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Below is a column I wrote in June of 2008 for my son on Father’s Day. It is being reprinted here at the request of Stacey Brotzel of CTV, who is a fabulous broadcast journalist. The column was a gift to my son. But it spoke to my own inner yearning — a yearning common to men of my generation and perhaps all generations. Here it is. - This belated Father's Day message is for...

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You encounter the coolest people on the doorstep while campaigning. On a recent day I met a bright, passionate woman who challenged me on urban sprawl. She wanted to know if I’d take a “principled stand” on the issue. We talked for about 20 minutes. But I left feeling a bit uneasy about our conversation. So I wrote her a follow-up email. Here it is, below. I’ll call her Mary, for anonymity sake.

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If cleanliness is next to godliness then Edmonton best get on with some serious bathing. This, the Capital City of one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the world, looks a bit unkempt. I was reminded of this while out campaigning recently. I ran into a couple who just returned to Edmonton after years in the United States. They wondered: What the heck? They say Edmonton isn’t the neat, tidy and manicured city of their memory....

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