Unfunded liabilities

There’s a foreseeable threat to the financial well-being of Canadians. It is representative of failings found throughout our political system, our economic system, and even among our voting public. This threat comes in the form of unfunded liabilities — those obligations that have no funds set aside to pay for their future costs. According to a 2014 report by The Fraser Institute on Canadian Government Debt, there … [Read more...]

The seeds of greed

“L’état, c’est moi,” Louis XIV, in a moment of grandeur candour. There’s a good reason why professional athletes are generally only signed for a few years and why we have elections fairly frequently. Once our sports stars and politicos find themselves in a position of privilege, the initial enthusiasm seems to wear off and a sense of entitlement kicks in. People given these power roles start seeing their jobs as … [Read more...]

Where our gaze will take us

“What, me worry?” — Alfred E. Newman. The iconic gap toothed smile and insouciant devil-may-care attitude of the ginger everyman who graced MAD magazine covers for my teenage years popped into my head the other day as I sat in my favourite easy chair stroking my purring cat, asking his opinion of world events, as I searched (not desperately, rest assured) for a germane and locally relevant take on politics. I … [Read more...]

The upper house needs renos

“Publish and be damned!” — Duke of Wellington daring a blackmailer. In the olden days, politicians, monarchs and autocrats could and would use their power to quell any unseemly talk of misbehaviour or scandal by throwing journalists in jail or worse. Unfortunately for these types, the allegations were often true and the resultant uproar and the public taste for vengeance meant that heads of state sometimes lost … [Read more...]

A crack in the crystal ball

“Dogs know what to do with polls.” John Diefenbaker being punny. The only groups feeling worse than the NDP in the wake of the surprising Liberal election win must be all the pundits and pollsters. All their indicators and surveys showed there was to be a major change in the electoral makeup here in B.C. When the major upsets of 2013 are rounded up, this result will rank up there with the Boston Bruins’ improbable … [Read more...]