June 19th, 2018

Opinions

National Affairs: Tariffs a death knell to NAFTA

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 6th, 2018

When it comes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, Justin Trudeau faces a stark choice. The prime minister can either capitulate to the demands of U.S. President Donald Trump. Or he can begin to prepare Canada for a world without NAFTA. There is no middle way. If this wasn’t obvious before, it should be ... Read More »

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UCP members are doing a disservice to those who elected them

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 5th, 2018

Plain and simple: It’s the job of the official opposition to challenge the government in power. To ask questions, to demand reasoning behind decisions, to speak up for the wide range of constituents they represent. Which is why all 25 MLAs for the United Conservative Party — including leader Jason Kenney — refusing to participate ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Policy details not necessary for Ford victory

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 4th, 2018

As a guide to the actions of a Doug Ford government, the Ontario Progressive Conservatives’ newest platform remains singularly unsatisfactory. It lists the cost of some Ford election pledges but is silent on others. It gives little idea of what Ford might cut to achieve his promised $5.6 billion in annual government savings. In fact, ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Trudeau made colossal mistake with pipeline

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 2nd, 2018

The federal government has struggled for years with routine managerial functions, such as paying its employees the right amount of money each pay period. Oddly enough, on the day the federal government announced it was nationalizing the Kinder Morgan pipeline, Canada’s auditor general called the government’s Phoenix pay system, an “incomprehensible failure.” And yet now ... Read More »

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Nothing has changed; Trans Mountain project will continue to drag on

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 1st, 2018

The only thing that has really changed when it comes to the Kinder Morgan pipeline is that taxpayers are now on the hook. One of the reasons for an end-of-May-deadline was because the shareholders of Kinder Morgan were no longer willing to invest any more money in a pipeline that was facing delay after delay. ... Read More »

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Phoenix pay debacle a federal disaster

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 31st, 2018

A federal auditor general’s report this week into the rollout of the Phoenix pay system confirms that a slow-motion train wreck has indeed occurred. It also gives some clues about nebulous thought process that has kept box car after box car plowing into the tangled mess of accounting for the last 28 months. It doesn’t ... Read More »

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Ending grain woes

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 29th, 2018

The rail transportation woes that stranded billions of dollars of grain on the Prairies through the winter months should be unlikely to see a repeat if the federal government’s new transportation bill, passed this week, works as planned. One of the key focuses of Federal Transportation Bill C-49 is to put the onus on Canadian ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Why marriage still matters

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 28th, 2018

Canadian supporters of marriage are speaking up — and not a moment too soon. In a recent Angus Reid Institute survey, about 56 per cent of Canadians said, “marriage is simply not necessary” to form a lifelong relationship. Almost the same proportion (57 per cent) went on to say that when an unmarried couple has ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Vulnerable Ford must produce economic plan

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 26th, 2018

When Ontario’s election campaign began earlier this month, it was enough for Tory Leader Doug Ford to be the anti-Wynne. A good many Ontarians were sick of Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne and ready to support whichever party leader was best-positioned to deny her another term in government. In those early days, that leader was Ford. ... Read More »

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Ontario NDP surge could be good news for Notley

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 26th, 2018

Ontarians will most likely elect a new premier on June 7 and according to a poll released yesterday by the Toronto Star, NDP leader Andrea Horwath is firmly in majority government territory with a whopping 47 per cent support. If the polling stands, this could be a replay of 2015 in Alberta, with Premier Kathleen ... Read More »

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