David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Wildrose leader openly lays out plan for privatizing health care

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith in Promises, Promises, the Medical Comedy. The trouble is, it’s not funny. Real Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Smith as she really, really appears. There’s not much need for scare tactics by supporters of public medicare: Yesterday the Wildrose Party laid out a pretty clear plan ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Assorted content for your evening reading. – Murray Dobbin nicely summarizes what the Cons are hoping to do in prioritizing big-money “philanthropy” over a functional state and civil society: Ideology is meaning in the service of power, and the Conservative government, libertarian to its core, intends to create the appearance of an increasingly volunteer society ...

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: October 5, 2011

After the previous day’s relatively non-partisan and specific focus, October 5 saw a return to broad debate on the economy – thanks to both a day of debate on the Cons’ budget bill and a number of queries in question period. The Big Issue Under the economic theme, the most noteworthy development was a strong ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Both the Star-Phoenix and CBC cover an important study from the Human Early Learning Partnership pointing out the difficulties facing today’s Saskatchewan families compared to the standard of living a generation ago. – No, neither NAFTA nor any other trade agreement will ever actually protect us from the ...

Canadian Progressive World: Occupy Ottawa to protest Canadian International Council foreign policy event on Canada-US integration

From Occupy Ottawa, unedited: Friends, We’re pleased to inform you that Occupy Ottawa will hold a protest march and rally outside the Sheraton Hotel (O’connor and Albert) on Wednesday October 19th. We will be protesting a foreign policy event on “Canada-US political and economic integration” taking place at the hotel. The event is hosted by ...

No Mr Harper Free Trade Does Not Improve Human Rights

In justifying the signing of free trade agreements with Columbia and Honduras Harper sloughed off human rights concerns by stating that one of the ancillary benefits of open trade is that it improves the conditions in these nations resulting in an improved human rights climate. Perhaps we should ask the Mexican people if that is ...

No Wonder Harper Wants Us Kept In The Dark On CETA

While our government continues to refuse to let the Canadian public in on the details of the current negotiations toward finalizing the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA) with the EU, they have no such qualms when it comes to Business and it’s lobbyists. In late July they sent a representative to a luncheon held by the  European Union Chamber ...

NAFTA Superhighway Rearing Head in Republican Leadership Race

P’n’P covered the NASCO Corridor/NAFTA Superhighway quite a while ago, back when all the powers-that-be were denying it was a plan in action. Well, Regina now has its ‘global transportation hub‘ and the signs on the highway aren’t worth stopping to photograph. But here’s an update to a previous P’n’P piece which revives the USA’s ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Use University Research to Increase Manufacturing Jobs

Manufacturing jobs have been declinining as a percentage of total jobs in most OECD countries for several decades, with Ontario being especially hard-hit as a jurisdiction. At the end of the Second World War, manufacturing jobs accounted for 26% of all Canadian jobs; by 2007, this figure had dropped to just 12%. And as I’ve ...