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Susan on the Soapbox

Susan Wright is a lawyer with over 26 years of experience in oil, natural gas, petrochemicals and pipelines. She believes that engaged citizens can change the world. She writes a political blog called Susan on the Soapbox. The Soapbox received the 2013 Clawbie award for the best legal blog for a non-legal audience. Follow her on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/susanspbx]@Susanspbx[/url].

Blog - Susan on the Soapbox August 8
Image: Flickr/Premier of Alberta
Susan Wright | Alberta's NDP government wants to save Albertans $2 billion and the Wildrose, the Progressive Conservatives and the media are churning up a dust storm of misinformation trying to stop them.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox May 9
Image: Twitter/@RachelNotley
Susan Wright | "The Beast," as Wood Buffalo regional fire chief Darby Allen calls the Fort Mac fire, is fearsome, but it has taught Albertans five remarkable things about themselves and their government.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox May 3
Image: Facbook/Brian Jean
Susan Wright | When the Wildrose Opposition deploys the "commies at the gate" narrative it crosses the line into unparliamentary and unacceptable behaviour.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox March 16
Image: Facebook/George Clark
Susan Wright | George Clark's attempt to overthrow the government turned into an angry demonstration with participants shouting homophobic slurs, waving posters with swastikas and "Final Solution" slogans.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox March 7
Image: http://www.scc-csc.ca/
Susan Wright | One day before International Women's Day, let's take a moment to celebrate the career of a Canadian treasure: Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox September 8
Image: Flickr/DFATD | MAECD
Susan Wright | The Syrian refugee crisis requires a courageous and compassionate leader. Canadians don't have one.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox August 6
TPP rally. Ottawa, Canada, June 10 2014
Susan Wright | The TPP: it's not just about dairy producers. It's about our right to pass laws to protect the people, not just corporations.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox July 30
Photo: pmwebphotos/flickr
Susan Wright | When a poll asks if you'd be fussed by an early election, there's a good chance it's from the Harper camp.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox July 19
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Susan Wright | Brad Wall tries to take a bite out of Rachel Notley and ends up crumpled on the floor.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox May 18
ex-Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, in happier times (September 2014)
Susan Wright | Perfect storms? Oil Oligarchs? The conservative brain trust still doesn't get why the PCs lost
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox May 4
Rachel Notley at May 3, 2015 rally in Edmonton
Susan Wright | It's time to make history Alberta!
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox April 26
Image: Flickr/Dave Cournoyer
Susan Wright | Jim Prentice tells Rachel Notley "math is difficult." Jim, it's words, not numbers, that count.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox April 6
Photo: flickr/ Duckie Monster
Susan Wright | Budget 2015: Unless you're a member of Corporate Alberta, preferably Big Oil, this budget is not for you.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox March 31
Image: Flickr/Kempton
Susan Wright | We show who we are, and how much we care, by what we do. Who is Jim Prentice? How much does he care?
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox March 22
Susan Wright | A covert intelligence gathering agency becomes a covert enforcement agency? No problem!
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox March 18
Susan Wright | Blakeman's joint Liberal/Alberta Party/Green nomination creates confusion, not unification.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox March 1
Susan Wright | Sacrificing party loyalty? A small price to pay for humanity, surely.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox February 17
Image: Flickr/Dave Cournoyer
Susan Wright | Jim Prentice is acting like the CEO of a $40-billion enterprise and making a mockery of Alberta's democratic system in the process. Unfortunately even in CEO-mode, he's botched it.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox January 12
Photo: Flickr/bibiweb
Susan Wright | Unless they're prepared to reflect their one-party petro state in a wicked satirical mirror, Alberta's political cartoonists aren't Charlie Hebdo, they're Charlie Brown.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox January 7
Image: wikimedia commons
Susan Wright | Over the past few months Premier Prentice and ex-Leader of the Official Opposition, Danielle Smith, have been moving their lips a lot. It ain't pretty, but are they lying?
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox December 22
Image: Flickr/Dave Cournoyer
Susan Wright | Premier Jim Prentice's move to welcome the Wildrose party into his government would be a shrewd move if he were a CEO. If you're the premier, it's an abuse of power.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox December 14
Image: wikimedia commons
Susan Wright | Adversity focuses the mind. Unfortunately Mr. Prentice focused on protecting Big Oil from OPEC instead of Albertans from Big Oil.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox November 24
Image: Flickr/Dave Cournoyer
Susan Wright | Why does the public go bananas when Danielle Smith, the leader of the Official Opposition, criticizes the PC government?
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox November 13
Image: Flickr/Dave Cournoyer
Susan Wright | Why does Stephen Mandel, the newly minted Minister of Health, think it's a good idea for Alberta taxpayers to support the lifestyles of wealthy Australian businessmen?
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox September 29
Image: Flickr/James Tworow
Susan Wright | Premier Prentice announced that he was proceeding with two flood mitigation projects. He'll divert the Highwood River to protect High River and create a dry reservoir in the Springbank area.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox September 22
Image: Flickr/daveberta
Susan Wright | Jim Prentice needs a lot of help to transition from the disgraced Redford administration to a successful regime of his own. It looks like he's turned, literally, to the corporate self-help books.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox September 8
Image: Flickr/Dave Cournoyer
Susan Wright | How is Alberta premier Jim Prentice going to pay for all the promises he made during his leadership campaign when the province is $20 billion in debt?
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox August 25
Image: Flickr/Kempton
Susan Wright | Of all of the things that PC party leadership candidate Jim Prentice could have done to restore Albertans' trust in government, imposing term limits on provincial MLAs was not one of them.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox August 18
Susan Wright | Is Jim Prentice's statement that giving away free memberships to the PC Party (a.k.a. paying for them himself) democratic true or truth-y?
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox August 11
Susan Wright | Oh boy, there is no shortage of material from the Alberta Tories when it comes to spending scandals. Will anyone in Alberta notice?

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