As I write this post, I am sitting on a Greyhound bound for the Peace Country. As the bus drove along our provinces northern highways this morning, through Westlock, Slave Lake, and other communities I was reminded of how absolutely stunning and how diverse our province is.
Mountains, desert, prairies, foothills, and forests can all be found here and even more diverse are the people living in Alberta.
As readers of this blog might know, one of my biggest pet peeved is hearing people stereotype Alberta as “redneck” or “backward.” We may be many things, but we are certainly not “backward.”
As a political person, these thoughts quickly reminded me of a Facebook comment made by my friend Samantha Power about politics, and the opportunities presented to Albertans with the change in political leadership in three of our political parties.
“Politics shouldn’t be a game. It should be an extension of your effort to create the world you believe should exist.”
The majority of Albertans have become accustomed to sitting back and letting political gamesmanship guide the direction of our province’s future. With upcoming changes in political leadership and an election within the next two years, Albertans now have an ideal opportunity to take ownership over, participate in, and help create that world we want to live in. I hope we step up.