Advance Voting Information

Advance Voting

Advance Voting in the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass will take place as follows:

Tuesday, October 15 (10am – 8pm)

The Advance Voting Station will be located at:

Elk’s Hall in Blairmore (wheelchair accessible)

Advance Voting Qualifications

The persons authorized to vote in advance polls are the electors:

a) who have reason to believe that they will be absent from the local jurisdiction during the whole time fixed for the election

b) who by reason of physical disability find it impossible or extremely difficult to attend at the regular Voting Station

c) who are officials or constables who have been provided a certificate by the returning official entitling them to vote under section 83(3) or (3.1)

d) who for religious reasons are not able to vote on election day.

Vote experience. Vote Prince


Bad candidates are elected by good citizens who don’t vote.

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Turkeys can fly… A Thanksgiving tradition since 1978

Turkeys can fly….

What would Thanksgiving be without a little humour. A staple in this regard, on Thanksgiving of course, is this classic segment from at one time the most famous radio station in North America, WKRP. Enjoy! :-)


To all friends – and adversaries – Keep your spirits alive. Spend time with family and friends. Thank you for sharing your time with me throughout the year. Now go eat until your heart is content. :-) Happy Thanksgiving!


One of the best gifts you can give someone is the gift of thanking them for being a part of your life.

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Political Blog

S.C. Rudegan whose articles I have posted here in the past now has his own blog in which he speaks his truth based on facts to the people of the Crowsnest Pass, with respect to our many issues here.

With a municipal election upon us the timing could not be more perfect for I’m sure all residents and voters want to know as much as they can about CROWSNEST CLAIMS VS. FACTS.

UPDATE: 2:44 pm

A commenter here has just pointed out that there seems to be some confusion here as to S.C. RudeGAN whose articles I have printed here on this blog previously, and S.C. RudeGON whose blog CROWSNEST CLAIMS VS. FACTS I am writing about here on this post?

If anyone can clear this up for us it would be appreciated. Thanks!


Any clod can have the facts, but having opinions is an art.

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Fundamental difference between….

…. citizens and politicians.

Fundamental difference

Fundamental difference

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’ The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’ The cop was happy and left the shop. The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen doughnuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a Member of Parliament came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.’ The Member of Parliament was very happy and left the shop. The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Members of Parliament lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.

I’ve always felt the people with the best qualifications to be politicians are barber/hair stylists for they not only have the pulse of the community and the common man, but are practical reasonable people who have a whole lot of common sense.

R.I.P. Hugo.


An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.

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Crowsnest mayoral candidates debate

mayoral candidates debate

Mayoral Candidates Debate

Once again, our intrepid reporter Joni MacFarlane with Crowsnest Voice gives us her take, this time on the Mayoral Candidates Debate, which took place last Thursday at the MDM.

Give it a read (with video) here.

Vote experience, vote Prince!


What you can become depends upon what you can overcome.

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Councillor Gallant refutes candidates statements

Councillor refutes statements

Because of the format of the Council Candidates Forum many statements were made by some candidates which fly in the face of the facts, so says Councillor Brian Gallant.

With an eye to fairness and because individual candidates were not always given the opportunity for rebuttal I am posting a link to Brian’s blog below where he refutes some of the statements made and endeavours to clear up some of these supposed errors or misconceptions.

If other council candidates wish to submit their rebuttals to what transpired the other evening feel free to send me your information for publication here. In the meantime, here is what Brian had to say:

A Few Facts

I see Dean Ward also has some facts on Franchise Fees which can be read here.


There are no facts, only interpretations.

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Riversdale Resources Open House

Riversdale Resources


The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.

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Crowsnest Council Candidates forum

council candidates forum
C. Davis photo

Council Candidates Forum

Our intrepid reporter Joni MacFarlane with Crowsnest Voice gives her take on the Council Candidates Forum which took place last Wednesday at the MDM. Give it a read (with video) here.

Vote experience, vote Prince!


Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

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Mayoral Forum: I came, I saw, I conquered

Veni, Vidi, Vici.

Mayoral Forum

From what I’ve been told, that’s exactly what I did last night at the Mayoral Forum. As one of my commenters just said in my last post, “John, I thought you did very well tonight and proved it is not just a 2 man race.”

For those who were unable to attend below you will find my opening and closing speeches. For those like Ginger, Siegfried and Barbara, to name a few, who were able to attend thanks for being there! :-)

Opening Speech

You know, you would think with my having been up here four times already beginning in 2001 that I would be the most prepared of the lot here, but I’m not. I’m the least prepared, and that will probably become obvious as the evening progresses. Whereas my opponents have had a week or more to get ready, I’ve only had today. That’s because up to last night it was my intention not to participate in this debate for the simple reason I felt it would be a waste of time, as the die was caste so to speak.

What I mean by that is I could stand up here and speak about my educational and career experience in what this community needs more of in the area of Hospitality & Tourism, or my 20 years spent with my wife as owner operators of several businesses in the retail sector, or my time as a Realtor in this town, as well as my knowledge and experience as a former municipal councillor, or my visions, plans and hopes for this community, but you know, for too large a segment of the population here all that don’t matter. What matters to these people is whether or not I was born here. That is the only qualification they are looking for.

Let me give you an example, last election people here gave a landslide victory for the most part to a name, not knowing the man, an untried person in the political arena, but still a hometown boy, while passing on both an incumbent councillor and a former councillor (moi) who were considered newcomers. From all accounts we’re in for more déjà vu in that the perceived front runner again is an untried person with an incumbent mayor and former councillor about to be discarded like so much trash in order that once again a home town boy is placed in the mayor’s chair, whether he is deserving or not.

Now I ask you, is this a recipe for disaster, or what? Are some people here so insecure, so insular, you are prepared once again to, this time with dissolution in the air, to risk ALL because you want to keep it in the family, so to speak?

We’ve seen what happened to this community with this last council of new school ways of thinking, and we know what led up to this with decades of old school ways of thinking and doing things, only to have yet another untried old school mayoral candidate wanting to take us all back in time to where things worked fine for the privileged few, but not for the vast majority.

With my candidacy I am offering an alternative to new school and old school ways of thinking and behaving, and that is what I call the ‘middle way’. The middle way is where we take the best of both the old and the new and combine them into one. The oneness of the Crowsnest Pass. The bringing together of long-time residents and newcomers into one unified force where all are treated equally and fairly, as what one expects to find within a family. We are family; the time for feuding cousins is over. The middle way sees to this.

Thank you.

Closing Speech

Believe it or not, I want to talk about John Diefenbaker for a minute. I’m sure, everyone remembers John Diefenbaker our former Prime Minister. But how many of you know old Dief at the beginning of his career in politics had to run 5 times before he was finally elected. Five times…. Pause…. By the way, this is my 5th time. Just saying. I wouldn’t want you guys to feel responsible for my breaking Dief’s record. :-)

Seriously folks, I’ve lived here almost twenty years, three of which I served on council, in which time I got to meet and know more people, because of my position in that time, that would of taken another person 30 or more years to do likewise. I believe this experience has given me the knowledge and wisdom to understand and appreciate both sides of the fence, both worlds, of where long-time residents and newcomers alike are coming from. I believe this unique understanding and acquired appreciation along with my proven track record in standing up for this community is what is so desperately needed at this critical time. I am the middle way.

With ‘dissolution’ hanging over our heads, with Edmonton tired of our antics and now in possession of a report from their consulting firm of Farmer & Associates we need to protect ourselves with strong leadership having experience, knowledge, education (including my field of specialization, the school of hard knocks), and judgment, to see us through the coming months and years ahead.

To some people, I may come across as a rude, crude, dude, with attitude, but the truth is I truly believe that’s what this community needs right now. It certainly doesn’t need more suits. No, I’m the medicine this community needs that tastes bad but is good for you.

On October 21st I ask for your support and your vote. I ask that you have faith in your future by putting faith in me. I won’t let you down and I won’t disappoint. That you can take to the bank!

Thank you.

Comment: Will my having gone make a difference enough to change the outcome of this race, I don’t know? What I do know is I gave it my best and that’s all anyone can do. The rest is up to the gods…. and a fickle public.

Vote experience, vote Prince!


Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.

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I will be attending the Mayoral Debate tonight, after all

Mayoral Debate

Got lots of work to do so I’ll make this short. Last night, I decided to participate in the Mayoral Debate.

Even though I believe it to be a lost cause, I will endeavour to do my best and give it my all, in the vain glorious attempt at pulling off a miracle.

Wish me well, and I hope to see many of my followers here there as well.

Vote experience, vote Prince!


I raise up my voice not so that I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard.

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