Alberta Diary: Premiers’ private parley – a summit so secret if you knew what they’d talked about, they’d have to kill you!

B.C. Premier Christy Clark, left, meets Alberta Premier Alison Redford, in snap-brim hat at right, to discuss things too secret for the Western Canadian public to know about. Actual Western Canadian politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated, nor may the vehicle at the front of the Legislature, or the one at the back, pictured ...

Accidental Deliberations: On failed strategies

Let’s follow up with one more point from Bruce Johnstone’s attempt to justify ramming through a stadium deal without any serious public input – which speaks less to the stadium project than to the bona fides of the politicians who are pushing it: Is it perfect? No, because unlike some places, like Texas or Indiana, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Michael Harris continues to highlight some of the fundamental problems with the Cons’ view of politics, this time identifying Stephen Harper as being afflicted with “master of the universe syndrome”: When you control all the levers of power, when you have no scruples, when you are surrounded by ...

Accidental Deliberations: On ballpark figures

John Klein and Marian Donnelly have already raised some important questions about this weekend’s stadium funding announcement. But while the biggest problem with the announcement may well be just how obvious it is that some key issues haven’t yet been worked out in the slightest, I’ll toss a couple more into the mix. First, particularly ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

This and that for your weekend reading. – Dave Coles comments on Brad Wall’s attempts to erase a century’s worth of gains when it comes to labour rights, but recognizes that we instead have an opportunity to again lead the way toward social progress: During this moment of relative prosperity in the province, Saskatchewan is ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: ndp and liberals searching for a pulse on the prairies.

Tweet You can be forgiven if you missed it. Hundreds of Liberals from across Alberta gathered in Edmonton last weekend for the biennial meeting of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta. Bob Rae Speakers and guests at the weekend conference included interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, Scarborough-Agincourt MP Jim Karygiannis, and Senators Grant Mitchell, ...

Calgary Grit: Provincial Matters

Charest stands a better chance running against this guy, than against Pauline Marois and Francois Legault Your Friday morning coast-to-coast link roundup: Atlantic Canada: CRA’s quarterly poll numbers have been released, showing the PCs up by 12 in New Brunswick and the NDP up by just 2 in Nova Scotia. The PEI headlines scream about “plunging” satisfaction ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Thomas Walkom makes the point that the hysterical response from Brad Wall and others can’t mask the fact that Thomas Mulcair is right in his analysis of the effect of a high, resource-driven dollar: Mulcair’s solution is hardly radical. He argues that the petroleum industry currently does ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – T.C. Norris points out that one of the most important developing themes in economic research is the recognition that reductions in employment insurance benefits only force job-seekers into damaging situations rather than creating economic benefits. But as we all know, mere facts won’t stop the Cons from turning ...

Calgary Grit: Mulcair Takes on the West

What started out as musings on the health of Ontario’s manufacturing sector has quickly escalated into a full fledged war of words between Tom Mulcair and the western Premiers. It’s an important shift in the dialogue, because going to war with the West is a lot different than going to war with the oilsands – after ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Add ‘Dutch Disease’ to climate change as real phenomena denied by Stephen Harper’s neo-Conmen

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, above right, presents his petroleum-development policy package to members of his oil patch caucus. Industry-financed Western politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: the real Mr. Harper and Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair. If the Alberta and federal governments’ mismanagement of oil sands development were not so clear and their defence ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: life after dutch disease: thomas mulcair to visit alberta on may 31.

Tweet Thomas Mulcair After weeks of warring words about the economic influence of Western Canadian oilsands development on the crumbling Central Canadian manufacturing sector, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair will visit Alberta on May 31 to meet with business and political leaders. This will be Mr. Mulcair’s first visit to Alberta since being selected as his ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Cons’ imposition of an economic policy which benefits a few at the expense of people who get no say in the matter is just the latest (if worst) example of their becoming everything they once claimed to loathe. For more on the economic argument (which in other corners has mostly focused ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Erin points out that there’s a relatively simple cure for Dutch disease – just as long as provincial governments are willing to put citizens ahead of resource extractors: (S)ince resources are priced in American dollars, the higher exchange rate further reduces provincial resource revenues in Canadian dollars. Saskatchewan’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party wants to turn back the clock on workers’ rights which have rightly gone unquestioned for near a century. For further reading…– The actual labour consultation paper can be found here. And I’ll encourage readers to make a submission in advance of the July 31 deadline – even if ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Linda McQuaig is hopeful that Quebec’s student protests against tuition hikes might remind many Canadians that we can do more than just meekly accept austerity and inequality: What seems to particularly gall some English Canadian commentators is the fact that the Quebec students — who reached a ...

LeDaro: Brad Wall: Oil Sands is a great stuff

Thomas Mulcair of NDP calls oil sands Dutch disease. Premier of Saskatchewan Brad Wall is very upset. His interview with Evan Solomon of CBC:

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: can thomas muclair’s ndp win in western canada?

Thomas Mulcair Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair talked his way into inevitable criticism of the oil sands this past weekend. Speaking on CBC Radio’s The House, Mr. Mulcair suggested that the development of the oil sands is contributing to a strong Canadian dollar, and thus hurting the industrial manufacturing sector in other provinces (also known ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Miles Corak comments on how inequality undercuts social mobility. And Joseph Stiglitz highlights the fact that the vast majority of people hold a strong interest in not having their path to a secure and successful life blocked by a wall of upper-class money. – If there’s anything the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – The Cons’ move to suppress Canadian wages by encouraging the use of disposable, temporary foreign labour is receiving plenty of due outcry. Here’s Armine Yalnizyan: Disturbingly, the federal announcement also set out new wage rules that permit employers to pay temporary foreign workers up to 15 per ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the distinction between healthy optimism and dangerous boosterism – and how both the Harper and Wall governments are dragging Saskatchewan toward the latter.

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Frances Russell comments on the Canada which the Harper Cons are determined to destroy. But the more important point looks to me to be less any theory of constitutionalism than the desire to have governments be as ineffective as possible at all levels: Harper, the man who co-authored ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the philosophical underpinnings of the Wall government’s choice to demolish Saskatchewan’s film industry – and the dangers for the province if we accept them. For further reading…– Bruce Johnstone and Murray Mandryk have already criticized the attack on the film industry as ill-advised purely as a matter of dollars and cents. – And ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to start your week… – Remember the Cons’ talking point that we should assume all of the Robocon calls which purported to come from Lib candidates could safely be said to have come from that source? Because Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher just shot a massive hole in the claim, finding that the ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Wall government’s spin on an essential services appeal seems to be largely ignoring some of the most important conclusions reached by Justice Ball in his decision. For those interested in seeing exactly what Justice Ball concluded about Wall’s overreach, see generally paragraphs 174-222 of the decision. But I’ll particularly highlight the ...