I would like to thank all of my supporters for taking time to participate in democracy.
Although we did not win in WARD 11 we made our voices heard. We stood up to a challenge that we knew from the beginning was a steep uphill battle. Even from the start knowing our chances were small given our stance on campaign funding.
Our campaign was founded on the principle that you do not need to spend 100′s of thousands of dollars to be heard in an election. We challenged both how elections are funded and in the end ran a campaign that was actually closer to 40:1 in dollars spent.
We ran a campaign for approximately 5,000 dollars against a campaign that we believe was closer to 200,000. In the end we were able to garnish 1/4 of the votes of the campaign that potentially spent 40 times of what we did.
Some will say that doesn’t matter you lost, and isn’t all about winning?
We always campaigned with the belief we could win, however I believe the democratic process is not just about winning. All the candidates in this election brought forward new ideas and new perspectives to the table. These ideas have become part of the dialogue of what Calgarians can accomplish and where we should go.
I am proud to be a Calgarian, a Canadian who as such can freely and openly discuss ideas. We have to remind ourselves that others in the world are literally dying to simply have the right to be heard.
This is why we need to lead the globe in our democratic process and constantly strive to make our system transparent and fair to the electorate. We should never be content with the status quo.
Knowing my stance many people approached me during the campaign and expressed their concern over campaign funding. The part that struck me the most is the concern not only around civic elections but also campaign financing on the provincial level. I agreed with these concerns and promised that even beyond this election that I would continue to advocate for reform on both the provincial and municipal level.
Our message 20:1 is simple. We need change to our electoral process in Calgary and Alberta as a whole. The process is broken and not transparent and is one of the worst systems in Canada when it comes to actual transparency.
How can we fix it?
We need to send a message to our provincial government that we want real effective changes to electoral legislation and policy around how campaigns are financed. Over the coming months we will be continuing our campaign 20:1 seeking Albertans to join us by petition in making this happen.
If you would like to be part of this change contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will need your support.
Again thank you for your continued support.
I am looking forward to making real change for Albertans.