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Bill Longstaff: Paul Martin—Canada’s greatest finance minister?

Paul Martin’s official prime ministerial portrait was unveiled on Parliament Hill on Wednesday. During the ceremony, he was referred to as the greatest finance minister in our history—lavish praise indeed. But deserving? I believe so. He did at lea… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Paul Martin—Canada’s greatest finance minister?

Bill Longstaff: Paul Martin—Canada’s greatest finance minister?

Paul Martin’s official prime ministerial portrait was unveiled on Parliament Hill on Wednesday. During the ceremony, he was referred to as the greatest finance minister in our history—lavish praise indeed. But deserving? I believe so. He did at lea… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Paul Martin—Canada’s greatest finance minister?

Alberta Politics: Lawyers, guns and money: Russia’s intervention in Syria offers a useful teaching moment for Canadians

PHOTOS: A Russian Su-34 bomber releases a bomb near the provisional ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria. (Russian Ministry of Defence photo.) Below: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Russia’s military intervention in the Syrian civil war has offered a unique teaching moment for Canadians about the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Lawyers, guns and money: Russia’s intervention in Syria offers a useful teaching moment for Canadians

The Canadian Progressive: The lies Harper told during 2015 election call, first leaders’ debate

Stephen Harper told a lot of lies during his launch of the 2015 federal election campaign, and during the first national leaders debate, hosted by Maclean’s Magazine.

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The Canadian Progressive: B.C. residents choose Mulcair as prime minister in post-debate poll

British Columbians polled just after last Thursday’s Maclean’s leaders debate would pick NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair for Canada’s next Prime Minister.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper is Canada’s worst economic manager since World War II

A report released on the eve of the 2015 federal election call by Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, reveals that Harper qualifies for the unenviable title: Canada’s worst economic manager since World War II.

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The Canadian Progressive: Official transcript of Stephen Harper’s remarks launching the 2015 federal election

Launching the 2015 federal election on Aug 2, Stephen Harper said he will ask “Canadians for their support to continue to deliver sound economic management”

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The Canadian Progressive: TPP talks fail: Part of Harper’s disastrous economic project ends, says Council of Canadians

The recent failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations spoils Harper’s agenda promoting the corporate takeover of the Canadian public good, says the Council of Canadians.

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Political Eh-conomy: The alternative to economic fatalism

The Bank of Canada today cut its benchmark interest rate today to nearly record lows, now just 0.5%. In the face of an oil shock and other weakness, monetary policy is expected to do the heavy lifting of beating an economic funk. Today’s move reflects a poverty of economic policy from the ruling Conservatives and . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: The alternative to economic fatalism

Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: Canada’s new recession and the push for alternatives

The Bank of Canada today cut its benchmark interest rate today to nearly record lows, now just 0.5%. In the face of an oil shock and other weakness, monetary policy is expected to do the heavy lifting of beating an economic funk. Today’s move reflects a poverty of economic policy from the ruling Conservatives and . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: Canada’s new recession and the push for alternatives

Politics and its Discontents: The Vindication Of Thomas Mulcair

Some will remember the abuse heaped upon NDP leader Thomas Mulcair back in 2012 when he said that Canada was suffering from the same Dutch disease that afflicted the Netherlands after natural gas fields boosting that nation’s currency reduced the competitiveness of its exports back in the 1970s. The culprit in Canada was the unrestrained . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Vindication Of Thomas Mulcair

Wise Law Blog: Is Facebook Indirectly Your Employer?

A recent article published by at Huffington Post shone an interesting light on Facebook’s contribution to the Canadian job market.

A study prepared by Deliotte of some contention (as it was funded by Facebook) found that the social media giant may have indirectly contributed to the creation of 82,000 Canadian jobs, adding approximately $5 billion to . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: Is Facebook Indirectly Your Employer?

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Jim Stanford on Canada’s economy

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Today’s episode is the last of 2014 as I’ll be away spending the holidays with family. For a bit of a year-end summary of Canada’s economy, my one guest is Jim Stanford who joins me for an extended conversation. Jim is the chief economist at Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector union, and author . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Jim Stanford on Canada’s economy

Alberta Diary: Alberta’s big problem is the same as Russia’s – so what’s Stephen Harper doing about it?

Keep those wells a-pumpin! Keep those oil prices low! Squeeze those Russkies! Uh … just a minute. … isn’t that bad for Alberta’s many varieties of Conservative? Below: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Mr. Harper’s hero, Margaret Thatcher.

The Globe and Mail, tireless cheerleader for the Harper Government, . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Alberta’s big problem is the same as Russia’s – so what’s Stephen Harper doing about it?

The Ranting Canadian: Canadians will forever be indebted because of Jim…

Canadians will forever be indebted because of Jim Flaherty.

Regardless of what one thinks of the recently deceased man on a personal level, if one uses objective, non-emotional criteria, it is clear that he was probably the worst finance minister in Canadian history. Unfortunately for us, his replacement, Joe Oliver, will likely . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Canadians will forever be indebted because of Jim…

The Ranting Canadian: There has been a lot of talk in the Canadian mainstream media…

There has been a lot of talk in the Canadian mainstream media and from the mainstream Canadian political parties about the middle class, but almost no discussion of the working class. Even the (slightly) left-of-centre New Democratic Party (NDP) keeps using the buzzwords “middle-class families” instead of “workers” or “working-class people”.

I . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: There has been a lot of talk in the Canadian mainstream media…

The Ranting Canadian: Crappy New Year 2014: Canada’s economy in the shitter Yes,…

Crappy New Year 2014: Canada’s economy in the shitter

Yes, it’s the economy, stupid! As of January 2014, the Canadian economy continues to be shite, swirling down the toilet. The Harper Conservatives are flushing our country down the drain.

When I say “the economy”, I mean the real, boots-on-the-street, money-in-your-pocket economy, . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Crappy New Year 2014: Canada’s economy in the shitter
Yes,…

Politics and its Discontents: A Shocking And Inconvenient Truth

It is a statistic that should disturb even the most unflappable among us. It is also a window through which we see the bald lie in the Harper claim that his government is the best one to manage the nation’s economy.

An RBC survey has revealed that three-quarters of Canadians are imprisoned by . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Shocking And Inconvenient Truth

The Ranting Canadian: Whenever a new study or article comes out proving that the…

Whenever a new study or article comes out proving that the Canadian job market, compensation packages and standard of living are dwindling for most workers — especially young Canadians — the knee-jerk response from right-wing reactionaries is to sputter: ” Move to Alberta!” or “Go into the trades!” or “Go into the trades . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Whenever a new study or article comes out proving that the…

The Ranting Canadian: I downloaded this image from Facebook. It perfectly sums up…

I downloaded this image from Facebook. It perfectly sums up what Canadians are experiencing under the disgraced Harper Conservative government. The traitorous scum are slowly destroying Canada bit by bit, scandal by scandal, crime by crime, sell-off by sell-off, treason by treason. They are deliberately trying to wear us down until . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: I downloaded this image from Facebook. It perfectly sums up…

BigCityLib Strikes Back: If You Haven’t Noticed Yet

…the economy is under-performing:

The Bank of Canada signalled Tuesday that it’s lowering its forecasts for economic growth in the second half of 2013 and possibly for next year, citing a more prudent consumer and an export sector that has yet to fully recover.

Senior deputy governor Tiff Macklem said the central bank no longer . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: If You Haven’t Noticed Yet

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Summer Is Almost Over

..and poli-talk turns from the wan mellow of good ganja  to the economy, which ended Q2 with an enormous thud:

On a monthly basis, real GDP by industry declined 0.5% in June.

Work it out and that means less than two per cent growth for the year as a whole.  Mind you, one bad month does . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Summer Is Almost Over

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Unemployment Numbers: Most Important News During A Slow News Day

Led by declines among youths, employment decreased by 39,000 in July, and the unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 7.2%. With this decrease, employment gains have averaged 11,000 per month over the past six months, slower than the average of 27,000 observed during the preceding six-month period.

The experts CTV consulted dispute some of . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Unemployment Numbers: Most Important News During A Slow News Day

The Ranting Canadian: Canada is an un-developing country. It has been for decades….

Canada is an un-developing country.

It has been for decades. Here are some of the signs.

* Crumbling infrastructure.

* Irresponsible deregulation of industry and cutbacks to enforcement of the few, weak regulations that remain. This resulted – and will continue to result – in otherwise-preventable deaths, injuries and illnesses; . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Canada is an un-developing country.
It has been for decades….

Politics and its Discontents: He Certainly Has Mr. Harper’s Number

It is always heartening to me, and I am sure to countless others, to see that some members of the Canadian electorate are not asleep at the proverbial wheel but instead busy exercising their critical-thinking skills. Peter Dick of Toronto is one such citizen. Not content to blithely and blindly accept the official mythology . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: He Certainly Has Mr. Harper’s Number