Greg has been busy knocking on doors and attending events. If you are interested in helping him, please go to Join My Team to see the volunteer options and sign up!
A New Year and back to the doorknocking. Another membership quota was met yesterday (Jan 12) in my old neighbourhood of Inglewood. I enjoyed engaging with Conservatives in this community with my wife, Ruth.
I enjoyed celebrating Christmas on Saturday (Dec 22) with the Calgary Chinese Union. Thanks for the hospitality!
Ruth and I had the pleasure of hosting my campaign volunteers for a little Christmas cheer. I so appreciate everything they are doing.
Baby, it's cold outside! OK. Politically incorrect now. But the doors were warm for my wife Ruth and me on Saturday (Dec 8) as we sold a record 11 new memberships. On a roll!
Great day door-knocking with my son Cameron who was in Calgary for the weekend, a quick break from his studies in Ontario (Dec 2).
Enjoying fan time with Lord Grey and our champion Stampeders (Nov 27).
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has the best interests of the resource sector, and Alberta’s economy, at heart. I would be proud to serve in a Scheer Caucus.
Every year, my friends and family gather for the Remembrance Day ceremony at Central Memorial Park -- with its beautiful cenotaph. This year was a special celebration, marking 100 years since the World War 1 Armistice.
The renowned Calgary Highlanders were there, as usual. Year by year, the importance of this event is passed on to many Canadians, who weren't at the critical moments and places where Canada's role in the world was becoming defined -- yet we are grateful for the sacrifices of these great people in building this country.
'The Last Post' was played -- again. . . and we will always remember.
I was one of Enbridge's guests for the Energy Relaunch on October 25, pictured here with UCP candidate Doug Schweitzer (Calgary-Elbow) and Donny van Dyk of Enbridge. Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer told the crowd that a Conservative government would build pipelines without having to buy them. He also said a Conservative government would repeal Bill C-69, force projects through that were in the national interest, end the tanker ban on the north coast of British Columbia, and kill the federal carbon tax. I agree completely! You can see a clip of Scheer’s speech by clicking on the picture.
On October 15 I attended the Annual General Meeting of the Marda Loop Community Association. I’m pictured here with Anne Derby (Vice President MLCA) and Doug Fraser (President MLCA). Thanks for letting me drop by and meet the residents!
On the campaign trail I ran into Henry Beaumont. Henry and I are both Past-Presidents of the Progressive Conservative Youth of Alberta … a few years back for both of us!
Thursday evening (October 11) was the Calgary Centre Pints 'n' Politics social at Craft on 10th. I had the pleasure to chat with Kelly Block, the federal Conservative MP from Carlton Trail-Eagle Creek in Saskatchewan. Thanks for coming to our event Kelly!
On the last beautiful fall day before the snow, I went doorknocking in Mount Royal.
Enjoying some time with Calgary Rocky Ridge MP Pat Kelly at Michelle Rempel’s gathering.
On September 24 I attended the Annual Meeting of the Inglewood Community Association. I'm pictured here with the President, Phil Levson. It was a great turnout of highly community-minded individuals. Great role models for us all!
Some of the volunteers on my campaign got together on September 5 for a backyard BBQ. Look at all that food! Two great reasons to volunteer: the friendships and the food! Let me know if you'd like to join up and help. Campaigns are a lot of fun.
Knocking on doors of Conservatives in Altadore.
Thanks to Joan Andre, ably assisted by Peter Andre and Hugh and Sylvia Planche, for a great coffee party: 44 people came out, and 27 new memberships were purchased. It was a very engaged and thoughtful crowd, with good questions like the application of the Notwithstanding Clause to building pipelines. If you'd like to host a few people to meet me, just let me know.
Enjoying Stampede hospitality at the Calgary Conservative Constituencies’ dinner featuring federal Leader Andrew Scheer. I’m pictured here with Calgary Nose Hill Member of Parliament Michelle Rempel.
Canada Day brings out our pride. Conservative government foresight, almost a decade ago, made it possible for my family and I to spend the day enjoying the panda exhibit at the Calgary Zoo. We then joined my friends at Stream Asset Financing who hosted a great Canada Day Party -- including a red and white candy bar!
My official campaign launch in May. It was great to see so many friends -- and to meet some new people that are interested in joining our campaign for change in Calgary Centre.
I know it's going to be a fast-paced few months, and I am thrilled that so many good people will be beside me as we work to win this nomination.
Let's get this job done!
Honoured to be invited to present at IRC’s (Indian Resource Council) annual conference on January 16 for the second year in a row. My co-panelists and I illustrated structural financing models for First Nation participation in major infrastructure projects. Thank you, Stephen Buffalo and Steve Saddleback.
Let me know if you'd like to join the team in 2019. We're hoping a nomination date will be set early in the new year.
I joined some 3,000 other people at City Hall yesterday (Dec 17) to once again draw attention to the crisis in the oilpatch. These demonstrators are polite and orderly, but boy, very determined. The federal government should be paying attention, but is it? Do they understand what needs to be done?
Conferring with Vivian Krause and Randy Kerr (Calgary Beddington UCP candidate) after her SOLD OUT performance last night (Dec 12) at the Telus Convention Centre. Credit where it is due: Randy introduced me to Vivian a couple years ago. Her message of 'follow the money' (regarding anti-oil and gas protests) resonates well with my professional background -- and she was the reason I first got a twitter account. It's great to see her well-researched message gaining significant traction. And kudos to all my friends who also have assisted Vivian in her efforts. This is what 'momentum' looks like.
Every kid’s dream: “drink from the silver cup” (apologies to “America”!).
While out doorknocking on the weekend of Nov 17-18, I ran into Grant Fagerheim. He is the president of Whitecap Resources Inc. and I'm happy to say, a supporter of mine for the nomination. Grant has been in the media lately about the necessity of the GOA limiting oil production to deal with the differentials.
Last evening (Nov 14) my team met to review the campaign to date and make future plans. So far I've met a lot of people at the doors and at small events and I'm getting a very positive response. But still no nomination date has been announced. So we will just keep working. If you'd like to help, let me know: Greg@GregMcLean.ca.
I'm pictured here with Jasraj Singh Hallam, the UCP candidate in Calgary-McCall and Nicholas Milliken, the successful candidate for the UCP nomination in Calgary-Currie on Monday (Nov 5), a constituency that overlaps with federal Calgary Centre.
My supporter Brian Doherty hosted a wine-and-cheese for me last evening (Oct 27). I love these opportunities to talk one-on-one with constituents in small group settings. I'd be pleased to come to your home or office.
It was my privilege this morning (October 19) to witness my friend Miguel Arturo Possamai become a Canadian citizen. I'm pictured with my wife Ruth Pogue and Miguel's partner Dustin Franks.
On October 15, I enjoyed the company of the residents of the Staywell Manor at Garrison Woods. Lots of great questions and conversations from these very engaged seniors.
On October 13, I visited the ladies and gents living at the Fountains of Mission retirement residence in the Mission neighbourhood of Calgary Centre.
I met up with Doug Schweitzer on October 5 at the rally against the carbon tax with Jason Kenney and Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Schweitzer is a former leadership candidate and is now the UCP nominated candidate for Calgary-Elbow, one of the provincial constituencies that overlaps with federal Calgary Centre.
At MP Michelle Rempel’s Big ‘Berta event on September 28; I’m pictured here with Ward 4 Councillor Sean Chu.
Community leader Ed Tam invited me to an event on behalf of a Chinatown business owner on Saturday. I was interested to hear from the residents about their issues. Knowing when and how government oversteps is part of being a good representative, and I look forward to hearing and hopefully resolving constituents' concerns if I am elected in Calgary Centre
On September 20 I enjoyed a wine and cheese gathering for people living in Beltline. Thanks to all who came out. These small gatherings are a great way to meet people one-on-one and answer questions. If you'd like to host one for your friends, neighbours or colleagues, please let me know.
I joined thousands of Calgarians in enjoying the inclusiveness that Calgary Pride represents. Thank you to all my friends that invited us to join them in openly rejoicing. I’m pictured here at the Pride Parade with some folks from Shell.
Marda Gras gets better every year -- but we always seem to get a shower! Joining me at the Calgary Centre Conservative tent are other nomination candidates: Hugh Thompson; Tamara Loiselle; myself; Lee Humphreys; and Michael Malolos. Constituents have some excellent choices to unseat the Liberals from this riding.
Final Stampede event thanks to our friends at Wapahki Energy - a First Nations-owned energy company that we have worked with for the past few years. They regularly support Ray Mitsuing's chuckwagon at the Rangeland Derby. See you next year, Ray!
Thanks to my campaign supporters who hosted an after-work social in June at National so that I could meet and chat with some Beltline residents. Lots of interest from people willing to work to change the government in Ottawa.
As a former President of the PC Youth of Alberta, I was thrilled to be at an event hosted by our U of C Conservative Club in May. The downtown Legion is a great venue. Great leadership and organization from some up and comers in our party. Keep it coming!
Joining friends, including UCP candidates Sonya Savage and Randy Kerr, with Ledcor leaders at the annual CEPA (Canadian Energy Pipelines Association) dinner on Wednesday Jan 16. Pipelines matter!
I want to thank my wife Ruth who created a fabulous meal for the crowd. I appreciate all the different ways that she is supporting me in this endeavour from doorknocking with me to managing the campaign finances.
The message from this huge crowd was clear: Build That Pipe! Albertans aren’t looking for programs or handouts. We just want to work hard at good jobs, and get our environmentally-responsible product to market, preferably using safe and low-emission pipelines.
Doorknocking again this weekend (Dec 15-16). This pic is from Elbow Park, where we find quite a few Conservative supporters. Many, happily, have agreed to support my campaign to be the nominee in Calgary Centre for the 2019 election. Thank you all!
With old and new friends at the well-attended Energy Citizens’ Christmas gathering (Dec 3) at The Garage in Eau Claire.
Calgary workers delivered a message to Finance Minister Bill Morneau at noon on November 27, a message that he hasn't seemed to have heard yet.
I went doorknocking in Elbow Park on Nov 18. I’m getting a great response at the doors. People appreciate that the candidate is dropping by with time to talk.
Christmas season starts early! Four UCP constituency associations (Calgary-Currie, Calgary-Buffalo, Calgary-West, and Calgary-Bow) held their joint Christmas party at Jubilations Dinner Theatre on Nov 13. Ruth and I are pictured with Rev. Grant Gunnink and the Hon. Jason Kenney.
I had the pleasure of finally meeting with Vivian Krause on Nov 7.
I've been following Vivian for years -- as her 'follow the money' approach to the funding of environmental campaigns in Canada resonates well with my professional training.
Vivian makes a strong case about why American organizations are spending millions of dollars to 'de-market' Canadian oil (and none other) and the strategy to 'land-lock' Canadian oil.
It is a thoughtful analysis -- and will enlighten many Canadians.See some of her presentation material by clicking on the picture.
Thank you, Vivian, and thank you also to Cody Battershill at Canada Action, for bringing Vivian to a wider audience.
Chatting with a couple of the residents at Staywell Manor. Coffee and conversation on a Monday morning. This doesn’t even feel like campaigning because I enjoy it so much!
I had some great conversations and fielded some terrific questions from the engaged citizens at Fountains of Mission.
The snow came, but the doorknocking continued. Here I’m in the neighbourhood of Richmond with campaign volunteer Dustin Franks.
Pictured here with Foothills Member of Parliament John Barlow.
The Conservative Party's newest Member of Parliament, Leona Alleslev (Aurora-Oak Ridge-Richmond Hill, Ont.) was in Calgary the weekend of Sept 28. We had a thoughtful chat about why she left the Liberals and joined us. She is intelligent and personable and a wonderful addition to our Conservative Caucus. Welcome, Leona!
I spoke at the Petroleum Club on September 13. Here are a few of the folks who were there. Thanks everyone for coming!
I met up with Tom Olsen at the Pride Parade. Tom is a friend and the nominated UCP candidate in Calgary-Buffalo, a constituency that overlaps the federal riding of Calgary Centre.
Some of the volunteers on my campaign got together on August 1 in Marda Loop. Volunteering on a political campaign can be a lot of fun, and there are lots of different kinds of jobs to do. If you'd like to get involved, just let me know.
This picture is a bit blurry, but maybe that’s to be expected at Stampede! Met up with UCP Leader Jason Kenney at one of the many parties we both enjoyed attending.
My family and I caught up with Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer at the Calgary Centre Conservative Stampede Breakfast.
Lilac Festival was a big hit! As usual. The Calgary Centre Conservatives had an excellent booth, and great people were swarming by all day. Great organization, everyone. My long-time friend and dentist, Gene Dalla Lana -- who practices in the building next to my condo on 8th st. and 15th ave. S.W. -- ran into me as we were picking up wind-blown brochures from the street.