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50 videos in support of small business.

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I have spent the last year filming segments with the Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, Kent Hehr.

And we just finished our 50th video.

Each one of them have been with local business and community leaders to highlight their work.

From sport facilities, to vegan bodegas, to your neighbourhood hairstylist, and to autoshops, it is a showcase of incredible businesses.

Some were started yesterday (like the new UPS franchise on 8th). Others have been community members for 20+ years (like the Daily Globe). Some are international stops (ei: Beat It, a drum retailer), and others are bringing Canadian hugs to the world (example: Hippo Hug).

Some are trying to save the planet - like ReWorks Upcycle - and some are saving the soul: such as Sanctuary Coffee.

We even did a lemonade stand (no business is too small: it can only grow!).



It has been one of the highlights of my work with Kent.

Let me tell you why.

Firstly, if you're running a small business, you're successful if you know y…

Advice for canvassing... from a guy who knocked on 100,000 doors.

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In the last ten years I have knocked on some 100,000 doors.

Between over 15 campaigns in various roles I might’ve learned one or two things. I’ve put together a top ten list of what you should think about.

With campaigners fanning out across Alberta as I write this blog I hope that it’ll help you get involved and enrich your experience doing an incredible thing for our democracy.

That one time Justin Trudeau read my blog...

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Here is the post below that I wrote in response to some of the criticism I received on another blog post after the 2011 election. That initial post was on the building of political organizations and where to direct investments.

This blog post by @vsp nails it: http://t.co/Rt7G5eKm Like it or not, centrism isn't a winning strategy in the current state of #cdnpoli — Susan Delacourt (@SusanDelacourt) May 11, 2012
Here is that second post that Prime Minister Trudeau was kind enough to share:

Over the last week I have gotten a lot of rather angry emails and notes speaking in opposition to my thoughts written about in my blog post last week on the Liberal Party of Canada. It has to do with the issue of centrism in Canadian politics and I do not believe I have been that clear on the subject.

First of all I would like to note that there is a clear demarcation between my opinion on a party's electoral strategy and what is required to build up the party. Particularly being a centrist pa…

The stuff that bothers me.

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I just donated $1,550 to Kent Hehr's re-election bid and let me tell you why.

I made the donation right after reading this posting on the Conservative’s page. It talks about how the Conservatives own my city.

Specifically, that the citizens of Calgary belong to the Conservatives. This bothers me.

It bothers me a lot.

I’m all about the sunny ways, but sometimes being sunny means taking a light and showing the differences between two choices. And it’s clear as day, in my opinion.

Their post shows it isn’t about hard work. It isn’t about good representation. And it isn’t about bringing attention to the needs of those in our communities in the national government. But what it is about – is that arrogance. That absurd self-assuredness that comes from winning election after election, year after year, and taking the city for granted. It’s about being able to run a lump of potatoes with a blue pin and winning in a landslide.

It’s also what let the federal government to not fulfill its pr…

Don’t be a blogger.

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You should really be careful what you post online.

In some ways it’s worked out for me. Two Canadian Blogging Awards later (2012, 2013, for political blogging no less), a lot of good work encouraging people to get involved in their democracy, and more, it has had its positive moments. I also now type this from our nation’s capital, and one piece of the puzzle that put me here was my writing.

However, in other ways it hasn’t been in my best interest.

If you’re a young politico or a blogger-to-be, take heed.

Reading over posts from years ago – when I first began in 2004 when I was fourteen – I simply have to shake my head. It’s not only grammar, pacing, and tone. I also missed a lot: most of my analysis was trite and simple.

And I’m not sure if I’m much better now.

But if I didn’t share it online it wouldn’t be following me a decade and a half later. In fact, I’ll probably be reading this sentence in a decade. People grow and their opinions change – as they should. And, really, as they must.