Tag Archive | politics

Some Sober Second Thoughts on Senate Reform

Some Sober Second Thoughts on Senate Reform by Andreas Korfmann When governments propose changes to the way we do things, we as voters tend to examine and challenge their ideas in order to determine whether or not they are acting in our best interest. This is democracy at its finest. So why is it that […]

Which university would you like to close?

by Charles Cirtwill  The Dalhousie Senate has given students the day off today, 2 February 2011 (well, they gave them academic immunity, so if they skip class they don’t get penalized). They gave them the day off so they can gather together and storm the Nova Scotia legislature and demand more money for Dalhousie. The Dalhousie […]

Fairness for All

Guest blog by David Gingras Fairness is a typically well understood concept. That being said, what is fair for one can be an injustice to another. That is the dilemma facing New Brunswick’s new Progressive Conservative government as they determine how to fit their campaign promises into New Brunswick’s fiscal reality. They may find an […]

Sed Quis Custodiet Ipsos Auditor General?

by John Kennedy From the Latin “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes” or “Who watches the watchmen”. It seems that we often hold in high esteem offices, like that of the Auditor General, whose job is to audit the use of public funds. Let’s be clear, these offices are sorely needed to look after the public purse, […]

Measuring Democracy

by Bobby O’Keefe Last night the Halifax Regional Municipality’s 23 councillors and Mayor Peter Kelly had an extended debate over precisely how many of them should be debating these sorts of issues – along with cat bylaws of course. Many on the “reduce council size” side of the debate suggested there were too many people […]

Giving credit where it is due

by Charles Cirtwill Well, the current government of Nova Scotia has had a rough ride over their first year, and deservedly so. Starting first with a tax and spend budget that increased spending by some $600 million dollars and raised personal and consumption taxes to pay for it. Yes, that is correct, using the government’s […]

When $1 Billion Became Reasonable

by John Kennedy Normally, I wait with bated breath for fiscal and accountability updates from Kevin Page and the Parliamentary Budget Office, but this time the wait was not worth the result.  Everyone and their brother has been extremely critical of the Harper government for the ballooning G8/G20 security costs and it’s hard to defend […]