Wednesday, 5 October 2011
The Winnipeg Sun, for those of you who are sane enough to ignore it, has been publishing countless fear-mongering attack articles to hurt the Manitoba NDP. They've been trying to get people lose their minds over the provincial deficit and tried to infer that falling revenue due to a global demand slump somehow means that Selinger's been ruining us with reckless spending. Tom Brodbeck, in his usual hack MO, has tried to bring the worst excesses of US style Dumb on Crime politics to Winnipeg (and has succeeded in riling up at least one wannabe vigilante) when not crying wolf over the debt.
I guess being second rate or worse at fear-mongering is something the Winnipeg Sun just can't handle. If their attempts at scaring people don't work, what else are they to do? Journalism?!!
Regionally concentrating one's power base results in messed up results like the ones for the last two provincial elections. If the Tories succeed under a new leader in 2015 at getting control of Winnipeg's suburbs, expect an equally skewed result in the opposite direction next time round.**
Unless, of course, we demand electoral reform now.
*The NDP seat count increased in 2007 from 2003 levels despite a popular vote fall. The party's seat count increased this election from 2007 levels despite a drop in the popular vote this time as well.
**Since a second, and worse, dip to the the global recession will likely be coming along soon, there is a strong possibility that this victory will be bittersweet for the Dippers. The next dip will likely hit Canada harder and the commodities market won't save us next time. The chattering class, as they always do, will attribute global macroeconomic problems as resultant by "ideological extremism" on the part of the NDP and Selinger will gain Howard Pawley's reputation.
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
I wonder - since Air Canada sends flights to the US (a country whose overall per capita homicide rate is higher than that of Canadian murder capital Winnipeg) - whether they bar staff from visiting US hotels.
And to McFadyen; yes, Downtown crime is higher than it should be, but no, that doesn't excuse stupid corporate moves. Winnipeg isn't Detroit or Los Angeles and it's (more professional) hotels are more than suited to handling flight staffers (especially if they're informed about the potential dangers).
Finally, Air Canada, I'm really looking forward to the day West Jet puts you out of business.
*Aeroplan is, of course, owned and integrated with Air Canada.
^ Up-to-date* seat projections
I suspect an NDP government will form, either a razor-thin Majority or a Majority. I'd like to see the Liberals win a few more seats, but there's a risks that the PCs will take out Gerrard's own seat.
All in all, I suspect another of First Past the Post's famous Manufactured Majorities for the NDP, even if another party wins the popular vote. Which is unfortunate, as a Minority government might provide the right environment for electoral reform to gain sway in this province.
Oh, and Fair Vote Manitoba, HURRY UP AND START DOING STUFF!
*Assuming you're reading this before Elections Manitoba officially verifies the results.