Tag Archives: Alberta

Happy Canada Day 2010

Yesterday it was my privilege, with Karen Diaper to present to Brian Hodgson, Sgt At Arms for the Alberta Legislature, a photograph of the front of the Legistlative Building, as a gift of appreciation for his assistance with our Salvation Army Day at the Alberta Legislature.  The photograph is from the collection of Ian McKenzie.  Ian is our Employee Relations Director and a gifted photographer.  
Speaking of photographs…here’s a few from our garden.  When it comes to a growing season, Edmonton may start late but the long days of sunshine make up for the delay.  The header, which I change regularly, is of an Iris that was growing by the pond at Pigeon Lake.

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The Right to Bear Arms

As Wendy and I were making our way home this evening after being out for supper with two of our officers, the radio sounded out the news headlines.  Included in the sad, disappointing, revolting, inspiring stories was a headline regarding Alberta’s newest party, the Wildrose Alliance Party.  According to the news reader as part of the Wildrose’s policy debate is a proposal to include in their platform “the right to bear arms”.

Now I readily admit I’m no expert in public policy nor am I engaged in the debate over federal gun legislation, but I think I’m saying that this is a bad idea!  The USA has been experimenting with this for over 200 years and it has not gone well, unless of course you’re a White Supremacist living in rural Montana.  Who in their right mind thinks this would go better in Canada – especially urban Canada?

Now to be fair to the Wildrose Alliance Party I did visit their website and couldn’t find any mention of it.  Let’s hope the news reader simply had eye surgery lately and couldn’t read the text.  Maybe what he should have read was “the right to bear children”.