Friday, 17 August 2012
Steady retreat of Manitoban Social Democracy
As the authors in the Policy Fix/Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives article point out, the willingness to run deficits in a severe recession kept the Manitoba economy strong in the early 1980s. Regardless of whether other dippers were afraid of the "spendthrift" image deficit-spennding during a recession would create for their party, it was the correct policy response. Pawley showed much courage and honour in pursuing it, along with pushing for pay equity, stronger workplace safety rules, and adding sexual orientation to the human rights code.
The 18th Premier of Manitoba made decisions, regardless of being out of vogue right now, that were much more courageous than what the 20th Premier and present oil sands salesman would be capable of.
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