Posted June 15, 2018

Why Are People Surprised that Doug Ford Won?

Elections are often decided, first and foremost, by who voters don’t want.

Thus, in 2015, Canadians decided that they had had enough of Stephen Harper. At first, they appeared to be leaning toward the NDP, but when the Liberals showed positive momentum, voters flocked to them. They were collectively determined to avoid an even split of anti-Harper votes and gave the Liberals a strong majority.

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If we are to have viable resource industries, we must have a strong and effective regulatory environment. That is not where we are today.

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On Thursday evening, a little over 200 party supporters attended the Cumberland Colchester Conservative Association’s annual dinner in Truro. The keynote speaker was party leader Andrew Scheer, who is one year into the job.

This article is informed by that speech and a telephone interview with Mr. Scheer in the afternoon.

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In 2018 Nova Scotian taxpayers will spend more than $400 million dollars in support of universities, and another $26 million in student scholarships and bursaries.

The students themselves spend more than that amount on their share of tuition and fees. In addition, most of them study away from home and pay for food and accommodations in the city or town where they study.

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The government and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union are doing a disservice to taxpayers and today’s teachers, who are paying for the inadequacy of past contributions by and for the teachers that retired long ago.

In contrast, the public-sector pension plans for civil service and health care workers are well-funded and can be expected to keep their promises to pensioners over the long term.

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