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Royalty Review Was Much Ado About Nothing

The good news: The NDP’s eight-month long royalty review changed pretty much nothing. The bad news: The NDP put Alberta’s oil and gas industry through a eight-month royalty review that created massive uncertainty for investors, and likely cost jobs. For the last two decades, the NDP have matter-of-factly declared that oil and gas companies were […]

Alberta Needs to Stand Up For Itself

Last week, Montreal mayor Denis Coderre stood with scores of other municipal politicians demanding that the Energy East pipeline project be stopped in its tracks. Like a medieval petty lord demanding a toll for transporting goods across his territory, Coderre has claimed that his municipality can now override federal jurisdiction in blocking national infrastructure under the guise of ‘social license’.

How Far We’ve Come

One year ago today, nine former Wildrose MLAs crossed the floor to sit on the government benches. One year ago today, virtually every pundit and political scientist in Alberta wrote Wildrose off for dead, and with reasonable justification. One year ago today, the wheels of history began to turn in a direction that would lead […]

Bill 6 Should Consult Farmers First

The NDP government recently introduced Bill 6, dealing with safety and labour issues on farms. The bill has in a very short period of time attracted considerable attention from concerned farmers and ranchers. My offices in Strathmore, Brooks and Edmonton have been flooded by hundreds of calls and emails from farmers and ranchers who have […]

The Conscience of a Canadian Conservative on October 20th

You can pick your friends. You can’t pick your family. You can pick your government, but mostly you’re struck with what several million others have picked for you. As it happens – I and the vast majority of Albertans – are stuck with what others picked for us. That’s the way democracy works. While I […]

Death of the PC Dynasty & the Rise of the NDP-Wildrose Competitive Democracy

After crunching the numbers on the PC’s “10 year plan” in the budget lockup on March 26th, I half-sarcastically quipped that Jim Prentice had given Alberta its first NDP budget. I didn’t mean it literally, at the time. I’ve been a non-partisan conservative fiscal policy analyst and advocate on the sidelines for most of my […]

My Values and Convictions

There’s an old joke that some politicians have principles – and if you don’t like those principles, they have others. It’s got roots in truth: some politicians will say and promise anything to keep their grasp on power. Our current government is a case in point. Despite spending $28 million to call an early election […]

5 Priorities for Strathmore-Brooks

After 44 years in power, it’s time for a government whose first priority is Albertans. In Strathmore-Brooks, many issues are unique to us, and some are shared with other Albertans. I believe that there are five major issues facing Strathmore-Brooks right now: 1) the economy and taxes, 2) health and long-term seniors care, 3) education, […]

Wildrose Fiscal Plan Puts Albertans First

I’m proud to campaign on a positive platform for change in Alberta. Change that will see Alberta’s government work for its people, not for itself. Change that will see us balance our budget by 2017. Change that will roll back the largest tax hike in Alberta’s history, to get wasteful and excessive spending under control, […]

Why I am running to be your MLA

I am running to become the new Wildrose MLA for Strathmore-Brooks because Alberta deserves better than the government it has. As the former Alberta Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, I traveled to nearly every corner of our great province last summer with the Alberta Debt Clock. In city after city and town after town, […]