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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Who is this guy?

I've never read Joseph Quesnel's columns before, but I will from now on.

The individual is the most important moral unit in society and all rights flow from that reality. For First Nations in Canada, this is not the case. To be First Nation is to face definition by ethnic membership from birth, to be placed on a specific territory, to have your economy and livelihood determined by collective fiat and to be denied the right to own and transfer property.

Even leadership excludes individuals. The current chief of the Assembly of First Nations is elected not by band members, but by chiefs.

As a Metis who has lived in mainstream society, I have not experienced this reality, although I have witnessed it.

While aboriginals possess constitutional rights to treaty territories and certain traditional rights, as a society they must deal with changes that place the individual front and centre. More than half of aboriginals now live in cities.

Grand Chief Patrick Brazeau of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples said younger aboriginals are moving away from a "rights-based agenda" focusing on self-government and are embracing bread-and-butter issues like economic improvement for themselves and their families.

Quesnel's thoughts are a real breath of fresh air. Let's face -- there aren't enough free-thinkers on the aboriginal policy scene.

Winnipeg hog plant no go?

Perhaps Winnipeg taxpayers can breath a sigh of relief. Perhaps.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Another NDP ad campaign

Surprise, surprise! The NDP has launched another advertising campaign and you, dear taxpayer, are paying for it. Not only are you paying for it, but you’re also the target audience. The government wants you to feel good about the province, and to keep on doing what you are doing – living here and electing NDP governments.

Read more....

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Sask: NDP loves the Fraser Institute

It's comical how, in the NDP's books, the Fraser Institute has gone from a bunch of know-nothing hacks to "one of Canada's most prominent right wing think tanks."

Sask: Election season is here

The unofficial NDP election campaign has begun (at least the taxpayer-funded portion).

It's funny how little things change.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Time to panic

Don't worry, the profit cops are coming.

Hey Jack...

Want lower bank fees? Start de-regulating the industry.

Mayor Mandel's logic: liquor privatization=less stores

This is the story

I had to re-read this a couple of times because I could hardly believe what I had read.

Edmonton's own "astute and accomplished businessman" and now Mayor, Stephen Mandel, is lobbying the province to force liquor stores to close by 11PM, and have the City of Edmonton dictate how close competing liquor stores can be located to each other.

Unfortunately, Mayor Mandel gives no reasoning for these strange regulations other than to say, "I just don't think you need to be open later than that (11PM). Buy your liquor on the way home at 5PM."

In Mayor Mandel's world, everyone works 9-5 and private business owners who have plunked down their own hard cash to start these businesses would be better off if they just listened to "astute and accomplished businessman" Stephen Mandel, rather than making rational business decisions based on silly things like profit, market share and customer demand.

However, probably the best part of the article lies in Mandel's completely backwards thinking on liquor privatization.

Mayor Mandel:
"When liquor stores were first offered as an option under privatization, one thought there would have been fewer numbers. But there have been a huge number."


According to Mandel's "astute" business logic, when the government allowed competition in the sale of a popular yet artificially rationed product that was only sold during inconvenient hours in a few select and often inconvenient locations, somehow less stores would open up (giving people less options to buy this obviously popular product).

Yes Stephen, that makes perfect sense! I'm surprised people didn't just stop consuming liquor all together once the government stopped selling it to them.

However, perhaps I'm not reading Mayor Mandel's comments literally enough. Perhaps when he said "one thought there would have been fewer numbers," he literally meant "one" single, solitary person (likely Mandel himself) thought that privatization would lead to less competition and stores, because the other 2.6 million Albertans knew it would lead to more stores, more locations and likely more variety of products sold.

The Alberta government even advertised that fact back in 1993 when they privatized (page 13).

And it has.

And this backwards economic logic is coming from one of the few people with a business background on council. I shudder to think what the ones without are brewing up.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Regina: Insulting our intelligence

Mayor Fiacco says if the province doesn't ante up he'll have to raise taxes by as much as 15 per cent. Fiacco is an old pro at this game of chicken. Without fail, Fiacco starts fear mongering in advance of the provincial budget in the hopes of scoring more cash. "Free money" can help him jack up municipal spending by five per cent each year as the city has been for the better part of a decade.

Problem is, the province already doubled his funding and the gas tax money is flowing in from Ottawa. That won't stop City Council from crying poor and scaring senior citizens with dramatic threats.

Part of me wishes the province would call his bluff. It would be a great lesson to Fiacco that you shouldn't write cheques you can't cash.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Conservative Government - Liberal Spending


Today's fiscal monitor for November 2006 reveals a trend that has been observed since the Conservatives won the election one year ago today.

The Conservatives and the Liberals are virtually indistinguishable when it comes to holding the line on spending. Today's monitor reveals that spending is up close to 8% over the previous year and large surpluses in Ottawa are still the norm.

Does this call the government's commitment to broad-based and meaningful tax relief into doubt? You bet it does.

When you use a firehose for spending, you are left with only a eye-dropper for tax relief. Let's hope the Conservatives put away Ralph Goodale's firehose in the next little while.

If they don't, taxpayers will say thumbs down to the 2007 budget. And no, Mssrs Harper and Flaherty, not more targetted tax credits for some - we want broad tax relief for all.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Cheap houses

A study shows Regina and Saskatoon are among the cheapest places in the world to purchase a home. While this phenomenon has benefits, it's probably more accurate to look at this more as a sympton of a problem than a blessing. It shows the impact of 60 years of neglecting the economy by successive Saskatchewan governments.

I found this interesting though:

Cox said higher housing costs in cities like Los Angeles, San Diego and Vancouver is in part due to urban planning, with some large cities driving up prices by trying to avoid "urban sprawl." With urban planners avoiding building on cheaper land outside the current city limits, that means land within the city is at a premium.

Imagine that! Well-meaning, all-knowing urban planners playing a direct role in forcing people to live on the street.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Urban reserves not good for business

Normally a new development in Regina’s north central neighbourhood would be welcomed with open arms by the business community and taxpayers alike. This is, after all, the neighbourhood skewered in the now infamous Maclean’s magazine article which dubbed it “Canada’s worst neighbourhood.”

Nonetheless, this particular development has not been warmly greeted by many Regina taxpayers.

Several years ago Piapot First Nation purchased a half block of land in the troubled area of town using treaty land entitlement money. Now they are seeking to have the property given “reserve status” so their proposed gas bar and grocery store can operate tax free.

Read the rest...

Friday, January 19, 2007

NB backwards on corporate welfare

New Brunswick's new government is apparently getting serious about "self-sufficiency." In fact, according to the self-sufficiency website:

"Self-sufficiency is a tall order – it's nothing less than a proposal to change the standing of New Brunswick in the federation from a ‘have-not' to a ‘have' province. It's not a new idea, but it will require fortitude and courage to accomplish. If we don't even try to get to Self-sufficiency, nothing important will ever change in this province."
So far so good. Having New Brunswick move from a have not province to a have is a laudable goal, and it will take some new thinking.

Unfortunately they seem to have taken a huge step backwards with the release of the first report of the "Self-Sufficiency Task Force."

"Raising the general business tax rate, but providing tax relief to businesses that invest in new technology and equipment should be considered.

This is not to say that there will not be job losses in the short term as individual sectors and businesses adjust. There will, particularly in the forestry and fisheries sectors where the challenges are greatest. For those who lose their jobs in these sectors, other employment opportunities hopefully await them in other industries battling chronic labour shortages. Nevertheless, adjustment and retraining measures will have to be put in place to smooth the transition for those who will be affected."


(emphasis mine)

So high taxes and corporate welfare schemes to encourage investment are going to turn New Brunswick into a "have" province? If that worked, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and the Atlantic provinces would already be leading the nation in economic growth.

(Note: Saskatchewan's economy has started to turn around since they cut business taxes and the PST)

The task-force already acknowledges it will lead to job losses. And the best they can offer is that hopefully other jobs will be there for the people laid-off by the new higher business taxes.

Yeah, businesses are going to be clambering to get into New Brunswick after they raise taxes.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Tomato - TomATTO, SARS-BSE - what's the DIFF?

ED: I am sure he just has a lot on his mind. These types of things happen. Don't let it get ya down Jack!

Layton in SARS, BSE switchSpeech gaffe attracts laughter, scorn BRANDON, Man.

(CP) - It was all acronym soup at a speech by Jack Layton at Manitoba Ag Days on Wednesday. The federal NDP leader left agricultural producers looking at each other in wide-eyed wonder after a speech about farm issues in which he repeatedly referred to the "SARS" crisis which affected the Manitoba cattle industry. "Another important issue is SARS," said Layton. "I was just talking to a cattle producer today who said the situation is worse now than when we were in the middle of SARS." As Layton continued his speech, Manitoba Agriculture Minister Rosann Wowchuk loudly whispered, "It's BSE, not SARS," from her seat at the front of the audience. BSE is the acronym for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad-cow disease, while SARS stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, the respiratory illness that paralyzed Toronto for several months in 2003. However, Layton didn't hear Wowchuk and kept going, saying SARS several more times, until producers in the audience chimed in to point out his error. Finally he got the message and stopped his speech. "I'm sorry, did I say SARS? I meant BSE. SARS is a Toronto problem," Layton said, to laughter from the audience. But the joke was lost on some. Don Neufeld, who raises cattle near Boissevain, Man., said that politicians of all stripes "just don't understand what's happening at the grassroots" and suffer from an overall ignorance of farm issues.
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Regina urban reserve

I won't go far into this. Yesterday was a tough day at City Hall.

Let's just just say that if the urban reserve is established, it won't contribute at all toward the stated objective -- economic equality for Indians in North Central Regina.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Work for 4 months, get paid for 16

...nice work if you can get it.

The Edmonton Public School Board recently dismissed their new Superintendent, Lyall Thomson (left), after less than four and a half months on the job.

Mr. Thomson smartly negotiated (for him, not for taxpayers) an escape clause in his employment contract that allows either side to terminate the contract with no-fault being assigned.

In the case that he pulls the chute, he has to give six months notice.

In the case the public school board exercises the clause, they have to give 365 days notice or severance in lieu.

With no notice given by the school board, Mr. Thomson now receives 365 days worth of severance, totalling his one year salary of $179,000.

So the Edmonton Public School Board has not only paid Mr. Thompson $64,734.25 for his little over four months of work, but now will pay him an additional $179,000 to leave.

Totalling $243,734.25.

That's pretty generous pay for so little work.

In fact...

It works out to:
$55,394.18 per month or
$2,738.59 per work day (assuming he didn't work weekends or stat holidays) or
$342.32 per work hour (assuming 5 day work weeks and 8 hour work days)

And just to rub some salt in the taxpayer wound, the no-fault clause doesn't allow the School Board to explain why they are even terminating him.

Perhaps his employment contract didn't allow it, but why didn't the school board demote this guy to "head vomit cleaner" on the custodial staff, and then give him his 365 days notice? Worst case scenario, he's the highest paid janitor in the division. Best case, he files his own 6 month notice and quits. At least taxpayers would be getting something for their extra $179,000.

Oh, and I almost forgot, the School Board paid a personnel firm, Davies Park, $77,500 in fees and disbursements to find this four-month Superintendent.

Hat Tip: Paula Simon's column in the Edmonton Journal

Monday, January 15, 2007

Credit where credit is due

Following up, BBS has a comparison of travel and hospitality expenses between Volpe and Solberg. Solberg cleans up.

This will certainly help in the next round of collective bargaining

Canada Post union complains Canada Post taking too long to hire new workers in Fort McMurray, what with all the criminal record checks, aptitude tests and all.

Fischer went on to criticize the failure to adapt to Fort McMurray’s chronic labour shortages by forcing new employees through an “elongated hiring process that’s useless and takes a whole bunch of time.

“While the security checks are necessary, a general aptitude test prolongs the hiring process by up to four weeks. It strikes me as being slower than it should be, and really, if you can read, you can be a letter carrier.”

Fischer won't mind then if we pay them as we would any other grade nine dropout.

BTW, if I said something truthful like that to the media, my inbox would swell with hate mail from incensed letter carriers.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Profile: Ruth Dantzer

"Leadership in the skies"
Ruth Dantzer was appointed President of the Canada School of Public Service in 2005. The Canada School of Public Service aims provides leadership in developing skills of Canadian civil servants.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Dantzer served for 20 years in senior positions in the Canadian public service.

Ms. Dantzer was slow off the start in her first year on the job and registered no travel and hospitality expenses. It didn't take long, however, for Ms. Dantzer to make up for lost time.

In the third quarter of 2004-05 Ms. Dantzer's performance was still tentative. She traveled to Montreal, Halifax, Toronto and Edmonton familiarizing herself with the organization and it's offices across Canada and perhaps preparing for the big travel year that awaited her. She only expensed 14 breakfast, lunch, dinner or "refreshment" meetings between June 2 and September 1.

In September, 2005, Ms. Dantzer undertook an aggressive whirlwind tour across the country. In six days she traveled from Ottawa to Vancouver to Calgary to Fredericton to Toronto -- racking up nearly $5,000 in airfare.

In October, Ms. Dantzer attended the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management Conference in New Delhi, India at a cost of nearly $9,000. In that, the 4th quarter, Dantzer was so busy she had to work through breakfast, lunch and dinner. She expensed 25 luncheons in a three month period.

Being President of the Canada School of Service required a lot of travel in 2005-06. The year kicked off with quick trip to London, England to visit the National School of Government. In the first quarter Ms. Dantzer had to "work through" 32 lunches, breakfasts and dinners.

In the second quarter, Ms. Dantzer spent nearly $3,000 on airfare to travel to Vancouver for just a single night but the best was yet to come -- a taxpayer-funded trip to Botswana! This 11 day trip to southern Africa enabled Dantzer to attend a board of directors meeting and conference of CAPAM (Commonwealth association of Public Administration and Management) at a cost of only $17,000.

Last May, Ms. Dantzer flew to Greensboro, North Carolina for a three day trip to another conference for $4,000. But there's more! In a three week period last June Ms. Dantzer honed her leadership skills in Brasilia, Brazil and China.

Hosted by the Chinese Communist Party, Ms. Dantzer visited the Central Party School in Beijing to "develop a cooperation project."

In just a year and a half on the job, Ms. Dantzer managed to visit four different continents racking up a travel and hospitality bill of $105,000 proving that leadership in the public service can be found in the cabin of a 747!

Hat tip to BBS in the comments!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

More Waste Watch

It almost seems like there could be a never ending list of these.

Here's another one to chew on:

For: Dalfen, Charles, Chairperson CRTC

Event Description: Dinner meeting with CanWest Global Communications Corporation official

Date(s): 2005-11-06

Attendees: 2 (1 Government of Canada employee(s), 1 guest(s))

Location: 529 Wellington, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Total: $264.26

Ok, 2 people, $264.26, that's $132.13 each!

Now I've never eaten at 529 Wellington, but from what I've read it's a steak lover's dream.

But seriously, should taxpayers be on the hook for a dinner at a restaurant that has been called "the most expensive restaurant in the city,"by it's owners?

Short of sampling "Manitoba's highest rated wine list" it would have been fairly difficult to rack up a $264 food bill... but not impossible.

Have a look at their menu:

Most expensive appetizer: Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, U8......4 - $26.00

Most expensive entree: Doug's Special Cut - on the bone 28 oz (Prime Rib) - $49.00

Most expensive side: Sautéed Wild Mushrooms - $13.00

Most expensive desert: Hot Chocolate Lava Cake w/Vanilla Bean Ice Cream - $9.00

Total: $97.00 x 2 = $194.00

Plus 14% PST & GST = $221.16

Plus 15% Tip = $254.33

Leaving $5 each for a glass of wine/beer/pop/coffee

Spending $264 for two people on a meal can be done without ordering a bunch of wine, but it would take quite the appetite to eat a 28oz chunk of prime rib, on top of an appetizer, a side dish and desert.

Guess we'll have to ATI this one too, to find out.

Government insurance costs more

In more ways than one. Automobile insurance rates in Saskatchewan are fairly cheap if you only look at the premiums. It becomes a heck of a lot more expensive when you look at the actually payouts.

I don't have a link yet [UPDATE: I have a link now], but here's a 'graph from Mark Milke's latest column:

Similarly, between 2000 and 2005, government-provided insurance premiums in Manitoba were often higher than those offered in private-sector provinces such as Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

One province where the government Crown provides most insurance and was on average cheaper than others is Saskatchewan. But it's no secret as to why: On average, claim payouts are much lower in public-sector provinces compared to private-sector jurisdictions. Thus, in 2005 (the latest year for which statistics are available) the cost of an average claim (for mandatory insurance) was $15,959 in Ontario, compared with $5,453 in Saskatchewan.
Got that? ONE THIRD the payout seen in Ontario.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Waste Watch

Doing a bit more searching around the Federal Hospitality and Travel expenditure website (see below post) and came across this one:

For: Mayrand, Marc - Superintendent of Bankruptcy - Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy

Event Description: Bankruptcy Executive Committee Meeting

Date: 2006/12/21

Attendee(s): 12 Government of Canada 0 Guests

Location: Delta hotel, Ottawa, ON

TOTAL: $1,480.42
Now to be fair, the meeting might have started at 7AM and ended at 7PM, so it could include breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and snacks for 12 people, and the rent for the meeting room.

BUT... it could also have been just a Christmas dinner "meeting" at the Delta Hotel in Ottawa with the average meal costing $123.37 per person.

Guess we'll have to ATI it to find out...


The CTF has released a federal report entitled On the Dole: Businesses, Lobbyists, and Industry Canada's Subsidy Programs. The information was compiled through freedom of information requests made to Industry Canada.

Here are some of the lowlights.

- Between fiscal years 1982 and 2005, $18.4-billion of assistance was authorized through 47,960 separate grants, contributions, loans, interest contributions and loan guarantees from 150 different programs. Of the total, $7.1-billion is considered repayable funding yet only $1.25-billion or 17.6% of that amount has been repaid. All said, less than 7% of the total subsidy portfolio has been recouped by Ottawa;

- Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC), which is Ottawa's flagship corporate welfare program, has authorized $3-billion since its inception in 1996 and recovered only $169-million. This is a repayment record of less than 6%. Taxpayers were originally told every TPC investment dollar would return $1.74 in repayments from businesses;

- The Top 50 subsidy recipients have received a third of all money authorized or $5.9-billion;

- The Top 3 recipients have secured $2.6-billion in federal handouts. They are Pratt & Whitney ($1.5-billion authorized plus another $350-milion announced in Dec. 2006 that is not included in this report), Bombardier ($745-million authorized plus another $350-million announced in Nov. 2006), and General Motors Canada ($360-million); and

- Industry Canada has 2,234 lobbyist registrations and is the most lobbied department in Ottawa. In many instances transparency regulations were sidestepped or broken

To view the complete report click here

Monday, January 08, 2007

Expenses out of line???

You really have to give credit where credit is due. Paul Martin put in place a really decent system for public reporting of hospitality and travel expenses for federal ministers, their staff and senior bureaucrats.

Could it be better? Yes, but it's a good start.

Just a reminder of where you can view the expenses:

http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pd-dp/gr-rg/index_e.asp

Have a look around and if you see anything that seems strange, let us know in the comments section.

Here's one to get you started:

http://www.onf.ca/publications/en/accountability/ficheaccueil.php?annee=2006&num=41

The Government Film Commissioner, Jacques Bensimon (left) took three people out for lunch (3 gov't employees - including himself, and 1 guest) on September 8, 2006 at a cost of $425.63 which works out to $106.41 per person.

Seems a bit lavish for a working lunch.

But perhaps that's only a drop in the bucket for a guy who took 11 international trips in 2006 including a trip to: Brazil, Washington DC, London, Los Angeles, Cape Town, 3 trips to Paris, and 3 trips to Cannes.

28 days in Cannes (total) and 12 in Paris (total).

In 2006 alone he spent $99,467 on travel expenses.

Arguably his most questionable expense was his $1,355.61 CDN charge for accommodations in Paris from May 14 to May 16, 2006. Likely 3 days, 2 nights at a cost of $677.81 per night at a hotel???

Have a look:
http://www.onf.ca/publications/en/accountability/depensesvoyage.php?annee=2006

Wow.

Political Pogey

The fourth quarter payments to Canadian political parties were just released, and once again taxpayers open their wallets to provide political welfare to our poor, destitute political parties in Canada.

This is their allowance for the period of October 1, 2006, to December 31, 2006.




So multiply that by 4 to figure out how much they're getting on an annual basis from taxpayers alone.

The new Treasury Board president should be looking right here when it comes to finding wasteful spending.

Remember the Trabant?


This is the kind of car a "single payer" system creates.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Sask: The interim report on the state of the Saskatchewan music industry

Key findings of the central music industry planners include:

  • There is a lot of talent in Saskatchewan
  • It's hard to make money being a musician...
  • And more!!!

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that those who were consulted think government should spend more money on themusic industry. Some think we should tax groups like the Rolling Stones to help prop up less successful musicians. We are not amused.

1.Funding program to help develop professional gap in industry infrastructure
- producers, recording companies, agents, managers, etc. (7)
2. Increase current funding for existing events or programs (5)
3. Increased funding to SaskMusic (4)
4. More money to music programming in schools (2)
5. Provide recording and manufacturing grants (3)
6. Increase financial support to artists for touring, recording and operating costs – i.e. small business loans (2)
7. Infuse money into the industry before 2007 events (2)
8. Support for more and different festivals (1)
9. Support for artist hubs (1)
10. When “big acts” come to Saskatchewan, collect funds from them to invest in the development of Saskatchewan’s music industry (1)
11. Require commercial media to fund industry development (1)
12. Better provincial representation on committees that distribute grant money (1)

File under "money does not grow on trees"

Six new junior cabinet ministers will enjoy a great bump in pay and the services of a car and driver. But it won't really cost taxpayers anything:

“They do in fact get a car and driver, but there’s no added cost to the taxpayer because the costs are being absorbed within the departments through re-allocation,” said Greg Jack. “Departments will have to absorb the cost, however they decide to do that.”
I love it!

Conservatives say no to $800 million museum

Liberal politicians are angry the government will not spend $800 million on a science and technology museum. We think Angry might have a better idea.

Who has a billion or half-a-billion for a museum?

But then the Liberals think that would be a great idea.

I have another great idea.

This is a technology museum, right? Why not use technology to create a museum at a hundredth of the cost?

Why doesn't McGuinty suggest a compromise as a way of protecting Canadian taxpayers' dollars? A virtual museum:

You scan all the documents and photos and papers, index them, and make them available on the web. Each artifact is accompanied with a write-up prepared by historians and researchers working under contract. Better yet, offer jobs to students to research the pieces and to develop reading material.

Artifacts get covered by multiple high-res photographs and videos. In a follow-on, create highly detailed 3D models of the artifacts, able to be rotated and zoom and cross-section via a browser-based interface.
Cool.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

SGEU strike: What about taxpayers?

In the noise of an angry labour dispute between the government and civil servants, the voice of taxpayers is but a whisper. It’s curious that whenever public employees strike we hear endlessly about the complaints, grievances and salary demands of union members but taxpayers are never asked how much they are willing to pay.

In the current dispute between the province and the Saskatchewan Government Employees Union (SGEU) we’ve repeatedly heard the ludicrous salary demands of 27 per cent over three years. The SGEU reportedly reduced their demand to 15 per cent and the government has countered with a nine per cent offer.

The SGEU, which has focused its strike efforts on the province’s prisons, is outraged that the government brought in “replacement workers” to run the jails (hey, why don’t we just throw the doors open and let the criminals run free? We can round them up once the SGEU has their salary demands met). Union members are now blockading roads to provincial jails to ensure no “replacement workers” are entering facilities.

The government huffs and the union puffs while taxpayers sit on the sidelines and wonder what the impact of this will be on their wallets once the smoke clears.

Read the rest....

So much for smaller government

Harper makes cabinet go big.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

FSIN Chief: Human rights a non-issue in indian country

Yeah, that's right. Forced collectivism, a total absence of matrimonial property rights, rigged elections...nothing to see here.

Who is this blowhard?

If you feel like being grumpy for the rest of the day, go ahead and read this. It's annoying in so many ways...I won't even bother.

[via SDA, courtesy of bumfonline]

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Sask: CTF on the air

I'll be on 620 CKRM news line to talk about the tax changes for this year. As usual, we'll veer into other topics.

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