Politics and its Discontents: The Creep Of Corporatism

Responding to my post on the secret study conducted by the Trudeau government on privatizing our major airports to raise much-needed cash, BM offered the following, which I am featuring as a guest post today: Well, this is the usual way corporatism works. Change a capital investment into an eternal loan with rent due sharpish ...

Alberta Politics: Guest Post: Where’s the evidence for a health care sustainability crisis in Canada?

PHOTOS: Well, that’s one way to “bend the cost curve” … premier Ralph Klein’s way. The old Calgary General Hospital begins to fall an instant after the dynamite was triggered on Oct. 4, 1998, the Klein PC Government’s approach to health care infrastructure. Within seconds, Calgary’s only downtown hospital had been reduced to rubble. Below: ...

Politics and its Discontents: To All Would-Be Bloggers

I’m feeling a bit stale these days in my blogging, and so would like to step back a little bit from daily posts. For those of you who do not have your own blog but like writing informed commentary, such as I often receive from some regular contributors, please feel free to submit guest posts ...

Accidental Deliberations: Guest Post: On Standards of Fairness

Dan Tan offers this assessment of the CP’s reporting on recent polls about Thomas Mulcair’s economic comments: Harris-Decima recently asked a group of Canadians what they thought about Thomas Mulcair’s “dutch disease” warnings. A majority of Canadians responded that they had never “heard about Mulcair’s comments”. Of the minority who had heard of Mulcair’s comments, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Guest Post: Mulcair vs. the Chickenhawks

Dan Tan weighs in on Thomas Mulcair’s principled position on Iran – which may come as a pleasant surprise to anybody concerned that he’d be more interested in appealing to the Very Serious People than thinking carefully about whether military intervention is justified: North American & European capitals are inundated with the squawks of chicken-hawks. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Guest Post: The Progressive Consensus

Last week, I pointed out Greg Lyle’s polling showing that the NDP’s brand of social democracy enjoys plenty of popular support as a primary value system for a party seeking to form government. But reader Dan Tan looked at the numbers in a bit more detail and with an eye toward consensus rather than mere ...