December 21st, 2014

Opinions

Talk of the Town: Big political manoeuvre this week created more disgust than surprise

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 20th, 2014

It was more a matter of disgust than a surprise about the Wildrose Party members who crossed the floor of the legislature this week to join the Progressive Conservatives. Many Hatters had voted for the Wildrose Party in recent years simply because they were fed up with the ... Read More »

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Sadly, political sea change in Alberta leaves no choice at all

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 20th, 2014

Alberta’s long-ruling Progressive Conservatives are starting to take on the appearance of a cult rather than a political party with nine Wildrose MLAs the latest to have taken a swig from the big bowl of blue Kool-Aid this week. And as sweet as that might seem to those ... Read More »

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Politician Platform: New firearms legislation deemed Common Sense Act for good reason

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 19th, 2014

Our Conservative government continues to work with individuals, farmers, ranchers and sport shooters and to fix some issues regarding firearms. That is why we are bringing in new legislation Bill C-42, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act. Bill C-42 has a number of amendments which will simplify parts ... Read More »

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Checkout requests for charitable donationslike an ‘ambush’

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 19th, 2014

There are many worthy causes to give money to but when soliciting is through the cashier at the supermarket, or any other store, it is an in-your-face approach to catch you off guard, without any opportunity for background research first. Just as you are ready to pay for ... Read More »

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More questions than answers in Alberta politics

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 18th, 2014

Alberta politics are a different animal — it goes without saying as this week presented the general collapse of the well-funded, well-supported Official Opposition of Her Majesty in Wild Rose Country. Collapse isn’t too strong a word either to describe the current situation of the Wildrose Party. Rumours ... Read More »

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This is not 1814: Mumps should be gone like the dodo bird

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 17th, 2014

Sidney Crosby made headline news last weekend, but not for his talent on the ice. Rather, the Pittsburgh Penguins captain became the latest of 15 professional hockey player to be stricken with a case of the mumps, and has led the NHL and players to do their best ... Read More »

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For children’s sake, toys shouldn’t be gender specific

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 16th, 2014

There’s this idea nowadays that we’ve reached a point in time where girls can do anything boys do and vice versa.And yet walk into stores with toys, and there’s a blindingly pink aisle for girls and a blue aisle for boys. Thou shalt not pass.In fact, “the marketing ... Read More »

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Tighter rules will help, but only if they’re followed

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 15th, 2014

The provincial Conservatives are taking steps to bring more accountability to government. That’s certainly a welcome move, particularly in the wake of the scandals and excesses which marked the Alison Redford era. Of course, as the Conservatives’ critics point out, the rules are only effective if they are ... Read More »

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Prime Minister Harper has political winds at his back

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 15th, 2014

OTTAWA The House of Commons may have provided a scenic backdrop, but for Stephen Harper, all the world — and the 905 — was a stage during the parliamentary sitting which wrapped up last week. Buffeted more by events outside the Canadian political realm than within, most of ... Read More »

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Canada has to take advantage of looming trade opportunity

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 13th, 2014

In November, Finance Minister Joe Oliver announced that the federal budget will produce a surplus next year, the first of what the government envisions will be several consecutive years of surpluses that are expected to peak at more than $13 billion by 2019-20. Of course, falling oil prices ... Read More »

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