"The first debate of Edmonton’s mayoral election was a spirited affair, featuring a current of combativeness, a no-show candidate and plenty of ideas on how to invigorate the city’s beleaguered economy. "

& it was a secret.

#yeg #yegcc #yegvotes

The secret event was presented by @kv_capital, and sponsored by @lloydsadd + @NavacordInc, and moderated by @EdmontonChamber president, @JeffreySundquis.

How very business....

archive of the event page here:

#yeg #yegcc
"To their credit, the company did eventually provide Postmedia a link to a video recording of the debate...."

I wonder if the link to the video will be made available to the general public?

An article about the video is here:

If you'd like to know what kind of relationship @EdmontonChamber has with the @CityofEdmontonm, just search for "Edmonton chamber of commerce" on here.

You'll find results like this:

You see, there are really two elections in a capitalist country.

There's the election where you, me, and everyone gets to vote.

But there is also the ever-important money-election.

In order to win the "ballot election," a candidate has to do really really well in the "money election."

It is in this way that capitalists--who have all the money--essentially get to pre-select who the candidates will be.
This concept of there being two elections is explained very well in this 2013 @TEDTalks by @LarryLessig, which I encourage you to watch if you have time.



It's important to understand that large business interests can essentially control all levels of government simultaneously.

I wrote a thread here about how Billionaire & @EdmontonOilers owner Daryl Katz essentially dictates policy in #Edmonton.


Then there's the case of how the #UCP invited Dark Money into #Alberta's municipal elections.

This @sprawlalberta article by @TS_Lambert is essential reading.

#yeg #yegvote #yegcc #abpoli

When elected officials hold private events to fundraise with the rich, they aren't looking out for you.
If a government works not for citizens, but instead for corporations, that's called corporate fascism.

It's anti-democratic. It's anti-labour. It's anti-worker.

Remember: you weren't invited to this event. It was for the Rich.

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More from @youseepeeYYC

28 Jul

The #UCP are talking about messing with privacy laws.

Some of the questions in this survey sound like ambiguously asking if it's okay to sell private data to corporations.


h/t to @Crackmacs & @aaronhoyland for talking about this. #ableg Image
In case it wasn't clear, from my tweet above, here's the link to the survey again.

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26 Jul
Median household income in #Calgary is about $100/k.

This is literally designed to exclude more than 50% of of families.
“but @youseepeeYYC, the families who earn much more than median income don’t need subsidized childcare as badly, they can afford to pay out of pocket, and therefore should”

Someone, probably.

Let’s briefly examine why this is the wrong way to look at a social program.
When a service is universal and benefits *everyone* it is more difficult for politicians to play identity politics and wedge issues to divide people over cutting it.

That’s why *universal* programs are so much more powerful than boutique programs.
Read 24 tweets
18 Jul
A blanket of smoke is covering #Alberta today.

Climate change events like this are becoming more frequent. So here is a short thread on air quality.

#cdnpoli #ableg #abpoli
Right now there are air quality advisories across the province.

Health Canada uses a 1-10 scale where 1 is nice clean air and 10 is a like a #Conservative government in your lungs.

Alberta uses the same scale.


#ableg #cdnpoli #absmoke ImageImageImage
A 1-10 scale is beautiful in it’s simplicity, but it also fails to communicate what’s really going ok with air pollution.


@environmentca does offer explanations for these numbers, but you have to go looking for them. Image
Read 24 tweets
10 Jul
Now I want to see a sort of buddy-cop show with @aaronpaquette and @AndrewKnack going around #yeg helping people, & generally making the world a better place.

Every episode some Dark Money “Dr. Claw” type figure tries some evil scheme that gets thwarted…

Maybe call it #yegcc?
In one scene @aaronpaquette needs to look “tough” for some weird reason. He pulls it off, but prefers smiling.

In another, @AndrewKnack’s blue tie is missing, so he ends up wearing a pink one. Everyone he meets loves the pink tie!

@RyanParkers photographs them both.📸
In a crossover episode, The Littlest Hobo shows up to help @AndrewKnack & @aaronpaquette solve a problem.

@RyanParkers gets the photo!

Dark Money Dr. Claw is thwarted again!

Everyone cheers.

Littlest Hobo heads out to help another town. Maybe #yyc or #reddeer. Roll credits.
Read 5 tweets
10 Jul
Mike Nickel's campaign paid for a billboard attacking Aaron Paquette and Andrew Knack for not being anti-maskers.

#yeg #yegcc #abpoli
Posted to reddit about @scotiasinger's tweet asking about the billboard.

Looks like @CrystalGlassLTD donated $5000 to Mike Nickel's election campaign.

disclosure here:

I wonder if they donate to the #UCP too.

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