Alberta Diary: Tory candidate Ric McIver to voters: No to green light speed enforcement; yes to booze sales at 4 a.m.; maybe to chain gangs

Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue at 4 a.m., as imagined by Ric McIver, would-be Tory leader and premier. Actual Alberta street scenes are unlikely ever to be as described with regard to the availability of taxicabs. Below: Mr. McIver, candidates Jim Prentice and Thomas Lukaszuk. Well, no one can say that Ric McIver hasn’t set himself apart ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: "Tough on Crime" Stumping is the Socialism of Fools

When former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher met Conrad Black for the first time, he chewed her ear off about crime, with typical “hang ’em high” rhetoric. She knew she had to be nice, because Black then owned a large share of the British media, but when he walked away she remarked to those around ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Slightly Shorter Farber

…on Hudak’s promise to put crooks in your parks: Ontario has long been a province of tough, practical people. The Ontario way is to ask: “what works?” and make decisions based on reality, not ideology. But ideology, rather than reality, is behind Peter Shurman’s shortsighted campaign promise to have convicted criminals work near our homes, ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Hudak Tories Politicize Perversion

On Team Hudak’s media events: …the only reason we went to the Bayshore Trail “event” was that it was so unbelievably, jaw-droppingly audacious to use the scene of a recent spate of flashings to suggest a GPS bracelet might do something to keep these cretins from pulling out their junk in public. And here’s a ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Hudak’s Chain-Gang Proposal: Camp Run Amok Redux?

“There are ways to manage the risks; there are ways to diminish the risk, but there’s no way to eliminate risk. Will some inmates escape? Will some inmates walk away? It’s possible, and anyone who tells you it’s not is lying.” Anyone remember Mike Harris and Camp Turnaround?  Tim Hudak’s chain gang proposal risks the ...