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“RUNNING a Government is no different from running a business. Both have to be run and managed efficiently. The success or failure of both depends largely on the kind of leadership they each have”
“THE FACTS Folks. Just the FACTS! Without data, you are just another person with an opinion”
In this month’s issue, in view of the upcoming Alberta Provincial Elections on April 16, 2019, I decided to digress from writing about my favorite topics about life and inspiring stories and instead delve into the importance to us Albertans of the upcoming elections.
Let’s imagine for a moment that you are an investor and you own shares in a company. It so happens, the company will be holding an election to fill the position of President or CEO, as well as, the Board of Directors.
There are 3 candidates vying for the position of CEO for the Company.
–Candidate No. 1 is a lawyer with NO business background nor experience.
–Candidate No. 2 is a lifelong bureaucrat with NO business background nor experience.
–Candidate No. 3 is an astute and successful businessman with a wealth of experience in running a business and making it very profitable.
-Now, of the three, WHO would you CHOOSE to head and run the company of which you are an investor/shareholder? Of course, candidate No. 3! It’s a NO-BRAINER, right?
In choosing which candidate to vote for, you would want to consider who CAN BEST PROTECT your investment in the company.
Each one of us has our own reasons for investing:
-Some of you do it in order to manage, grow and protect your proverbial “Retirement Nest Egg”,
-Some invest expecting it to grow and thus be able to fund their children’s education.
We have to choose very carefully who to vote for from among the pool of candidates. Three candidates representing the three major political parties are currently vying for the position of premier of the province.
–Candidate No. 1 Rachel Notley (NDP) is a lawyer by profession and has NO business background nor experience.
–Candidate No. 2 Jason Kenney (UCP) is a lifelong bureaucrat with NO business background nor experience.
–Candidate No. 3 Stephen Mandel (ALBERTA PARTY) is an astute and successful businessman with a wealth of experience in running a business and making it very profitable and was a past City Mayor for three consecutive terms. During his term as Edmonton Mayor he has accomplished a lot of good things for the city and made Edmonton great again.
We — Yes! We, you, and I are just like the shareholders of the company I was referring to in my example earlier.
We have to PROTECT our investment.
We have to ELECT the RIGHT leader for our province – Someone who will PROTECT our investment and patrimony, someone who can transform our province, LEAD us to PROSPERITY and MAKE ALBERTA GREAT again!
More importantly, CHOOSE someone who is more of a statesman than a politician.
STATESMAN VS. POLITICIAN
“A politician thinks about the next election. The statesman thinks about the next generation.”
—James Freeman Clarke (19th century author)
Statesmen are a big cut above politicians who seek office for power or opportunity. While no one is perfect, a statesman rises above circumstance and his objectives are often bigger than himself. What matters to him are his accomplishments, not platitudes. His principles will not allow him to put himself first and above the public. They seek truth and are steadfast in their stand. They are the ones we need; sadly, there are only a few of them left.
The 4 Qualities of a True Statesman
A politician and a statesman are not the same thing. A statesman, is not a tyrant; he is the free leader of a free people and he must possess four critical qualities:
The 4 Qualities of a True Statesman
1. A bedrock of principles
2. A moral compass
3. A vision
4. The ability to build a consensus to achieve that vision
My Dear Friends and Fellow Albertans:
Albertans are now becoming aware they have ANOTHER OPTION (in fact a much BETTER Option) other than the two parties (NDP and UCP) who just keep on ranting and raving and squabbling with one another but offer NO true solution to Alberta’s current problems (by the way, anyone who complains about a problem WITHOUT offering real, beneficial and cost effective solutions is just a WHINER pure and simple)
Now we have a real choice. A real and viable alternative to Make ALBERTA Great Again! A True Party who will put ALBERTA First led by a true leader and veteran statesman with Fresh Ideas – Stephen Mandel.
ONE LAST REMINDER: No matter which party or candidate you are supporting, the important and the best thing you can do not only for yourself but also for future Generations is to GO out and EXERCISE your RIGHT TO VOTE. God bless all!