Posted May 23, 2017

The Liberal Platform

The Liberal platform is essentially the same as the budget that was presented at the end of April, with the elements repackaged in partisan red. The budget was immediately followed by an election call so the details did not get much attention.

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The word “spend” is entirely absent from the vocabularies of politicians of all stripes, especially during an election campaign.

Rather, everything is supposed to be viewed as an “investment.” It is not just the money for roads, hospitals, and schools that have useful lives long after they are built.

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Jamie Baillie released his commendably detailed plan on May 11th, a week ahead of the other two parties.

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“Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”

So said Donald Trump on February 27th. Trying to choose the stupidest thing he has ever said is a daunting task, but this one is a strong contender.
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The Council to Improve Classroom Conditions is steaming along. In the process of addressing particular issues, it is revealing some larger truths.
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