I am happily conflicted. I have lived most of my life in Alberta, and the experience has made me what I am, so I expect that I will always be an ‘Albertan’. But now I am, happily, living in beautiful Oak Bay, B.C. Geography, many friends and co-workers, and energizing projects provide the basis for my emerging B.C. experience. Technology, proximity to the airport, many friends and projects provide the basis for my on-going Alberta experience. Wherever I am, I am a citizen politician. Having spend 29 years as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta, including 14 years as an M.L.A. and Cabinet Minister, I walked away in 1994 (Albertans remember that fateful year.). Call me a community conservative, a progressive, and a democrat.
This blog is intended to encourage conversation about what it means to be a citizen, and what community and democracy mean (and the commons, and the public, and…). It seems that our understanding of important, living ideas (spiritual, psychological, social, economic) has not kept pace with our technological development and out consumer outlook. The tail is wagging the dog.
The posts to this blog are personal: they do not necessarily represent the views of my wife or children (or my grandchildren), my faith community, or any of my friends. I hope the posts (and the ever welcome comments) point to a possible better future for all of us.