Apparently we need government to ensure that government doesn’t get in the way of capital investment and productivity. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me backtrack a few days to a time when it was Friday.
The 3 hour drive south from Edmonton to Calgary was relaxing and uneventful. The sun had been shining and the Queen Elizabeth II Highway was dry and smooth. Later that afternoon the Progressive Conservative (PC) Party Leadership Convention would begin. It was the first time in 30 years that the PC’s were using the delegate method of selecting a new leader.
Yours truly was elected as a delegate for my riding in Edmonton. But my motive was not solely related to helping overturn the current socialist left government which grabbed power in Alberta back in 2015. No, my motive was more personal and specific to the objectives and mandates which have been organically developing within Philosophy of Metrics (POM) for over 3 years now.
First on the agenda in Calgary was a business lunch with my big mining customer. Meeting at a place called the Swine and Sow (such an Alberta name) we went through the usual laundry list of friendly action items and began conversing about some more personal matters.
The first question he asked was why I was in Calgary for the weekend. Fair enough. Explaining the twisting and treacherous path I have taken to arrive at my current political ideology was a good place to start, but it quickly turned into a discussion about accountabilities and key performance indicators (KPI”s), or lack thereof, related to government.
We both agreed that if we performed as poorly as government in our careers we would have been skidded and replaced a long time ago. Efficiency and return on investment are the cornerstones of what we do every day and every week. Through safe and productive work practices we manage towards profitability and meeting pre-determined objectives.
Having the opportunity to work beside, and learn from, some of the best people in the mining industry in the world has been the backbone of my own personal and professional development. At times it almost feels like an extended family of likeminded individuals who share cultural and socioeconomic characteristics. It has truly contributed to the hardworking, ethical and strategic person I have grown to become.
One other benefit is that it has provided me the skill of sniffing out BS and insincerity in those who come in and out of my world. The intelligent and down-to-earth people in mining are some of the best in the world. Hands down.
Parting ways I headed off to check into the hotel and get my delegate badge at the convention registration. This was going to be a new experience for me but one which was much needed as I continue developing the wisdom of the POM brand and further define the seedling mandates and platform of the Republican Party of Canada (RPC).
Since starting POM many have messaged me privately and made comments within the community regarding actions which can be taken to regain control of our political and economic sovereignty. The traditional responses I have given were always focused on our own personal responsibilities and accountabilities. It is easy for us to point the finger and blame governments or banks for the faults and troubles in our world. I have been, and continue to be, reluctant to run down that rabbit hole for the same reason as I push all conversation towards inward reflection. The reason is simple. We are all humans with the same pattern of corruption, incompetence, and predisposition to seek out gain for selfish reasons.
Blaming others for the same negative and destructive characteristics as ourselves is tantamount to a sort of treasonous cultural self-exploitation. The differences between us and them are found in the socioeconomic level which we find ourselves as opposed to the method. Those further up the ladder are better positioned to take advantage of the inherent deficiencies in the system than those near the bottom with less means. The difference between us and them is one of means and not character traits.
Please don’t send messages stating that you are different and not corrupt. We are all corrupting to varying degrees and levels. Some of this corruption is conscious while some are unconscious, or subconscious if you will. The statements above are broad and meant to convey the average generalization from a high altitude and are not targeted at you as an individual.
Over the last few months I have been interacting with the Jason Kenney campaign to “Unite the Right” in Alberta. Here there are two conservative parties. One is the old elitist PC party and the other is the Wildrose Party. The wildrose is the symbolic flower here in Alberta.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) is far left and has socialist ideals and mandates. Since gaining power they have taken out the coal industry, exploded debt, and are even rewriting the educational curriculum in secret. The last one is obviously meant to assist in transforming the right-leaning Albertan demographic forever, which would ensure future electoral wins for the NDP, or whatever liberal-left party crawls forth to feed off the hard work of the people.
There is a great need to remove this group from the halls of power at the legislature building here in Edmonton. That much is clear, and my involvement and intention are true from that perspective. But I also wanted to learn about the inner workings of the political process and how such a “grassroots” campaign can get off the ground and be coordinated through the application of strategy and the use of social media.
If the Republican Party of Canada is to be successful it will need to understand the political strategies and gamesmanship of those who move and position within the current system. For awhile I even considered that maybe I would put the idea of the RPC on the back-burner and get more involved with the Unite the Right movement here in Alberta. But after the interactions with the Kenney campaign I have decided to stick with the original strategy of the RPC to exact fundamental change in Canada while using POM as a tool to transfer information, ideas, and wisdom to a new and growing demographic of populist idealists who are sick and tired of the same old politics of flashy talking points and reneged promises.
Now don’t get me wrong, Jason Kenney strikes me as being a fine human being, but one who has had his character and edge defined by the traditional political system of leverage between the left and right which has developed in the Western world over the last few centuries. The idea he expresses to unite the right and remove the socialist NDP from power is a good one. The problem is that he is supported by the same old elitist power players who have controlled Canadian politics for generations.
These players represent not just the political “dynasties” here in Alberta and Canada, but also business interests related to those political idols and identities. This far reaching incestuous relationship between business and politics is the same throughout the world. It represents the idea of means vs character traits we had just discussed a few paragraphs ago.
Being an astute observer has always been one of my best characteristics. Just interacting with the political process here in Alberta has provided the insight which I needed to reflect further and make some firm decisions regarding the path forward for the RPC. Every time I shock Jason Kenney’s hand he transferred hidden information about himself. Every interaction I had with riding captains and those managing the campaign from behind the scenes provided a new depth of understanding about the process and those involved.
The hard work and dedication is there. No doubt. One evening I was at a private residence were some of us delegates got to meet with Kenney and ask some questions while getting a photo taken with him. When he arrived he looked exhausted. The long days traveling across Alberta and meeting with people was obviously taking its toll. You have to admire such dedication, no matter the motivation.
During the convention I had the opportunity to talk with Kenney some more. There were also short introductions with others who worked on the campaign at a higher level than the delegate selection organizers who I had been interacting with. These were strategists and organizers who are the brains behind the overall plan to unite the right and install Kenney as the next Premier of Alberta.
On Saturday morning there was a Big Ideas discussion with a business person from Calgary, a current Member of Parliament (MP), also from Calgary, and some other guy who seemed to be promoting bigger government. Sitting in the room with around another 1000 people I listened as each presented their big idea and talking points.
One of the points which stood out to me was the promotion of Alberta government bonds being sold to Albertans as a way for them to invest in their own future. The idea of bonds is associated with the inefficiencies and accumulating debt of the central banking system. Bonds, or bondage, whichever twist you prefer, will not be the base of tomorrows socioeconomic system. The world is changing and these yesterday thinkers will live long enough to watch their ideological methodologies drift away on the winds of tomorrow.