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    Chaos in Vets Affairs so appalling the Harper government can't even get a $200M announcement straight - over 6 years or 50 years? Huge difference! This deception over numbers flows from Mr Harper telling the Veteran Affairs department to fix mental health issues without significant new funding. Why is Mr Harper shortchanging Vets? So he can use that $$$ to impose Income Splitting costing $2B for just 15% of households.
    Nov 28, 2014 6:42 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Having a great day in BC Lower Mainland, meeting Sikh + Chinese leaders, plus Chambers of Commerce in Tri-Cities + North Vancouver
    Nov 28, 2014 2:47 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    The Transportation Safety Board has blown the whistle on rail, air and marine safety systems that are too weak and ineffectual. In transport safety, food safety, environmental safety Mr Harper relies on private sector self regulation - so budgets can be cut. This cutting is part of Harper plan to declare surplus...so he can impose Income Splitting at cost of $2 billion/year for just 15% of Canadians. http://www.canadianbusiness.com/business-news/transportation-safety-board-says-feds-not-doing-enough-to-enforce-safe-transport/
    Nov 27, 2014 4:55 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Harper Trade Minister Ed Fast boasted in Parliament today that signing trade agreements is the sole indicator of success in world markets. But low-and-behold that's not true, Fast says, in the case of Canada's relationship with the world's biggest market in China. What he's really saying is the Harper govt has a long-bungled relationship with China and others like Australia+New Zealand are beating Canada. http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/11/27/free-trade-agreement-with-china-unnecessary-ed-fast/
    Nov 27, 2014 4:10 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period, Liberals remain sharply focused on the Harper government's multiple failures to treat Veterans with respect + generosity. Canada's Auditor-General has verified the persistent complaints of Royal Canadian Legion, Veterans Ombudsman and other Veteran advocates. With Mr. Fantino again absent, the Defence Minister tries to claim Harper government always treats Veterans very well. But just saying it doesn't make it true.
    Nov 27, 2014 11:42 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    More slime-ball tactics by the Conservative Party in Airdrie - deliberate deception: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/pressure-on-tories-to-apologize-after-sun-retracts-story-on-liberal-candidate-1.2850130 Add this Airdrie scam to the Conservative riding president in Ontario who got caught trying to vote twice in last election: http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2014/11/21/former-ontario-pc-riding-association-president-admits-to-trying-to-vote-twice-in-last-federal-election/#.VHXjwfldW4K And don't forget the "In-and-Out" Cons election financing conviction + the disgraced Penashue, Sona, Del Mastro, Duffy + on it goes.
    Nov 26, 2014 6:31 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    On the day that the Auditor-General publishes a critical report on the failures of Veterans Minister Fantino, he's gone AWOL - say Vets Advocates
    Nov 25, 2014 7:22 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Fantino surely has to go + Harper must apologize for misleading Commons - even Stockwell Day refuses to defend government on Vets!
    Nov 25, 2014 3:45 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period, Mr. Harper squirms around the Auditor General's criticisms of the government's failures to properly deal with Veterans' mental health needs. Mr. Harper can't explain his budget cuts+lapsed funding which deprived Veterans of millions of dollars Parliament had approved.
    Nov 25, 2014 11:41 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Auditor-General reveals more failures of Vets Minister Fantino - will he have the courage to face Canadians in HofC Question Period today?
    Nov 25, 2014 7:17 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Given HarperCons have lapsed $1-billion in funding for veterans, Liberals ask how much of the $200-million anncounced yesterday will also lapse?
    Nov 24, 2014 11:34 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    PROBABLY THE WORST VETS MINISTER EVER Every Remembrance Day at memorial services across the country, the most emotional moment is when the "Veterans Company" marches past the cenotaph. Whether they are younger people who saw action just recently in places like Afghanistan or 90-year-olds who survived the WW2 or veterans of all the other campaigns in between, they provoke spontaneous respect and admiration. They are, after all, genuine heroes. The crowds break into loud and sustained applause. Within our free society, we can and do have vigorous disputes about the foreign and defence policy issues that resulted in all these valiant Canadians being sent into harm's way in various theatres of war down through the years. Such debate is what a democracy is all about - that's what our Canadian Forces go to fight for. But all such arguments aside, once our troops are in the heat of battle, all Canadians pray for their safety, marvel at their skill and courage, mourn their losses and anxiously await their return. We all know we have a sacred covenant to honour in the aftermath of war. On this latter point, among the public, there is no disagreement whatsoever. Our returning military personnel and veterans have stood ready to give their all, and when they come home, their country must "stand ready" for them - to meet their social, economic, physical and psychological needs. All Canadians expect their government to respond with gratitude and generosity. That's why it's so difficult to fathom the bizarre on-going misbehaviour of Stephen Harper's Veterans Affairs Minister, Julian Fantino. His antics, including several personally insulting encounters with veterans and their families, are a major drag on the government's credibility. Most recently, Mr. Fantino couldn't justify his department's failure to utilize more than $1.1-billion which Parliament had expressly approved for programs and services for veterans. For all the government's loud budget promises, the money never got out the door. In Finance department language, that $1.1-billion "lapsed". The hapless Mr. Fantino seems to think he still has access to it, but he doesn't. Lapsed funds from all departments go back into the central treasury and are largely applied at year-end against the government's deficit. In other words - by accident, design or incompetence - the money was used to help balance the books. Think what might have been accomplished for returning soldiers and veterans if these funds had been utilized as Parliament intended. The nine offices providing specialized services to veterans across the country might not have closed. Financial assistance for dignified funerals might have been provided to the families of thousands of deceased Vets who were denied such help. Veterans' health insurance premiums perhaps didn't need to double. Pensions could have been improved. The Veterans Independence Program might have been enhanced. Some returning soldiers might not have been discharged just before they could qualify for benefits. A vigorous effort to detect and deal pro-actively with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder could have been launched years ago. Instead, yesterday, just before the Auditor General is due to publish a critique of his performance, Mr. Fantino announced a small mental health initiative representing only a fraction of his lapsed funding. It's obviously a last-minute manoeuvre to deflect the flak he is getting. One leading advocate for veterans, Michael Blais, called the initiative "damage control" in the "toxic" relationship Mr. Fantino has created. Former Veterans Ombudsman Pat Stogran dismissed it as more "rhetoric" and "empty promises", not really worth listening to. Mr. Harper and his Minister have a big credibility problem.
    Nov 24, 2014 7:32 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    2014 Mosaic "Festival of Trees" launches holiday season in Regina. Congrats to Canadian Progress Club + Regina Palliative Care
    Nov 22, 2014 4:59 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Holodomor candles now lit in Regina - remembering all those millions lost in Stalin's famine/genocide in Ukraine 1932/33
    Nov 22, 2014 12:46 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    1932-33 Holodomor Famine in Ukraine, contrived by Stalin, deliberate genocide, killed some 7.5-million innocent people
    Nov 22, 2014 12:24 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    A candle ready to be lit at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall in Regina ... on Holodomor Memorial Day
    Nov 22, 2014 12:20 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Canada's mayors and municipalities strongly favour infrastructure investments to boost growth. My speech to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities yesterday: Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for your welcome, and for inviting me to say a few words today. It's good to be at another meeting of the FCM. Greetings and good wishes from the Parliament of Canada, and especially our Liberal Caucus and Leader Justin Trudeau. As you know, Justin has benefited from numerous opportunities to meet with your organization, which he highly values … both at your national gatherings (including your executive board this morning), but even better, in the cities and towns and rural communities you represent all across Canada. On Justin's behalf, let me thank the FCM and all your members for your engagement, your hospitality and the wealth of ideas you share about the future of this country. As you probably know from my days as Finance Minister, I have long believed that "local governments" are absolutely crucial to Canada's economic success and to a high quality of Canadian life. You shape the lens through which most people see their country and through which people around the world see and judge Canada. Your order of government is direct, up-front, personal, inescapable and a big determinant of how we all live. In 2004 and 2005, it was my pleasure to begin the implementation of Paul Martin's "New Deal for Communities", including the full GST rebate to municipalities, the Gas Tax Transfer, the Green Municipal Funds, the Communities of Tomorrow Innovation Centre and additional federal funding for specific municipal infrastructure projects. It was a good start. It set the frame for a decade of useful activity. Also important to the New Deal was – and is – the fundamental notion that the quality of municipal governance has become so vital to the nation's well-being that municipalities must have "a place at the table" in national decision-making. We all, of course, respect the specifics of of our Constitution. But municipal needs and municipal advice must be heard and heeded by the Government of Canada. That's why Justin, as Prime Minister, would make it a point to meet at least annually with Canada's municipal leadership. To listen, to understand, to consult and collaborate -- to work together to build the strongest and most successful communities. That's in your local interests and it's in Canada's national interests. It would also help to make more Canadians into effective “Home Town Champions”. And congratulations on that initiative. Canada's most compelling economic and fiscal priority today must be the achievement of greater growth. Sustained and sustainable economic growth has been decidedly missing from most of Canada since the 2008 recession. Growth is the ingredient we need more than any other to lift the fortunes of the middle-class and all those who are working so hard just to join the middle-class. And growth will be indispensable in truly balancing the federal government's books on a secure foundation and keeping them balanced for any length of time. The Bank of Canada, the International Monetary Fund, private sector economists and think tanks – they all make this same point. But growth is NOT Canada's current reality. At about 1.6% per year on average since 2006, Canada is struggling with the weakest rate of economic growth since the 1930's. And looking forward, the prognosis remains mediocre at best. The IMF says 139 other countries will grow faster this coming year than will Canada, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia ... even Ireland and Greece and many others. So we're not "on top", as the federal government often claims. We're actually in the bottom half of the G20. In the latest Fiscal Update from the Government of Canada itself just last week, Canada's growth rate is actually projected to drop every year, year-after-year, between 2015 and 2020. So we need to do better. And let me repeat the two key reasons why: One is fiscal integrity. Short-term devices like selling-off federal assets, delaying military procurements, postponing infrastructure, and collecting an extra $5-billion from excessive EI premiums do not constitute a sound basis upon which to balance the books. All that is only temporary. The key to lasting fiscal success is sustained and sustainable growth. And secondly, such growth is imperative to lift the middle class. Median after tax family incomes in Canada have increased over the past 30 years by a meagre 15%. Meanwhile, household debt has ballooned to 164% of disposable incomes. Three-quarters of those working in the private sector don't have a company pension. Your average 35-year old today is saving only about half of what their parents did. Two-thirds of middle-class parents worry about affording post-secondary education for their kids. More than 200,000 young Canadians are jobless or underemployed. In more than 40% of empty-nester households, their adult children have moved back home because they haven't been able to get started on their own. And for the first time ever, a majority of Canadians believe the younger generation will not do as well as their parents did. The expectation of progress ... of upward mobility from one generation to the next is not a "given" anymore. And what is the root cause of all that? We simply don't have enough economic growth to drive greater prosperity. It's not coming sufficiently from exports, because for the most part Canada has been running trade deficits. It's not coming from domestic business investment, because Canadian firms don't have sufficient confidence in the economy's strength and direction – so they just sit on their cash reserves. Growth cannot come much more from consumer spending, because of those stagnant incomes and that high household debt. And growth is not being supported by the government sector, because the feds have pursued a narrow austerity plan to reduce programs and services wherever they think possible. With the greatest of respect, you cannot hack-and-slash your way to economic growth. You need strong and prudent management, yes, but you also need smart investments in the key drivers of greater growth. That includes higher education, learning and skills. It includes science and innovation. It includes aggressive global marketing and branding. And it most certainly includes public and community infrastructure. I am old enough to remember when Mayors and Municipalities were just about the only ones in this country singing the virtues of infrastructure ... when most everyone else was not quite sure what it was. But you're certainly not alone anymore: Read the communique from the G20 leaders last weekend in Australia ... for a global endorsement. And the World Economic Outlook in October from International Monetary Fund. Listen to the Governor of the Bank of Canada, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, and all the Premiers. Look at the work of independent think-tanks – the Mowat Centre, Canada 2020, 3D policy group, the C.D. Howe Institute, the Conference Board of Canada and the Canada-West Foundation. Listen to the voices of industry – the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Council of Chief Executive Officers, the Canadian Labour Congress, the Canadian Construction Association, three different groups of Professional Engineers, the Urban Transit Association and the Insurance Bureau of Canada. And let me mention just three more: * The federal department of Finance ... which has reported publicly and repeatedly that investment in public infrastructure is the single most cost-effective way for the Government of Canada to help jobs and growth -- far more effective than tax cuts. * Statistics Canada ... which reported that those periods of greatest investment in public infrastructure just happen to correspond with Canada's biggest improvements in productivity. * And the distinguished former Governor of Bank of Canada, David Dodge, who has concluded -- given historically low interest rates -- that infrastructure investments now are particularly prudent because of the unique opportunity to convert that short-term cost advantage into long-term capital assets. So surely, the policy discussion is conclusive. So why has the federal government punched a big hole in the middle of its infrastructure funding. Yes, they announced a 10-year plan, but the New Building Canada Fund within that plan has been slashed -- from what used to be $1.7-billion per year, down to just $210-million this year. That’s a cut of 87%. It may be slowly replenished after 2016 – we’ll see – but it won't be restored to last year's level until after 2019. So, nearly 75% of New Building Canada investments are effectively postponed beyond 5 years from now. Plus, the application process has been slow and convoluted. The criteria put municipalities in direct competition with other government entities like universities. And you have no clear assurance of what pool of dollars are available to you. Or when. So why all this delay and obfuscation? Simply put, the government wanted a large announcement about infrastructure without an early outlay of cash. Why? So it could claim a surplus in 2015 and proceed with its promised tax cuts. Municipal infrastructure got trumped by Income Splitting and an Employment Insurance Tax Credit. People may differ on the wisdom of these choices from a political point of view, but there can be no doubt they are bad economics. These boutique tax breaks will cost billions of dollars, but do nothing to stimulate more employment or make the economy stronger. The Employment Insurance Tax Credit is available only to those who agree NOT to grow above a certain size. It offers a bigger incentive to fire people than to hire them. The Parliamentary Budget Officer says only a meagre 800 jobs may be created, at the astronomical cost of $700,000 per job, while 10,000 other jobs are likely to be killed. That's some policy! And in designing the government's Income Splitting scheme -- right off the bat 86% of Canadian households cannot qualify, and among those who do, the biggest gains flow to the most wealthy, at a cost of $2-billion every year. Nothing for jobs. Nothing for growth. That's why the late Jim Flaherty warned against it. Too expensive. Unfair. Anti-growth. And it hasn't been fixed. Canada would be far further ahead economically by refocussing available resources on a far more substantive and immediate infrastructure plan -- one that is truly transformative, predictable and sustainable. Local governments need to have some certainty about what their share of the funding will be. And the amount must meet the need. How will all the imperatives be taken into account -- affordable housing, digital connectivity, water and wastewater systems, new environmental regulations, major transportation facilities for trade and commerce, urban transit, cultural and recreational needs, infrastructure designed and built to withstand increasingly destructive weather patterns and climate change? How can we make the most appropriate use of P-3's and how do we design the right process for analysis and decision-making that doesn't force the P-3 model on municipalities who may not believe it's the right choice for them? It cannot be a unilateral federal decision. The life insurance and pension fund people were in to see me the other day. They are looking for long-term (like 30 and 40 and 50-year) lending instruments. How do we get their capital into the infrastructure business in a helpful, incremental manner? There is so much to consider, and get right. That's why your place in national decision-making is essential. But imagine the pay-back! Every dollar going into affordable housing will grow the economy by $1.40. Every dollar into Roads, Water or Transit brings growth of $1.20. A billion dollars in infrastructure investment stimulates 16,000 person-years of employment. Urban congestion currently costs the economy $15-billion every year - how much of that can we save? How much can we boost our competitiveness and productivity? And affordability, sustainability ... and live-ability? It's all about nation-building. It means making choices that are smart and fair. Do we choose Income Splitting that provides $2-billion to just 15% of households -- leaving 85% of Canadians with nothing at all, and nothing for growth? Or do we invest in infrastructure ... economic growth, jobs and productivity to help every Canadian succeed? Infrastructure. And nation-building. That's the better priority.
    Nov 21, 2014 5:59 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period, HarperCons defend tax gimmicks over investments in Infrastructure - directly contradicting Municipalities. Investments in Infrastructure make the economy grow - tax gimmicks do not - municipalities applaud the former, not the latter.
    Nov 20, 2014 11:36 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    My thanks to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for the wonderful welcome. Look forward to our work together to strengthen all sizes of communities.
    Nov 20, 2014 11:34 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    My thanks to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for the wonderful welcome. Look forward to our work together to strengthen all sizes of communities.
    Nov 20, 2014 11:23 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Hard to feel sorry for Sona, but Canadians still need to know who his accomplices were + who authorized such corruption. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/michael-sona-sentenced-to-9-months-in-jail-for-callous-robocalls-1.2839410
    Nov 20, 2014 8:25 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Lisez mon article sur le Canada, le G20 et la nécessité d’une croissance économique dans Le Huffington Post Québec http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/ralph-goodale/g20-plan-croissance-canada_b_6181576.html
    Nov 20, 2014 7:31 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Holodomor Memorial Week: Events in Ottawa today, Regina tomorrow. This monument stands in Kyiv in memory of millions who died.
    Nov 19, 2014 1:45 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Check my commentary about Canada, the G20 and the imperative of economic growth in today’s print edition of National Post
    Nov 19, 2014 5:54 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Welcome Bill Casey! I got to know him during great debates about Atlantic Accords in which he took a strongly principled stand.
    Nov 18, 2014 2:59 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Encouraging byelection results add to our hopes, but we still have much hard work to do
    Nov 18, 2014 12:40 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period, Justin Trudeau asks the Harper government to support greater public access to government information. Mr Harper says no. To further perpetuate government secrecy, Mr Harper refuses to support Justin on more open House of Commons administration.
    Nov 18, 2014 11:33 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    LIBERAL VOTE SHARE IS UP. CONSERVATIVE & NDP VOTES ARE DOWN. Pattern continues. CONGRATULATIONS tonight to Celina Caesar-Chavannes in Whitby-Oshawa and Ryan Maguhn in Yellowhead - authentic, capable, hard-working Liberal candidates who demonstrated great progress in Canadians' drive for a new and better government. Thank you for your service ... and stay ready!
    Nov 17, 2014 8:47 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    For Ukrainian Canadians, at a delicate moment in Ukraine's quest for freedom, this is the solemn week of Holodomor http://lpc.ca/9so8
    Nov 17, 2014 2:26 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period, HarperCons refuse to defend Income Splitting on its own. They camouflage its costs+unfairness in fog of unrelated stuff. The Finance Minister defends Income Splitting by saying Federal Transfers to Provinces were increased. Yes indeed they were, in my budgets of 2004/05. Key fed economic problem is lack of real growth - Canada's growth rate dropping every year. Income Splitting for a few won't help.
    Nov 17, 2014 12:02 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    MR. OLIVER SHOULD HAVE FOUGHT FOR SOMETHING BETTER One of the late Jim Flaherty's best features as Finance Minister was his willingness to push-back against Stephen Harper's excessive partisanship. Income Splitting was a case in point. Mr. Harper trotted it out as a hypothetical campaign promise during the 2011 election, to be honoured at some future date after the federal books had been balanced. Whether Mr. Flaherty disliked the idea from the beginning is hard to tell, but in his latter days in the Finance department he didn't mince words. He openly challenged Income Splitting as too costly and distinctly unfair because it would benefit "some parts of the Canadian population a lot and other parts of the Canadian population not at all." Mr. Flaherty pushed back. It is crucial for Finance Ministers to be able to do that. They are among the few who can speak truth to all-too-powerful Prime Ministers. Their authority in Finance can only be used sparingly, but when it's needed it should be exercised. In his final telling criticisms of Income Splitting, Mr. Flaherty opened the door to principled reconsideration. But as soon as he was gone, Stephen Harper slammed that door - right in Joe Oliver's face. And without a peep of protest from the new Minister. He is there, apparently, just to do Mr. Harper's bidding. Income Splitting will cost the federal treasury about $2-billion every year. That's a lot of money. The economy remains shaky. Revenues are uncertain, as tumbling oil prices amply demonstrate. The Parliamentary Budget Officer says a "tax expenditure" of this magnitude risks re-creating deficits. That's no doubt one of the things Jim Flaherty worried about. He would also know only too well that to make room for that $2-billion per year, he imposed hard budget cuts in such areas as services to returning soldiers and veterans, maritime search and rescue, forensic labs, immigration offices, trade offices, emergency preparedness, National Parks, the Census, employment insurance, social benefit appeals, environmental protection, Aboriginal education, public infrastructure ... and more. Mr. Flaherty would not want his "savings" to be squandered on a bad idea. Income Splitting will help fewer than 15% of Canadian households - more than 85% get left out. Single moms and dads, parents with similar incomes within the same tax bracket, those on low incomes, those without children or whose kids are at the expensive post-secondary level - get nothing from Income Splitting. And among those few who will benefit, the biggest winners are the most wealthy. That's what Jim Flaherty warned against, and it hasn't been fixed. Perhaps worst of all, Income Splitting misses the target entirely on Canada's most pressing economic problem and that's the lack of substantial, sustained economic growth. By the Conservatives' own figures, after the implementation of this misguided scheme, the Canadian economy will slow down. They are projecting a shrinking economic growth rate in each of the next five years. Surely it would be more effective and more prudent to invest now in the drivers of greater growth - like transformative public infrastructure, higher learning and skills, science and innovation - which would boost the economic prospects of all Canadians, while also reinforcing the fiscal integrity of all levels of government.
    Nov 17, 2014 5:36 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Congratulations to Regina's LeBoldus Golden Suns - Provincial High School Football Champions!
    Nov 16, 2014 5:44 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Big crowd at Resurrection Parish Christmas Bazaar + Bake Sale in Regina today - tis the Season!
    Nov 15, 2014 11:13 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Glad to participate in a very useful meeting yesterday about water issues on the prairies - clearly feeling the big loss of PFRA (1/2)
    Nov 15, 2014 10:51 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    BIG THANK YOU! We had a great nominating meeting in Regina-Wascana constituency last night. Over 200 people in a very buoyant mood. Lots of memberships and donations. Terrific speeches by national LPC President, Anna Gainey, and pundit, pollster, strategist David Herle. Over the past 21 years, we have won this riding seven consecutive times. I am honoured to have the opportunity to represent the Liberal Party in Wascana once again. Thank you. Ralph G.
    Nov 14, 2014 9:29 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    My thanks to Prairie Dog Mag and its readers in Regina - your vote of confidence is again much appreciated
    Nov 13, 2014 5:02 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Here’s the text of a radio broadcast I did today BEFORE the Harper Government’s Fiscal Update. All the criticisms remain only too true. CBC SCRIPT - THE NATION'S BUSINESS For November 12th, 2014 Hon. Ralph Goodale, PC, MP (Wascana) Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada Good morning. "I bet almost everyone in this room knows at least one family with adult children living in the basement." That sobering observation came last week from Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz. In a large number of Canadian families (over 40%, in fact), their adult children have moved back home - or never left - because they haven't yet been able to get started on their own. And in a sluggish economy, their prospects are tough. Governor Poloz warned against statistics claiming job market improvements because those numbers typically don't capture "discouraged workers” who’ve just given up. The Conference Board of Canada reports that, for the first time in history, the upcoming generation of Canadians may not actually be able to do as well as their parents did. Middle class Canadians (and all those working so hard to join the middle class) have always had that expectation of progress from one generation to the next -- expanding career opportunities, growing incomes, upward mobility, a strong social safety net. But it can no longer be taken for granted. Canada needs a concerted plan for sustained and sustainable economic growth. That's what's missing today. And that's why Stephen Harper has the worst economic growth record of any Prime Minister since R.B. Bennett in the 1930s. Mr. Harper could have used this fall session of Parliament to present a strong jobs and growth agenda. But he did not. He’s focused solely on ineffectual "boutique" tax breaks for certain select beneficiaries. They will cost billions of dollars, but do nothing to stimulate more employment or make the economy stronger. For example, Mr. Harper’s “Employment Insurance Tax Credit” offers a bigger incentive to fire people than to hire them. It actually penalizes growth. The Parliamentary Budget Officer says it might help with a meagre 800 jobs over the next two years, but at the astronomical cost of $700,000 per job. Another example is Mr. Harper's Income Splitting scheme – which was challenged as too costly and unfair by none other than the late Jim Flaherty. He said, and I quote: "It benefits some parts of the Canadian population a lot, and other parts of the Canadian population not at all." 85% of households don't qualify. And for those who do, the biggest gains go to the wealthy. A couple raising a family on a single $45,000 income will get just $150 from Income Splitting -- that's the grand total of $40-cents a day. But those with a salary over $160,000 will get $2,000. That's what Jim Flaherty warned against. And it has not been fixed. Canadians would be further ahead with a vigorous plan for investments in community infrastructure and housing; post-secondary education, learning and skills; research and innovation; smart, clean, sustainable energy and resource development; and aggressive global branding and marketing to rebuild a consistent Canadian trade surplus. These are some elements of a better Growth Agenda for Canada, giving all Canadians a real and fair chance to succeed. And restoring that legitimate expectation of progress from one generation to the next. This is Ralph Goodale for the Liberal Party. Thank you for listening.
    Nov 12, 2014 12:28 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Another packed assembly - this one at College Park residence - paying solemn tribute on Remembrance Day in Regina
    Nov 11, 2014 12:54 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Cptn(R) Walter Martin CD (Afghn Vet) speaking at Regina's 2014 Remembrance Day service - the Brandt Centre is full to rafters!
    Nov 11, 2014 8:51 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    The stands are full in the Brandt Centre for the Royal Canadian Legion's 2014 Remembrance Day service - great support from the RCMP
    Nov 11, 2014 8:05 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Cadets getting their last instructions before taking part in Regina's Remembrance Day ceremony at the Brandt Centre
    Nov 11, 2014 8:04 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    RCMP Pipes + Drums lining up for Remembrance Day parade at the Brandt Centre in Regina
    Nov 11, 2014 8:04 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Remembrance Day is one of Canada’s most important official occasions http://youtu.be/ufD6w20eu94
    Nov 11, 2014 8:02 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    That's Rick Mercer on the big screen - beamed into the "Giller Lite Bash" at Regina's Artesian. A full house celebrating the Gillers!
    Nov 10, 2014 7:32 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Royal United Services Institute Armistice Ball, Regina - 1st time this event is not held in the historic RUSI Bldg, now sadly demolished
    Nov 10, 2014 6:58 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Veteran Clint White speaks to a roomfull of seniors at "The Bentley" residence during a Remembrance Day service
    Nov 10, 2014 8:47 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    REMEMBRANCE DAY I consider November 11th to be one of the most important days of the year. It’s a day to remember all those who have served (and who are serving right now) in dangerous places around the world on behalf of Canada and the freedom, democracy, respect for human rights, diversity and pluralism, and the rule of law for which this country stands. We salute the skill and valour of all the Canadian Forces – women and men, past and present. We commend their triumphs. And we mourn those who died. We stand in awe of their sacrifice. 2014 marks a hundred years from the fateful beginnings of World War One. And 70 years from the defiant Allied landings on the beaches of Normandy. We remember Korea, the Cold War, Suez and 50 years of peacekeeping. We remember the Balkans, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Libya and now Iraq. Most recently, here at home on our own soil, the tragic deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo are freshly seared into our memory. Whether it’s the losses from a century ago or just a few days ago - we WILL remember them. And we must do more. Beyond the powerful emotions of November 11th, to truly honour those who fought and those who died, we must fulfill the solemn covenant that a country makes with its fighting forces when they are sent into harm's way to defend our values and our way of life. They have stood ready to give their all. And when they come home, their country must “stand ready” for them, to meet their needs - socially, economically, physically and psychologically. Our sense of gratitude and generosity must not fail. We have much work yet to do to honour Canada's obligations to its Veterans. And we must keep the faith! Whether it's the Nazis in the 1940’s or terrorists in 2014, our foes have always had a common grim objective. They seek to undermine the way we live. They want to embed fear in our hearts and minds. They want us to be intimidated – to think differently about our surroundings and our fellow citizens, to forget who we are and what Canada stands for. We must never succumb to that fear. Yes, we can draw some big lessons from recent tragedies. We'll learn, and make effective adjustments. But we must not turn Parliament into a bunker or Canada into a police state. If we erode our rights and freedoms ... if we betray our values ... if we compromise on the way we want to live in this peaceful and welcoming democracy, then the bad guys win. We won’t let that happen. We must not and we will not give way on those very qualities of heart, mind and soul that make us different from our foes. Echoing from Flanders a century ago to the National War Memorial in Ottawa just this past October come the immortal words of John McCrae: “…if ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields.” Rest easy, dear soldier. We shall keep Canadians safe. And we shall keep Canada, Canada! Lest we forget.
    Nov 10, 2014 5:00 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Remembrance Day is one of Canada’s most important official occasions http://youtu.be/ufD6w20eu94
    Nov 09, 2014 8:00 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    REGINA-WASCANA NOMINATING MEETING ... To select a Liberal candidate for the 2015 federal election: * Thursday, November 13th, 2014 * Shumiatcher Room, Conexus Arts Centre * Registration & Reception beginning at 6:30pm * Meeting at 7:00pm * Guest Speaker: National political strategist and public affairs commentator, DAVID HERLE If you are in the Regina area, please mark your calendars and plan to attend. No admission charge. Everyone welcome! This meeting is part of the national momentum, generated largely by Justin Trudeau, to elect a NEW and DIFFERENT and BETTER government for Canada. In that exciting endeavour, I'm proud to serve as the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada Many thanks to all those who have been so supportive and helpful through our past seven successful campaigns in Wascana. I look forward to continuing our work together. Sincerely Hon. RALPH GOODALE MP for Wascana CONTACT: RalphG@myaccess.ca
    Nov 08, 2014 8:59 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    It's a frosty night in Mosaic Stadium, but Sk Riders are widening their lead over Edm Eskimos - 23 to 4
    Nov 08, 2014 6:18 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana

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