Accidental Deliberations: #SKVotes – Election Day Reading

For those still examining their options in Saskatchewan’s provincial election (or just wanting to remember the campaign that’s been), here’s a quick look at what I and others have had to say. – You’ll find my columns since the campaign began in earnest (all touching on the election at least in part) here, here, here, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – GOOD Magazine neatly sums up what the world would look like on the scale of 100 people – and how patently unfair wealth inequality looks in that context: – Lawrence Mishel and David Cooper point out that a $15 minimum wage is entirely in keeping with actual economic ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here (via PressReader), on some of the important ways in which the Saskatchewan Party and Brad Wall have changed since they took power – and why voters should be concerned about the change for the worse. For further reading…– Brad Wall’s previous position on health care queue-jumping is found here (via PressReader), and expanded on ...

Accidental Deliberations: Radio activity

For those not yet aware, I’ll be appearing on Canadian Glen’s The View Up Here tonight (7 PM Saskatchewan time) to talk about Saskatchewan’s ongoing provincial election. Stop by and have a listen!

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Duncan Cameron discusses how deficit hysteria has overshadowed the far more important issues raised by the Trudeau Libs’ inaugural budget: Ottawa deficit spending is not big enough to stimulate an economy lagging since the oil price collapse. The Canadian economy has suffered a major external shock, with Alberta ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week. – Tom Parkin points out that the Trudeau Liberals are falling far short of their promises to fund infrastructure even while tripling their planned deficit. – Jared Bernstein highlights how top-down block grants coupled with a denial of any responsibility for outcomes can lead to the deterioration of social ...

Accidental Deliberations: On open debates

As promised here, I’ll take a closer look at Saskatchewan’s leaders’ debate and what it may mean for the rest of the campaign. Most criticism of the debate that I’ve seen so far has focused on two factors. First, there’s the combination of format and moderation: in particular, “open” debate period regularly led to little ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on what the Trudeau Libs’ first budget tells us about the difficulty turning around a government – and how Saskatchewan voters should take the lesson to heart in deciding whether to settle for four more years of an anti-government governing party. For further reading…– I linked to plenty of reviews of the Libs’ budget ...

Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition

Verbatim Brad Wall then: (W)e may — possibly — campaign on [privatizing liquor stores] in the next election, but people will be able to decide then. In other words, we would never change the act without a mandate to do so. Shorter Saskatchewan Party response now to every invitation to make the case for any ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives rounds up some noteworthy responses to the federal budget. Barbara Sibbald and Laura Eggertson write that while a few social determinants of health made the cut, our actual health care system will see virtually nothing. Armine Yalnizyan highlights how it falls short ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saskatchewan 2016 – NDP Platform Review

I mentioned here that any attempt to review the Saskatchewan Party’s platform ran into the problem that there simply wasn’t anything worth analyzing, as two pages of conditional promises were buried under thirty of spin. In contrast, the NDP’s platform (PDF) includes plenty of meaningful ideas. And while the NDP’s primary focus may not be ...

Accidental Deliberations: On unstable platforms

With Saskatchewan’s main political parties having released their election platforms, now is the time when I’d planned to put together platform reviews to better examine voters’ options. But a funny thing happened when I went to what was supposed to be the Saskatchewan Party’s platform (PDF). It turns out Brad Wall’s party isn’t offering a ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the contrast between a Saskatchewan Party platform (and government) dedicated to handing money to the people who need it least, and an NDP which plans to help where it’s most needed with what limited resources are left since Brad Wall wasted a boom. For further reading…– CBC reported here on the stark difference ...

Accidental Deliberations: On controversial responses

A propos of nothing in particular, let’s go over this a couple more times: Colby Cosh’s latest on the role of the “human search engine” in tracking down information about candidates and elected officials is worth a read. But it’s worth keeping in mind that the search results only matter to the extent they’re put ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – The Star-Phoenix calls for Saskatchewan’s election campaign to focus on the future rather than the past. And Paul Orlowski reminds us of the continued callous corporatism that’s in store if Brad Wall holds on to power. – Meanwhile, Bruce Johnstone points out that the Saskatchewan Party’s spin on ...

Accidental Deliberations: On gross excesses

It shouldn’t be news to anybody interested in climate change (and the Wall government’s role in exacerbating it) that Saskatchewan has a shameful track record in polluting our atmosphere. But Joseph Heath summarizes just how embarrassed we should be: Keep in mind that the general target we want to get to, globally, is around 2 ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the contrast between Brad Wall’s choice to spare no public expense in planning for his own comfort while travelling, and his apparent lack of any forethought in navigating the national political scene. For further reading…– The NDP broke the news about Wall’s use of “travel scouts” to seek perks and upgrades in advance ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, following up on these posts about the possibility the Cons might decide to ignore their own fixed election date and delay the election expected for October 19.  For further reading… – The Canada Elections Act is here. And for an interesting comparison, see Saskatchewan’s fixed election date provision from the Legislative Assembly Act, 2007: ...

Accidental Deliberations: Apparently they’ll let anybody blather away on the intertoobz

Here, for instance, is me chatting with Paul Dechene. (And to correct myself, the impending provincial election is the second under fixed election dates – though the first where it’s lining up with an associated federal election.)