Reboot Alberta

Monday, September 21, 2009

New Blog "Reboot Alberta"

I have started a new blog on the Wordpress platform called RebootAlberta . So I have another learning curve. Such is life. My second post is up and is about a rescent speech and conversation with John Ibbitson, the new Ottawa Bureau Chief for the Globe and Mail.

John and I were both guests of the Alberta Teachers' Association's Fall Planning Session in Banff last week. I enjoyed his company and his comparisons of American and Canadian politics. He was especially interesting when he talked about the differences in how the two countries choose leaders and the impact of the Internet on politics.

This new blog will be more of a public policy perspective and focused on the future of Alberta. It will not be partisan or political per se. That stuff will stay on this blog. I hope you have the time and curiosity to visit both blogs. I hope you subscribe to both so you can be notified when new material is posted.

I really enjoy the comments and the conversation on this blog and look forward to the same if not more participation on RebootAlberta. I called it RebootAlberta because it is pretty obvious to most political observers that for the future prosperity of Alberta we have to Reboot and get a fresh start. That means Albertans have to take Control of some things, Alter others and not be afraid to Delete some other outdated approaches and ideas.

Hope to see you here and at RebootAlberta as well.


  1. I like the concept--- when we reboot alberta, can we delete political parties altogether so we can get on with governing? I suggest we adopt "the party's over" as the slogan for the movement--- something akin to the "save the party" ads promoting sensible drinking on Whyte avenue.

  2. I agree. I have been saying for some time that we don't need an opposition party. We just need independent, concerned citizens who will listen: to their constituents, to the many talented people in ABs bureaucracy, research institutions, and businesses. How many times have we seen this government ignore good advice?

    No one is going to convince me that you need a label. It just gets in the way.

  3. bruce We need to have a discussion re the future of Alberta and come to some commonalities for where we want the Province to be. Albertans who are not happy with the fiscally driven, short term socially conservative political agenda we currently live with. Many Albertans are disengaged and see no real reason to get engaged. They need a vehicle for progressive dialogue. I hope Reboot is this.

  4. Reboot Alberta is all about that Bruce. The Reboot Alberta blog is getting very active.

    If you want to know more and be on the In-the-Loop list, send me an email with your name, hometown and email.

  5. Anonymous3:58 pm

    I believe the time has come to get rid of the Party system! Political parties don't represent the people but rather the party itself. There is no better example than the current Tory Government with it's damn the torpedo's attitude toward the people who elected them. Albertans are long suffering but they wouln't have it any other way! Vote for the Conservatives, get trampled on and when the time comes vote for the same bunch. Reminds me of my car dealership! When you buy a new vehicle your treated with respect and dignity. When you walk into the service department you become the enemy!
    MLA'S need to be elected at the riding level not as members of a party but rather the representative that reflects the majority views of people in the riding not a particular party with it's self interest! The successful candidate along with all other successful riding candidates vote for the Premier and become our Provincial Government for the next four years. As successful candidates reflect the majority views in the riding there is no need for opposition groups in the legislature. Instead all elected officials reflect the majority views of their constituents and therefore govern the Province accordingly.

    Sterling R


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