Alberta Politics

the big donation.

The Alberta Party kicked off their Big Momentum campaign with a big donation today by announcing a $15,000 donation from Patricia Cochrane and Joel Cochrane of Calgary. Some people may know Mrs. Cochrane from her role as a Trustee and Chair of the Calgary Board of Education. A message from the Cochrane’s was posted on the Alberta Party website:

We’ve been conscious of a need for a new approach to politics for sometime now. Alberta is a place of potential and creativity, and Albertans have much more in common than we have things to divide us. We all work hard to contribute to a society that is abundant in resources, compassionate and progressive. As citizens, we deserve a political culture that reflects that reality.

The Alberta Party brings together community members who share our sense that we don’t just need a new government, but a whole new way of doing politics. Old, polarizing schools of thought, organized around right vs. left, rural vs. urban, haves vs. have nots, prevent Albertans from collaborating to make our province the best it can be for everyone. The Alberta Party, and the Big Listen, promise a better approach, and we want to see this work continue. That’s why we’ve decided to make a leadership gift to the Big Momentum campaign, so this movement can grow and thrive. We encourage you to join us and make your gift to the Alberta Party today.

-Pat and Joel Cochrane, Calgary

A search of the Elections Alberta financial contribution database shows that the Cochrane’s have made a number of political donations in the past.

2004: Joel Cochrane donated $500 to Liberal candidate Dave Taylor‘s campaign in Calgary-Currie.
2006: Patricia Cochrane donated $1,000 to the Liberal Party.
2007: Joel and Patricia Cochrane donated $1,000 each to the Liberal Party.
2008: Joel Cochrane donated $1,000 to the Alberta Green Party.