Despite the growing dissatisfaction Albertans felt with the ruling party, the election remained Jim Prentice's to lose. Though odds were stacked against him, there were too many missteps, and at the root of each was a failure to respect the intelligence of the Alberta voter.
Originally from Northern Alberta, Rikia has lived and worked in London, Paris and New York, and now makes her home in Vancouver, British Columbia. <br> <br> A marketing strategist and author, her book We Are Canada is nominated for a Red Maple award. She has spoken and ignited conversation across the country, through countless radio interviews, TV panels including The National and Connect with Mark Kelly, and public speaking from the Global Youth Assembly to the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts. <br> <br> Rikia sits on the board of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs and remains involved with the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference and Canada 2020. <br> <br> http://wearecanada.org/
To be Canadian is to always feel just a little different than the cool kids. How can we compete when every one of us is an immigrant, or descendant of immigrants, and the mix of who we are changes constantly? Maybe we're asking the wrong question. If we took a closer look, we might find that we're cooler than we realize. Canadians have a unique relationship with our history. We're proud of the country we built, but ashamed of the steps we took to get here. For many of us, the easiest solution is to try not to look back at all. But when we don't know our history, we don't just miss out on a dusty old past. It makes it hard to imagine our future.
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