Paul S. Graham: Let My People Grow!

In two recent announcements the Manitoba Government has revealed how it intends to regulate cannabis when it is legalized in July 2018. In short, the province will source and regulate it and the private sector will retail it. So far, so good. Unhappily, Manitobans will continue to be criminalized if they grow their own for ...

Alberta Politics: Two departures – of an NDP MLA and a UCP leadership candidate – pop up on Alberta’s political radar

PHOTOS: Former NDP MLA Karen McPherson, who has asked to sit as the Independent representative for her Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill riding (Photo: Bob Hawkesworth). Below: Former United Conservative Party leadership candidate Jeff Callaway (Photo: CBC), the port of Churchill, Man. (Photo: churchillpolarbears.com), and Independent MLA Derek Fildebrandt, the UCP’s answer to Lemony Snicket. There were two ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Greyhound and RCMP Bring #StarlightTours To Manitoba

Do you remember the Starlight Tours? Now you don’t have to be drunk to experience this police mistreatment, only be a First Nations person who is unwell. A shameful story of racism out of Manitoba today. This is one of the companies the SaskParty is looking toward to offer replacement bus service due to the ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Alternative Federal Budget 2017

This year’s Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) was released on March 9. I was proud to be the primary author of its housing chapter (that chapter is available in English here and in French here). The first AFB exercise began in 1994, with the first AFB being published in 1995. That involved a joint effort between ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Spring: the Season of Sexism and Dress Codes

Over the years we have written about sexist school and sports dress codes. But since it’s spring, we should expect a great deal of attention in the non-progressive media to what is either inappropriately dressed teen girls, or the increasingly less subtle slutshaming and sexism that we heap on women. Sydney Bear, 14, is calling ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Parlez-Vous Contempt?

Comment? Anti-diversity! Conservative contempt for democracy, representation, culture, and people not like themselves [really really white!] does not end with Harper or #TheNewHarper. This new francophone minister, the anglophone Squires, not only clings to her talking points as if her political life depends on it [which it does], but she also waxes unironically about herself, ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Parlez-Vous Contempt?

Comment? Anti-diversity! Conservative contempt for democracy, representation, culture, and people not like themselves [really really white!] does not end with Harper or #TheNewHarper. This new francophone minister, the anglophone Squires, not only clings to her talking points as if her political life depends on it [which it does], but she also waxes unironically about herself, ...

Paul S. Graham: What’s a Manitoba Lefty to do?

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives won a majority government last week, leaving many left-of-centre citizens feeling somewhat shell-shocked and adrift on a sea of uncertainty after 17 years of predictable but increasingly unsatisfactory NDP government. Even though the outcome had been foreseen for many months by all but the most optimistic Dippers, many professed shock that the ...

Bill Longstaff: Prairie blues

On Monday, a political colour map of the Prairie provinces would have shown a blue stripe hemmed in by orange on both sides. Today, the palette shows a decidedly blue shift. The Conservatives’ impressive win over the incumbent New Democrats in Manitoba on Tuesday follows the Saskatchewan Party’s victory in Saskatchewan earlier this month. But ...

Bill Longstaff: Prairie blues

On Monday, a political colour map of the Prairie provinces would have shown a blue stripe hemmed in by orange on both sides. Today, the palette shows a decidedly blue shift. The Conservatives’ impressive win over the incumbent New Democrats in Manitoba on Tuesday follows the Saskatchewan Party’s victory in Saskatchewan earlier this month. But ...

Bill Longstaff: Prairie blues

On Monday, a political colour map of the Prairie provinces would have shown a blue stripe hemmed in by orange on both sides. Today, the palette shows a decidedly blue shift. The Conservatives’ impressive win over the incumbent New Democrats in Manitoba on Tuesday follows the Saskatchewan Party’s victory in Saskatchewan earlier this month. But ...

Montreal Simon: Meet Brian Pallister the PC Leader of Manitoba AND Costa Rica

Brian Pallister is the Progressive Conservative leader of Manitoba.And in just four days he is widely expected to be elected as the new premier of that province.But now there seems to be some confusion.Will he be the new leader of Manitoba or Costa Rica?Read more »

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Where’s Wall’s Western Strategy Now?

It wasn’t very long ago that Brad Wall was a part of shaping western Canada. He wanted BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and maybe even Manitoba to agree on LCD wage and labour codes, so we could more easily trade workers around. Now that he’s surrounded by NDP provinces, he’s not involved? Alberta & Manitoba have agreed ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Winnipeg (recap)

Those who want to vote strategically in the coming election are often find it challenging to decide which party to vote for. This is again true in the current election. In a series of posts I have reviewed five Winnipeg ridings where strategic voting could make a difference in voting.  These are: Strategic voting in ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Winnipeg South: vote Liberal

Winnipeg has become an important battle ground in the recent election. In the last election, in 2011, six of the eight ridings that include part of Winnipeg went Conservative.  In five of these, strategic voting could make a difference. Strategic voting Winnipeg South Winnipeg South: vote Liberal CPC incumbent Rod Bruinooge is not running.  electionprediction.org regards it ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Saint Boniface-Saint Vital: vote Liberal

Saint Boniface-Saint Vital: vote Liberal Tactical voting inSaint Boniface-Saint Vital In recent posts, I suggested that tactical voters in Elmwood-Transcona should vote NDP, that in Winnipeg South Centre, tactical voters are best advised to vote Liberal, and that in Kildonan-St. Paul, tactical votes should go to the NDP. In this post, I will argue that in Saint Boniface-Saint-Vital, strategic voters should ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Kildonan-St. Paul: Vote NDP

Kildonan-St. Paul: vote NDP Strategic voting in Kildonan-St. Paul In recent posts, I suggested strategic voters in Elmwood-Transcona should vote NDP, and in Winnipeg South Centre, strategic voters are best advised to vote Liberal. In this post, I will argue that although Kildonan-St. Paul is a long shot, tactical voters should back the NDP. The incumbent MP for Kildonan-St. Paul, ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Winnipeg South Centre: vote Liberal

Winnipeg South Centre: vote Liberal In my last post, I urged strategic voters in Elmwood-Transcona to vote NDP. In the nearby riding of Winnipeg South Centre, strategic voters should vote Liberal. Strategic voting in Winnipeg South Center The Conservative incumbent is Joyce Bateman, who was recently in the news for reading a prepared list of ‘Enemies of Israel’ ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Elmwood-Transcona: vote NDP

Strategic voting in Elmwood-Transcona: vote NDP Strategic voting in Elmood-Transcona Winnipeg has become an important battle ground in the recent election. In the last election, in 2011, six of the eight ridings that include part of Winnipeg went Conservative. In several of these, strategic voting could make a difference.  One of these is Elmwood-Transcona. Elmwood-Transcona ...

OpenMedia.ca: Wireless prices are so high that a black market is now emerging

Cheaper plans being sold on Kijiji? This has got to stop!  Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic You know wireless pricing in Canada is messed up when there’s a black market emerging to provide people with better deals. read more

Paul S. Graham: Video: Manitoba government urged to recognize the genocide and help heal the trauma

Winnipeg, June, 5, 2015: At the Manitoba Legislative Building, Maeengan Linklater answers journalists’ questions about his proposed Manitoba Indian Residential Schools Genocide and Reconciliation Memorial Day Act. Photo: Paul S. Graham Now that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has completed its work, and the major federal political parties have have adopted predictable positions, ...

The Canadian Progressive: Energy East pipeline: Maude Barlow raises alarm in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Beginning April 11, communities along TransCanada’s proposed Energy East route in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will hear why the pipeline is all risk and little reward for them. The post Energy East pipeline: Maude Barlow raises alarm in Saskatchewan and Manitoba appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Manitoba Autism Crisis Demonstrates Need For A REAL Canadian National Autism Strategy

Canada, despite a private members motion championed by the late Fredericton MP Andy Scott and Nova Scotia MP Peter Stoffer which called for one, does not have a REAL National Autism Strategy.  The failure to enact a REAL National Autism Strategy means that in some provinces very few autistic children receive intensive early ABA intervention. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: RCMP Pursuing A Relationship

Cop constructively abducts Native woman in Canada <~ media calls it "Pursuing a Relationship" FU pic.twitter.com/tdHy8daYKg — lastrealindians.com (@lastrealindians) January 9, 2015 RCMP officers don’t possess good sense given to every other human being, apparently.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower Says Bigger Is Better, Even Losses? #PowerToGrow

As a followup to the Star Phoenix’s article on the hugely expensive, and (public) money losing CCS plant at Estevan, comes word of further cost overruns. The overruns, in the hundreds of millions of dollars, would have been sufficient to buy Regina its Stadium II, outright, fix its pension shortfall, or replace its Waste Water ...