To Be Credible Poilievre Needs A Complete Restart On Economic Issues

There is a long history in Canada of politicians saying one thing during campaigns and doing the opposite when elected. This has sometimes been true of Conservatives but has been more the province of Liberals in recent decades. Read More »

Green Electricity Must Grow Faster Than Carbon Fuelled Power Shrinks

Does the federal government have a plan that will produce enough green energy to displace oil and gas? Vilifying oil companies and taxing their customers is not a plan.

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Beware of Governments Announcing Bold Expensive Projects

Have you had a good look at your electricity bill lately? Some of the power you are paying, for now, will not be received for 35 years.
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Let The Owls Head Proponents Make Their Case

The 2017 mandate letter from then Premier Stephen McNeil to then Environment Minister Iain Rankin is the most up-to-date version as of March 19th. It instructed him to consider both the economy and the environment in exercising his responsibilities:

“I ask that the department continue to support a business environment which is conducive to innovation and economic development, striking the right balance, ensuring that effective regulation protects the interests of Nova Scotians while enhancing our provincial prosperity.”
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The Conservatives must pick a leader who can win elections

Pierre Poilievre was just five years old when Jean Charest was elected to parliament at the age of 26. Poilievre was a year younger than that when elected in an Ottawa area riding in 2004. Read More »

Nova Scotia’s Health Plan Must Specify The Calendar For Improvements

The Action for Health plan was released on April 22nd, four weeks later than promised. That could have made sense if the document had lots of new content and a clear statement of goals. It had little of either. Read More »

Nova Scotia’s Plans To Accommodate Growth Are Inadequate

The most distinctive proposal in the Progressive Conservative election platform was the goal to reach a population of 2,000,000 by 2060. Read More »

Can The Government And The Teachers Union Get Along?

In 2015, the Liberal government issued an ambitious plan for improving our schools. Of particular importance were the recommendations for changes to be negotiated with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU). There have been many bends in the road since then.
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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 Province’s Intrusion Into Municipal Planning Is Risky

Nova Scotia’s population continues to grow by 10,000 people and more per year. Both Halifax Regional Municipality and the provincial government proclaim themselves to be enthusiastic supporters but they risk getting in each other’s way.
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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 »