April 28th, 2017

Opinions

National Affairs: Feds hold immigration levels, for now

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 2nd, 2016

What’s this! A difference of opinion? Among Trudeau Liberals? Governments are usually so intent on describing their choices as though they were handed down on stone tablets that it is refreshing to see one admit, even by accident, that some of these questions are hard. Enter John McCallum, the minister of immigration, who has decided ... Read More »

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National Affairs: What if MPs want a free voice, like senators?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 31st, 2016

Justin Trudeau named nine new senators on Thursday. It’s said he’ll name 12 more within days. Live in Ontario or Quebec? Check the mail. You may already be a winner! This is especially likely if you’re one of 2,700 people who applied for a seat in Parliament’s plush red upper chamber. This is the first ... Read More »

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Province’s move toward safe injection sites to be applauded

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 29th, 2016

The provincial government’s announcement Thursday of funding to establish safe, supervised sites for opioid use is absolutely commendable, but unfortunately also like closing the barn door after the horse has bolted when it comes to the ever-growing crisis of fentanyl and opioid addiction and deaths in Alberta. From January 2015 to the end of June ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Conservatives and liberals: The differences

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 29th, 2016

It is with a little sadness and a great deal of sincere well-wishing that I congratulate Glen Motz and his team for their success in the recent byelection. I am convinced, having talked with Glen and his supporters, that he will serve our area well, most likely, even more effectively than previous post-markers have done. ... Read More »

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MLA Report: City well positioned to answer demand for renewable energy

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 28th, 2016

The issue of climate change is one that is no small source of debate in Medicine Hat, the province, the country and across the planet. But there is little debate as to whether it is happening or not. In Alberta, every party represented in the Legislature are of the consensus climate change is real and ... Read More »

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Smartphone negatives keep piling up

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 28th, 2016

How smartphones have changed our lives hit home again this week on election day. If you’ve ever been to a candidate’s campaign headquarters on election night you will know eyes are typically focused on a huge screen displaying the latest results. With that collective focus there are groans if the person you have supported is ... Read More »

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OK, time for action on some key issues

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 27th, 2016

The byelection in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner provided plenty of grist for the mill for pundits, publishers and everyday people. Politicians have spoken, as have the voters, and now the focus needs to be on what is required for this constituency. Hatters tend to see themselves outside of government and far away from Ottawa, even when they ... Read More »

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Voter turnout shameful once again

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 26th, 2016

The byelection in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner has come and gone, and there is one number voters should be ashamed by. It’s not the final results of the election. Conservative candidate Glen Motz became MP-elect with 69.9 per cent of the vote during the election, with the Liberal Party’s Stan Sakamoto, his nearest challenger, receiving 25.6 per ... Read More »

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Liberals are taking a gamble by reversing election promises

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 24th, 2016

What’s a government to do when promises start to unravel? We’re about to find out. The Trudeau Liberals’ 2015 platform took quite a knocking this month. Electoral reform? Not if Canadians don’t want it, says Justin Trudeau, while continuing to resist the obvious mechanism — a referendum — for finding out whether they do. More ... Read More »

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Trump will never want to admit defeat

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 22nd, 2016

No, the U.S. election is not being rigged in favour of Hillary Clinton. It’s unsurprising that a proven sore loser like Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeats this accusation as his popularity plummets. He thinks he’s a winner. The best. Can do no wrong. There’s no way he could lose, at least in his mind. ... Read More »

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