I’m no longer a politician. And I find myself travelling in India (a longer story), in the wake of our prime minister’s costume ball, and lately Jason Kenney’s hi-how-are-you tour. This week, it’s the honourable Andrew Scheer’s turn to enjoy sit down conversations with leadership and business in the world’s largest democracy; they got their photo-ops, for sure. Handshakes.
But that’s not what I saw. … More India: What’s the big attraction?
YOU JUST LIVED through one of the craziest summers in political memory. There’s an antidote to the current chaos & confusion…
… More PETER’S PRINCIPLES: A 12-step recovery guide for the politically perplexed…
DOUG FORD has the left up in arms. The freshly-elected Ontario premier is deploying the ‘notwithstanding clause’ to disrupt a judge’s decision he doesn’t like. What’s that got to do with Alberta? The very idea of a ‘notwithstanding clause’ was invented in our Legislature. And it was Peter Lougheed, Alberta’s premier during the tense constitutional talks … More “What the hell is a not-withstanding clause?” a premier said, decades ago.
Charlie Fischer, an energy executive in Alberta, talks about how business people and foreign investors look at Alberta, something Peter Lougheed always considered. Making Alberta an attractive place for investment, it was one of PETER’S PRINCIPLES. … More Peter’s Principles: RULE OF LAW
Turbulence ahead! What’s Alberta’s Plan B, Plan C, Plan D? I’m deeply concerned that Alberta is up in the air. And we have no idea how all this crazy business is going to land. … More There’s no business like no business…
FREE TRADE IS A BIG DEAL in southwestern Ontario. I’m visiting relatives here. Donald Trump just declared NAFTA as good as dead. Pointing to a new deal with Mexico, the American president set a deadline for Canada to come to terms. Friday. The end of the month.
… More Free Trade at the periphery.
It’s smart to pay attention to what’s in front of you, but have you noticed what’s happening along the periphery of your vision?
Come, join me in this learning journey in southern Alberta! … More Details, details, details…
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
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?
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?
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…
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
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.
… More Circle the Wagons
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!
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)
How can we move forward on the climate change debate? Apocalypse now vs. climate change denial? Here are some practical ideas. … More Smelling Carbon
School Act vs Education Act in Alberta. Are you ready to rumble? … More Playing Hooky with the Education Act
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
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?
… More Capital D: Dad, Duty, Dignity
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.
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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.
… More PODCAST: Playing Games with Energy Innovation
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!
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
7 Ideas for Life: An Antidote to Polarity Blog & Podcast!
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