The Liberals’ Budget Promises Lots of Cheques But Avoids Tough Questions

This week’s federal budget filled 464 pages. By comparison, Bill Morneau’s first budget in 2016 only needed a skimpy 271. Some of the topics covered:

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Climate Change: Canada’s and The World’s Efforts Are Not Adequate

Released last week, Canada’s Changing Climate Report continues the parade of releases documenting in ever greater detail the expected impacts of climate change.

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Another Bad Day for Electricity Customers in Nova Scotia

The energy from Muskrat Falls is not going to be available until at least 2020. But the transmission lines are all built at a cost exceeding $1.5 billion. You are going to pay the interest on that debt while we wait.

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Will the Damage to Trudeau From the SNC Affair Be Lasting?

Canadians’ opinions of the federal Liberals, and in particular Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have deteriorated considerably in the last two months.

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Sunny Daze: The Deceptions Continue

Prime Minister Trudeau’s claim that his intervention in the SNC file is just about protecting jobs at SNC is the original and most egregious deception. The furor over his other statements has distracted attention from the premise on which the whole saga is based.

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Let’s Maximize The Contribution of Health Care Professionals

A change to the Nursing Act, consolidating regulation and oversight of Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses, received widespread support—with one exception.

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Nova Scotia’s Population Is Growing Faster Than Expected

The future direction for Nova Scotia’s population may be changing. If so, a lot of planning will have to be rethought.

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Cape Breton University Is On A Roll

University education can be a wonderful source of export earnings and immigration attraction for Nova Scotia.

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The Teachers’ Plan Deficit Needs to be Addressed

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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The Football Stadium is Going To Cost Taxpayers a Lot

The football stadium proposed for Shannon Park is said to need a subsidy of $10-$11 million per year. It would be much higher.

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Transit Choices

A study of the possibilities for commuter rail is underway. It looks expensive. That is not the only option that should be considered. Read More »