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    MPlib
    Proud to attend fundraising dinner tonight for the Learning Disabilities Assoc of Sk - with guest speaker, Margaret Trudeau.
    Sep 30, 2015 6:56 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Glad to welcome Margaret Trudeau to visit with campaign volunteers in Regina today - what a treat!
    Sep 30, 2015 1:55 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Justin Trudeau makes a $3B commitment to patient-centred healthcare, including better homecare, longterm + palliative care. His healthcare plans also include action on prescription drug costs and urgent problems in mental health.
    Sep 30, 2015 8:20 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Several media interviews today, then Seniors Forum, then more door knocking, then another Candidates Forum at KnoxMet.
    Sep 29, 2015 6:27 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Now at an Open Candidates Forum in Regina sponsored by Sask Seniors Mechanism - once again NO Conservative attends!
    Sep 29, 2015 1:25 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    With complete fiscal responsibility, Justin Trudeau's platform puts first things first http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/ralph-goodale/liberal-fiscal-plan_b_8208384.html
    Sep 29, 2015 5:36 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    THE LIBERAL FISCAL PLAN: REALISTIC, PRUDENT, SUSTAINABLE, TRANSPARENT With almost all of our 2015 election commitments now in the public domain, the Liberal Party published on Saturday the fiscal plan that will guide the implementation of our platform over the next four years. It has been well received, earning clear "thumbs up" assessments from both UBC Economics Professor Kevin Milligan, and former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page, among others. The Liberal Fiscal Plan is built around the critical choice we have made to invest immediately in stronger economic growth, more and better jobs, and greater fairness. We've made that choice because these are the important things that Canada most urgently requires after a dismal decade of Conservative economic failure. By sharp contrast, both Stephen Harper and (strangely) Thomas Mulcair say the priority must be balancing the books - now and every year going forward. That, they say, must trump everything else. They're wrong. A far more pressing concern is Canada's damaging lack of economic growth. That's the problem that needs fixing now. Over the past decade, Mr. Harper has the worst growth record of any Prime Minister in 80 years. He has the worst job creation record since WW2. We've been limping along, stranded in grinding mediocrity - in or on the cusp of recession - for most of his time in power. His approach is clearly not working. It's sheer folly to stick with proven failure. But that's what Mr. Harper advocates, and Mr. Mulcair has bought into the Conservative fiscal framework. Their approach has consequences: • Not enough jobs. There are 160,000 more jobless Canadians today than just before Mr. Harper took power. • Poor job quality - the worst in 25 years. • Record high household debt. For every dollar of disposable income, the typical Canadian family is carrying $1.65 in debt. • Families are worried about the high cost of post-secondary education and not being able the save enough for a decent retirement. • Empty-nester households are finding their adult children moving back home, because the economy is just not strong enough to let them get started on their own. • A majority of Canadians now believe this younger generation will not be able to do as well as their parents did before them. Our almost automatic expectation of progress - of upward mobility from one generation to the next - is fading. These are the things that flow from a chronically weak economy. And they won't be fixed by further cuts and the artificial declaration of a balanced budget for political convenience in an election year. What's required is significant new federal investment in the drivers of real growth. That's what Justin Trudeau has proposed - doubling federal investments in public infrastructure over this next decade, and bolstering the spending power of the middle-class by cutting their taxes and by increasing federal support for the high cost of raising children. Mr. Trudeau's timing for such investments is exactly correct. The needs are clear and pressing. Interest rates have never been lower. Canada's debt-ratio (i.e., the size of our federal debt vs. the size of our economy overall) has rarely been more favourable (31%), and it will continue to get better each and every year under our plan. The current Governor of the Bank of Canada, Stephen Poloz, has called Canada's lack of economic growth "atrocious". He has chopped interest rates twice this year to try to stimulate some action. But he gets no cooperation from the Harper government. Just more program and service cuts. Distinguished economic and public policy experts argue strenuously that the Harper Conservatives are wrong. These luminaries include former Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge, Stephen Harper's former Clerk of the Privy Council Kevin Lynch, former Finance Deputy Minister Scott Clark, Canada's former Chief Statistician Munir Sheikh, and former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page. They all advocate an approach similar to Mr. Trudeau's. And the Liberal Fiscal Plan this past weekend lays out how it will be accomplished in a fiscally sound manner. Trudeau's plan is REALISTIC - because it's rooted in the most recent data from the Bank of Canada and the Parliamentary Budget Officer about Canada's current economic condition and future prospects. By contrast, both the Conservatives and the NDP have based their plans on false and outdated figures in the April budget. Trudeau's plan is PRUDENT - because it doesn't prematurely claim revenues for the government from the economic growth we expect our plan to generate. We'll count those chickens only after they have hatched. Trudeau's plan is SUSTAINABLE - because it will steadily reduce the nation's debt-ratio year-after-year, from 31% today down to 27% in 2019, at which time we will balance the books on a far more durable basis than that which exists today. And Trudeau's plan is TRANSPARENT - because he is completely candid about needing to run modest, affordable deficits for three years while the country invests urgently in growth, jobs and fairness. He's putting first things first. Mr. Trudeau, his plan and his team are ready.
    Sep 28, 2015 8:01 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Regina's Globe Theatre has a great production abt the life and music of Elvis Presley! Excellent reviews.
    Sep 27, 2015 1:20 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    It's Cdn Forces Appreciation Day in Sask. Reception at Armoury hosted by Lieut-Gov. Then special recognition at Rider Game!
    Sep 27, 2015 12:42 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Memorial service for fallen Peace and Police Officers concludes on steps of Saskatchewan Legislature.
    Sep 27, 2015 10:39 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Campbell Collegiate Chamber Choir performs in front of Saskatchewan Legislature to open 2015 Police + Peace Officers Memorial.
    Sep 27, 2015 10:15 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Proud to attend ICA's India Supper Night in Regina - celebrating Multiculturalism + supporting Mother Teresa Middle School
    Sep 26, 2015 6:58 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Former PBO Kevin Page has given "thumbs up" to Liberal fiscal plan. Here's another review by UBC professor Kevin Milligan http://blogs.ubc.ca/kevinmilligan/2015/09/26/liberal-fiscal-plan-and-costing/
    Sep 26, 2015 11:01 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Here's the Liberal Party's fiscal plan published today, describing how we'll better manage the nation's finances https://www.liberal.ca/files/2015/09/The-Liberal-fiscal-plan-and-costing.pdf
    Sep 26, 2015 10:45 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Happy to join with other Liberal colleagues in Ottawa today to publish our fiscal plan - realistic, sustainable, prudent + transparent!
    Sep 26, 2015 10:17 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Happy to extend Eid Mubarak greetings to a big crowd at Evraz Place this morning. Now at LeBoldus High School for candidates forum.
    Sep 24, 2015 8:22 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Mr. Harper's fiscal framework prevents BOTH the Conservatives and the NDP from grappling effectively with Canada's weak growth problem http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/ralph-goodale/ndp-balance-budget_b_8162946.html
    Sep 22, 2015 1:39 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Here's a quick personal campaign profile, posted by News Talk 980 CJME http://ckom.com/campaign-close-and-personal-ralph-goodale-liberal
    Sep 22, 2015 1:15 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    One in three Regina students not fully ready to read at school. United Way tackling that basic challenge of reading skills. Kids first must "learn to read". Thereafter they "read to learn". The former is vital because it enables the latter. Lives depend on it.
    Sep 22, 2015 7:20 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    A big room full of Regina Volunteers for the annual breakfast launching this year's United Way Campaign!
    Sep 22, 2015 6:58 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    With respect to the F-35 procurement fiasco, it is prudent to recall that the Auditor-General and the Parliamentary Budget Officer depicted the Harper government's "management" of this multi-billion-dollar file as both incompetent and deceitful.
    Sep 21, 2015 9:44 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Glaring contradiction at candidates forum about Women - why did Mr. Mulcair decline to participate in National TV Women's Debate? NDP now proposes Child Care, but why did they vote against a fully implemented, fully funded national plan in 2005? Liberal investment in Social Infrastructure +a bigger non-taxable Child Benefit will help make Child Care more accessible.
    Sep 21, 2015 8:24 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Liberal Della Anaquod for Regina-Qu'Appelle speaks at an all candidates forum hosted by BPW - Business+Professional Women of Regina.
    Sep 21, 2015 7:01 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Great meal + great people at St Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Parish fowl supper!
    Sep 20, 2015 4:11 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Great afternoon of doorknocking in Regina's Hillsdale neighbourhood - great response. Now off to St Basil's Fowl Supper!
    Sep 20, 2015 3:34 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    An excellent pancake breakfast this am at Little Flower Parish in Regina.
    Sep 20, 2015 10:28 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Runners warm up in Wascana Park - ready for Terry Fox Marathon of Hope.
    Sep 20, 2015 9:41 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Regina Dolphins Swim Team turns out in big numbers today for the 35th annual Terry Fox Marathon of Hope!
    Sep 20, 2015 9:41 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    It's a full house at the Italian Club in Regina tonight for the annual Grape Festival.
    Sep 19, 2015 6:01 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Happy to congratulate Mary Joy and Jurimar on their wedding day - a big celebration in Regina's Filipino community!
    Sep 19, 2015 5:17 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Down at the Artful Dodger this afternoon for "Playing for Change Day", supporting music education here in Sask + abroad.
    Sep 19, 2015 1:00 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Glad to support ScotiaBank's AIDS Walk for Life - starting off from Wascana Park!
    Sep 19, 2015 11:58 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Proud to attend ceremonies at the Saskatchewan Legislature today commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
    Sep 19, 2015 10:13 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Volunteers gathering at Regina's Al Ritchie Centre this am for a neighbourhood clean-up. Great weather. Great job.
    Sep 19, 2015 7:09 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    NDP ACCEPTS HARPER'S BOGUS BUDGET NUMBERS According to Thomas Mulcair, this week was supposed to be when the NDP would nail down the fiscal framework around their campaign platform. It turned into a train wreck - three big things went wrong. First, their numbers don't account for everything they've promised. Big things like infrastructure, transit, child care, healthcare, Indigenous peoples, foreign aid and more have either been watered-down, back-end loaded or dropped altogether. Secondly, the NDP have based all their calculations on the same bogus economic assumptions that Stephen Harper used in his April budget, including a totally unrealistic economic growth projection which has been thoroughly discredited by the Bank of Canada, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and many others. Yesterday, former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page said the NDP's financial analysis is "Swiss cheese fiscal costing ... not very prudent or transparent" and based on Mr. Harper's budget numbers which are simply "not credible". And former Deputy Finance Minister Scott Clark said NDP arithmetic is "all fantasy ... fudging the books ... it doesn't balance." The third problem - and probably the most serious - is that Mr. Mulcair has agreed with Stephen Harper that immediately balancing the federal books is the most urgent thing the Government of Canada needs to do. It must trump everything else - right now. That is simply not true. Mr. Page and Mr. Clark, together with former Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge, former Privy Council Clerk Kevin Lynch, Canada's former Chief Statistician Munir Sheikh, and many others, all say a modest surplus or deficit - either way right now - is inconsequential. What's needed urgently more than anything else, they say, is sustained and sustainable economic growth to generate jobs, confidence, momentum and expanding prosperity. For most of Mr. Harper's decade in office, the Canadian economy has sputtered. We've suffered two recessions. Mr. Harper didn't get us fully out of the first one before he fell into the second one. He has the worst growth record of any Prime Minister since R.B. Bennett in the 1930s. And what are the consequences of too little economic growth? There are 160,000 more jobless Canadians today than just before Mr. Harper took power. Job quality is at a 25-year low. Household debt is at a record high. Families are struggling with the high cost of raising children or post-secondary education. Most haven't saved nearly enough for a secure retirement. A lot of empty-nester households have found their adult children have moved back home because they just can't get a decent start on their own. A majority of Canadians worry that their kids will not be able to do as well as they did. Expectations of progress from one generation to the next are deflating. All this is what results from a slow and stagnant economy? So what is the solution? Mr. Harper says just keep cutting everything in sight to balance the books quickly. Mr. Mulcair has exactly the same priority. But that approach has failed miserably for most of the past decade. Canada desperately needs a new plan - to invest in the drivers of growth and jobs, like community infrastructure, education and skills, innovation, and the spending power of the middle-class and all those working hard to get there. This is Justin Trudeau's plan. With complete transparency, Mr. Trudeau says his investment plan will result in three years of modest, manageable deficits, but the books will be balanced in 2019, and in the meantime, Canada will have a steadily dropping debt-ratio (meaning we'll remain fully fiscally responsible). With a low debt-ratio to start with and interest rates at rock bottom levels, this is the time to invest and grow. That will help lift the economy and create jobs. And that's what Canada needs now more than ever. The Harper/Mulcair fixation on a short-term balanced budget - at the expense of growth and everything else - is the wrong priority.
    Sep 18, 2015 4:48 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    At First Nations University of Canada today for the annual "Welcome Back" Tony Cote PowWow!
    Sep 17, 2015 11:15 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    100+ people interested in Food Security quiz fed candidates at forum sponsored by REACH - no Conservatives bothered to attend.
    Sep 14, 2015 6:46 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Canada's main economic problem is not deficit vs surplus by a whisker either way - it's a lost decade of substandard growth!
    Sep 14, 2015 7:47 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Look who I found yesterday in Wascana Park - Ronald McDonald House (Sk) is celebrating 30 years, has served over 18,000 families!
    Sep 14, 2015 6:11 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    What a great crowd today in A.E. Wilson Park, ready to walk for the fight against Ovarian Cancer!
    Sep 13, 2015 11:48 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Amid the Queen City Marathon today in Regina, there is also the Walk of Hope, supporting the fight against ovarian cancer!
    Sep 13, 2015 10:58 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Some of the great crowd at College Park I + II retirement homes in Regina, celebrating Grand Parents Day.
    Sep 12, 2015 1:51 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    The opening act takes the stage for today's Praise in the Park Christian music festival in downtown Regina.
    Sep 12, 2015 12:55 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Part of the Canadian Forces display in Regina today is about the deployment this summer to fight wildfires in Northern Saskatchewan - Well Done!
    Sep 12, 2015 11:43 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Open House at the Regina Armoury today - Royal Regina Rifles Dinner tonight - Freedom of the City day!
    Sep 12, 2015 11:40 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Busy Farmers Market in Regina today - going to 29 degrees. Lots of people chatting about the federal election, want a new+better government!
    Sep 12, 2015 11:09 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Here are the first kids coming toward the finish of the Kids Run of the Queen City Marathon! Good job!
    Sep 12, 2015 10:17 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Honoured to support Sask Brain Injury Assoc once again at the Brain Boogie Walk through Regina's Wascana Park. Wonderful people!
    Sep 12, 2015 9:55 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    A basic engineering experiment - in the Beer Gardens on the Green at the University of Regina during Welcome Week
    Sep 11, 2015 2:07 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana

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