Agree or Disagree: There are reasons NOT to Vote


Tomorrow is election day. You have been encouraged to go out to vote. Some of you will…..

But most of you won’t…….

Mike Morrison wrote this article about the many reasons not to vote. And perhaps you can relate. This campaign has been full of mudslinging, personal attacks, accusations, and utter nonsense in this election. Does anyone remember an ACTUAL issue discussed during this campaign?  People have threatened ending friendships over choice of vote. Not for one side, but any side.

You can read his perspective here.

What do you think? Are there many NOT to vote? Do you feel disengaged with the politics right now?

Warning: This post will piss you off. But I’m going to say to anyway.


So, this post is going to piss some people off. But, I’m going to say it anyway.

I’d like to talk about Corporate Tax debate for a moment. Not whether or not there should be an increase in them. But, the debate around them

First, let me start off by saying this. I believe that we should improve the dispensation from rich and poor. We need to improve heath care, education and seniors care. I want to be in a community that supports each other not knock each other down. I want a community that treats everyone equally and fairly. There have been corporations and companies have taken advantage of people and the land. And some of the middle class are facing the brunt of that.

However, what has been lost in this debate is the amount of support many corporations give and invest in the community. Here are three of many examples for you.

Corporate Challenge: 180+ Companies, 1,500 volunteers, over 20,000 athletes. They have raised over 7.3 million for local Calgary Charities.

MotionBall: Involved in 12 Canadian cities. Individuals, partners, and organizations supporting Special Olympics. They have raised over $5, 000,00 to support and educate. I volunteered last year and it’s a great event.

Kids Up Front Calgary: Many large and corporations donate tickets for kids to events: Be it Flames Games or theatre, or other events. Below will be an alphabetical list of donors.

There was a conversation started last night about Ashif Mawji. Do you know what he has done for the Stollery Hospital? He sold his company so he can spend more time helping not only the Stollery Hospital, but the Kids Kottage Foundation.

Well, you know why they do it you say? They do it for marketing! They do it to get noticed! They don’t “care”.

That’s pretty presumptuous of you to think that.

You don’t know the personal impact certain organizations have had on someone’s personal life. Be it themselves, family members, or friends. Many successful people believe strongly that they should give back. You also don’t know the time and effort that people give IN SECRET to many organizations Not just here, but around the world. You don’t know the amount of time they mentor others. I know many entrepreneurs who do it all the time.

And, by the way, it’s none of your business.

Pissed off yet? Good. You are about to be pissed off more.

Before you assume that you know a company or individuals can afford a “simple and fair” 2% tax increase, you might want to have a look at companies around Alberta. Not just the oil sector, but other companies that have laid off people. You might want to ask some of the unemployed how easy it is to find a job. You might want to ask small business owners how they are doing. You might want to ask people currently working and concerned if they will still have a job. Times are not easy right now. That simple 2% add up. And up. And up.

It’s easy to scream platitudes on how those “rich successful corporations” and those “rich successful people” need to give more because “they can afford it”. It’s tougher to remember the time people have taken to get where they are.

Because it seems to me that generosity and success is being mocked and ridiculed.

So, before you assume these “fat cats” are “greedy and selfish” , take some time to look into the actual contributions they already give into the community. Because some of the richest and most successful people in the world happen to be some of the most generous.

Pissed off? Good. Suck it up. You needed to hear it.

Note: Not endorsing a party. Just giving a perspective here.

Here’s that Kids Up Front list.

http://www.kidsupfrontcalgary.com/partner/#

Agree or Disagree: Vote Compass is an effective way to determine your vote.


This is a link to Vote Compass. It’s a way to determine and look at how you might vote.

The concept is simple. You are asked a series of questions on different topics. And based on that, you are given a percentage of who you would likely vote for.

So if you haven’t, try the link. And you can see where you stand.

If you have used it, do you think it’s effective? Would you recommend people use it?

Do you Agree or Disagree that helps you determine your vote?

Agree or Disagree: If You’re Friends First, Then You’re more likely to have a successful relationship.


This in an interesting article  that was posted on a dating group page  I’m involved with.

It suggests that being friends first makes it more likely to have a successful relationship.

Do you Agree or Disagree with that?

Agree or Disagree: Corporate Taxes.


As you may know, I’ve been sharing some different content from the Alberta Election.

On Agree or Disagree: The Podcast, I have interviewed  Terry Lo of the Alberta Party, Michael Connolly of the NDP, David Khan of the Alberta Liberals. We also chatted with Agatha Smykot and Paul Niewinski about the disenchanted and cynical of the election.

I would also like to discuss some of the big issues in this election. One of them is corporate taxes.

In the Alberta Budget before the election, the PC Party did not raise corporate taxes. This did not please the Alberta Party, NDP or Liberals. You may also have disagreed with it. Or, perhaps you agree with it.

While you are thinking about that, I’ll post this perspective from Mayor Nenshi about if Prentice has held the line of corporate taxes. You can read that here.

If you want to listen to the Podcasts click this link.

Agree or Disagree: Mandatory Voting


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Unless you are either a) not living in Alberta, b) living under a rock, or c) actually don’t care, a Provincial Election was called for May 5. No, Star Wars fans, not May 4. May 5.

Reading the feedback on Twitter and Facebook, I have noticed a couple of things.

1) There are lots of you that don’t like the PC Party. You would prefer someone else takes the reins.

2) There are also lots of you that simply don’t care and don’t expect anything to change.

On either side of that perspective, it’s fair to say that I can’t blame you. There is lots of cynicism, anger and frustration out there. From all accounts, it is expected that this election, budgeted at 23 million dollars by the way, will be the lowest turn out in  Alberta election history.

However, there are lots of people out there that feel it is your duty as a citizen of this Province and of this Country that you should vote. And are disgusted and frustrated that you might on.

They might suggest that we implement Mandatory Voting. It is a concept that is enforced in 13 countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil to name a few. Some countries have it on law but do not enforce it. They include Costa Rica,Greece, and Thailand to name a few of those.

What do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree with the idea of Mandatory Voting?

Why or why not?

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Agree or Disagree: Love conquers all.


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The term Love Conquers All comes from this.

Shortly before the start of the first millennium, the Roman poet Virgil wrote “love conquers all things; let us too surrender to Love.”

The phrase and the concept (in Latin and in English) caught on: a character in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, written in the late 1300s, wore a brooch engraved “Amor Vincit Omnia”; Caravaggio used the phrase as the title of his painting of Cupid in the early seventeenth century; the twentieth century poet Edgar Bowers reinterpreted the phrase all over again in the poem with that title.

The ideal Love Conquers All is captured in pretty much every romantic movie that has ever been made.  It’s an ideal that many want to live by.

But do you Agree or Disagree that Love Conquers All?