If you live in Calgary or Edmonton and are looking for opinions, facts, forecasts and up-to-date information on the municipal elections on October 21, you’ll want to check out these two blogs: Calgary’s Vincent St. Pierre’s: calgaryliberal.com and Edmonton’s Dave Cournoyer’s: davelaberta.ca
calgaryliberal.com is a blog that expresses to the political views of Vincent St. Pierre, a fifth generation Albertan and student at the University of Calgary. According to his bio he first began to blog anonymously in 2006 at the age of 15 and then shifted began to blog openly under his name in 2009. In 2012 he was named Canada’s Best Political Blogger by the Canadian Weblog Awards.
He considers himself a classical Liberal with a strong Albertan perspective and a positive and forward thinking vision for the province of Alberta. He is an articulate and passionate spokesperson for Albertans and those interested in change. He has held numerous leadership and volunteer portfolios from being president of the University of Calgary Liberals to the presidency of three different Electoral District Associations.
In 2012 he and a group of Calgarian bloggers raised over $10,000+ for Inn from the Cold, a local non-profit, and was elected by 1,969 students to represent some 26,000 undergraduate students on the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors. His blog is listed amongst the Calgary Herald’s Top Calgary Blogs.
Dave Cournoyer is a writer, blogger, and political watcher living in Edmonton. According to his bio, he launched daveberta.ca in January 2005 and was awarded the Best Political Blog, Best Progressive Blog, Best Blogosphere Citizen in the 2007 Canadian Blog Awards and was listed SEE Magazine as one of Edmonton’s top blogs.
Like Vincent, Dave began his rabble-rousing days at university. He was elected VP (External) of the U of A Students’ Union and served as Chair of the Council of Alberta University Students from 2006 to 2007. In these roles, he served as a spokesperson and advocate for 80,000 undergraduate students at Alberta’s three largest universities and was part of the team who successfully negotiated the creation of the Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) for undergraduate students.
After completing his term in office, he entered provincial politics as Communications Coordinator for the official opposition, where he worked closely with Edmonton-Riverview MLA Kevin Taft during his time as Leader of the Official Opposition.
Dave made national headlines when Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach threatened legal action over his ownership of the domain name edstelmach.ca. The Premier’s lawyer accused him of misappropriating the Premier’s personality, a claim that Dave responded to by saying that “I don’t know where Premier Stelmach’s personality is, but I certainly don’t have it.”
He is a past member of the Programming Committee for the Edmonton’s Litfest and former Community Representative on the Board of Directors of the Gateway Student Journalism Society. In 2003, he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his volunteer work with the WarAmps of Canada and in 2010 he was named as one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 by Avenue Magazine. In 2012, the global public relations company Hill & Knowlton recognized Dave as one of Alberta’s most influential Tweeters. You can follow his tweets at @davecournoyer.