The Progressive Economics Forum: Fiscal situation of Canada’s ‘oil rich’ provinces

I’ve just written a blog post about the fiscal situation of Canada’s ‘oil rich’ provinces (i.e., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador). It consists of a summary of key points raised at a PEF-sponsored panel at this year’s Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association. Points raised in the blog post include the following: -The ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Disturbing Police Malpractice Uncovered

Everything about this case is disturbing, most definitely the shooting death of Dunphy. Ironically, Dunphy had invited the officer into his house. (The officer, Joe Smyth, showed up unannounced at his doorstep to assess whether he was a threat based on a tweet he had sent the premier.) Fifteen minutes later, Dunphy was dead in ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: A BCer and a Calgary Grit experience the Taste of Newfoundland

The people’s business has been keeping me from my Parliamentary food blogging business, but people have been reminding me food business is the people’s business, so I decided to come back from hiatus with another former political blogger in tow today — the Calgary Grit. Today was another one of those days where the Parliamentary ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: A BCer and a Calgary Grit experience the Taste of Newfoundland

The people’s business has been keeping me from my Parliamentary food blogging business, but people have been reminding me food business is the people’s business, so I decided to come back from hiatus with another former political blogger in tow today — the Calgary Grit. Today was another one of those days where the Parliamentary ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – David Rosen discusses the connection between poverty and more general social exclusion: Poverty is a form of social powerlessness.  The poorer you are, the weaker you are, the harder your life; everything is about survival.  Poverty can be analyzed in two complementary ways – who and where.  By ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Day of Defeat and Embarrassment

Well one thing is for sure. In his lonely loser bunker, surrounded by the last of his loyal Cons, somewhere between Alberta and Paraguay, Stephen Harper is having another bad day.Another Con bastion has fallen.And a red tide has swept over Newfoundland and Labrador.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: On blissful ignorance

Shorter Lawrence Herman: Just because Newfoundland and Labrador learned the hard way that Stephen Harper can’t be trusted doesn’t mean it has any right to warn anybody else that Stephen Harper can’t be trusted. (For a more reasonable take on how we should expect countries to react to the Cons’ duplicitous negotiations and undue preference ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – The Star-Phoenix discusses how the Cons are systematically attacking the independent institutions which are necessary to ensure a functioning democratic system: When a handful of Conservative MPs from Saskatchewan attacked the integrity of the province’s electoral boundaries commissioners last year in an attempt to subvert the democratic process, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Dean Baker discusses the strong relationship between union organization and the elimination of poverty: A simple regression shows that a 10 percentage point increase in the percentage of workers covered by a union contract is associated with a 0.7 percentage point drop in the poverty rate. (This result ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Lana Payne writes that it’s long past time for Newfoundland and Labrador to boost its minimum wage: Last year, a statutory review of minimum wage, conducted by a government-appointed panel, called for action to be taken on the minimum wage. The panel recommended an increase to restore any ...

Cowichan Conversations: ‘Nobody Understands’ Spills at Alberta’s Cold Lake Tar Sands Operation

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger The pollution in Northern Alberta attributable to ‘Fracking’ and Tar Sands’ Operations is out of control. The latest seemingly unstoppable spill of significance is devastating wildlife and the environment. They cannot stop it. Nothing is being done and it seems obvious that the politicians first concern is to serve the industry, while ...

The Canadian Progressive: Conservatives ignoring housing, food security needs in Canada’s North

Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are making the cost of living unsustainable for families in Canada’s North, according to Yvonne Jones, the Liberal MP for Newfoundland and Labrador. The post Conservatives ignoring housing, food security needs in Canada’s North appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Avoid Austerity: Keep Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy strong, says report

By: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release: St. John’s, NL – At a time when global austerity measures are causing profound hardship among populations and are proving harmful to their economies, a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) says public spending cuts could deeply damage Newfoundland and Labrador’s […] The post Avoid Austerity: ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

This and that for your weekend reading. – Lana Payne sounds the alarm about the choice of the government of Newfoundland and Labrador to cry “deficit!” as an excuse to slash social spending when the actual deficit is virtually identical to the amount it’s spending on added resource development – and far less than what ...

Cowichan Conversations: Hey Thomas Mulcair! Zip this!

Rick Mercer has made a habit of producing videos with major politicians. Skinny dipping with Liberal Leader Bob Rae, A Slumber party with PM Harper and now zip lining with NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair in picturesque Petty Harbour-Newfoundland.

The Progressive Economics Forum: No Vale on the Plains?

I had the following comments in yesterday’s front-page story on Vale’s decision to postpone its proposed $3-billion potash mine at Kronau, Saskatchewan: Regina economist Erin Weir, who is widely expected to run for the leadership of the provincial NDP, said in a statement Friday that the Vale announcement “represents a failure of the Saskatchewan government’s ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada’s Self-Imposed Crisis in Post-Secondary Education

On June 7, I gave a keynote address to the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Education Sector Conference.  My PowerPoint presentation (with full references) can be found at this link. Points I raised in the address include the following: -Canada’s economy has been growing quite steadily over the past three decades, even when one adjusts ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Debating Boyd on Resource Royalties

Saskatchewan’s Minister of Energy and Resources replied to my op-ed and letter on Dutch disease and resource royalties. On Friday, he was promoted to Minister of Everything. Columnist Murray Mandryk wrote, “Given the amount of power Bill Boyd now has in his super-economy portfolio, he may be one fluffy Persian cat and remote desert island ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Discussing Quebec Student Protests on Talk Radio

Last Friday, I blogged here about the Quebec student protests.  Subsequently, I was invited to appear on 580 CFRA News Talk Radio, with hosts Rob Snow and Lowell Green. I should note that Mr. Green is the author of several books, including: -How the Granola Crunching, Tree Hugging Thug Huggers are Wrecking our Country; –Mayday ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Rex Murphy’s Naive Take on the Quebec Student Protests

On CBC’s The National last night, Rex Murphy weighed in on Quebec’s student protests; the transcript can be found here,  and the three-minute video here.  He calls the protests “short sighted,” points out that Quebec already has the lowest tuition fees in Canada, and suggests the students’ actions are “crude attempts at precipitating a crisis.” He ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Affordability of Post-Secondary Education

Carleton University’s Ted Jackson teaches a graduate seminar course on post-secondary education in Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration. Earlier this month, I was invited to give a guest presentation to Professor Jackson’s class. I focused the presentation on affordability challenges faced by students wanting to pursue post-secondary education. My slide presentation can be ...

Montreal Simon: Newfoundland and Labrador Takes On the Bullies

I must admit that I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. Maybe it’s because when I was a boy I lived by the sea. On a coastline dotted with small fishing villages that were once so busy and then so still. Maybe it’s because they were ...

Better late than never

I’m grateful that it has finally happened, but it is worth asking why it has taken journalists, university professors and the Leader of the NDP (or any other members of the House of Assembly) so long to come around to a very basic concept that some of us have been advocating for several years.

Profit, wage, NDP, and tax revenue growth in Newfoundland and Labrador

Although I covered it off in my rebuttal to the Minister of Finance Thomas Marshall  in the last post I thought maybe a graphic would be a more compelling way to illustrate what has been going on in Newfoundland and … Continue reading →

A without prejudice rejoinder to the Minister of Finance

On Wednesday of last week the Minister of Finance for Newfoundland and Labrador Thomas Marshall was interviewed by CBC Central Morning about a report I did for the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL).  In one respect, the fact … Continue reading →