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The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The Implications of Flaherty’s Death

Flaherty passed away suddenly this week.  I did not like Jim Flaherty‘s politics – a follower of Mike Harris in the 1990s, and a minister to Harper since 2006, Flaherty has consistently subscribed to following political leaders that I fundamentally disagree with.

However, I’m not writing to speak ill of the dead – that’s . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The Implications of Flaherty’s Death

The Scott Ross: Flaherty’s Curtain

Jim Flaherty was unethical, incompetent and he should have been fired. Those aren’t my words, they’re Thomas Mulcair’s, spoken just last year in Question Period. Yet after the former Finance Minister’s death, Mulcair has called him a good man and a gre… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Flaherty’s Curtain

The Scott Ross: Flaherty’s Curtain

Jim Flaherty was unethical, incompetent and he should have been fired. Those aren’t my words, they’re Thomas Mulcair’s, spoken just last year in Question Period. Yet after the former Finance Minister’s death, Mulcair has called him a good man and a great public servant.

There’s no doubt that the NDP Leader genuinely mourns the . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Flaherty’s Curtain

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 Cracked Crystal Ball II: In Harper’s World, Everything Is Partisan

Harper has turned everything into ‘partisan advantage’ in Ottawa.

When Flaherty “asked” the opposition for “input” into the next budget, the letter was designed as less of a sincere request for input as a partisan attack.

“I will not entertain the traditional ‘laundry list’ of new spending or subsidy programs typically sent from the . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: In Harper’s World, Everything Is Partisan

The Scott Ross: How A Bad Economy Is Not Harper’s Fault

Canada’s economy is set to grow less than the government thought, but it’s not our Prime Minister’s fault.

True under Stephen Harper the World Bank has downgraded Canada from being the 4th most Business Friendly country in 2006 to 17th in 2013, but, as most Conservatives know, businesses have nothing to do with the Canadian . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: How A Bad Economy Is Not Harper’s Fault

The Scott Ross: Canadian National Debt Growing Faster Than GDP

Canada’s debt is growing faster than our ability to pay for it. Since 2008 Canadian public debt has been growing faster than our GDP. Though there are many warning signs of economic trouble, there is no clearer caution of a potential crisis than when… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canadian National Debt Growing Faster Than GDP

The Disaffected Lib: America Has Wiped Out Its Middle Class. Time for Canada to Follow Suit?

That’s likely the message Harper FinMin and garden gnome Jim Flaherty will get when he gets together with his future employers top Canadian CEOs for his annual summer “policy retreat.”   Flaherty, it seems, wines and dines the Big Boys and they return his generosity in the form of legislative wish lists.   Here’s what they dished . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: America Has Wiped Out Its Middle Class. Time for Canada to Follow Suit?

Left Over: Plenty of Jobs in Alberta (Alberta!!!) says Emperor Steve’s Puppet, Flaherty

Here’s good ol’ boy Flaherty warning Canadians that EI will be changed to reflect Alberta and Saskatchewan’s need for labour…as if the government was financing EI in the first place..

They aren’t – it’s financed by employers and labour…not that this has stopped any government from tinkering with the program to bolster their philosophy…

“That . . . → Read More: Left Over: Plenty of Jobs in Alberta (Alberta!!!) says Emperor Steve’s Puppet, Flaherty

Politics and Entertainment: 14 economic advisors Flaherty consults on policy and budgets are all from the financial sector: Fiscal contraction doesn’t work

The 14 economic advisors Flaherty consults on policy and budgets are all from the financial sector, mostly banksters.

Here’s what James K. Galbraith says about the implicit danger of such a stacked deck:

 “….economic policy should not be under the control of bankers, and any economic team which is dominated by the financial sector . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: 14 economic advisors Flaherty consults on policy and budgets are all from the financial sector: Fiscal contraction doesn’t work

Politics Canada: The Conservative legacy will be…

Article in the Globe and Mail says that this budget is Flaherty’s best shot at creating a Conservative legacy. I decide to think about what that legacy will look like:

1) Higher crime rate, more criminals, less safe communities (thanks to their dumb on crime bill)2) Death, (Walkerton tragedy repeats as environmental regulations are removed)3) . . . → Read More: Politics Canada: The Conservative legacy will be…

Pop The Stack: Advice to Ontario Leaders about Minority – Stick to the Issues

There is talk now that Ontario may elect a minority government in the upcoming election. My advice: leaders should avoid making promises about what they would or would not do to form government. Once the people have spoken and the seat counts are settled, only then can the parties know what their options are.

Parties . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Advice to Ontario Leaders about Minority – Stick to the Issues

Pop The Stack: Advice to Ontario Leaders about Minority – Stick to the Issues

There is talk now that Ontario may elect a minority government in the upcoming election. My advice: leaders should avoid making promises about what they would or would not do to form government. Once the people have spoken and the seat counts are settled, only then can the parties know what their options are.

Parties . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Advice to Ontario Leaders about Minority – Stick to the Issues