Thursday, 20 June 2013

Great talk on inequality



Canada does comparably well to the US/UK on these measures, but we've been heading in the wrong direction. One has to wonder what the continued fabian neoconservative assault on Canada's public social investments will do down the line.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Speaker-Gate

Justin Trudeau - The $20,000 speaker?

Image Source: Huffington Post Canada
Before I begin, let's note that I have some deep disagreements with Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. For starters his position on fixing the Senate is breathtakingly naive - just appoint good guys! Any system that relies on people being Angels is doomed to fail.

He's also attacked Mulcair's Dutch Disease analysis as "divisive" despite Liberal Scott Brison using the same idea in a response to the Harper CONs' 2011 budget.

Additionally, Arthur Cramer has criticized the Liberal leader's trade policy - though I haven't looked at the deals thoroughly enough to come to a conclusion yet.

All this is to say that there are legitimate criticisms of Trudeau. The new manufactroversy - that he dared to accept money charities paid him - is not one of them.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Fiscal axeman votes for Costly Sprawl


Axemen: Not the best people to run a city.
Russ Wyatt, as you may recall, is a fiscal axeman when it comes to the inner-city and hard working poor Winnipeggers. He just dreams of swinging that financial axe, brutally chopping off key supports and even infrastructure like the Arlington Bridge.

So when it comes to funding a new, costly outer-ring suburb in southwest Winnipeg, Wyatt would have "no choice" but to vote no, right?

Not quite.