Yearly Archives: 2015

  • Dear Justin – About Electoral Reform:

    Posted on October 25, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

      Dear Justin Trudeau: You recently received and replied to a Facebook post by Casandra Effe. Thank you for having the courage and courtesy to do so, unlike our newly-de-elected Prime Minister and my former so-called Member of Parliament, the Member for Calgary West. I identify with and strongly support Casandra’s position and emphasize her […]

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    Who Should I Vote For? #2

    Posted on October 8, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    If you’ve looked at my Fair Voting page you will know that I support proportional representation (PR) as a better way to elect MPs (or MLAs or municipal councillors) than our present pluralitarian system, more commonly known as Winner Take All (WTA) or First-Past-the-Post (FPTP). That sort of system produces distorted results. In the 41st […]

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  • Who should I vote for?

    Posted on October 6, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    There are so many factors in play in this election! Do I vote for the candidate I want to see elected, knowing my vote under our present Winner Take All (WTA) system will probably be wasted? Do I vote for candidate A or B because I cannot abide the thought of being governed by candidate […]

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  • Alberta – Climate Leadership

    Posted on September 17, 2015 by in Climate Change, Politics

      It isn’t often that you see the three words in the heading in the same sentence, without a critical comment. Four months after being elected, Alberta’s New Democratic Government published the 57 page  Climate Leadership Discussion Document,  held a couple of ‘open houses’ in Calgary and Edmonton and solicited responses to the information, ideas […]

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    GREENS CALL FOR MORE DIVERSITY IN THE LEGISLATURE

    Posted on August 10, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release August 10, 2015 CALGARY – Green Party of Alberta Leader Janet Keeping is urging voters in the riding of Calgary – Foothills to elect her as Alberta’s first Green MLA, as a way of adding a necessary, but now missing, perspective to democratic discussion of the province. Keeping, who is […]

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  • General Election #42 – Here We Go!

    Posted on August 7, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

      On Sunday August 2nd, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the Governor General who dissolve Parliament and triggered the General Election on 19 October 2015. The mainstream media comprehensively covered three of the five party leaders, even giving Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe more than ample time. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May O.C. was given […]

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    Alberta New Democrats Must Fix the Voting System

    Posted on May 7, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS

      Congratulations to the Alberta New Democrats on ‘winning’ the 2015 Alberta general election. Everyone put in a tremendous effort, led by new NDP Leader Rachel Notley and a Notley Crûe of candidates, volunteers and eventually voters who turfed the 44 year Progressive Conservative dynasty. Another ‘orange crush’. Democracy is great, when it works. What […]

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  • Make Rob Vote

    Posted on April 28, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    ‘Make Rob Care’ Rob Lewis – a 34 year old junior high science teacher in Calgary, hasn’t voted for many years. The CBC Eyeopener is asking people to persuade Rob to vote — here is my effort, on behalf of Fair Vote Calgary. Rob – your vote is important, even if it doesn’t serve to […]

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  • ‘Conservative’ Alberta, Elections and Fair Voting

    Posted on March 21, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    The Calgary Herald on Friday 20 March 2015 carried two interesting articles. Peter Bowal in ‘Fixed Election Dates Matter until They Don’t’, p. A25, effectively uses the Progressive Conservatives (PCs) own words to emphasize the lack of need for an ‘early’ (pre-2016) general election. James Wood, in ‘Voters Will Need a Scorecard to Keep Track […]

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    A Good Day

    Posted on March 6, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS

    Thursday March 5 2015 was a blue-sky, sunny, not-too-cold day; typical Calgary. Mehr joined Ann and me and we drove together to the Harry Hays building, the federal government building in downtown Calgary where Room 201 is the Citizenship Court; the same room where Ann became a Canadian Citizen on its opening day on March […]

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