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    Dear supporters and volunteers, Many thanks again for your kind words and your sense of "onwards and forwards" . Let's look forward to the future of Liberalism in a bright and optimistic way. In the meantime, the Elect Josipa Petrunic website (josipa.ca), Twitter account and Facebook fan page (this page) will be going offline presently. If you find Error 404 when you try to address one of those accounts, you'll know why! I look forward to working to rebuild Liberalism in a bold way. Sincerely, Josipa Petrunic
    Apr 26, 2012 8:50 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Many thanks to all the volunteers and team members. True, we faced a tough campaign -- Liberals going Tory and everyone discombobulated in between. But it was a well done campaign run by ethics and voluntary support. Looking forward to the 2015 federal campaign and the 2016 provincial campaigns!
    Apr 24, 2012 11:20 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Monday, April 23rd -- Polls are open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Make sure to vote. You have the right to vote, and your employer should provide you with the opportunity to leave your work place and vote. Many thanks to everyone for your support! Josipa
    Apr 22, 2012 9:59 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Getting a tan while in the final push! Door knocking team is great - coffee and water, coffee and water, coffee and water, keep going until 9:00 PM! Then a poll drop until 10:00 PM! go, go, go VOTE!
    Apr 22, 2012 5:08 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Apr 21, 2012 12:28 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    The new Facebook messaging system is foiling my responses! I just now saw some of your commentary. Aha - will respond post-door knocking. The reinforcements have arrived...we'll see you at your doors soon!! Join us.
    Apr 20, 2012 2:25 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Apr 19, 2012 11:31 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Today are the early polls! Please go vote if you can. If you need a ride, give us a call at 780-758-0800 Democracy depends on people making their voices heard!
    Apr 19, 2012 11:13 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Apr 17, 2012 9:14 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    The Edmonton-Sun has noted the long held Liberal values here in Edmonton-Gold Bar. Strategic voters are coming through our doors asking for our numbers, which we're happy to share. Onwards team! We know our door numbers and we know our poll numbers. And we're ahead. Keep up the great work team!
    Apr 16, 2012 12:04 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    The Edmonton Sun is calling for an Alberta Liberal win in Edmonton-Gold Bar -- 25-years strong!
    Apr 16, 2012 11:25 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    I can't say it was colder than the -20 degree door-knocking in January, but it was certainly wetter and somehow more bone-chilling. People very kindly let us into their houses this weekend despite our dripping wetness.
    Apr 15, 2012 8:34 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Apr 15, 2012 8:10 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    This is definitely a good example of vandalism. I couldn't agree more. To be a Liberal is to believe in freedom -- through opportunities in public education, public health care and wealth generation. Thanks for the public art!
    Apr 13, 2012 8:24 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    All Candidates Forum at King's College in Edmonton-Gold Bar When? Wednesday, April 18th from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM Format? Written questions and questions from the floor News media are welcome to attend! So are community members. Come with your questions ready to fire. For further details call our Campaign Manager, Dr Ken Munro, at the Elect Josipa Petrunic Campaign Office (780) 758-0800
    Apr 13, 2012 12:17 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Loads of people tonight asking about the difference between hiking royalties and closing royalty windows. I would like to see royalty holidays addressed, as the rate holidays constitute one of the key loopholes affecting the generation of public wealth from the oil and gas sectors. Here is a summary of my policy stance below: * Pipeline Politics * "Long-term jobs for Albertans here, not at the end of a pipeline somewhere else." - Josipa Petrunic, Alberta Liberal Candidate, Edmonton-Gold Bar - Build oil refineries here - Invest in Alberta’s upgrading (and manufacturing) industries - Start saving money for future generations by collecting appropriate royalties on oil and gas
    Apr 12, 2012 9:42 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Bravo on the leadership debate Raj. Callers to 880 AM said you performed well, and we met people at the doors tonight who said you were the only one who cracked a few good jokes!
    Apr 12, 2012 9:38 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    From the Albert Liberal Party: A note on Progressive politics! Friends -- For the last few days Alison Redford has been making an appeal for progressives to join her to help stave off the Wildrose. But let's be clear. The PCs have bullied local officials, reduced funding for education, and been found to have created a culture in health care where staff are intimidated and people are dying in ERs by their own Health Quality Council. They've had MLAs take pay for being on a committee that doesn't meet, they've had multiple MLAs threaten funding for schools if local boards complain too much. And that's all since Alison Redford became their leader. The chips are down for Redford now and a lot of promises are being made. But we've seen this show before. The PCs promise a lot during the election but revert back to privatization and cuts before you can say "four more years". Let's face it - picking one of these right wing parties over the other is like choosing your method of execution. Today Raj Sherman is squaring off with Alison Redford and the other party leaders in a televised debate. No doubt Alison will repeat her appeal. Forward Raj's response to your friends and family. Share it via social media. Let's let Alison know we're not going to forget. Jeff Melland Communications Director Yes: Alberta Liberal Party
    Apr 12, 2012 2:23 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    We just got our statistical data in -- all based on at-the-door identified vote. Great job team! If we keep steady, and keep up the hard work, we win. Bravo to Liberals and Liberal supporters in Gold-Bar -- a 25-year tradition will continue.
    Apr 11, 2012 12:49 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Apr 10, 2012 5:07 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Communiqué de Presse Date: mardi, le 10 avril 2012 Sujet: Josipa Petrunic déplore le manque des ressources en français au bureau du directeur du scrutin dans la circonscription d'Edmonton-Gold Bar Josipa Petrunic, la candidate du parti Libéral de l'Alberta dans la circonscription d'Edmonton-Gold Bar déplore la position prise par «Elections Alberta» au sujet des ressources et matériaux disponibles en français au bureau du directeur du scrutin pour la circonscription. «Elections Alberta» a confirmé que dans le bureau il n'y aura aucune documentation disponible en français, l'autre langue officielle du Canada. Cependant, des renseignements dans d'autres langues, dites «patrimoniales», sont disponibles. Selon Petrunic, «Cette politique n'est pas acceptable.» Or, il s'avère que le bureau du directeur du scrutin se trouve au coeur même de la communauté francophone d'Edmonton. C'est dans cette partie de la ville que l'on retrouve la Cité Francophone, trois écoles francophones, une paroise française, le Campus St-Jean et un bon nombre d'électeurs francophones. Bien entendu, le français n'est pas une langue officielle de l'Alberta, mais c'est une des deux langues qui occupent l'espace publique au Canada. Petrunic a dit que «c'est très ironique que la langue française, la première langue européene parlée au Fort Edmonton, est absente du bureau du directeur du scrutin dans la circonscription d'Edmonton-Gold Bar mais les services pour cette élection sont offertes dans des langues autres que le français.» Pour des renseignements supplémentaires, composer le 780-758-0800. Bureau de campagne de Josipa Petrunic Candidate du parti libérale de l'Alberta Circonscription d'Edmotnon-Gold Bar #1048, 5004-98 Avenue NW Capilano Mall, Edmonton
    Apr 10, 2012 11:41 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Radio-Canada is doing an interview with me about the French services story (or lack thereof). Our Alberta Liberal team in Edmonton-Gold Bar has raised the flag over the lack of french services at Elections Alberta. I've done an interview with the Franco on the matter already, and the Radio Canada story will air tomorrow morning at 7.45 AM for the drive to work segment. As I'll mention in my interview, it's crucial the next MLA for Edmonton-Gold Bar speak French, especially given the size and nature of the prominent Francophone community here and the specific politics around language rights and the provision of public services.
    Apr 10, 2012 11:40 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    I met quite a few engineers, two mathematicians and one physicist this weekend during our door-knocking adventures. I do believe science and engineering are crucial to the future of Alberta. My INNOVATION policy is online (I'll post here shortly). We talked about research in the history of mathematics and engineering - in particular vectors, matrices and thermodynamics - as well as the new project I'm working on at the University of Alberta on the history of bitumen, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. A few people have emailed me for references, but I promised I would also post a short review that I wrote a month or so ago, just before the writ was dropped, of a book that I believe is a fantastic introduction to Victorian mathematics. If you're interested in reading it, and can't get a copy, I'll lend you mine! History of science, mathematics and engineering is an important subject because it allows us to understand our scientific future will be dependent upon overlapping sets of interests, just as our historical scientific and mathematical past has been.
    Apr 08, 2012 8:42 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    The rules are the rules. The NDP is not above Edmonton Public School Board Principles and Protocols. (Just because that party got away with it once before does not make it right.) http://www.630ched.com/Channels/Reg/NewsLocal/Story.aspx?ID=1683112
    Apr 08, 2012 11:43 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Press Release Saturday, 7 April 2012 10:50 AM NDP violates Edmonton Public School Board protocols The NDP in Edmonton-Gold Bar has violated the Edmonton Public School Board's protocols by having a local school board trustee publicly endorse their candidate. Josipa Petrunic, the Alberta Liberal candidate for Edmonton-Gold Bar, is demanding an explanation as to why Sarah Hoffman, Public School Trustee Ward G, has contravened the Principles of Board Operation and Trustee Protocols for Edmonton Public Schools by using her publicly-funded, non-partisan role to endorse a local NDP candidate in a document issued to constituents this week. The School Board's protocols state: “Each Board member has an obligation to … resist temptation and outside pressure to use his or her position as a School Board member for personal benefit or the benefit of any other individual or agency apart from the total interest of the school district.” “Hoffman was elected to represent the citizens of Ward G, not the NDP,” Petrunic states. “Unless she can prove it is in the 'total interest of the school district' for an NDPer to be the local MLA, Hoffman has some explaining to do.” Petrunic notes the Public School Board protocols prohibit trustees from succumbing to “temptation and outside pressure” to advance partisan goals. Furthermore, the NDP candidate in Edmonton-Gold Bar has irreversibly compromised the community's position within the school board by asking Hoffman to publicly endorse him, Petrunic adds. “It demonstrates his complete lack of respect for the political independence of the School Board,” Petrunic states, adding Hoffman sits on the Board's executive as Vice-Chair. “The endorsement implies the Public School Board is no longer politically neutral.” “The NDP actively criticizes other political parties for a lack of ethics, but they rarely hold themselves to the same standard,” Petrunic states. “If this were a Tory school trustee endorsing a local Tory candidate, citizens would be outraged by the manipulation of a public body for partisan purposes. The outrage here should be no different.” For further information, please contact Dr. Ken Munro, Campaign Manager 780-907-0553 or 780-758-0800 Elect Josipa Petrunic Campaign Office Constituency of Edmonton-Gold Bar #1048, 5004-98 Avenue NW Capilano Mall (inside the mall, east of the Safeway) Authorized by the Official Agent
    Apr 08, 2012 11:09 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Thanks to the new sign replenishment team coming out this weekend - no, we won't let vandalism keep us down!
    Apr 07, 2012 10:11 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    People have been asking for our policy summary pamphlet - which we sent out pre-writ. Here it is once more: http://www.josipa.ca/policy
    Apr 05, 2012 1:54 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Wow - in two nights, more than 100 of my signs have disappeared. Interesting. I wish the snow were the culprit, but unfortunately it's not so. We've asked teams to go patroling at night to catch culprits on video; the theiving is taking place between 9 PM and 6AM it appears. Thanks to everyone who has called in the vandalism and theft.
    Apr 05, 2012 1:28 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Wonderful commentary today on Seniors Care -- people appreciated receiving my article on Seniors Benefits and Seniors Care:
    Apr 04, 2012 5:02 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    We had 2 minutes to conclude. Here is my finale speech at the Edmonton-Gold Bar All Candidates Debate that was held on Friday, March 30th at the South East Edmonton Seniors Association.
    Apr 03, 2012 11:31 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    There is an amazing amount of sign theft and sign trickery going on in Gold Bar. Hugh MacDonald and I door knock all day, and install signs at 9:00 pm (at night!) after knocking, and they are gone by 10 AM the next day, in systematic form and style. If you see any sign theivery, please do let us know. We have lost at least 100 signs via theft in week one.
    Apr 02, 2012 9:43 am | Alberta, Calgary East

March

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    If I look confused, it's because I was. The machine was giving us a reading of "0". The bad news is Raj's pulse was non-existent. The good news is, I believe the machine was broken.
    Mar 30, 2012 5:25 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Mar 30, 2012 5:23 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Thanks to Raj Sherman for taking my blood pressure at Capilano Mall today -- apparently, despite being a runner, my blood pressure was high! I suspect it's because my blood is boiling at the complete lack of willingness on part of the PCs to investigate health care intimidation in this province.
    Mar 30, 2012 5:08 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Ah - the dirty tricks have apparently begun. If our team delivers a sign, we always leave a letter telling you that it was our team delivering the sign and that if you have trouble with it, to call us at (780) 758-0800. If, however, you get a sign on your lawn with no letter, someone has played a trick and put it in there without authorization. Please do call us to let us know. Many thanks, Josipa
    Mar 28, 2012 1:35 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Steady does it -- people have asked for a copy of the Electricity article I wrote. Here it is. The thesis? "Electricity is an essential service - not a commodity." http://www.josipa.ca/news/electricity-politics-power
    Mar 28, 2012 10:25 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    We're off to the races. A couple people have asked me about environmental policies. I have a specific and clear stance on water security, and I believe this province -- for both economic and social reasons -- needs to develop a "made in Alberta" water policy. MLA Laurie Blakeman has been working on this for some time, and I've added my views to the admixture. Water Security Clean water makes a strong economy. •Keep Alberta’s water public •Prioritize water safety and security in Alberta •Insist on safe drinking water in all Albertan communities, including those near industrial zones Water security must be a priority for this government. Sadly, it is not. I would like to see environmental mainstreaming as part of our economic development -- that is, a strategy on refineries, for instance, that recongizes refineries require a lot of water, therefore their construction and cost will have to take place within a Water Security framework.
    Mar 26, 2012 10:56 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Many people received this but our postal routes aren't perfect. If you didn't get this brochure, here is the digital summary -- and the elongated policy booklet for Edmonton-Gold Bar constituents: http://www.josipa.ca/policy
    Mar 24, 2012 12:00 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    As the writ period is just around the corner, it's time to have that 21-st century conversation about social media: Do Twitter and Facebook really result in more democratization? Despite the seemingly global reach of social media, it seems to me that Twitter and Facebook work best when we're speaking to local audiences. In the Twitter world, local audiences like #yeg or #ableg or #abpoli might result in local citizens talking to me, debating me or choosing to meet me. With Facebook, meaningful political engagement might come from "fans" or "friends" who live in the community and who choose to participate in online discussions with me and the team. In that sense, where Twitter and Facebook are most effective in democratization is where they appear to mimic the role played by more traditional forms of local communication like newsletters and community news columns. Perhaps I'm wrong; perhaps I'm an old fart who simply refuses to see an evident revolution via social media. But my contrarian view is that social media is best used to facilitate communication between local communities. Ironic? I suppose. But I see it working in that way.
    Mar 23, 2012 5:21 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    It was interesting to see the municipality back-track slightly on the 75 Street trucking/rezoning issue at yesterday's meeting at Ottewell junior high. But there are still significant concerns, the most salient of which I think is the "quality of life" argument made by a number of residents. Based on the March 5 meeting, I wrote this article. Let me know what you think.
    Mar 22, 2012 5:20 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Ran into a woman yesterday who works for Alberta Health in policy development. She said policy development "takes place in a vacuum". One of our volunteers is an RN and he said, "As an RN, sometimes I feel like policies are made without talking to the nurses who are asked to implement them! So they ultimately fail." The resident agreed, and said she recognized her own department as "part of the problem". Interesting indeed.
    Mar 19, 2012 12:04 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Okay now - licorice, gatorade and home made cookies. Door-knocking fuel like none other. I may have to knock until 1 am to use up all this energy.
    Mar 17, 2012 11:45 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Mar 14, 2012 5:41 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Mar 14, 2012 5:31 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Thanks to MLA David Swann for doorknocking with me the other night -- we've already had volunteers pop in to say "Thanks" for the discussions about the Health care inquiry/review that we're demanding. The best line of the night. A constituent says to me (of David), "I think I've seen him somewhere before. I think on TV. Is he a star?" Love it. What a great night of conversations.
    Mar 14, 2012 12:08 pm | Alberta, Calgary East
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    Yum, yum, and yum. What a great way it was to start campaigning on the weekend – la Cabane à sucre à Bonnie Doon! Délicieux.
    Mar 12, 2012 11:17 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    And here it is - the link to donations made by groups and individuals who donated to the various PC leadership camps. Based on this data, I can no longer ethically drink Big Rock beer. Nope. Sorry. I refuse. I didn't know they were corporate Tories. The things you learn by tracking the money. Take a look and you'll find some surprises in there ... http://www.albertapc.ab.ca/admin/contentx/default.cfm?PageId=10350
    Mar 10, 2012 10:00 am | Alberta, Calgary East
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    We know that electricity deregulation is going to be a hot topic for the election. Citizens are right to wonder about whether the electricity grid is a cartel set up or a "free market". I see no evidence of the latter being the case. This is an article I wrote for the Albertaner German Newspaper in Edmonton. It's a start. There are practical steps that we can take to ensure that consumers are not being misled about the operations of electricity generators and suppliers. Alberta Liberal MLA Hugh MacDonald has been working on the electricity file for years; I plan to continue the work.
    Mar 03, 2012 12:42 pm | Alberta, Calgary East

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