Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on Ryan Meili’s evidence-based policy – and particularly his thoughtful recognition of the issues where it’s better to seek out more expert advice than make promises in its absence. For further reading…– Again, Meili’s platform is here, and the sections on revenue and Crown corporations referred to in the column are here and here ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the latest threats to a free and open Internet for Canadians. For further reading…– Again, Canadaland broke the story of Bell’s push to make regulatory restrictions on website access a default answer to copyright issues here, while the FairPlay scheme is here (PDF). Michael Geist discussed some of the problems with Bell’s position, ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, expanding on this post as to how the promises which won Scott Moe the Saskatchewan Party’s leadership will leave him with some difficult decisions to make in a hurry. For further reading…– Tammy Robert’s coverage of the leadership campaign features this gem about Moe’s substance-free campaign: Moe’s campaign is unbelievably thin gruel from a ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Carillion’s collapse points out one of the most important failings of Brad Wall’s tenure in office. For further reading…– Plenty of others have also weighed in on the Carillion story and the dangers of putting corporate interests in charge of public services, including Simon Jenkins, Will Hutton, Jonathan Freedland and  John Crace.  ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the positive natural effects of minimum wage increases – and why we shouldn’t lose them to the threat of artificial problems being created by employers looking for excuses to exploit their workers. For further reading…– The Bank of Canada’s staff analytical note on the effect of planned minimum wage increases is here (PDF). ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the still-growing gap between the income of CEOs and that of workers at large – and a few of the fixes which might help to reverse the trend. For further reading…– Again, David Macdonald’s latest report for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is here (PDF). And for those looking to compare individual ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Donald Trump is just one of far too many politicians trying to undercut needed counterbalances in the media, political systems and civil society. For further reading…– Rem Reider’s story offers a few examples of Trump’s attacks on the press.– Althia Raj reported on Bill Morneau’s complaints about opposition MPs doing their job, ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on some of the economic ideas on offer from Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon in Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership campaign. For further reading…– I’ve talked about some of the points of commonality between the candidates’ platforms here.– And the column responds in part to Murray Mandryk’s view that there’s some lack of talk about economic ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Quebec’s latest poverty plan falls far short of the “basic income” title it’s received in some national coverage – and on how we should insist on political leadership toward the genuine article. For further reading…– CBC has reported on the new plan and the response it’s received, as well as the draconian ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Saskatchewan Party’s sad excuse for a climate change strategy (PDF) is really aimed at nothing more than excusing continued carbon pollution. For further reading…– I wrote just a couple of weeks ago about the Saskatchewan public’s strong appetite for real action against climate change – making it all the more embarrassing ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the spin behind the Trump administration’s push for a massive tax giveaway to the rich has no basis in economic reality – and how Canada shouldn’t be suckered into following suit. For further reading…– Michael Linden examines the overall effects of the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation, with income levels under ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Saskatchewan Party’s climate obstruction is entirely out of touch with the province’s citizens. For further reading…– Abacus Data’s national poll of attitudes toward climate change policy is here, with the separate chart pointing out the views of Saskatchewan and Alberta respondents looking to be particularly significant.– And again, James Wilt has ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how beyond the scandals and failures we’ve seen to date, the Global Transportation Hub was always built on a dangerous desire to allow businesses to escape rules and democratic oversight. For further reading…– Geoff Leo reports here on Brightenview’s use of benefits for “rural” investors to try to fill a warehouse mall integrally ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, summarizing a few of my earlier blog posts on the state of the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign – and the choice between two positive and appealing leaders that played out in the first debate. For further reading…– Jason Hammond offered his take on the debate and the provincial convention. – And Murray Mandryk commented ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Brad Wall’s belated attempts to muddy the waters can’t avoid a clear verdict that he’s selling off Saskatchewan’s commonwealth for corporate gain. For further reading…– Kendall Latimer reported on Wall’s announcement that the price of previously-announced corporate tax cuts will be directed toward some other business-oriented use.– CBC reported on the announced ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the latest confirmation from the Parliamentary Budget Office that a national pharmacare plan would both improve our health and save public money – and the Libs’ and Cons’ insistence on standing in the way. For further reading…– Brent Patterson weighs in on the Libs’ refusal to work toward a national pharmacare plan, while ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the growing gap between the Trudeau Libs’ “middle class” messaging and the self-perception of a growing working class in Canada. For further reading…– Ekos’ polling is discussed here, with detailed tables here (PDF).– The Libs’ 2015 platform is again here (PDF). And again, PressProgress discussed Bill Morneau’s message that Canadian workers should accept ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the Saskatchewan Party’s choice to poison our province rather than coming clean about the dangers of sour gas. For further reading…– I’ll link again to the reports from the National Observer and the Star on the sour gas hazard and cover-up, along with Emily Eaton’s take (and Elizabeth McSheffrey’s followup as to the ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the corporate sector’s expectation that it will be able to write laws and set public policy for its own benefit – and the disturbing number of examples of it being allowed to do just that. For further reading…– Jenny Uechl reported on both the secret CAPP meetings which set British Columbia’s climate policy ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Libs’ weakness in closing even modest loopholes is allowing tax entitlement to win out over tax fairness. For further reading…– Justin Ling offers a useful look at the minor moves to rein in the abuse of private corporations in this year’s budget. Konrad Yakabuski rightly argues that the entire fight is ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how little Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party ultimately seem to have learned from the fall of Grant Devine and the PCs. For further reading…– Geoff Leo continues to report on the GTH scandal, including the recent revelation that the Saskatchewan Party went out of its way to look for excuses to pay ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, asking why Justin Trudeau and Gerald Butts are so willing to offer political cover to the Trump administration (including the now-departed Steve Bannon). For further reading…– Ryan Lizza’s report on Bannon’s relationship with Butts is here. And Adam Radwanski had previously reported on the Libs’ strategy of cultivating relationships with Trump’s associates before commenting ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, following up on my recent posts as to the state of the federal NDP’s leadership race as of today’s membership deadline. For much more material on the leadership campaign, I’ll simply point again to the reference page here. And I’ll encourage anybody interested in the NDP’s place in Canadian politics to sign up and ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on Yvonne Boyer and Judith Bartlett’s report (PDF) on how Indigenous women were pushed toward tubal ligations within the Saskatoon Health Region – and how the now-departing Brad Wall bears responsibility to decide whether the system discrimination they identified will be dealt with. For further reading…– I’ve previously linked to the Star’s editorial on ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on what the Wall government means when it talks about entering into “partnerships” with the corporate sector – and why Saskatchewan’s citizens shouldn’t stand to be cut out of the Crown assets now owned for public benefit. For further reading…– Others have also noted the “partnership” phrasing used by the Saskatchewan Party in identifying ...