April 27th, 2015

Opinions

National Affairs: Harper’s anti-union bill rises from dead

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 27th, 2015

OTTAWA Stephen Harper’s notorious, proposed anti-union legislation is still floundering in its fourth year, unloved, unnecessary, unfair and largely unconstitutional. But not dead. Bill C-377, first introduced by British Columbia Conservative backbencher Russ Hiebert in December 2011, has been revived by a Senate committee and there was Hiebert this week, again staking his claim to ... Read More »

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You may not like the NDP, but Notley was a clear winner in debate

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 25th, 2015

You may not like the NDP, you may look at the party’s past and present provincial governments in B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario and question whether Alberta’s version is the right fit for this province — or any province for that matter. You may even despise the NDP’s platform in this election. But Alberta NDP ... Read More »

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Talk of the Town: Will this election mark the end of the longest-serving government in Canada?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 25th, 2015

In just two weeks the Progressive Conservatives have gone from likely winners of the current provincial election to possibly seeing their status as the longest serving provincial government in Canada come to an end. Despite their pitfalls to date, the party, according to Medicine Hat College’s political commentator Terry Chapman, the beleaguered party might just ... Read More »

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Few campaign promises resonate personally with Alberta voters

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 24th, 2015

A promise made by the Wildrose Party this week to end the high cost of hospital parking may resonate with more voters than you’d ever think. After a few weeks of daily announcements from every party it’s a challenge for even the media to keep track of it all, let alone all the Marthas and ... Read More »

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Dearth of debates makes it hard to get full measure of candidates

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 23rd, 2015

Political party leaders in Alberta square off tonight in a televised election debate, hopefully giving voters a clear, side-by-side view of the issues and positions that will decide the May 5 vote. In Medicine Hat there will be that sort of debate just by a whisker. The Medicine Hat Public Library has jumped into the ... Read More »

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Sports fans need to remember: It’s only a game

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 22nd, 2015

It’s an exciting time right now for sports fans. The NHL playoffs are well underway, as are the NBA playoffs. Major League Baseball has started up again, and in a couple of months, it will be time for Canadian football. Everyone can feel the excitement. Fans are filling rinks and stadiums, or getting together at ... Read More »

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Mechanism and structure of voting process should be open for revision

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 21st, 2015

Electoral reform.It’s a topic that hasn’t reared its head during this election period, despite the unrest and dissatisfaction among Albertan voters.But if Albertans want lasting change, then adjusting and even scrapping the current first-past-the-post system should be an issue on the radar.Despite the naysayers, a change in the electoral process wouldn’t be a horrible unknown ... Read More »

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Seniors strategy a good idea

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 20th, 2015

The call is growing for a national seniors strategy in Canada, and those spearheading the push are hoping to engage citizens in helping to make it happen. A new report released Wednesday by the Conference Board of Canada highlights the need for governments at all levels to work together in tackling the challenges facing Canadian ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Tories are happy to ride Modi’s wave

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 20th, 2015

Sometimes, it’s enough to be the opening act or to simply content yourself banging the cowbell behind the lead guitarist. That was Stephen Harper’s role during the three-day Canadian visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and it has provided a nice boost to the Canadian prime minister. It has also been a boost to ... Read More »

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Alberta election is all about trust

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 18th, 2015

As odd as it may seem to have a party’s campaign focused on fixing problems which grew under said same party, that is what is happening in Alberta today. And the ruling PCs have a track record of winning that battle. If you are going to play the odds, you’d be hard-pressed to place a ... Read More »

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