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    CANADA'S INFRASTRUCTURE: As the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) meets in Niagara this weekend, there is growing dissatisfaction with the federal government's "Building Canada" infrastructure fund (BCF). It's two months late. The construction season is slipping by. Most local communities still cannot even apply. Some of their highest priorities, like local roads, have been banned from the BCF altogether. They don't like the fed's arbitrary and mandatory P-3 screen. They are forced to compete for funds against other government entities, like universities. And for the next two years, the BCF has been chopped by 87%. All this hurts municipalities, stymies growth, costs jobs and drains productivity. Cutting, delaying and complicating federal support for community infrastructure is simply bad public policy. ###
    May 29, 2014 11:17 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Proud soldier, valuable Parliamentarian, renowned leader, distinguished Canadian - we wish the very best to Roméo Dallaire!
    May 28, 2014 12:17 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Congratulations to Saskatchewan for leading on life-saving defibrillators. They should be in all federal buildings + facilities. http://www.thestarphoenix.com/touch/story.html?id=9880289
    May 27, 2014 2:46 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    A first-hand report from Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland who just served as an Election Observer in Ukraine http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/05/26/chrystia_freeland_ukrainian_election_marks_end_of_one_struggle_new_phase_of_another.bb.html
    May 27, 2014 5:10 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Perioed, Liberals point out that HarperCons have had rules that allow Temporary Foreign Workers to be paid less than Canadians. Now HarperCons are suggesting TFWs working side-by-side with Canadians should be paid more -- government's policy is in chaos.
    May 26, 2014 11:53 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    DEFICIENT INFRASTRUCTURE HURTS ECONOMIC GROWTH, PRODUCTIVITY It was during the 2011 federal election that Stephen Harper started pledging certain expensive tax cuts that would overwhelmingly favour the wealthy. He called it "income-splitting" and it sounded politically attractive. But what he didn't reveal was that only a small fraction of Canadians would qualify -- 85% of all families (i.e., most of those at middle and lower income levels) would get little or nothing from Mr. Harper's scheme. That was the problem that caused the late Jim Flaherty to openly question both the cost and the fairness of income-splitting. And there was another problem too. According to Mr. Harper, before income-splitting could be implemented, the big new deficit that he himself created had to be eliminated by 2015. There's not a credible economist in this country who agreed with that artificial deadline – only Mr. Harper, and entirely for his own election campaign purposes. Here again, Mr. Flaherty tried to give himself some wiggle room, talking about a balanced budget "in the medium term", meaning 2015 or 16 or 17. But Mr. Harper quickly and publicly insisted on the earlier deadline. And that set off a flurry of ill-conceived cuts to front-line programs and services – search-and-rescue, food inspection, immigration, trade, EI and veterans offices, emergency preparedness, military procurement, community pastures, an historic tree farm ... the list goes on. Among the most serious cuts were those affecting community-based public infrastructure across the country. While popular programs like the GST rebate to municipalities and the sharing of federal gas tax revenues – initiated in previous Liberal budgets in 2004 and 05 – were continued, the government's flagship infrastructure investment (known as the "Building Canada Fund" (BCF)) was slashed by 87%. To camouflage the impact of that cut, the Harper government has gone to extraordinary lengths to obscure the BCF and make it harder to access. It was supposed to be fully functional by April 1st, but two months later local communities are still not permitted to file their applications, with the 2014 construction season slipping by. Some high priority municipal projects have been excluded from eligibility, and there are other new limitations on how local governments can use BCF dollars. Perhaps most problematic, provincial governments and others "government entities" are now in direct competition with municipalities for whatever lesser amounts of money eventually become available under the BCF. Mr. Harper refuses to provide a clear commitment on what share of that funding local municipalities can expect. Cutting and complicating federal support for public infrastructure is not good public policy. At a time when Canada's economic growth rate is just barely mediocre – trailing as many as 140 other countries – with unemployment stubbornly stuck close to 7% and youth joblessness twice that high, Mr. Harper is impairing what his own Finance department says is the most cost-effective way to help drive more jobs and growth. Moreover, Statistics Canada has produced a valuable analysis of the connection between infrastructure and productivity. Over the past half-century, about half of the productivity gains in Canada's private sector can be attributed to investments in public infrastructure. Since the 1960's, our best overall improvements in productivity have been recorded during those periods of greatest expansion in public infrastructure. To get what he thinks will be the political sizzle of a future tax cut for the most wealthy, Stephen Harper is apparently prepared to compromise jobs, growth and productivity gains for the vast majority of Canadians – especially the middle-class.
    May 26, 2014 6:01 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Knowlton Nash brought to his craft as a journalist the vital quality of credibility + thus, trust! A news giant, RIP
    May 25, 2014 6:20 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    A full house at RCMP Depot Academy tonight for Gala supporting "Creative Kids" - transforming children's lives
    May 24, 2014 5:48 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Great pre-Ramadan lunch hosted in Regina today by Islamic Assoc of Sask - celebrating diversity, understanding+accommodation
    May 24, 2014 1:37 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Looking forward to meeting members of Regina's Filipino community!
    May 24, 2014 10:26 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Great day for the finale of Regina's Cathedral Village Arts Festival!
    May 24, 2014 9:32 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    BLOGUE Le Canada a besoin d'un «vrai» plan pour ses infrastructures publiques http://huff.to/1lNu9vn
    May 23, 2014 8:27 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    HARPER GOVERNMENT NOT GOOD AT GETTING “BIG THINGS” RIGHT For a government that claims “the economy” as its alleged strength, the Harper regime has an astonishing record of serious economic screw-ups – their Temporary Foreign Workers fiasco is just the latest example. But it’s by no means an isolated incident. Before taking office, Stephen Harper’s two most prominent economic ideas were disastrous. First, he wanted to make Canadian banks more like their American counterparts (the ones that went down the sewer in the last recession), and then he wanted to abolish the Canada Pension Plan (when 75% of private sector employees don’t have any retirement plan at all). Once in power in 2006, Mr. Harper immediately overspent by three-times the rate of inflation, eliminated all contingency reserves against fiscal shocks, mangled the tax base, and put the country back into deficit again BEFORE the recession arrived in 2008 – and he did all that, despite clear warnings about a looming housing crisis and bank failures in the United States. When he could deny no longer that Canada was in recession too, he insisted that austerity was the best policy – a wrong-headed prescription that was quickly and universally ridiculed. Within three months, Mr. Harper had to eat himself whole and embrace stimulus. But his belated plan was so slow and encumbered with partisanship, it didn’t actually get delivered until after the recession was over. Mr. Harper has the worst record on economic growth of any Prime Minister since the dismal days of R.B. Bennett in the 1930’s. On his watch, the national jobless rate remains stubbornly close to 7%, while youth employment is nearly twice as high and labour market “participation” has dropped – meaning some 200,000 out-of-work Canadians have just given up looking for work altogether. Flying in the face of the urgent need for more robust job creation, the Harper government increased job-killing Employment Insurance payroll taxes by $3.6-billion, and then froze them at that artificially high level. The Conservatives also hiked tariff-taxes on consumer goods by $333-million every year, while hitting small business owners and credit unions with extra taxes too. But despite these multi-billion-dollar tax increases, every Canadian family-of-four is now stuck with $20,000 in new federal debt – that’s explicitly Harper debt, created since 2006! And speaking of failures on big things: Military procurement is a huge mess, resulting in damning analyses by both the Auditor General and the Parliamentary Budget Officer about this government’s deceit and incompetence. Veterans and returning soldiers are being ill-treated. A colossal lack of trust has stalled any meaningful progress toward a new system and new investments in Aboriginal education, perpetuating the biggest socio-economic disparity in Canadian society. On something as fundamental as getting western energy resources to market, Mr. Harper has refused to acknowledge that environmental integrity and credibility are the indispensible “passports” necessary to enable future development. So our resources get stranded and under-valued. In the same vein, Mr. Harper presided over the design and implementation of a grossly deficient transportation and handling system for western grain with no effective competition, no commercial discipline, no transparency, accountability, oversight or legal recourse. And of course it failed too, imposing costs and losses on the prairie economy of something approaching $8-billion. Under Mr. Harper, “big things” like these have mostly been botched.
    May 22, 2014 10:46 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Sask Advanced Education Minister Norris and University of Regina President Timmons thank Dr. Bev and Elaine Robertson for their gift of $500,000 to science/public policy research
    May 22, 2014 9:48 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Getting ready for Regina Lyric Musical Theatre's performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" - break a leg, Robert Ursan!
    May 21, 2014 6:54 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    May 21, 2014 8:07 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    BUNGLED TFW PROGRAM HURTS EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES ALIKE For more than 30 years -- before the arrival of the Harper government -- Canada's Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program functioned successfully, fulfilling the legitimate purpose for which it was intended. It enabled qualified employers to bring small numbers of foreign workers into Canada on a limited basis to fill certain jobs when no Canadian employees could be found. But in recent years, the program has ballooned out of all proportion -- from just over 140,000 workers in 2005 to nearly 340,000 in 2012, and the figure is no doubt higher today. That rapid expansion is no accident. After the Harper government took power in 2006, they mangled the program's rules. More foreign workers at lower wages, putting downward pressure on Canadian wage rates and even displacing Canadian employees, would be consistent with their right-wing view of how a market economy should function. The figures also expose a government bias in favour of temporary foreign labour, instead of more landed immigrants with a clear pathway to becoming citizens and taxpayers. There were nearly as many TFWs admitted to Canada in 2012 as there were new permanent residents, and on that trend line, temporary entries would actually exceed permanent residents by 2015. Program administration and oversight have been weak. The government has no reliable data on labour market realities from one locality to another. There is no clear system to monitor performance or check for abuses. The application process and government decision-making are completely opaque. So the Temporary Foreign Workers program has run amuck entirely on the Conservatives' watch. The timing seems indefensible. The recession in 2008-09 triggered huge job losses. Recovery is painfully slow. Overall economic growth through Mr. Harper's tenure is the worst on average since the 1930's. Unemployment remains stubbornly high, especially among young Canadians. And yet, the TFW program continues to expand. The victims are not only Canadian workers who get displaced or have their wages depressed. This broken program also puts foreign workers in a vulnerable position, at risk of exploitation. Those employers who genuinely need such a program find themselves unfairly painted with the same brush as those who abuse it. And our common Canadian commitment to diversity, inclusion and accommodation is put under severe pressure. The government was warned about this growing mess long ago. Last year, Liberals called for an urgent parliamentary investigation to fix what was so evidently wrong and getting worse. More recently, we've urged a complete examination by the Auditor General. Typically, the Conservatives just laughed it off. But Canadians aren't laughing. Our country needs an intelligently designed TFW program that is competently run and consistent with our values. The program must be refocused onto its original purpose -- filling jobs on a limited basis when no Canadians can be found. At the same time, we need to renew our commitment to seeking permanent immigrants who will join us as new citizens, taxpayers and nation-builders. We need greater transparency and disclosure around how applications are made, what jobs are being offered and where, what real effort is going into the search for Canadian employees, and the basis upon which the government provides "Labour Market Opinions" to verify that TFWs are necessary. Rather than mindless government spin, Canadian employers, and workers both Canadian and foreign, need honest and conscientious solutions to these critical issues.
    May 19, 2014 12:54 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period, Justin Trudeau keeps a practical focus on the economy + HarperCons' seriously broken Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program. He asks the government to specify what changes they will make to restore integrity to their TFW program. This program should not cost Canadian jobs, abuse employees, depress wages or distort markets.
    May 15, 2014 11:41 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Astoundingly robotic display tonight by Harper's Finance Min. In 3 hours, not a single question answered! All pre-canned recipe cards. Key problem is that this Finance Minister + (sadly) his department are totally trumped by Mr Harper's PMO - all control rests exclusively there.
    May 14, 2014 7:25 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    House of Commons session tonight on Finance policy - like why have HarperCons increased job-killing EI payroll taxes since 2011 by more than $3.6 billion? Why have they designed family Tax Credits to benefit only those lucky enough to have incomes above a certain threshold? Will they fix a defect in Registered Disability Savings Plan which blocks MS sufferers from starting to save while they still have earning power?
    May 14, 2014 5:50 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Jason Kenney says wage rates since recession barely keep pace with inflation. That corresponds with the big increase in Temporary Foreign Workers. Parliament needs the Auditor General to assess to what extent an influx of Temporary Foreign Workers has reduced Canadian job numbers and wages.
    May 14, 2014 12:03 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    HarperCons have forced UNfair Election Act through the House of Commons. This suppression of investigations into electoral fraud must be reversed at the first opportunity
    May 13, 2014 3:16 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Latest job numbers show feeble employment picture nationally, but worse still is Canada's declining labour market "participation" rate. Lower participation means more people giving up. Down 1.5% since before recession - so 200,000 have stopped looking for work. All this makes the mess around Temporary Foreign Workers more problematic - abuses + faulty admin erode the program's integrity.
    May 13, 2014 12:16 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Now into 2-hours of voting against HarperCons' Bill C-23, Unfair Elections Act, then special Debate on Nigerian girls.
    May 12, 2014 3:49 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    The United Nations today affirmed that Canada should call a national inquiry into 1200 missing/murdered Aboriginal women. Why not?
    May 12, 2014 12:09 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Latest negative job numbers reinforce worries about defective Temporary Foreign Workers program - a program that will collapse if not fixed soon
    May 12, 2014 12:00 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    CANADA NEEDS A TRANSFORMATIVE LEAP FORWARD IN INFRASTRUCTURE The Harper government's plan for public infrastructure across Canada is too small and unambitious to meet the nation's real needs. The Conservatives try to make it sound like they're doing something "big" by bundling several different programs together and then adding-up everything they might hypothetically invest over a full decade into the future. But all that slick packaging cannot conceal the hard reality that it's too little and too slow. Some of Canada's public infrastructure dates back to the 1960's. Overall, it's worn down. It's not adequate to service a population that has doubled and an economy that has increased 50-fold. Technologically, it's out-of-date. And new issues, like severe variations in climate spawning more difficult weather conditions and the rise of crucial new export markets in Asia, are presenting new infrastructure requirements. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has identified more than $200-billion in important community-based infrastructure needs that are growing increasingly urgent. Even if the Harper government actually delivered on the vague infrastructure promises it has made 10-years into the future -- which are sheer fantasy -- they would only touch a fraction of what needs to get done. Two major components of the Harper government's plan illustrate these difficulties. In one stream of funding, they say they have set aside $1.25-billion between now and 2019 for the most expensive undertakings to be designed, financed, built and managed over the long-term by the private sector -- i.e., P-3 projects known as "public-private partnerships". But here's the rub, that total amount of federal P-3 money for the whole country over the next five years is equivalent to what's needed to build just one highway by-pass around my city of Regina. So the amount of federal funding available to any one project will cover only a very small portion of local costs. The overall national P-3 budget -- which expires entirely in 2019 -- is clearly inadequate. In another stream of funding, the feds claim to be extending the existing "Building Canada Fund" (BCF) for a whole decade, but what they won't admit is that any significant funding will have to wait until after 2019. In the five years immediately ahead, the BCF has been severely chopped. Up until last year, this program was helping municipalities (who are responsible for about 65% of Canada's infrastructure) with annual federal investments in the order of $1.6-billion. But as of this year, that annual federal contribution is slashed down to just $210-million -- for the whole country. That's a budget cut of 87%. And it gets worse, the Harper government promised its entire infrastructure package -- as little as it is -- would be fully negotiated, up-and-running and ready to receive applications from local municipalities on April 1st, in time for the new construction season. It's now six weeks later and not a wheel has turned. Moreover, the feds will not even confirm what portion of the reduced BCF will be earmarked for municipalities. They will find themselves in competition with bigger provincial projects and with other government entities like universities and technical schools. So the smaller annual BCF budget will be stretched across a whole range of different needs, again illustrating its fundamental inadequacy. Justin Trudeau is calling for a Canadian infrastructure plan that will be truly transformative, aiming for a goal of funds invested or facilitated by the Government of Canada annually in the range of one-percent of GDP. Such a plan would help Canada catch-up on its debilitating infrastructure deficit. It would help drive job creation and economic growth in the single most cost-effective way. It would enhance cooperative federalism. And it would transform the present value of low interest rates into long-term capital assets underpinning greater Canadian prosperity and productivity.
    May 12, 2014 10:39 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Selling 50/50 tickets to support Regina North Central Family Centre at "Taste of Spring" expo at Evraz Place
    May 10, 2014 5:52 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Packed house for the annual St Matthew's Anglican Church Tea + Bake Sale - got a blueberry pie!
    May 10, 2014 2:50 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Hard working volunteers today at the Hindu Temple's Mela. Great hospitality! Chai tea and mango ice cream are terrific!
    May 10, 2014 1:33 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Congratulations to Carmichael Outreach on its new kitchen. Thanks to Farm Credit Corp for its donation - in memory of Marlus Kulas.
    May 10, 2014 12:30 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Proud to support Ted Jaleta, the founder of the Royal Road Race in Regina. Thnx also to RCMP for providing this fantastic venue
    May 10, 2014 9:04 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    RCMP Pipes and Drums ready to start this year's Royal Road Race at Depot Division - over 400 runners doing 5 + 10 Kms
    May 10, 2014 8:01 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    At RCMP Depot Training Academy this morning for 4th annual Royal Road Race - big turnout, good temp for a run, chilly wind
    May 10, 2014 8:00 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Sheila Fahlman, a founder of Grandmothers-for-Grandmothers in Regina, speaks about Africa at annual G4G fundraising dinner.
    May 09, 2014 8:05 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    More evidence of national economic weakness, confirming need for Canada to have a Growth Agenda, not a "cuts" agenda http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/business/canada-s-economy-unexpectedly-loses-28-900-jobs-in-april-1.1813550
    May 09, 2014 3:54 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Canada's Afghanistan mission claimed 4 civilians + 158 military lives. Their faces are memorialized in this mural by KinCda The names of the fallen were read one-by-one this morning at the National Day of Honour at 15 Wing, Moose Jaw. Lest we forget.
    May 09, 2014 11:06 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Crowd gathering in Snowbird Hanger #7 at 15 Wing Moose Jaw for National Day of Honour
    May 09, 2014 9:53 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Now en route to RCAF 15-Wing in Moose Jaw for National Day of Honour for Canadian Forces, Veterans and their families.
    May 09, 2014 8:40 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Watched the Habs win their playoff game last Tuesday night with Saskatoon's Eric Gryba of the Ottawa Sens. He's tall!!!
    May 08, 2014 1:45 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    About Temporary Foreign Workers: Minister Kenney is full of bombast and obfuscation, but has no explanation of gross mismanagement and abuses. Those abuses and the government's bad management are hurting legitimate employers and employees, both Canadian and foreign. Audit Now!
    May 08, 2014 11:54 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In the House, Liberals ask HarperCons: if government thought that the activity of Chief Justice was "inappropriate", why did they NOT ask her to recuse herself? HarperCons had months of notice about the Supreme Court eligibility issue and yet when it later went to court for review, they made no complaint!
    May 08, 2014 11:41 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Another sad restriction on democracy - HarperCons move to gag all further debate on their Unfair Elections Act. So they are ramming through their Bill C-23 to hamstring the ability of Elections Canada to properly investigate and prosecute electoral fraud.
    May 08, 2014 9:10 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    TWO HUGE HARPER FAILURES IN WESTERN CANADA Instead of impugning the integrity of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (which Stephen Harper seems to think is a politically popular tactic in some right-wing quarters), he should be focused on running a more competent government. On two major economic files, he has miserably failed western Canada. One of those is western grain handling and transportation. It came up for debate in the House of Commons again last night. After allowing the grain logistics system -- which these Conservatives, themselves, designed -- to crash for five long months last winter, stranding million of tonnes of grain on prairie farms and costing producers up to $8-billion in losses, the Harper government is now in the final stages of passing so-called remedial legislation (Bill C-30). From beginning to end, it has been a stumblebum performance. They fiddled while Rome burned. Their belated action has not accomplished anything beyond what spring weather would have achieved in any event. It will take another five or six months to clear the backlog. The carryover into a new "crop year" on August 1st will be 23-million tonnes. That means, with just a normal new crop in 2014, grain shippers will be facing the same volume challenges as last year. The Conservatives can provide no assurances that the chaos won't happen all over again. There is no new capacity. No greater co-ordination. No contingency plan for bad weather. Nothing to provide some equity for shippers in certain transportation "corridors" -- like those in the middle of Saskatchewan, for example, who get the poorest service on grain moving both west and east, while the railways provide no priority for shipments that should go south. Neither are there any safeguards for producer-cars or short-line rail operators. Bill C-30 is an empty shell. It's largely "enabling" legislation, creating the power to enact future regulations. But no such regulations yet exist, and without them, the Bill is meaningless. Consultations haven't even begun. It will take weeks -- even months -- to put regulations in place. And then they'll expire in just two years. Last night, the Transport Minister would give no guarantee that her regulations will define "service obligations", or lay out how performance will be measured, or provide "reciprocal penalties" when performance fails. Such Conservative indifference to farmers is astounding. A second field of Conservative failure is in the natural resources sector -- the challenge of getting Canadian resources to export markets. The biggest example is probably the Keystone-XL pipeline to and through the United States. Without that market access, the value of western Canadian petroleum production is artificially depressed. Gaining that access is directly related to Canada's environmental credibility. The pipeline approval process in the US has been stalled for years and shows no sign of progress any time soon. Why? Because in so many domestic and international eyes, the Harper government is seen to be an environmental delinquent. In this day and age, global market access is conditional on resource developments being responsible and sustainable. Instead of acknowledging this reality and taking steps to demonstrate Canada's environmental integrity, the Harper regime just thumbs its nose at the issue -- giving our country a black eye and hamstringing our growth and wealth potential. Earning US approval for the Keystone-XL should have been a slam-dunk, but Mr. Harper's negligence, arrogance and belligerence have cost Canada dearly -- in both reputation and development. And nowhere is that Conservative failure more hurtful and expensive than in the West.
    May 08, 2014 7:09 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In the House of Commons, Transport Min says consultations about new Regulations under C-30 (emergency grain law) won't even begin for weeks. $8-billion grain crisis began last November + farmers still don't even have a draft of government's new regulations + won't for many weeks more! No immediate action to ensure fair treatment among various shipping corridors - Sask shippers will continue to suffer discrimination. No assurance from Conservatives that future regulations on moving grain will include reciprocal penalties when either side fails to perform.
    May 07, 2014 5:50 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Canadian Judicial Council, Bar Association, law school Deans and massive editorial opinion oppose Harper; support Chief Justice McLachlin. Harper's message to Judges: Submit to Harper's will or face public ridicule. Don't you dare speak truth to power. Shame!
    May 07, 2014 11:51 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Signs of spring have been rare so far, but the yoga people have turned out en masse today on Parliament Hill!
    May 07, 2014 9:17 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Here's a message from Justin Trudeau about a positive, hopeful approach http://youtu.be/Vmw7fvG5Ov4
    May 07, 2014 7:41 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Harper blames "advisors" for faulty appointment to Supreme Court and claims he anticipated legal challenge months before he even made that appointment. If that's true, the current spat is his fault, not the Chief Justice's. PM should NOT have insinuated the opposite+should apologize to Ms. McLachlin.
    May 06, 2014 11:53 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    HarperCon's failure to audit + repair Temporary Foreign Workers program puts at risk all those who legitimately NEED access to such a program.
    May 06, 2014 11:51 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana

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