Back to top
by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Nov 24 2010

National governments have been back in the news over the past two years because of the financial crisis and the havoc it wreaked on the global economy. Belying the ideology that nations were obsolete in the grand new order of transnational corporations, they are now front and centre trying to save the corporations that supposedly had replaced them. That is, saving them from themselves — from...

by Laila Yuile on Monday Nov 22 2010

Mark Hume of the Globe and Mail has done an outstanding job of taking the Sea to Sky highway shadow toll story to an entirely new level in the Monday edition of the paper, and managed to get some rather creative answers from both Macquarie and the BC government.

 

Truly,creative doesn’t even begin to describe what Nicholas Hann, managing director of Macquarie...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Sunday Nov 21 2010

Make no mistake about it: Carole James will be gone as NDP leader well before the next provincial election. But remember: in politics, like comedy, timing is everything. And the next BC election isn’t scheduled until Tuesday, May 14, 2013.  Yes, 2013. 

So for the NDP there’s no rush: in fact, it would be politically dumb to replace James now.  Why...

by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Nov 17 2010

 We should have known it was too good to be true. Harper’s many, many repetitions of his government’s commitment to get all the troops out by July 2011 are well known. I think he may actually have meant it because by these repeated statements he framed the issue so strongly that all Canadians expected – and supported – the withdrawal.

Here’s what he said in ...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Sunday Nov 14 2010

Now that I’m back from some well-enjoyed fun in the sun, I am amazed at the number of people who have suggested the biggest story that happened in BC in the past few weeks was the decision by Premier Gordon Campbell to step down.  They are wrong.

 

As repeatedly explained on this blog long ago, especially after the HST debacle,  Campbell would be going  before the next election: it...

by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Nov 10 2010

For those considering issue triage — picking five or six issues to focus on — in the fight to rid the country of the current government, one area that is critical to the outcome is exposing the Harper government’s construction of the national security state.

 

I am referring here to the commitment of the Harper government to implementing policies that increase the importance of a...

by Contributor on Wednesday Nov 03 2010

“Like others, the Green Party of BC was surprised by the timing of Gordon Campbell’s announcement that he is stepping down and has asked the BC Liberals to hold a leadership convention as soon as possible,” said Jane Sterk, leader of the Green Party of BC. “We thought he would wait around until after the HST referendum so that the next leader had some hope of recovering any level of support...

by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Nov 03 2010

So the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan drama is about to come to a head Wednesday with the Harper government’s decision on whether or not to approve the takeover bid by Australia’s mega corporation BHP Billiton.  Most are predicting that Harper will cave under the pressure from Brad Wall, Saskatchewan Party premier and Harper’s closest ally amongst all the premiers.Wall is a very effective...

by Laila Yuile on Monday Nov 01 2010

 snowball effect (n.)

1.(figurative)the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall)

Like a snowball rolling down a hill, gathering speed, the story broke on my blog last week and gathered momentum quickly as more facts and  even more questions began accumulating.

...

by Murray Dobbin on Monday Oct 25 2010

 I have argued that ideology makes you stupid and if you have power it makes you dangerous. One of the best examples is the idiocy of more and more tax cuts with the supposed goal of making Canadian business internationally “competitive.”

First, tax rates regularly come about sixth or seventh down the list of factors that actual CEOs look at when deciding whether or not to invest.  For...

Pages

Subscribe to Provincial