Alberta and the NDP: We couldn’t stop them and maybe that’s okay

Manitobans can tell Albertans a thing or two about living under NDP rule. We have endured a lengthy tenure of government ineptness and broken promises under the NDP. So many broken promises … about getting rid of “hallway medicine”, about balancing the budget, about ending the practice of placing vulnerable children in hotels, about raising…

The cost of bracket creep in Manitoba

On April 30, the Manitoba provincial government will present its budget for the coming fiscal year. You can be sure that within the budget package the government will trumpet the tax savings that it has bestowed on Manitoba wage earners over the years. You can be equally sure that there will be no mention of…

Doubling down on TFSAs

The Government of Canada has not yet backed away from its plans to increase the Tax Free Savings Account contribution limit to $10,000-$11,000 from the current $5,500, and that has caused a bit of a stir. The foregone tax revenue will cost the federal and provincial governments billions of dollars a year, we are told,…

Referendums and PST

  I once had a conversation with a person from an obscure political party who’s platform involved holding a referendum on every major economic or policy decision. “What could be more democratic than that?” he asked. Nothing, I suppose, but the point of a democracy isn’t to put every individual decision in the hands of…

Doing it wrong on the south side of town

It was just two years ago that the Kenaston extension was built to feed traffic from one of Winnipeg’s busiest roads into Winnipeg’s largest, sprawlingest, new suburb — Waverley West. The purpose of the new stretch of Kenaston Boulevard, however, was not just to feed commuters to and from their new abodes on what was…

Phil Sheegl’s Buyout

It was the biggest event of the year. More highly anticipated than the civic election. More exciting than the launch of the Journey To Churchill exhibit. More compelling than the opening of the Canadian Museum For Human Rights. It was the release of the City of Winnipeg 2013 compensation disclosure report, and it happened today.…

NEW: Winnipeg Rapid Transit Map

You are probably familiar with the London Underground “tube map”. Even people who have never been to London have probably seen it in a magazine or on the internet somewhere. The iconic map designed by Harry Beck in 1931 sacrificed geographical accuracy in favour of clarity and ease of use, and it has become the…