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?

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: The Podcast -An Adult conversation around GSA’s


Derek Fildebrandt, Terry Lo, Jojo Ruba, and Jeff White discuss the issues around the Gay-Straight Alliances, Bill 202, and Bill 10.

Derek wrote an excellent blog about having an adult conversation on GSA’s. You can read that here.

Terry, if you remember, left his role as VP of communications for the party Calgary- Glenmore constituency association. This was because WRP members didn’t pass an expanded statement on equality rights on their last meeting.

Jojo and Jeff represent Faith Beyond Belief. They exist to help Christians become effective ambassadors for Christ.

One of the observations Jojo made was that many moderate Christians voices haven’t been a part of the conversation. They feel that they have been shut out of the conversation.

Listen to the Podcast here

Topics we cover include;

Some benefits and concerns about GSA’s. Particularly those involved in a Christian school.

What was missing in this conversation?

Parental rights

Religious rights

The silence of Gordon Dirks and how it impacted both sides.

Why the PC government mishandled the situation so badly?

A possible solution going forward.

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Agree or Disagree-The Podcast-The aftermath of Redford’s Resignation.


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Bethany Drader and I discuss the aftermath of the Provincial Government and the resignation of Alison Redford.

Topics include

Clarifying that I am not Tony Tighe.

The future of the PC Party

The perception of the Wildrose Party and Danielle Smith

The comments of Mayor Nenshi following the announcement

Are politics involving all perspectives in Alberta?

The benefit of a minority government in Alberta

The future of the Alberta Liberals (Or Liberalll?)

The possibility of uniting the left from someone from the left

The future of the NDP

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