July 31st, 2015

Opinions

Voter fatigue likely to set in during extended federal election campaign

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 31st, 2015

If Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls an election this weekend, as he is expected to do, we could be facing one of the longest election campaigns in history. The theory is that the Tories have the most money to spend and the longer the campaign the more money they can roll out to persuade voters. ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Harper’s election strategy is to go long

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 31st, 2015

OTTAWA Stephen Harper has already given us Christmas in July, but an early election call this weekend would hardly be New Year’s in August. The prime minister can make whatever political calculation best serves his purpose and he can officially call the election whenever he wants. Canadians are just as free to decide whether this ... Read More »

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Notley’s NDP have been punchless so far in the political ring

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 30th, 2015

In the game of political baseball, the new Alberta NDP government is letting some sure home run balls slide by for strikes. Of course it’s more complicated than that, and harder to keep track of, but nearly three months after a sea-change at the ballot box, most Albertans are still trying to figure out what ... Read More »

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Shuttle service to the Canalta Centre makes the most sense

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 29th, 2015

The Canalta Centre will officially be open to the public for tours on Aug. 22, but getting people there and back may end up an issue as soon as the puck drops at the first Medicine Hat Tigers game or the first note of the first concert. The centre will be hosting up to 6,000 ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Winning COOL battle with the U.S. crucial to future of our ag industry

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 29th, 2015

Alberta’s agriculture industry is resilient. For generations, farmers and ranchers have accepted the need to adapt to changing climate conditions, altering global markets, and the many other forces outside their control. Recognizing the challenges producers face, the Alberta government, has — at least until now — always done its best to provide legislative and regulatory ... Read More »

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Eve Adams plays the role of supreme sacrificial lamb

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 28th, 2015

Terrorism, ending poverty, stopping climate change or taxation levels. No, none of these issues seem able to unite political party supporters from across Canada. But apparently the fall of floor-crossing MP Eve Adams can. The MP for Mississauga-Brampton South west jumped from the Conservative ship to the Liberals in February after her riding was split ... Read More »

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Guest Column: How independent is the photo radar review?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 27th, 2015

Finally, the long awaited photo radar review is imminent. The question is how useful will it be. Recent articles in the Medicine Hat News offer us a whole series of valuable clues. There is a great deal of concern about the loss of more than $4 million in revenue if the program is scrapped. As ... Read More »

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Now is the right time to change financial direction of Alberta

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 27th, 2015

Alberta is digging itself deeper and deeper into debt. It was not too long ago when Alberta achieved the unthinkable — debt-free status. The province was the envy of jurisdictions throughout the country as Alberta rode its vast resource revenues to place itself in an unprecedented financial position. That was augmented by an aggressive cost-cutting ... Read More »

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It’s time for Harper to get serious about Senate reform

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 25th, 2015

More than a year after throwing up his hands and walking away from Senate reform, stating Canadians are “essentially stuck” with the scandal-plagued upper chamber following a Supreme Court ruling, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appears to have had a change of heart. Despite what Harper and many Conservatives saw as the Supreme Court shutting the ... Read More »

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Guest Column: A plan for a vibrant and sustainable CBC

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 24th, 2015

The Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications has released a report on the future of the CBC. I was a part of that study, but I could not support the report. Some Conservative members of the committee spent too much time denouncing the CBC and not enough time on building a way forward. Regrettably, ... Read More »

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