Thursday, October 28, 2004

AISH needs to be increased - not attacked

So many of us have been deeply angered by the Premier's comments on AISH - it's amazing he could say things so ignorant.

The priorities of this government are laid bare - preventing people from getting the supports they need.

We should instead focus on the stark reality that low-income Albertans are not able to meet their basic needs - food, clothing, shelter - even when they manage to go through all the hoops to get the full support available from the provincial government. Everyone I know on AISH or SFI has to resort to charities like the food banks to survive.

Instead of talking about the Premier's focus on imagined 'cheaters', let's ask the questions of why is the government choosing to fail those at the bottom of our society when we have record, multi-billion dollar, surpluses? Why is the "Alberta Advantage" only for Alberta's Advantaged?

(Copied from my election blog.)

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

My first day of door-knocking

Today was my first day of door-knocking as a politician.

It was neither as strange or hard as some of the stories I've heard about other people's campaigns over the years. Everyone I got to speak with was quite nice, and many seemed genuinely interested and supportive.

It was actually invigorating both in terms of getting some exercise and building my optimism that we can actually win this campaign. In an area where one would expect there to be a lot of Conservative Party supporters, I had many people tell me they voted Green federally and were glad there's a Green candidate running provincially.

Special thanks to Alan who headed-up today's door-knocking - it was a great way to get things started.

(Copied from my election blog.)

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Election Call Tomorrow?

All indications point to the next provincial election being called tomorrow. That would make November 22nd election day.

Four weeks.

That's such a short time - it's going to fly by. In four weeks I could be an MLA. What a jarring realization that is. I'm now entering a process that could radically change my life (and hopefully help change things in my community for the better).

I think the biggest challenge I face in this election is convincing potential voters, especially disenfranchised voters, that I'm a credible and viable candidate. While the odds favour the incumbent, winning the vote is a very real possibility for my campaign. I believe that if we can get non-voters in Calgary Buffalo to recognize that possibility, they will be much more inclined to vote.

No one likes to feel that they are wasting their time. Voting when the outcome is thought to be a foregone conclusion is probably one of the biggest factors in potential voters not participating. But, the simple math of it is that in the just past municipal election, candidates needed less than 20% of the potential vote to win - and even much less than that in many cases. Some of the races were won by close to just 100 votes.

(Copied from my election blog.)