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?

Agree or Disagree: Calgary needs more Taxis.


Yesterday in a vote of 8-6 ( Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra was absent) to delay more taxi licenses in Calgary.

Above is the perspective of Mayor Nenshi.

However, not everyone agrees. Here’s Ward 8 Councillor Evan Woolley’s reason why we need to catch up with Taxi Licenses.

Do you Agree or Disagree that Calgary needs more Taxis?

Agree or Disagree: Canadians are friendly travellers.


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This is inspired by a from a post from an American.

This American suggested that some of her fellow country mates were acted in a  very inappropriate matter in a resort in Mexico.

She signed “today I claimed I was a Canadian”.

What was interesting is we Canadians came to her defence. Some Americans on the post felt defensive.  However, we Canadians became somewhat proud of  our friendly travelling reputation.

But is it true? Are we Canadians friendly travellers?

This is one perspective from a Canadian travelling.

What do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree that Canadians are friendly travellers?

Agree or Disagree: Health Care Premiums


If you missed Jim Prentice’s Alberta Address, you can listen to it here.

As always, there were a number of different thoughts from this. However, there were 2 main ones.

1) #loggerstobloggers trended a bit last night on Twitter.

2) Health Care Premiums.

After this speech, there was a lot of conversation around the possible reinstatement of health care premiums in Alberta. Health Care Premiums were suspended in 2009.

For a further information. I will link this article from the Globe and Mail  which looks at some possibilities of what this might look like.

But, what do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree with Health Care Premiums?

Agree or Disagree: College Athletes should be paid.


Today is the start of March Madness. The NCAA College Basketball Tournament. It involves 64 teams  and will go on for the next month.

You may, or may not watch it. That’s fine. 140 million people will. It is also expected that $9 billion dollars….not a misprint…$9 million dollars will be bet on this tournament.  It also generated $7.5 billion dollars…….again not a misprint….$7.5 billion dollars in TV revenue.  There will coaches that make over $4 million dollars a year to coach athletes to win a championship that will give their university international recognition. College athletes will not be allowed to make a single cent.

To help out with this argument, I invited…well uploaded John Oliver from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to present a case as to why they should be. Listen below.

Do you Agree or Disagree that college athletes should be paid?