February 18th, 2019

Opinions

Guest Column: Tilting right, to society’s detriment

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 16th, 2019

Where have all the moderate conservatives gone? This is a relevant and urgent question for Canadians. Our lives are deeply affected by American politics, which have lurched to the outer edges of radical conservatism and threaten the foundations of democratic institutions world-wide. The Tea-Republican-Trump Party has succeeded in erasing our collective memory of what conservatism ... Read More »

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Trudeau’s ‘real change’ slogan rings hollow in SNC-Lavalin affair

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 16th, 2019

Those looking for moral leadership from politicians, if such people exist at all, must have been sorely disappointed the past week. The Prime Minister’s Office is alleged to have pressured then-justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to go easy on SNC-Lavalin, a Quebec-based global engineering firm accused of paying out $48 million to Libyan ... Read More »

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Leader’s gaffe hurts public confidence in Alberta Party

By medicinehatnews on February 15th, 2019

The Alberta Party had been waiting for an opportunity to shine, to come into its own and attract voters that did not want to be on the left or right politically. The upcoming provincial election was going to be that golden opportunity to gain votes from former supporters of the Conservative Party who no longer ... Read More »

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Political parties’ tax policies can be confusing

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 14th, 2019

Justin Trudeau needs to clarify whether he thinks low income Canadians pay taxes, and various conservative actors need to clarify their position on tax cuts. The issue flared last week when the opposition erupted in disbelief during a discussion on the effectiveness of the Canada Child Benefit. It was increased as a main plank of ... Read More »

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Take another look at polls

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 12th, 2019

The provincial byelection in Nanaimo last month was a lifesaver for the NDP. Had the party’s candidate lost, the seat tally in the legislature would have been tied and a general election might have followed. The B.C. Liberals did manage to increase their share of the vote. But it wasn’t enough to overcome the huge ... Read More »

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A step toward an electric future?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 9th, 2019

Electric vehicles are still a long way from outnumbering traditional gas-powered automobiles, but a key step toward that possible future was taken this week in southern Alberta. Thanks to a collaboration between civic administrations across the south and the Alberta government, plans are being put in motion for a 20-station, $2-million “Peaks to Prairies” network ... Read More »

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We need to change how we recycle

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 8th, 2019

We are told the carbon tax will encourage “consumers” to reduce consumption of anything contributing to carbon emissions but in many cases we have absolutely no control. The excessive plastic packaging for the cannabis you can now buy legally is ridiculous. It is not the suppliers/producers that designed the packaging, it was the federal government ... Read More »

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Diversification wanted

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 7th, 2019

Albertans have heard and will hear a lot over the next months about the waning days of the “desperate” New Democrats. It might as well be the unofficial campaign slogan of the United Conservative Party which is similarly advertising itself as the government-in-waiting, ready to undo the damage caused over the last four years. The ... Read More »

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Ottawa should be bolder in fighting election meddling

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 6th, 2019

What an awfully Canadian approach the Trudeau government is taking to the problem of potential foreign meddling in our elections. A committee of senior bureaucrats, operating under the weighty acronym of the SITE (Security and Intelligence Threats to Elections) task force, will be standing by to alert voters if any outside entity tries to interfere ... Read More »

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Cut the cynicism: Mental health should be talked about

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 5th, 2019

Mental health issues have always been in society as has any human ailment. A lot of it was swept under the rug and not talked about years ago, primarily because it was misunderstood by society in general with the prevailing attitude seeming to be the work to try to understand mental health issues wasn’t worth ... Read More »

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