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Cowichan Conversations: Plummeting oil prices, petrol-state club. rapidly declining Canadian dollar, house sales could decline,

Posted December 21, 2014 by Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Well here we are just a few days from Christmas and as you may have noticed my time for writing has been curtailed. While this is good news on several fronts the events that affect us have not slowed as is demonstrated …

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Canadian Politics

Harper’s Apathy About Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Should Be On Our Radar

Posted December 18, 2014 by Anonymous

“It isn’t high on our radar, to be honest.” This is what our Prime Minister of the better part of a decade, Stephen Harper, has to say about the need for a national inquiry on missing and murdered aboriginal women in the country he governs.

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Alberta

Andrew Coyne: What would a responsible party do in the Wildrose’s place except give up?

Posted December 17, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

In any old province the opposition will from time to time take over the government. But only in Alberta will you find the government taking over the opposition

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: A minority government looks possible in 2015, and we still don’t know the rules of the game

Posted December 15, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Many people think the party with the most seats is automatically called upon to form a government, but that’s not actually the case

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: B.C. once again at the centre of democratic and policy innovation with Canada’s first tax-increase referendum

Posted December 12, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

And the importance of the referendum doesn’t stop at tax-increases: there are two other huge dimensions to it

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Canadian Politics

Peter MacKay Needs a Remedial Lesson in Women’s Studies

Posted December 9, 2014 by Anonymous

Peter MacKay’s comments on the Montreal Massacre in the House on Tuesday weren’t just face-palm inducing. They were deeply ignorant and offensive, and they were indicative of a deeper problem.

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: Maybe there is a reason why Stephen Harper seems leery of meeting with Kathleen Wynne

Posted December 5, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Harper could cave, and set the stage for every other premier to make demands. Or he could refuse, and be subjected to further abuse from Wynne

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Canada

Andrew Coyne: Until we enact democratic reforms, provinces will continue to run wild using powers they don’t have

Posted December 3, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

It has been three months since the premiers last met, in one of their periodic costume balls as the Council of the Federation

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: Politicians lie because there is no incentive to tell the truth

Posted November 25, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

We’ve been burned so often, we now assume they’re all lying. Virtue may be its own reward, but it doesn’t do much for your election chances

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: When politicians ‘cross the floor,’ there should be a byelection — in some cases

Posted November 19, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

In truth we don’t elect MPs solely on the basis of their party affiliation — or there would be no need to elect MPs at all

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: Frisky lame duck Obama has backed Harper into a bit of a corner on climate change

Posted November 14, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The officially stated policy of the government of Canada, recall, is to match whatever the U.S. does

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: Any ‘box’ the Tories have put the NDP and Liberals in is one of the opposition’s own making

Posted November 12, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

If they are prepared to campaign on raising the GST — or on borrowing more — they will be offering a true left-of-centre alternative to the Conservatives

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: Conservatives’ tax package with income-splitting corrects inequality

Posted November 5, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

While it is true that income-splitting disproportionately benefits those on higher incomes, that is not all there is to be said about it

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Allan's Perspective

We got trouble in River City folks!

Posted August 24, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers; I should warn you from the get-go that this article will not be politically correct or even nice! It might even border on the racist and elitist according to some, but I am going to say things that need to be said! Ya see, these last few weeks is one of those periods […]

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Canadian Politics

Post Election Pride

Posted June 14, 2014 by Lyn Brown

I left work extra late Thursday and it was only when I was whipping down the highway that I remembered it was election day — AND I ONLY HAD 40 MINUTES UNTIL THE POLLS CLOSED. I panicked. I knew I had to get there – every vote counts – absolutely. Neve…

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