Category: Politics

Media Take the Bait – Again

Quote of the Week: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” – Donald Trump on the Paris Accord. Immediately everybody, especially the Mayor of Pittsburgh, jumped all over this one. I mean, sure, the US President is expected to represent his constituents. It’s just that he shouldn’t throw the fact in…

Government is Not a Hockey Game

      Okay, we’re Canadian, and we like things simple. We’d love to boil life down to the simplicity of Canada’s soon-to-be National Sport. (We used to have another one, but it turns out it was culturally appropriated from some previous arrivees, so our politically-correct establishment will have to turf it out.) Score more…

A New Political Landscape in Which the Conservative Party is Forever Grateful to the Green Party (This is Not Fantasy.)

    Okay, everyone agrees that soon-to-be-ex-Premier Clark’s “Who Cares About Principles” throne speech was a product of sleazy politics and blatant self-interest. However, two questions arise immediately. How Could a Supposedly Astute Politician Do Something so Stupid? Well, the short answer has to do with believing your own PR. When politicians rule for too…

Electoral Reform in BC?

Creating the perfect situation for electoral reform is difficult. Parties out of power want it. The moment they get into power, they don’t want it; witness the federal Liberals this year. But British Columbia is in a unique situation with a minority government imminent. The Green Party, which speaks for enough voters to swing the…

2017 Election Trends

A few interesting trends came out of the latest provincial election, no matter who wins in the end. The Losers The first election trend that is inescapable is the loss of votes for Christie’s Conservatives. It’s pretty obvious that, as many business-friendly parties have discovered in the past, a constant stream of “Economy, economy, economy”…