Billions of dollars going out to sea

The government of Canada is potentially wasting tens of billions of dollars and nobody is talking about it. Reports have been written about it, but politicians of all stripes ignore it, and it fails to capture any attention. “It” is the purchase of 15 new frigates for the Canadian navy, to replace our aging and…

Vote Green in 2019 #cdnpoli

It is a coincidence that the 2019 federal election coincided with the North American tour of pint sized climate trooper Greta Thunberg, but it is appropriate. Climate change has been on the radar of scientists for decades, but as the tipping point towards irreversible catastrophic climate change approaches, it still seems as though most politicians…

Introducing Bryanna Spina

With seven candidates registered so far, the Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry ward is the most crowded race for City Council in the 2018 Winnipeg civic election. By vacating the seat, long-time Councillor Jenny Gerbasi has created a wide open race that is anyone’s to grab. I sat down with one of the candidates…

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…

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…

Election 2015: Final thoughts

As I was sitting in northern Italy, the domes and spires of ancient cathedrals peaking above the rooftop gardens and terracotta shingles of the buildings across the river, Canadian politics should not have been at the top of my mind. Yet I still found myself checking Canadian news on my phone from time to time…

Election 2015: National Security

True or false: ISIS is a threat to Canadians. ISIS is a brutal entity that has butchered a legitimate faith to justify mass murder and a violent power grab in the Middle East. My gut tells me that we should be fighting them. We have a proud military history and I would like nothing more…