Agree or Disagree: Proportional Representation


Some have called the claim, “sour grapes”.  But, interim Alberta PC Leader Ric Mciver brought up the idea of going to proportional representation style of voting.

For those who don’t know what Proportional Representation, according to the Wikipedia definition,

Proportional representation (PR) characterizes electoral systems by which divisions in an electorate are reflected proportionately in the elected body. If 30% of the electorate support a particular political party, then roughly 30% of seats will be won by that party. The essence of such systems is that all votes contribute to the result: not just a plurality, or a bare majority, of them. Proportional representation requires the use of multiple-member voting districts (also called super-districts); it is not possible using single-member districts alone.[1][2][3]

If we did have proportional representation, this is what the current seating would look like.

NDP: 35

PC: 24

WRP: 21

Alberta Liberal: 3

Other Parties: 3.

Now, while the PC would obviously benefit from this, there is only three countries, that do not have proportional representation. They are Canada, U.S., and Britain.

Do you agree or disagree with Proportional Representation?

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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: 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: 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: Social Media wins elections.


I posted this originally on March 9. Since I posted this only on the Agree or Disagree: The Podcast Facebook Page, we didn’t get comments.

I do think it is an important discussion. Hence, I’m re sharing and re adjusting.

As you know, the Alberta Provincial election has been called for May 5.

During this time, there will be no question that the Provincial Election will be a dominate topic Twitter and Facebook. People will bring up topics. People will debate them. But will it actually win someone an election? To present some argument, I’m going to share this post. While there the obvious ones like Mayor Nenshi and President Obama, here is the story of how Klaus Iohannis won the Romanian Presidential Election. He went from not having a Facebook page to having 776, 911 likes on Facebook. However, I’m also going to share this. This is a list of “Political Fails”. A number of decisions and posts on Facebook or Twitter that severely cost some elections.  You can make the argument that Social Media loses elections. All this to ask this question. Do you think Social Media wins elections? Or, Do you think that Social Media loses elections? Or, Does it even matter at all? An example is here in Calgary. Councillor Andre Chabot does not have a Twitter account. Yet he has served Ward 10 since 2005. How does he win without Social Media??????? I’m being sarcastic of course. But you get the point.