Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Rachel Bunker writes that Equifax represents the worst of an out-of-control capitalist system, as a poorly-regulated and unreliable credit reporting operation is making profits for itself by reinforcing existing discrimination among other businesses. – Naomi Klein discusses this summer’s spate of wildfires and widespread smoke as showing ...

Scripturient: Utter contempt at council

Utter contempt. That’s what The Block showed for process at council, on Monday night. And for ethics. And for you, the residents. Utter contempt. But when they want to give benefits to their friends or themselves, boy do they rise to the occasion. Which of course they did, Monday. Anything for a buddy, no matter ...

Accidental Deliberations: On selective sacrifice

Brad Wall’s definition of shared sacrifice: Public service workers are expected to do their jobs plus more to cover for a hiring freeze, while also getting hit with a 3.5% pay cut. At the same time, specially-selected Saskatchewan Party MLAs get handed new titles without any accompanying work, plus $3,000 free to go with it. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

Some people are concerned about the Senate’s self-definition as a council of owls seeking to keep less-privileged citizens from governing in their own interests. But have they considered this might be a perfectly fair description?

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Appearance #nlpoli

What you know of the world outside your immediate physical sensation – what you can touch, taste, feel and so on – is a mental construction. It is a fiction. That doesn’t mean it is all false. All fiction has some element of the concrete amid its vapour. Nor does it mean that appearance is ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Good-bye John #nlpoli

In their last year in office, the provincial Conservatives went on a patronage bend on top of the patronage bender they started in 2003.  They came into office promising reform and – you guessed it – did exactly the opposite.  If there is no greater fraud than a promise not kept, then then Old Man ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Pressure #nlpoli

A curious thing happens in societies where a huge amount of the collective income derives from outside the local economy and the local tax base. They do not see a connection between the money they receive and the action of earning it.  The money that flows into the collective pot – the government treasury – ...

Accidental Deliberations: On common values

There’s reason to be wary about the Libs’ handling of the Senate, as Thomas Walkom writes in his latest column. But it’s also worth noting that contrary to Walkom’s conflation of the two, there are important differences between selecting prospective Senators based on whether they “back the Liberal government”, versus evaluating whether they are “amenable ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Dani Rodrik discusses the evolution of work, and notes that future development and sharing of wealth may need to follow a different model than the one that’s applied in the past: (T)he post-industrial economy opened up a new chasm in the labor market, between those with stable, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – David MacDonald offers some alternative suggestions that can do far more to reduce inequality and boost Canada’s economy than the Libs’ upper-class tax shuffle. And Karl Nerenberg reminds us that the most important scandal on our political scene is the constant stream of corporate tax giveaways which ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – David Ball talks to Joseph Stiglitz about inequality and its causes – including the spread of corporate control through trade agreements: What would you say is the dominant cause [of growing inequality]? The weak economy, partly associated with austerity, has led to a weak labour market. The official ...

Montreal Simon: How To Blow Up Stephen Harper’s Patronage Appointments

In the last desperate weeks before he was crushed and humiliated, Stephen Harper,  must have thought it was a brilliant move. One that would ensure his insane policies of Total Oily Domination would continue even if he was defeated.He would stack the board of directors of the National Energy Board with patronage appointments, and make sure they ...

Montreal Simon: Breaking: Stephen Harper’s Monstrous Patronage Scandal.

He was the the most disgusting leader of the worst criminal regime this country has ever known.They lied, they cheated, they muzzled their opponents.And now they're trying to cripple the Trudeau government with the worst patronage scandal this country has ever seen.Read more »

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Chainsaw Earle keeps austerity on the table #nlpoli

NDP leader Earle McCurdy called the province’s major open line show on Thursday and by the sounds of things he hasn’t backed off the position that the size of the government’s financial problems will mean more cuts. Sure he said he was opposed to austerity,  but what Earle did say was that the government will ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: As Karl’s mom would say… #nlpoli

The Conservatives came to power in 2003 promising to do things a new way. People thought that meant the Tories would do away with the practice of stuffing people into fat government jobs based solely on their political connections. And so the Conservatives proved they were different by appointing failed candidate Joan Cleary to run ...

Accidental Deliberations: On final excuses

I’ll offer one more post arising out of the flurry of discussion about the Senate – and particularly the timing of an announcement which would seem to have been equally easily made during the campaign if it was intended solely for platform purposes. Let’s remember that the last time Stephen Harper broke his promise not ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Brad Wall looks to face plenty of new political challenges now that he can’t rely on an Alberta PC dynasty to do much of his dirty work for him. For further reading…– I briefly addressed the same issue with a particular focus on privatized MRIs in this post. – Wall’s history of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Kendra Coulter discusses the connection between human treatment of animals and humans: Close to home and around the world, working class and poor people are really struggling. In countries like Canada, unemployment and underemployment persist. We have been told that corporate tax cuts would create jobs, yet many ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Political success, program failure

In February 2013, shortly before the provincial election campaign began, the BC Liberal Government made an announcement about a new program that was to be funded with over $100 million: GP For Me A Success Says Government Friday, February 22, 2013 10:23 AM The Province has announced new incentives and supports to work towards ensuring ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Joseph Stiglitz offers his suggestions (PDF) for a tax system which would encourage both growth and equality: Tax reform…offers a path toward both resolving budgetary impasses and making the kinds of public investments that will strengthen the fundamentals of the economy. The most obvious reform is an increase ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week. – Jim Stanford looks into the fine print of the Hudak PCs’ assumptions about corporate tax slashing and finds that even their own numbers show that most of the money gifted to corporations would be thrown away (emphasis added): On second reading there are other interesting aspects to the ...

Northern Insight: Effective management… of bonuses

The marvellous managers of British Columbia’s public service demonstrate an indisputable skill. Come hell or high water, they always manage to hit pre-determined objectives and thereby manage to trigger payments of personal performance rewards and bonuses. (And you thought the ‘manage’ parts of their job descriptions were about directing agencies and enterprises.) If senior public ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Matthew O’Brien is the latest to pick up on the connection between pre-transfer income equality, redistribution and sustainable economic growth: Redistribution overall helps, and at least doesn’t harm, growth spells. That’s because the positive effects of less inequality add to or offset the negligible, or negative, effects of ...

Montreal Simon: Vic Toews: The Zombie Becomes a Judge

It's a horrible nightmare. I'm driving down a country road in rural Manitoba on a dark and stormy night, when my car breaks down.And before I know it I'm forced to run for my life.But I make it into this small hamlet, report the zombie invasion to the bubbah sheriff.Only to be arrested and dragged before ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Premier Tom and Uncle Joe #nlpoli

The provincial government announced on Thursday that it had directed the provincial energy corporation to build a new transmission line between Churchill Falls and western Labrador. You’ve got to wonder why. Not why they decided to build the line.  Apparently, there’s a need for the additional power. Not even why it took them so long ...