagination builds bridges
When you focus on building walls, leaning too heavily on minor differences and ignoring the fundamentals, you can tend to define yourself by what you are not.
How do you build bridges with people who aren’t in your organization, people who don’t look or think like you? Real bridges. Not just namby-pamby feel good gestures. … More IDEA #5: Imagination builds bridges

IDEA #4: Know Where You Lead From

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Idea #4: Know Where You Lead From
In times of uncertainty, we need insiders, outsiders and people who lead from the edge of the inside.

Especially in the building of bridges between rigid and polarized positions, leading from the edge of the inside can be creative, constructive and energizing. … More IDEA #4: Know Where You Lead From

IDEA #3: Befriend the like-hearted

7 Ideas for Life: An Antidote to Polarity
Idea #3: Befriend the like-hearted.

It’s easy to get stuck in echo chambers. To listen to people who share our point of view. We like talking to people who agree with us. But it risks feeding polarity. … More IDEA #3: Befriend the like-hearted

ALBERTA REBOUND: 3rd podcast in a 3-part series

There are real chokepoints in the flow of Canada’s energy. And, in Canada’s confederation. In this 3rd podcast in our 3-part series, Alberta Bound, Alberta Unbound, Alberta Rebound, we explore the risks to Canada’s reputation as a place for investment if we can’t get our act together on pipelines. Alberta Rebound

ALBERTA UNBOUND: 2nd podcast in a 3-part series

In this 2nd podcast in our 3-part series, Alberta Bound, Alberta Unbound, Alberta Rebound, we explore where we are at right now in Alberta. Stories are doing battle with one another. The United States is redefining its identity, and in Alberta, we’re doing the same within Canada’s confederation. If relationships we’ve come to depend on … More ALBERTA UNBOUND: 2nd podcast in a 3-part series

PODCAST: Alberta Bound > Unbound > Rebound

There are real chokepoints in the flow of Canada’s energy. And, in Canada’s confederation. Threatening to turn off the energy taps to fellow Canadians isn’t something Alberta, or any province, does lightly.

Here’s a podcast series that provides a timely window into our world as Albertans in Canada:
#1 Alberta Bound
#2 Alberta Unbound
#3 Alberta Rebound … More PODCAST: Alberta Bound > Unbound > Rebound

IDEA #2: Treat YOU like the ones you teach

Post & Podcast!
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Idea #2: Treat YOU like the ones you teach.

All of us are educators. We’re role models. And mentors. We teach others, not so much by what we say, but by what we do.

Read the blog, or listen to our podcast!
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We’ve Added PODCASTS to 7 IDEAS FOR LIFE: An Antidote to Polarity!

We’re delighted you enjoy reading our series, 7 Ideas for Life: An Antidote to Polarity.

Now, you can listen to them too! We’ve added podcasts to complement our written articles.

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Repost from CBC: Albertans Don’t Play the Victim Card Lightly

The structure that has held us together is in Canada coming apart. We’re at a defining moment for our energy — the energy economy, and our energy as a people.

What do you think we can do? 

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