MB election thoughts in point form

In this, my laziest blog post ever, I bulletize some thoughts about the Manitoba provincial election from the comfort of my Best Western hotel room. GENERAL As stunning as this defeat was for the NDP, it could have been stunninger. (It’s my blog and I can make up words if I want to). The Liberal…

The Tank is Obsolete

Welp. That’s it for another Winnipeg Jets season. It was a rebuilding year for the team, which sent off Captain Ladd and promoted numerous prospects to the big leagues. The young lineup and key injuries (and too many penalties and a terrible PP) contributed to missing the playoffs, and at one point flirting with the…

The stimulus spending myth

By now most swing voters in Manitoba have made up their minds to vote for somebody other than the NDP, and are reviewing their options among the remaining parties. If there are any non-diehard NDPers that are still leaning towards voting for the incumbents, it may be because they buy the NDP’s message that we…

Today’s NDP: Strong On Yurts

I sometimes feel bad for the Manitoba NDP party. After 16 years in power they have mangled almost every portfolio so badly that they have very little to brag about. They want to be the party of health care, but after dumping hundreds of millions into the health system, wait times are the worst in…

A missed opportunity for the Greens

People want change. You hear this every election. Sometimes it is just wishful thinking on the part of an opposition leader, but in this case it is absolutely true. After 15 years of NDP rule, the people of Manitoba want change. Yet, a majority of Manitobans are reluctant to vote for the main opposition, the…

What’s your plan for Hydro?

It wasn’t that long ago that everybody was criticizing Rana Bokhari and the Manitoba Liberal Party for a lack of substance in their platform. Rana’s performance was called “underwhelming” and specific policy ideas had been slow in coming. ‘Just wait’ Rana said to the skeptics, ‘the policies are on their way’. Well, true to her word,…

Corydon/Osborne: What good is a plan?

A new development at Winnipeg’s iconic Confusion Corner was announced this past week through the media. In fact, construction is already underway, with piles being driven into the ground as you read this. “We’re pleased that Osborne Place will meet and exceed the goals outlined by the City of Winnipeg’s Corydon-Osborne Area Plan” said the…