Why didn’t the NDP side with the Freedom Convoy?

Its actions reveal a huge disconnect between the left and the working class

Why didn’t the NDP side with the Freedom Convoy?At one time, the coming together of workers to demand greater rights was seen as a positive thing by the left. Among those rights was the right to work, as reflected in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Dominion Labor Party, United Farmers of Alberta, Progressive, Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), and the New…

Growth in federal employment is unsustainable

The only options left for Canadians are a tax revolt, voting out the government, or a job working for the feds

Growth in federal employment is unsustainableWhy work for yourself when taxpayers can pay you instead? In the past seven years, more Manitobans than ever have chosen the job security and benefits of federal employment, while the self-employed have begun to vanish. Statistics Canada snapshots show the most stunning growth of total salaries in one category of worker: federal government public…

The marginal returns of ESG investing hurt us all

The first problem with ESG is the lack of firm, objective, and uniform standards, criteria and targets

The marginal returns of ESG investing hurt us allThe adoption of environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards by institutional investors is ultimately a form of woke and green social credit scoring for corporations. It is meant to cajole, if not compel, investible companies to adhere to rigid rules and criteria established by investors or outside entities, such as consultants, to satisfy so-called climate…

Tone-deaf politicians ignore the realities of health care

Political expediency once again trumps the realities of fixing health care

Tone-deaf politicians ignore the realities of health careCanada’s health-care system continues to implode and fail Canadian patients at a catastrophic level. Systemic problems and staffing issues are overwhelming health care delivery, and people are dying from a lack of proper care. Daily news reports now relate the most egregious dysfunctions as patients sought help and instead found themselves in a chaotic system…

Professionals should be allowed to speak freely

Regulatory bodies should stick to their core purpose and stay out of politics

Professionals should be allowed to speak freelyThe Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) serves as the regulatory body for public school teachers in Ontario. When a complaint comes in, the OCT is obligated to investigate and, if the teacher is found guilty, decide on an appropriate consequence. By investigating complaints against teachers in that province, regulatory bodies such as the OCT play…

Does Canada have a two-tiered system of justice?

We now have a justice system that favours those with “acceptable political views” while persecuting those with “unacceptable views”

Does Canada have a two-tiered system of justice?The FBI raid on the home of former U.S. President Donald Trump has emphasized existing concerns that the United States now has a two-tiered justice system – one for those in power and another for those who aren’t. But here in Canada, we have a quieter version of that same debate, revealed during the convoy…

The courts must start to interpret the Constitution as written

Government has been changing the nature of the country for many years without any constitutional amendment being enacted

The courts must start to interpret the Constitution as writtenThe federal and provincial governments of Canada have allowed the Constitution’s separation of powers outlined in Section 92 of the British North American (BNA) Act to be blurred – disfigured even. Section 92 (7) outlines exclusive jurisdiction over health to be provincial. But since the introduction of the Canada Health Act, the federal government –…

How to ensure Saskatchewan’s long-term prosperity

Saskatchewan can’t depend on its current good fortune for its future prosperity

How to ensure Saskatchewan’s long-term prosperitySaskatchewan is the beneficiary of elevated pricing and improved long-term prospects for nearly all of the many commodities it produces: grain, oilseeds, oil, gas, potash, uranium, gold, copper and forestry products. While this is very good news for its citizens and government, Saskatchewan can’t necessarily depend on such good fortune for its future prosperity. Neither…

Why our health system treats Canadians poorly

Do we or the government own our bodies?

Why our health system treats Canadians poorlyFormer B.C. deputy minister of health Lawrie McFarlane’s July 24 commentary on the “Cambie Surgery Centre ruling” (a descriptive that ignores two cancer patients and three children who were co-plaintiffs) contained some valid commentary. The crisis we now face in our health system is there for all to see and observe. Notably, McFarlane offers no solutions.…

Brian Pallister’s Manitoba legacy. Smaller government

He scaled back the public service. Will his successor be able to maintain that momentum?

Brian Pallister’s Manitoba legacy. Smaller governmentFormer Manitoba premier Brian Pallister might best be remembered as the Grinch who stole the 2020 Christmas, forbidding citizens from in-person shopping and gathering for the holiday. However, he has another legacy, more like the Canadian Tire Christmas commercials that said, “Give like Santa, save like Scrooge.” Pallister was both Santa and Scrooge by restraining…