Last September, we launched the Free Alberta Strategy in a virtual press conference attended by journalists from across Alberta and Canada.
Despite being written by several lawyers and public policy experts, receiving endorsements from a number of MLAs and high-profile Albertans, and being a solution to perhaps the largest challenge Alberta faces, most of the journalists, honestly, kind of dismissed us.
Well - as the saying goes - they aren't laughing now.
In the last nine months, everything has changed:
We've held virtual town halls in every riding in Alberta.
We've received support and endorsements from about 10 sitting MLAs, 5 former MLAs, and even more high-profile Albertans.
We've collected the signatures of more than 10,000 Albertans on our petition.
We've been talked about on dozens of TV, radio, and podcast shows, and mentioned in hundreds of newspaper, magazine, and online articles.
Oh, and, in case you didn't notice, Alberta is about to have a new Premier, we hosted a 5000+ attendee candidates discussion, and the single biggest topics of the leadership race so far have all been our Free Alberta Strategy ideas.
Suddenly, the media coverage isn't about how we'll never be able to implement our ideas.
Now, the journalists are worried about how Ottawa will respond when we do.
Not bad for less than a year's work, right?
There is so much more to be done, though.
Ottawa continues to step up its attacks on Alberta and whoever ends up as Premier in the fall will need a clear plan to tackle the federal government head-on.
If you have any ideas, we're always ready to listen - just send us an email!