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Politics and its Discontents: If This Isn’t An Indication Of Moral Bankruptcy And Depravity

…please tell me the term you would use. It seems that provinces are alarmed by the fact that millennials and the precariat are not so keen to throw away their money on lotteries.

The two national lottery products (Lotto 6-49 and Lotto Max) are experiencing historic levels of decline for the young adult demographic … by anywhere from 8-31 per cent.

Perhaps that cohort realizes money, that ever-scarce commodity in their lives, could be put to better use?

Governments, which have grown addicted to the ready supply of cash realized from such gambling, will no doubt huddle with provincial lottery agencies (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, starting from Nattavudh Powdthavee and Andrew Oswald’s study to discuss on how people have trouble telling the difference between luck and merit (particularly when they’re enjoying the benefit of the former) – and how we should take that gap into account both personally and politically.

I’ll add here one point omitted from the article. I’m skeptical in general of the all-too-common trend of public institutions like hospitals, libraries and schools being forced to rely on fund-raising lotteries rather than being funded directly. But the study hints at a hidden side effect – as a “successful” lottery which provides (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Brad Wall’s casino sell-off gambit might provoke a needed discussion of Saskatchewan’s relationship with First Nations – even while highlighting that Wall himself isn’t up for the public consultation needed to make that process work.

For further reading…- The original casino story was broken by the NDP caucus here, and subsequently reported on here.   – SOS Crowns weighs in on Wall’s desire to sell off Saskatchewan’s casinos (and anything else that isn’t locked down through the NDP’s Crown preservation legislation). – And lest anybody think the Sask Party considers its standard practices to (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

I’ve written before about the dangers of government by manufactured crisis – which is all too familiar under the Harper Cons and the Wall Sask Party alike.

But in light of recent events, I feel compelled to add that an inexplicable “you must accept our plan NOW! NOW! NOW!” only gets worse when followed by a gleeful “MWAHAHAHAHA!!!”.

Alberta Diary: Wildrose rink lotto scheme: a new tax on the prodigal and the poor

Imagine the millions we can scoop up from the foolish and the intoxicated! Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith extemporizes on the advantages of using gambling to subsidize billionaires. Below: Drugstore and hockey billionaire Daryl Katz; former Wildrose candidate Pastor Alan Hunsperger.

It was almost a relief yesterday when Danielle Smith, leader of Alberta’s right-wing Wildrose Opposition, announced the scheme her party had come up with to finance the millionaires and billionaires of professional hockey through the use of … wait for it … keno!

Alert readers will recall that the Wildrose Party stands against all tax increases but in favour of

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Chadwick's Blog & Commentary: The Hidden Costs of Gambling

Let’s start 2013 with a sober consideration of the social and economic costs of gambling. Back n 2006, the Canadian Medical Association noted that, “Provincial governments may be glossing over the societal and health costs of problem gambling, including depression and … Continue reading →

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- David Macdonald takes a closer look at a Fraser Institute study on income mobility, and finds strong evidence that there’s a significant lack of mobility at both the bottom and the top of Canada’s inco… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On executive decisions

My post yesterday on the Senate’s choice to remind Canadians of its existence by blocking a bill passed by the House of Commons has sparked plenty of discussion. But I’ll highlight one of the more stunning arguments being made in favour of the Senate’s… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On executive decisions

Accidental Deliberations: On bad bets

It’s been glaringly obvious to those of us paying attention that the Cons have set up plenty of means to keep dictating the terms of Canadian politics from beyond the political grave – with the most obvious being their continued stacking of the Senate … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On bad bets

Progressive Proselytizing: The messy divorce of horse racing and slots in Ontario

I play online poker regularly. My wife loves to watch horse racing on TV. Given this, one might think I would be sympathetic to the long running slots-at-racetrack program which sees government run slots available at racetracks around Ontario in a revenue sharing agreement where the racetracks get 20%, or $345 million a year, from the slots. I am not. The Liberal government is moving to end the program and pull its slots out of several venues, much to the chagrin and protestations of the horse racing industry. They should be applauded for this decision, particularly given the extensive influence of moneyed lobbyists.  Imagine, . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: The messy divorce of horse racing and slots in Ontario

Politics and its Discontents: Where Do Justice and Morality Reside?

On this Easter Sunday, when many turn their thoughts from the secular to the sacred, it is perhaps a propitious time to remember that the elusive goals of justice and morality, so often seemingly absent from the world, can and must be pursued, however imperfectly, only by those living in the world; it is a heavy obligation that each of us must bear, no matter how busy our lives may be, no matter what social or economic tier we may occupy. To simply shrug off that responsibility and let others with baser motivations decide for us is to surrender a

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