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When the going gets tough, the tough get praying….

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Amidst the turbulence of our present medical situation in the world, fear and panic is the easy way out.

We, in Alberta, are blessed with a Premier who has stood up for the common man.  He has never advocated tough measures nor walking lockstep with our Prime Minister and Dr. Tam.  Dr. Hinshaw has maintained a calm response in the face of public pressure.

People of all stripes have an opinion on the origins, prevention and cure for Covid 19.

We can talk about this until the end of 2020, but when the going gets tough, the tough get praying.  Petra, a popular Christian rock group, wrote a song called “Get on your knees and fight like a man.”

It is now time to fight like men and women who believe in God and His power to change the world.  The only way we, as human beings can change the world is to stand up the bullies, to those who would force their will on us when we do not and will never agree.

Our provincial leaders are now in that place.

Earlier tonight, November 22, I received a whats app message that stated the following:

A friend whos sister- in -law is a neighbor of Jason Kenny just texted me tonight – she said he is asking for prayer tonight and tomorrow. He is feeling intense pressure to bow to the feds to shut Alberta down.

They are also urging people to send him a quick email….telling them they’re praying for him and stand with him for no further lockdowns. Share with others

[email protected]

Now is the time to fight on our knees for OUR province and country.

We do not want a lockdown like Manitoba or Toronto.

There is NO blood running in the streets, patients are not waiting outside hospitals with covid/flu symptoms and nor are schools shut down with no teachers or students.  Stores till have staff and our economy is still alive, for now.

This is NO emergency.  But it could be if a lockdown is imposed.

PRAY like your life depends on it, because it does.

If the federal government defies the constitution and forces a lockdown, PRAY still that God will heal and protect as he has promised.

Part of a church? Organize a prayer night or get together with your friends.  This is the time to act.

If you do not believe in God…pray to your god, send good thoughts and an email supporting NO lockdown if you feel that is right.

There are no atheists in foxholes.  I believe that this is a crucial time in Alberta history.

Be part of the victory over Ottawa and help us protect democracy in our province.

 

Tim Lasiuta is a Red Deer writer, entrepreneur and communicator. He has interests in history and the future for our country.

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MLA should read M.I.A. Will our MLAs ever report for duty?

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The Keystone pipeline is reportedly being cancelled. The pipeline that our province invested billions in with billions of loan guarantees.  If President Biden does cancel as he indicated this Wednesday that could cost every resident in Alberta over $1500, added that to the $1,000 every resident spent on corporate tax cuts, means every resident spent $2500 on futile ideological government missteps.

Did anybody have any say in this? No. Our MLAs never spoke up.

Speaking of MLAs not speaking up, or not representing their constituents, Slave Lake is not the only one. Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer and Wood Buffalo needed their absent MLAs when they tried to protect their emergency dispatch services recently. Like Slave Lake they had to by-pass their vacationing MLAs and appeal directly to the Premier. But to no avail.

Our Premier has blinders on to Alberta in the 21 Century, with his ideological plans that only seem to hurt and cost the citizens while benefiting the corporate elite. The Premier who had his hand out to Prime Minister Trudeau for money to pay party workers. The Premier who cut services, raised fees, brought in tax creep, caused insurance to increase, tax revenue to decrease, laid off tens of thousands, attacked doctors, nurses, teachers, parks, environment, municipalities, and every resident in Alberta’s wallets. Not a peep from our MLAs.

Our Premier who operates out of Redford’s infamous Sky Palace, lost almost 2 billion in accounting errors, invested poorly, cancelled rail programs, fought diversification, focused on oil and gas and has sunk to 16% in some polls.

When will our MLAs step up to the plate?

Too late for our dispatch services.

Too late for wasted corporate tax breaks.

Too late for Keystone.

Too late for many Covid 19 patients.

Can the MLAs redeem themselves? Do they even want to?

Just asking.

This story was originally published on January 17th, 2021.

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RAGING FIRES, BUILDING BRIDGES

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RAGING FIRES, BUILDING BRIDGES

Open Letter to Canadians

January 11, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Red Deer – Mountain View, AB

“We’ve been conditioned to think that only politicians can solve our problems. But at some point, maybe we will wake-up and recognize that it was the politicians who created our problems.”

“We, the American people are not each other’s enemies. The enemies are those people behind the curtain jerking everybody’s chains and trying to divide us up by age, by race, by income.”

  • Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and a 2016 Republican Party presidential candidate.

While the quotes are tailored to the American political climate, both should resonate with Canadians.

Many Canadian politicians have stated their shock in response to the events that unfolded in Washington, DC on January 7, 2021. Sadly, anyone paying attention to American political discourse over the past number of years likely isn’t surprised.

Right vs. left. Conservative vs. Liberal. Poor vs. rich. Black vs. white. Old vs. young. Identity politics has become mainstream in recent years. What happen to the term “Canadians”?

Each time a crisis unfolds, politicians are quick to stoke the flames of division. Sides are drawn, guards put up and the fires rage out of control. A political system rooted in division benefits no one and is not sustainable in the long-term. In this political climate, we all lose.

We have given up a significant amount of autonomy and freedom over the past year in the name of the “greater good”. But have we stopped to ask why politicians are in a better place than us to make decisions that impact our families?

Reliance on government to make personal decisions and provide basic necessities is detrimental to our society. It creates a culture of dependence, increases corporate lobbying and results in larger, more inefficient government. It creates winners and losers and further stokes raging fires. Politicians leverage this division to maintain power. This needs to change if we are to regain trust within our communities and return to prosperity.

The backbone of a prosperous society is freedom of speech and debate. We cannot look to silence those whose opinions we disagree with.

Instead, we must bring all ideas to the table and rationally determine which ideas bring the most benefit to the largest number of Canadians.

We must embrace our differences and learn that there is no single path to success. It is through a balanced approached that we will find solutions to our most challenging problems.

We must learn to build bridges. To meet on common ground. To think of others.

We must realize that no one political party or politician is our saviour. The problems we face can be defeated through our own merits. We do not need government to solve our problems, we are born with that inherent capacity.

How can we accomplish this? How can we tackle all of the major problems that plague this country?

Self-reliance and personal responsibility.

We all have talents and abilities to be contributing and successful members of Canada. We do not need government to dictate the path we take. We do not require approval of establishment politicians in order to decide what is best for ourselves and our families. We are free citizens of a free nation and we can succeed if we come together.

The road forward is not easy. The devastation many have seen over the past year will not soon be forgotten or repaired. Now is not the time for economic experiments or utopian dreams.

We must be grounded in the principles that have benefited us in the past; hard work, innovation, determination and a spirit of resiliency. We must expect the same from our elected leaders.

Canada is the greatest nation on earth. But this badge of honour does not come without hard work and sacrifice. Together, we can overcome the challenges we face and the obstacles in our path. We can calm raging fires. We can build bridges.

In closing, I urge Canadians to come together. To realize that your neighbours’ success is ultimately your success. When Western Canada prospers, Eastern Canada prospers and vice versa. We are all inter-connected and interdependent. We are Canadians.

Sincerely,

Jared Pilon

Candidate for Red Deer – Mountain View, AB

https://www.jaredpilon.com/

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