FLAG DAY

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the day the Maple Leaf became Canada's flag.  I was too young to remember the flag debate.  As an historian reading about it and talking to people who remember it the debate always fascinated me. Canada had been informally using...

Seasons Greetings

Greetings friends, The Christmas season is upon us once again. It's a wonderful time of year. We can relax and be with our loved ones, celebrate our faith, reflect on our good fortune to live in the greatest country in the world, and resolve to do whatever we can to...

WE STAND ON GUARD FOR THEE

This is a Facebook post from October 22, 2014, the day a terrorist attacked Parliament Hill and killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo. In the future, we will have the perspective to comprehend what has happened today on Parliament Hill. For today, we feel shocked that the...

THE WEST WING

Fifteen years ago this week the West Wing premiered on NBC. For those of us that live and breathe politics it was candy. I miss it. Even today there are complex political questions that politicos answer by reference to a particular episode of West Wing. The show was...

NEWS RELEASE – September 23, 2014

EDMONTON STRATHCONA CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATION News Release September 23, 2014   LEN THOM TO RUN AS CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE IN EDMONTON STRATHCONA Edmonton, AB. On Tuesday, September 23, the Edmonton Strathcona Electoral District Association of the Conservative Party of...

THE VALUE OF LEADERSHIP

One hundred years ago today the First World War began. Many historians view the cause of the war as the competition between national interests in Europe. While national ambitions may have provided background, I believe the war was a failure of the political leadership...

WHY I AM A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE

My political philosophy has three core beliefs: fiscal conservatism, social progressivism and Canadian nationalism. I will devote a blog entry to each. In this blog I will briefly discuss why I am a fiscal conservative. Fiscal conservatives advocate balanced budgets,...

THE YEAR LONG JOB INTERVIEW

Running for a seat in the House of Commons is like a year long job interview. If the people think you can do the job, you have a shot. If not, well not so much. It took a very long time for me to decide to run. I began considering seeking office in the years after...

VOLUNTEERS WELCOME

A democracy is only as good as the people who participate in it. I started out as a volunteer in 1971. A few months before the 1971 election my grade school class went on a field trip to the legislature. After watching one afternoon session of the assembly I was...

WELL, MY HAT IS IN THE RING!

Since I was a child I have had the thought of entering politics in the back of my mind.  Until now, for a variety of reasons about family and career, the time was never right.  Now it is. I have really enjoyed practising law the last twenty plus years.  The...

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