Category: Opinion

Referendums could rein in profligate governments

| April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Referendums could rein in profligate governments

 Swiss referendums a model for Canada? By Mark Milke   Canadians who ponder how to better balance tax-and-spend issues should consider a nation that no one considers anything but civilized. In Switzerland, citizens have possessed robust referendums rights for 150 years and initiate referendums on taxes, the army, the European Union, immigration, and constitutional change. […]

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Fair Elections Act – Criticisms not valid, says Barry Cooper

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fair Elections Act – Criticisms not valid, says Barry Cooper

University of Calgary professors says Fair Elections Act address valid concerns By Barry Cooper   Three major criticisms have been directed against Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act. None is valid. First, critics object to eliminating vouching, whereby a citizen with valid ID assures a polling official that somebody else lacking valid ID is eligible […]

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Are Canadian taxes unjust?

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Are Canadian taxes unjust?

Calling Canadian taxes theft is either gross ignorance or dangerous rhetoric By Michael Flood It’s the giving season again. No, not Christmas, though it seems to sneak up on us just as fast. April 30 is coming round again and with it the need to pay our taxes. We all grumble and groan about it […]

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Medical tourism not the answer for cash-strapped health system

| April 14, 2014 | 1 Comment
Medical tourism not the answer for cash-strapped health system

Medical tourism hardly the cash cow many make it out to be By Colleen Flood So it looks like the ‘magic bullet’ solution has been found at last to cure Canada’s healthcare woes: medical tourism. Last week, Toronto’s Sunnybrook hospital defended its position to court affluent medical patients from other countries who can afford to […]

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Alberta faces deluge of angst and criticism over floods

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta faces deluge of angst and criticism over floods

Did Alberta energy development contribute to 2013 floods? By Shaun Polczer It’s springtime in Alberta, and the air is full of angst. It’s been a long winter, with sub-zero temperatures persisting well into April. Now that the ice and snow are finally beginning to melt, thoughts are returning to last spring’s floods in Calgary and […]

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Tories’ Fair Elections Act targets Chief Electoral Officer

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Tories’ Fair Elections Act targets Chief Electoral Officer

International scholars fear Canada may lose credibility if Fair Elections Act passes Troy Media – by Doreen Barrie The Fair Elections Act, which the federal government is trying to fast track through Parliament, is so deeply flawed that minor tinkering won’t fix it. I won’t go into the details of the many provisions of the […]

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Who’s afraid of a little debate? Deceitful BC Liberals, that’s who

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Who’s afraid of a little debate? Deceitful BC Liberals, that’s who

BC Liberals under fire for election promises By Dermod Travis   “Today’s BC Liberals” may have taken a little inspiration during last year’s election campaign from former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell when she bluntly stated in 1993 that “an election is no time to discuss serious issues.” It’s why British Columbians could be forgiven […]

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Alison Redford was just a lousy politician, that’s all

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alison Redford was just a lousy politician, that’s all

Alison Redford had little support in cabinet or caucus By Barry Cooper   When Alison Redford announced her resignation just over two weeks ago, the cause of her behaviour was often discussed in terms of gender, misogyny, and sexism. The data seem to be pretty clear. My departmental colleagues, Brenda O’Neill and David Stewart, pointed […]

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Let’s pick an Alberta Premier who will do the job of Premier

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Let’s pick an Alberta Premier who will do the job of Premier

Alberta Premier job up for grabs after resignation of Alison Redford In filling the position for a job it is best to look to who can best do the job at hand. And given the discussions about entitlement, legacies, national energy programs and international stages I have some worry that we have lost sight of […]

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Canadian government debt hits $4.1 trillion

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian government debt hits $4.1 trillion

Young citizens will be responsible for huge and growing Canadian government debt By Charles Lammam, Hugh MacIntyre, and Milagros Palacios  Receiving a credit card bill that totalled $243,476 would no doubt be a shock for most Canadians. But if you add up all the liabilities of every Canadian government – federal, provincial, and local – that […]

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