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The NDP Path to Victory

The NDP Path to Victory Despite the common assertion that the NDP cannot and will not form government again in 2019, available evidence would indicate otherwise. The NDP have a path to victory, although many factors are out of their control. Even in a low-oil price…

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Mexico’s State Elections – Part 2

Puebla Only a 20 month term, Likely PAN (9 point lead over PRI) PAN+ Jose Antonio Gali Fayad – Former secretary of infrastructure, and mayor of the city of puebla. Broader coalition between PAN, PANAL,…


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A Bit of Perspective

Think back to September, before the provincial election. The PCs, trailing in the polls, found a new savior to revive a party reeling after claims of corruption and incompetence from the previous regime. The increasingly…


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Mexico’s State Elections – Part 1

Next month, Mexicans in 12 states will go to the polls for municipal and statewide elections. The table below is drawn from Informador.MX, and shows their expected results based off polling from the end of…


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The Needed Evolution of the Alberta PCs

I’ve been debating writing on the next steps for the PC party for quite some time. I expect I’ll continue to rewrite it, but thought at the very least putting it on paper would force…


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The Next Big Steps in Clean Energy

I received The Powerhouse by Steve LeVine as a Christmas gift. The book goes through the history of lithium battery technology, and talks about the potential for this industry to reshape a variety of global…


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Machine Learning and Municipal Policy

I had the opportunity to compete in the first City of Calgary hack-a-thon, and am actively considering registering for the second. Both events offered cash prizes for ideas that could solve a problem, or advance…



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Plata o Plomo

Mexico’s ongoing drug has tended to pop in and out of the headlines. Chapo Guzman’s daring escape and subsequent recapture (including the role of rapidly declining celebrity Sean Penn) controlled the news cycle for a…