At the time of Canada’s founding in 1867, full citizenship was only accorded to men. Voting was limited to those who were white and male. A series of changes began to correct this gross inequity in early 1916 with the granting of provincial voting rights to women, including those in Manitoba. Down the road in … More Elections Matter
It was the late ‘90’s and the worldwide web was still mostly shiny and new, at least in a form that allowed the public to interact on it. Many of us used dial-up modems with connection speeds of 33.6K or (gasp!) 56K that tied up the phone line while we surfed the marvels of the … More Face to Face
Political discussion doesn’t demand partisanship – that is, it doesn’t need to either promote or denigrate specific parties. Unfortunately, most issues have become defined by a right-wing, left-wing or centrist approach and we often accept positions based on what ‘our’ party says. As social creatures, we have an innate need to be part of a … More The Value of Promises
CHARLES DICKENS’ STORY of Ebenezer Scrooge’s conversion from miserly curmudgeon to generous humanitarian is a familiar and much-loved one. Visits by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future show Scrooge that his singular focus on his own wealth had crowded out anything whose value could not be measured in dollars and cents. DURING THE … More When an inch isn’t an inch: Measuring Economic Well Being
My predecessor, Green candidate David Neufeld, wrote this piece for the Brandon Sun after the 2015 election. With the benefit of hindsight after nearly a full term under a Liberal government, it doesn’t appear that retirement for our party is possible quite yet. It was suggested in a Brandon paper that the Green Party might … More Help the Green Party retire!
Trust in politicians is at an all time low. Our cynical side doesn’t find it difficult to believe that even those who enter public life with the best of intentions will eventually be warped by a system overcome by special interests, personal gain and lack of accountability. Scandals such as the SNC Lavalin controversy only … More An Antidote to Insanity
On Friday, March 15th, a friend and I took some time out of regularly scheduled programming to attend a potluck supper and then an evening town hall hosted by the local Green Party and featuring Elizabeth May as speaker. I have followed Ms. May’s fortunes and those of the Green Party since she was first … More The Pause That Refreshes
The SNC Lavalin affair could fill this column every week but there’s life beyond the latest political scandal, so we’ll tackle the upcoming increase in energy prices courtesy of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate – the federal carbon pricing plan aka the dreaded carbon tax (cue ominous organ music). To believe the … More In Support of Carbon Pricing