The Wheatsheaf: Recap: Saskatchewan Election 2011

Watching the twitter feed for #skpoli I was struck by the animosity and venom towards both the NDP and its leader Dwain Lingenfelter.  While the partisan in me wants to chalk this up to the over-indulgent no-holds-barred mentality that I have witness Sask. Party/Conservative/Canadian Alliance supporters adopt in the past, I also recognize that when ...

CalgaryGrit: NDP Hits a Wall in Saskatchewan

The year of the incumbent continues in Canada, with Brad Wall taking 49 of 58 seats and 64% of the vote.

Accidental Deliberations: Setting the tone

We’ll find out soon whether the latest Sask Party vote suppression has any impact one way or another on tonight’s election results. But even if not, it may nonetheless be rather significant in setting the province’s narrative for the next four years. After all, anybody with the least bit of commitment to the idea of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Unethical standards

Yes, Geoff Leo’s debunking of Bill Hutchinson’s supposed “mainstreeting” is well worth a view. But I’d think the story deserves to be taken somewhat more seriously than it has been so far. After all, it’s hard to see Hutchinson’s setup as anything but a deliberate attempt to mislead the media and the general public in ...

Accidental Deliberations: Misled

Angela Hall makes the fatal mistake of presuming that right-wing spin has anything at all to do with reality: Returning to the city where he made a recent campaign promise to crack down on violent offenders, Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall expressed support for Ottawa’s tough on crime bill despite the potential for added costs ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – I’d think it’s long past the time where any informed observer could cling to hope that the Harper Cons see good government as a goal worth pursuing. But Dan Gardner points out the role that Parliament should play if they actually did have some interest in that result: ...

Accidental Deliberations: Style vs. substance

The first obvious takeaway from tonight’s Saskatchewan leaders’ debate was the need for both more debate and more debaters. And for all the criticism of the exclusion of other parties’ leaders, the bigger issue may have been a painfully shortened format that allowed for only minimal discussion of any topic (especially when substantial portions of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Burning questions

Has any government, anywhere, ever done as little in a four-year term as the Saskatchewan Party will admit to planning in its platform? Does anybody expect the Saskatchewan Party to break the mould? And if not, what’s been left out of the platform that’s actually on Brad Wall’s agenda for the next four years? (Handy ...

Accidental Deliberations: On boomerang effects

Accusing one’s opponents of having a hidden agenda has become a matter of standard-issue political strategy. But accusing one’s opponents of having a hidden agenda identical to one’s own takes rather more creativity. And chutzpah. And contortionism. So kudos to the Sask Party for at least introducing some novelty into Saskatchewan’s election campaign. But I’m ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading. – Armine Yalnizyan points out what a “Buffett tax” could do for Canada: Put Larry and his 99 fellow CEOs together, and they could put almost a 10% down payment on a national program to bring dental care to school kids. Canadians spend more than $13 billion on ...

Accidental Deliberations: On nuclear testing

One of the obvious questions facing Saskatchewan voters in the lead up to this fall’s election is that of how much credit (if any) Brad Wall and his government should be able to claim for economic gains based mostly on favourable resource prices. So let’s take a look at a couple of ways of testing ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Saskatchewan’s election campaign is shaping up as a choice between personality and policy. And for the latest noteworthy policy proposal from the NDP, see yesterday’s community hospital announcement.

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – James Laxer points out how overreach by the wealthy and powerful inevitably leads to backlash – and how we’re just scratching the surface of what’s to come: (R)ight-wing revolts can get out of hand and can create difficulties, even grave difficulties, for the rich and the powerful ...

Accidental Deliberations: On gullibility

I’m pretty sure I’ve read columns and articles purporting to be written by Murray Mandryk over a period of several years. But I’m having trouble making sense of that recollection after he’s gone out of his way to demonstrate that he was born yesterday. Of course, it’s indeed rather typical for right-wing politicians in Saskatchewan ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your day. – Leftdog points out that the Wall government’s regressive ideology is doing exactly what it usually does – resulting in workers losing ground as a result of stagnant wages and skyrocketing costs even as billions of dollars get funnelled to big business in the name of “growth”. – Meanwhile, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

I can think of a few appropriate introductions to a plan belatedly acknowledging the existence of a housing crisis. But proudly pointing to past programs which have evidently accomplished nothing isn’t one of them.

Accidental Deliberations: Frequently-quoted answers to simple questions

Pogge asks: Is (Brad) Wall so uninformed that he doesn’t know about (federal subsidies for the oil sands)? It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it. This has been a first edition of frequently-quoted answers to simple questions.

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading… – While I agree with Murray Dobbin’s latest to a point, I’d think it’s worth clarifying exactly what kind of fight we can and should expect from the NDP over the next four years. To the extent one considers a “culture war” to mostly involve the U.S. issues normally ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, expanding on the hostile labour environment that’s developing as federal and provincial governments alike use back-to-work legislation as a pre-emptive attack on workers. For further reading (which should be familiar to those who read the blog regularly): – Ryan McGreal’s “revenge egalitarianism” concept earns a mention in the column, and for those who haven’t ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Wall government’s economic strategy is resulting in Saskatchewan paying more to get less out of private-sector development.

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Brian Topp’s initial observations on the new sitting of Parliament include this note on the Libs’ interim leader: (A)s a footnote, Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae was also interesting in these exchanges. He too noted the small sum being invested in alleviating seniors’ poverty, and asked: “Why would ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Wall government has turned what would be considered “corrupt practices” in any other voting process into a rational strategy for employers trying to prevent workers from organizing.

Making up for lost time

Lots of stuff going on since I last posted here.  Besides the Rider’s being in the Western Semi-final today, I mean. Dr. Jim Harding, ardent no-nukes activist and author, has started a website to provide an archive of material related to the nuclear industry, renewable energy and other issues related to sustainable development. The great ...

The Wheatsheaf: Declining service

During the Lorne Calvert era, the NDP and Saskatchewan Party engaged in simplistic debates on the merits of crown corporations. Brad Wall used to stand up, get red in the face with veins popping from his neck as if he was about to blow a gasket and shout about the NDP “picking winners and losers”. ...