Accidental Deliberations: On redundancies

Scott Sinclair offers a useful summary of the latest sop to the anti-regulation lobby in the form of the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (PDF). And as usual, there’s a fundamental problem with any deal which deems public policy to be presumptively invalid to the extent it affects actual or potential corporate profits. But I’d ...

Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition

Brad Wall is perfectly happy to waste time tweeting his outrage at a business operating with both foreign and domestic suppliers. But Brad Wall couldn’t care less whether provincial money earmarked to clean up messes in Saskatchewan actually stays in the province – choosing instead to cut out local businesses entirely: The province’s Saskatchewan Oil ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Regina City Council’s embarrassing heel-dragging in response to the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Declaration on environmental rights contrasts against the spread of trade agreements with virtually no scrutiny. For further reading…– Shawn Fraser both introduced the motion supporting the Blue Dot Declaration, and discussed it here. And the list of cities ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Brad Wall is kicking Ontario while it’s down by demanding that it let stimulus funding leak out of a province which actually needs it – and how Saskatchewan and other provinces stand to suffer too if Wall helps the Cons impose similar restrictions across the country. For further reading…– The Leader-Post reported ...

Cowichan Conversations: Christy Clark’s Pipeline “Facts” vs THE “REAL” FACTS

Kevin Logan has put together this multi media analysis of the Christy Clark Spin vs the’Real Facts.’ Take a few minutes and read this excellent piece. This is what ‘Independent Journalism’is all about! BC Liberal Pipeline Follies Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor By Kevin Logan YOUTUBE VIDEO LINK – watch now HERE or copy and paste ...

Cowichan Conversations: Who exactly is misleading and withholding information on Pipelines in British Columbia?

Kevin Logan (with Christine) A Cowichan Conversations Contributor Over at the Common Sense Canadian I have documented the many twists and turns of the BC Liberals. Christy Clark,  having shuffled through at least three sets of communications staff, seemed to change her position each time a new scribe was propelled to her office. On her first ...

Cowichan Conversations: The Real Threat is in Harper’s Gutting the Legal and Regulatory Framework for Oil and Gas

Kevin Logan- Cowichan Conversations Contributor Here is another Post from Cowichan Conversations Contributor Kevin Logan. Kevin Logan’s career has been diverse, ranging from small business to NGOs through finance and government. He served as a ministerial assistant to numerous ministers and a premier in the former BC NDP Administration. Kevin is also an independent researcher ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: SK Budget: Where’s the Inter-governmental Love?

A hallmark of Brad Wall’s premiership has been cosy relations with municipal governments and the two westernmost provincial governments. Since taking office, the Sask. Party has been throwing money at municipalities. It pledged not to sign the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement with Alberta and BC, but then did so through the New West ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: RIP Joe Kuchta

I join other progressive bloggers in mourning the loss of Joe Kuchta. As CBC reported, his investigative approach to Saskatchewan and Saskatoon politics was widely respected. I drew upon his insights several times in debating the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement.

Accidental Deliberations: The great consumer sellout

Michael Geist raises a good point about the lack of discussion of digital issues in Ontario’s provincial election. But it’s worth wondering whether Canada’s Western provinces are even able to have the debate which Geist rightly sees as vital: Copyright is also a federal matter, but if the government moves forward with the digital lock ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the TILMA’s regressive trade rules are spreading across Canada in other forms. For further reading… – I’ve posted several times before about just some of the problems with the TILMA and the arguments made in favour of it, while also comparing it with the AIT as it stood a couple of years ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Sixth Estate examines which party’s candidates have violated the Canada Elections Act in recent elections. And it shouldn’t be much surprise that Canada’s supposed law-and-order party doesn’t have much respect for either when it comes to its own campaigns: In addition to the in-and-out fraud cases against ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading… – While I agree with Murray Dobbin’s latest to a point, I’d think it’s worth clarifying exactly what kind of fight we can and should expect from the NDP over the next four years. To the extent one considers a “culture war” to mostly involve the U.S. issues normally ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: TILMA by Stealth in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Party had repeatedly promised not to sign TILMA. But it signed the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) last year. At the time, many commentators (including yours truly) noted that the NWPTA was little more than a renaming of TILMA. I see that the official TILMA website is now automatically redirecting to the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Erin alerts us to the possibility that one of the most appalling aspects of the TILMA might soon be law across Canada with virtually no discussion if we don’t make an issue of it: The most important objection to TILMA is that it allows business to sue provincial ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: TILMA by Stealth

A month ago, Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments volunteered to be directly sued by investors under the Agreement on Internal Trade. This quiet announcement from Brudenell, Prince Edward Island, seems to have gone almost unnoticed. But it is a huge step toward imposing the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) on all Canadian ...