April 29th, 2017

Opinions

National Affairs: Five things to watch for in federal Tory leadership race

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 3rd, 2017

Now that the deadline has passed for Conservative rivals to sign up new members for the May leadership vote, here are a handful of observations on the fluid state of play in the battle for Stephen Harper’s succession: 1. There are still 14 names on the Conservative ballot, but a consensus is emerging that the ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Let’s put aside our fear of smiling

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 1st, 2017

I wasn’t going to write this piece. I am not generally a fan of public displays of rancour. One exception, of course, is when obvious examples of official or ideological stupidity pop up in media. Another is when an individual falsely claims to have an inside track on wisdom or on a path to national ... Read More »

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Seriously, we’re not fooling around

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 1st, 2017

If you’ve combed through the News today searching for something askew, bogus or too much to be believed, we hope you have been disappointed. The Medicine Hat News is not participating in April Fool’s Day this year. The move ends a long tradition of giving top front coverage to some entertaining, but entirely concocted, spoof ... Read More »

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Taxpayers deserve an explanation on Bombardier

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 31st, 2017

In February the federal government agreed to provide a whopping $372.5 million of taxpayers’ money to Bombardier in an interest-free loan over a four-year period. This week there were reports that senior executives at the company gave themselves a raise of about 50 per cent. The company’s chairman of the board, Pierre Beaudoin, is reported ... Read More »

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Savings bonds were a chance to play a part in building Canada

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 30th, 2017

As per usual, the new federal budget provides a conflicting routes and messages about the economic prosperity for Canadians. While there is a basket of goodies aimed at the much desired middle class, there is also a major opportunity missed, and a clear indication of who is really meant to benefit. On one hand the ... Read More »

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Ask what you can do for your country during Canada 150

By Medicine Hat News on March 29th, 2017

One of the stories that went largely under-reported in the federal government’s 2017 budget, which was awash in a $28 billion deficit and left huge, glaring tax holes open for the obscenely rich as its highlights, was the phasing out of the Canada Savings Bond program by November 2017. It’s true the bond market isn’t ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Words are not enough

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 29th, 2017

I have always been a follower of politics and since my retirement have chosen to put my opinions to paper. I try to listen to points of view from all sides of the political spectrum and understand the rationale behind those opinions. I have always done research to support the statistics I use and the ... Read More »

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Budget cut a sad chapter for Saskatchewan libraries

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 28th, 2017

As Oscar Wilde once wrote, a cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. The phrase would also be well applied to Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, and the budget released last week in our neighbouring province. In the name of belt tightening, $1.3 million in operating grants to ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Right, not fast, is the principle

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 25th, 2017

Bill Morneau works in a building named after Jim Flaherty. No pressure there. The very walls seem to ask why Morneau, a political rookie whose adult life before politics was spent in some fairly cushy corporate precincts, can’t seem to display the offhand charm and crusty wit of his late Conservative predecessor. If the walls ... Read More »

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Air travel takes another hit

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 24th, 2017

There are aspects of the banning of most electronic devices on flights from certain countries that just don’t add up. The U.S. announced this week that laptops, tablets, etc., will not be allowed in aircraft cabins of foreign airlines originating from about 10 countries/cities including Jordan, Kuwait, Cairo, Istanbul, Saudi Arabia, Casablanca, Morocco, Qatar, Dubai ... Read More »

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