As 2016 comes to a close, I felt it was best to reflect on the past 365 days and some of the consequences heading into 2017.
We are just a few hours away from celebrating the end of 2016, and the start of another year. Except, we will actually have to wait an extra second before we ring in the New Year (http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/2016-to-linger-an-extra-second-on-new-year-s-eve-1.3222122).
This has been one of the most interesting years that I can recall. We saw huge geo-political changes take place, and we do not know the lasting impact that some of these will have. America was so close to electing a democratic socialist to the presidency, but the corrupt Democratic party chose 'the more electable one' which resulted in the interesting election results. We are seeing a rise of protectionism and nationalism across the world, with the American election, the vote for Brexit, and this trend may continue with the presidential election in France.
Here at home we saw the reality of electing the person with the good hair. A government that has no real plans, and in typical liberal fashion, govern for the interests for the supper-connected, and not in the interests of all Canadians. We must wait and see, but with both opposition parties choosing permanent leaders, Trudeau is going to need to step-up and take his role seriously if he plans to win again in 2019.
Alberta has taken a leadership positon. Instead of being forced into a plan controlled by Ottawa, we have chosen to build an Alberta Climate Leadership plan, that has provided us with the Social License that led to the approval of 2 pipelines. The economy is improving, and the start of a green economy will be seen this year. The next chapter in the Alberta story is being written, and the best parts of it have not even been written yet. However, Alberta is at a crossroads, there are calls to go backwards. I am firmly against that! Better is possible, and that requires bold leadership to continue moving forward.
2017 means an incredibly important election in British Columbia. The BC Liberals have been governing for 15 years, and there could be a real appetite for change. However, if the BC NDP were successful, they would be in complete opposition to the Alberta NDP government, which would be interesting, and bring in real questions as to where the Federal party should be going. Just as important will be the municipal elections throughout Alberta! Leadership is needed at every level, and that means that we need strong mayor, city councils, and school boards to help write the next chapter.
2017 will not be as historic. But the consequences of the actions throughout 2016 will be felt for years to come, and will come full force in 2017.
I believe that Hope can out win fear!
I believe that Better is possible!