PC Party of Alberta – Mr. Jason Kenney

March 19, 2017

Let me begin by congratulating Mr. Jason Kenney on becoming the new Leader of the PC Party of Alberta. Mr. Kenney’s dedication and resolve to redirect the Wildrose and PC Parties is well-known, and I sincerely wish him well in this new position.

Many of you are aware I have chosen to further dedicate myself to public service by wishing to serve Albertans as the next leader of today’s Alberta Liberals.

I know Albertans are seeking a modern political party that celebrates Alberta’s diversity, recognizes moderate ideologies, and values fiscal prudence. This is my vision of the Alberta Liberal Party, and it is needed now more than ever before.

Currently, Alberta’s larger, mainstream political parties represent divergent views with ideologies that are in stark contrast with one another. This creates an unfortunate situation for Albertans who are forced to choose between extremes.

However, Albertans do have a better option: the Alberta Liberal Party. This is the one party that continues to demonstrate moderation, fiscal prudence, and inclusion, which represent today’s values in our province. The Alberta Liberals are the smart and common sense choice for Albertans.

We are re-building 87 teams to represent you, and form a province-wide team to champion the true wishes of most Albertans – something no other party offers.

As a proven leader, I believe I can lead Albertans in bringing people together and creating policies that are helpful and fair to everyone, and not tied to political right or left ideologies.

As Leader, I will work with you. Together we will strengthen our Alberta and ensure we stay at the forefront as a leading province. Together we can create more opportunities for families, for business, and for Albertans, young and old and that excites me!

Alberta is better and stronger when we stand together in unity. I invite you join this important and exciting movement. I welcome and encourage all PC party members to review our Alberta Liberal website, take out a membership and stay in touch over the coming months. Leadership nominations close on March 31, 2017. I appreciate your support.

Sincerely,

Nolan Crouse

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PC Party of Alberta

March 18, 2017

Let me begin by congratulating Mr. Jason Kenney on becoming the new Leader of the PC Party of Alberta. Mr. Kenney’s dedication and resolve to redirect the Wildrose and PC Parties is well-known, and I sincerely wish him well in this new position.

Many of you are aware I have chosen to further dedicate myself to public service by wishing to serve Albertans as the next leader of today’s Alberta Liberals.

I know Albertans are seeking a modern political party that celebrates Alberta’s diversity, recognizes moderate ideologies, and values fiscal prudence. This is my vision of the Alberta Liberal Party, and it is needed now more than ever before.

Currently, Alberta’s larger, mainstream political parties represent divergent views with ideologies that are in stark contrast with one another. This creates an unfortunate situation for Albertans who are forced to choose between extremes.

However, Albertans do have a better option: the Alberta Liberal Party. This is the one party that continues to demonstrate moderation, fiscal prudence, and inclusion, which represent today’s values in our province. The Alberta Liberals are the smart and common sense choice for Albertans.

We are re-building 87 teams to represent you, and form a province-wide team to champion the true wishes of most Albertans – something no other party offers.

As a proven leader, I believe I can lead Albertans in bringing people together and creating policies that are helpful and fair to everyone, and not tied to political right or left ideologies.

As Leader, I will work with you. Together we will strengthen our Alberta and ensure we stay at the forefront as a leading province. Together we can create more opportunities for families, for business, and for Albertans, young and old and that excites me!

Alberta is better and stronger when we stand together in unity. I invite you join this important and exciting movement. I welcome and encourage all PC party members to review our Alberta Liberal website, take out a membership and stay in touch over the coming months. Leadership nominations close on March 31, 2017. I appreciate your support.

Sincerely,

Nolan Crouse

Stay in touch!

Website: www.nolancrouse.com

Donate: www.nolancrouse.com

Email: nolan

Phone: 780.405.9917

Twitter: @Nolan_Crouse

Facebook: Nolan Crouse

LinkedIn: Nolan Crouse

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Alberta Liberal Party – Our Values

Equal Opportunity … Liberals oppose both privilege and prejudice. Everyone should have as equal an opportunity as possible to participate in society, enjoying equal rights and freedoms, and sharing responsibilities.

Free Enterprise … Alberta Liberals have faith in the free enterprise system. Through it, the widest number of opportunities are provided, the greatest number of needs are satisfied, and initiative is most rewarded. Nevertheless, the market system is not perfect. The government has a role to play in preventing exploitation, protecting consumers and preserving the environment. Government also has a role to play in facilitating economic development and competition, and serving public needs which the private sector cannot or will not meet.

Fiscal Responsibility … Alberta Liberals believe that government has an obligation to manage the affairs of the province in a prudent and responsible manner. Wasteful spending threatens essential government programs such as health care and education for today’s constituents, and fairness dictates that future generations not be burdened with our debts.

Environmental Responsibility … Alberta Liberals believe that the protection of the environment is essential to the longterm health of our planet and ourselves, and to our quality of life. Environmental policy must look beyond a traditional view of economics to reflect the cultural and spiritual importance of the environment in our lives. Responsible policy-makers must consider the environment a sacred trust

Change … Liberals have always been reformers. We seek to improve the system as we search for ways of improving the human condition. We are not afraid to initiate change. Without compromising our principles, our search for solutions is driven not by rigid ideology but by the question, “What is best?”

Alberta Liberal Party Leadership Bid @ABLiberal

March 1, 2017

It is with excitement and great optimism that I share with you and all Albertans, that all processes have been completed, I have satisfied all the requirements, and I am now an official Candidate seeking the Leadership of the Alberta Liberal Party.

My interest to help others through public and community service has been paramount throughout my life, and this is an opportunity to do so in another important way, at a very critical time. My role and responsibility serving as Mayor of the City of St. Albert will continue fully until the end of my term, although as I previously announced, I will not be seeking re-election in the fall of 2017.

The Alberta Liberal Party knows it is an important time to establish itself as the most progressive and moderate political choice for Albertans. Recently, the Alberta Liberal Party announced the beginning of this new chapter with its intent to choose the Party’s next Leader in June, replacing Dr. David Swann.

Over the last several weeks while contemplating my decision, I met with many Albertans to hear their perspectives, and I experienced an overwhelming level of enthusiasm for an active, engaging and modern Liberal Party in Alberta.

Most of you expressed Albertans’ values of inclusiveness, dignity, integrity, pragmatism, stability, and economic responsiveness – all values that resonate deeply with me.

These values, together with concerns expressed by some, are what is motivating me to lead the Party and work with you to help create an even stronger Alberta for us all.

I personally believe it is of interest to all Albertans that the Alberta Liberal Party creates a modern gateway where we respect ideological differences, celebrate our diversity and find ways to better represent Albertans politically. After all, that is today’s Alberta, and Alberta is better together; a Province of middle-class citizens.

Having had the privilege of serving 4 terms on Council, 3 terms (10 Years) as Mayor, and 5 years as Chair of the Capital Region Board, I understand the challenges that residents and municipalities face. Whether it be large, small, rural and urban, I appreciate the necessity for economic vitality in our province, and I equally care about the range of circumstances and needs facing Alberta’s most vulnerable.

As an experienced business person, experienced leader, husband, father, grandfather and lifelong Albertan, I care very much about our Province’s success. To me, the Alberta Liberal Party represents both today’s progressive values along with well-grounded ideals.

To serve Alberta as the volunteer Alberta Liberal Party Leader is an opportunity I take to heart, and I look forward to connecting with more Albertans in the weeks ahead.

If you wish to get involved, donate, ask questions, or provide input, I encourage you to contact me, available in a variety of ways

Email nolan@nolancrouse.com
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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson
Author, Lecturer

Announcement – Nolan E. Crouse – Alberta Liberal Party Leadership

January 17, 2017 [M2537 – Nolan2007]

Nolan E. Crouse

Today I wish to share with you what I will be contemplating over the upcoming weeks; in what lays next for me in the realm of public service, a passion that you may know that I hold.

As you may be aware, I recently announced that I will not be seeking re-election as St. Albert’s Mayor this fall. After having been provided with the opportunity to serve 4 terms on Council, 3 terms as Mayor, and 5 years as Chair of the Capital Region Board, I have decided it is time to review other potential opportunities to continue serving Albertans beyond the Municipal realm.

As such, I intend to explore important options to serve the people of Alberta through Provincial politics and have begun the process to do such.

The Alberta Liberal Party knows it is an important time to establish itself as the progressive and moderate political choice for Albertans. Yesterday, January 16, the Alberta Liberal Party announced the start of this new chapter with its intent to choose the Party’s next leader in June, replacing Dr. David Swann.

It is of interest to all Albertans that the Alberta Liberal Party creates a modern gateway where we all respect ideological differences, celebrate all our diversities and find ways to better represent the middle-class, politically. After all, that is today’s Alberta and Albertans are better together.

As an experienced business owner and business executive, an experienced elected official, a husband, father, grandfather and lifelong Albertan, I care very much about how I may best contribute to our Province’s future success. The opportunity to serve Albertans in a volunteer capacity such as the Liberal Party Leader is one opportunity that I am seriously considering. I will update Albertans in the near future.

Nolan E. Crouse

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Announcing intentions, fall 2017 Municipal Election #stalbert

Nolan Crouse, Mayor, “address” relative to my intention; fall 2017 election

Here is the link to Dropbox to watch video:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0ls9afkmxb1rb22/MayorsIntention_1.mp4?dl=0

Text of speech as follows:

Today, serving you from this spot along the river, I would like to share with you my plans for the fall of 2017 municipal election, and before I get to that, I would like to share some precursor thoughts.

First of all, one of life’s greatest gifts beyond parenting a child, is to be given the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing, and the last nearly 13 years has been just that serving on Council. You just have to find out who you are and then do it on purpose.

As I reflect on the almost 13 years, and what lays ahead, it satisfies me to know that important work has been done by the City, staff and the Councils. It motivates me knowing that important work is forthcoming.

As I write this, St. Albert is known as arguably the safest urban in Alberta, and in recent years has regularly been acknowledged as one of, if not the best place to live in Canada, the best place to raise a family and recognized often as one of the safest Canadian cities, one of the best places to invest … and the list goes on.

Financially, we have seen several years of very modest tax increases and even a decrease one year, and our financial health, measured by reserves and debt status is amongst the top 2 to 3 of all urbans in Alberta, and arguably # 1. The City, community, and corporation are in a sparkling place.

The corporation itself is served by 625 employees and 60 RCMP members. Their work ethic is remarkably strong, their service to others is as good as any organization, private or public. Their quality and quantity of service helps this community be the best it can be, and for that, we must all be grateful. I have always been extremely proud of what I have experienced with all City staff and I am delighted with their excellence.

This community has within it about 100 not for profits; the community has about 25 churches and 30 schools. These organizations bring the most remarkable balance amongst the needs of education, culture, faith, social, recreation, health, business and sport. Having the opportunity to interface with each and every one of these organizations, has been perhaps my greatest pleasure and indeed learning; seeing just how significant these sectors contribute to our community. These organizations’ love of youth, seniors and family has been unwavering and appreciated dearly.

The non-residential sector, mostly represented by businesses is also strengthening, as the trend toward improving our non-residential tax assessment compared to our residential is becoming stronger. Not long ago, that split was 91% residential to 9% non residential and today it is closer to 85-15 and nudging ever so closer to a once thought elusive 80-20.

That Economic-Development-related goal reminds me of the Latin line on the City’s emblem… In Omnibus Respice Finem”, meaning “in everything you do, look to the end”.

When I first began serving the community on Council, Ray Gibbon Drive did not exist, nor did Servus Place, the Grain Elevator Park, or Riel Recreation Park in their current forms. Today we are fortunate that they all exist.

The greatest use of life is to leave a legacy that outlasts us as individuals. While I have helped that as a father, a businessperson and as a coach, I am also very proud to have teamed up with several Councils who have helped the community do that for and with our community.

The community still has needs for additional gathering and community-building locations, requiring another arena, aquatics facility, a gymnastics facility, expanded heritage sites, a bigger museum and library programming space. The next Council must step up and deliver on some of these needs.

Now, a few personal thoughts:

Everyone, I love what I do, and of the 20 Mayors who served before me, only Richard Fowler, Bill Veness and Michael Hogan were provided the opportunity to serve this community as Mayor longer than me. That is remarkable company that I am humbled by.

Now unless one has served as Mayor, one never really understands the specific and the unique challenges that a Mayor has or faces. It is intimate knowledge and experience reserved for few. The tremendous emotional, physical, mental and family demands are far different than that of a Councillor, remarkably different than what staff or the broad community will ever understand it to be. As Mayor, you actually even must grow in kindness because that same kindness is regularly tested. But the unique challenges at the same time are also the same pleasures that comes with servant leadership.

I chose community safety, wellness, neighbourhood development, youth development and not for profit development as my Social Policy platform for 13 years.

I chose business attraction through corporate and community branding and image enhancement as my Economic Development Policy.

And, I chose the river valley, trees and the waste streams as a focus for my Environment Policy.

Staying personal, I have told St. Albert residents that I would not falter and I have not; serving with sincerity, serenity, integrity and hard work. I have served my duty as a leader and I have not served as a performer playing to any gallery.

I have worked to give correction without resentment when needed and I also have worked to see the sameness – in beggar and in queen; in child and in king.

I have stuck to my values, even while being tested, since as we know, if you don’t, they are not values, they are just hobbies.

So as you wonder what my decision is, my decision is driven by the desire to have one more career stint; a stint that would involve the toughest challenge possible.

I don’t know exactly what that next will be, but faith and planning will point to that in due course. I will share more on that in the coming weeks.

So…running for Mayor in 2017 would require such an unusual set of circumstances that it will be very unlikely and as such I will not be planning to run.

It has been said that one should leave the stage while the crowd is still clapping and while I am not certain if indeed the crowd is still clapping, I know it is my time to leave this stage. There is something to be said about choosing the time.

I still plan to be in early tomorrow morning; as early as always. My parents raised me on a farm and we were poor and worked very hard. I owe it to my parents, to my entire family, to the community and to anyone who has little, to continue to serve. I owe it to continue to serve until the last moment that I am capable of. Most know, I have been all in, serving early and serving late and I continue to be all in.

My deepest and sincerest of appreciation and thank you to anyone and everyone who helps build this community in every which way possible.

In closing, a former United Nations Secretary used this brief prayer once which is profound in its meaning and yet its profound in its simplicity”

“Night is drawing nigh

For all that has been – thanks

For all that shall be – Yes”

Thank you all