December 1st, 2016 | T. Carter

Keep The CBC, With Big Changes

December 1st, 2016 | R. Rados

Had Stephen Harper's government privatized or dismantled the CBC with his short-lived, single term majority, we wouldn't be talking about this. Instead, his government incrementally cut away at the CBC's budget, causing a slow and painful bleed that resulted in even more anti-Conservative sentiments inside the organization. In the most perfect scenario, the CBC wouldn't have been around for the 2015 election. Now we're left with a Liberal majority and an even stronger CBC. Whether we like it or not, the CBC will control the narrative in the 2019 election. By renewing calls to privatize or dismantle the CBC, Conservatives are only guaranteeing a stronger anti-Conservative narrative.

The Great Depression Lesson

December 1st, 2016 | J. Hodgson

People in the lead up to the 1929 crash thought the good times would last forever. Consequently, they exuberantly made silly and un-conservative decisions. They bought speculative stocks based on tips from friends rather than understanding the true value of a company and the stock. Borrowing on margin to buy those stocks was a relatively new idea, but since everyone “knew” the stock market boom was without made sense to leverage. People didn’t save cash for a rainy day, and when that day stretched into a decade they were all in dire straits. This is how the Greatest Generation learned about and became associated with frugality and thrift. They learned the hard way. The really, really hard way...and as a result it changed the course of history.

Castro's Death: Yes, It Is "Good Riddance"

December 1st, 2016 | M. Menuck

Mark Twain once wrote that "I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure." Those sentiments would be an appropriate accompaniment to the news that Fidel Castro, former President of Cuba, had passed away. When the story broke late on November 25, it was greeted with a mixture of shock and joy by many. At 90, Fidel Castro was in many ways the very last lingering scion of the Cold War, his fellow tyrants of the Iron Curtain having either been overthrown or hounded from office long ago (though it should be noted Fidel had formally resigned the presidency of Cuba eight years prior to his death, handing the office to his slightly younger brother Raoul).

An Open Letter To Brad Wall

December 1st, 2016 | J. Hodgson

I’ve been a Saskatchewan Party supporter since the Elwin Hermanson days. I volunteered for my local candidate in the 2003 election and sat in my car listening in disappointment to the results on November 5, 2003. I attended Brad Wall’s kick-off upon becoming the new leader a short time later, but for me it was too late. I was young and ambitious and I did what so many others were doing in that era and I moved to Alberta. I thought Saskatchewan was a socialist lost-cause and Alberta was a conservative shining-light. (Wow how times have changed.)

Alberta's Deplorable NDP

December 1st, 2016 |
R. Rados

While Rachel Notley and Marg McCuaig-Boyd take solace in knowing that their government pensions will protect them, the rest of Alberta continues to deal with a flooded labour market that's sure to eventually decrease salaries and wages for everyone but government employees. The days of labourers and employees having the upper hand are long gone. Alberta's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country and employers have the luxury of picking and choosing the most qualified candidates at lower costs. This means that thousands of Albertans are applying for dozens of jobs per week and not getting any results. It also means that thousands of laid-off Albertans have been forced to take lower paying, lower quality jobs – if they've been lucky enough to find a job at all. Most of these Albertans view their situations as temporary, but more are starting to lose hope as the days go on.
Lock Her Up, Alberta!

December 5th, 2016 |
R. Rados

It's easy to look at a group of angry, unemployed or struggling people chanting “lock her up” and to think less of them for expressing their pain in an unconventional way. It's easy to lecture them when you have a secure job and a giant pension. When you're trying to win elections and appeal (or pander) to the broadest audience, scolding a smaller group of embattled voters who are chanting controversial slogans is low hanging fruit. It's far too easy for well-paid politicians and journalists to scoff, sneer and castigate a group of people who are nothing like them. We see it on a daily basis. It's why Donald Trump won the election and why more people like him will emerge to clean their opponents' clocks.

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