“Let’s work together to make it a better world for our children and their children. Show by example to your children it doesn’t matter where we are in society, we all can work together and do it with respect for each other.”
“We both work full-time. We both have ‘good’ jobs, and we don’t spend. But on this current budget, we simply will not be able to make ends meet. It is impossible.”
Austerity is unavoidable. How do we minimize the damage?
We elect government to work hard and make smart decisions. So far, we have yet to see evidence of either. Mandating across-the-board cuts is foolish, lazy and absurd.
“Investing in the arts is sound practice in maintaining both the financial and spiritual health of our people.”
Incompetence and austerity could cripple the capital city, and the provincial economy too.
Official government projections for provincial oil royalties look bleak. We must adjust to life after the boom.
No one likes it when taxes go up, but sometimes it’s for the best.
Governing-by-panic is bad public policy
Privatization will cost the province—and its taxpayers—much more than if we keep services public.
Two things worth knowing that you might not have heard about Thursday’s budget
Part one of a two-part series on the cuts to parks and reserves.
It’s time to take a look at our swelling public sector as the provincial government gets ready to deliver its budget on Tuesday.
One Labradorian pokes holes in the provincial government’s Northern Strategic Plan as falling short of providing adequate investments to promote growth in Labrador. Not only does the oil boom not contribute to Labrador development, the Labrador boom fails to as well.
It appears that the elimination of subsidies for political parties will be a key plank of the new Conservative budget in June. The $2-a-vote annual subsidy was originally created by former Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s Liberal government in 2004 after new donor limits were placed on individuals and corporations – a move designed to steer Canada away from the American-style political financing. In the time since 2004 the Conservative party has proven to be far more efficient in raising its own funds than the other political parties, and does not depend on it like the Liberals, NDP, and Bloc have. The subsidy’s detractors say that public money should not be handed over to political parties, but have also been accused of taking advantage of a Conservative strength to severely injure all of the other parties in the House of Commons. After winning the 2008 election, Harper tried to eliminate the…
In national news — with an election campaign likely to begin on Saturday and the Conservatives enjoying a healthy lead in the polls, talks inevitably surface once again about the possibility of the formation of a coalition government. This idea will emerge in full force near the last days of an election only if the combined support of the Liberals and NDP is greater than that of the Conservatives. Harper will use the idea as ammunition against other parties as he did successfully in 2008, despite the fact other countries like Germany, Australia, and the UK have them and are functioning. For their part, Jack Layton of the NDP is not skittish about publicly discussing a coalition, but Michael Ignatieff of the Liberals sidesteps the question, insisting he is intent on forming a Liberal government. However, it is hard to ignore his mantra in 2008 — ‘a coalition if necessary,…
Making sense of an axed Federal budget and looming election
The first installment in a new Indy series