Editorial for Saturday, May 31, 2014–Mark Carney Points a Finger; His Colleagues Thumb Their Noses

Mark Carney, darling child of the financial world since Canada suffered less than other countries when the banks did a runner on their responsibilities back in ’08, has noticed—out loud—that something’s rotten in the state of…well, everywhere. He was speaking … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, November 30, 2013–Canadian Voters Should Learn From Latvia Because Our Politicians Won’t

The prime minister of Latvia, Valdis Dombrovskis, resigned this week. This didn’t make big news in Canada. But it was astounding, nonetheless. A mall collapsed and killed more than fifty people. And Mr. Dombrovskis—a politician—took responsibility. First, he called for … Continue reading

Editorial–For Stephen Harper, Wounded Veterans Are Just A Pain in the Balance Sheet

The News ran a story recently (“Veterans Affairs wants lawsuit dismissed“) that, once again, demonstrates the high regard that the Harper Conservatives really have for Canada’s veterans: To quote Mr. Harper’s lawyers, they think they’re ” frivolous and vexatious”. I … Continue reading

The Daily Sniff for Tuesday, April 30, 2013–Harper Conservatives: They’re Not Stupid, They Just Look That Way

Harper Conservatives are on a roll. They have one guy (Ryan Leef) claiming that the population of polar bears has “quadrupled over the last 40 years” (National Post); they have another (Jim Flaherty) claiming that his budget will stimulate the … Continue reading

The Daily Sniff for Wednesday, April 10, 2013–Canada’s Banks Stable In Spite of Stephen Harper

The Wall Street Journal’s Real Time Economics blog says that, according to a paper by a researcher from Columbia University, Charles Calomiris, Canada’s stable banking system is due to the political system in Canada and not the Harper Conservatives. Calomiris … Continue reading

The Daily Sniff for Tuesday, April 9, 2013: Harper Conservatives Want to Take CBC to Court

Conservative Revenue Minister, Gail Shea, says she wants to take the CBC to court to force it to reveal the list of names of the Canadians who have off-shore accounts and are possible tax cheats. So that she can make … Continue reading

The Daily Sniff for Tuesday, March 26, 2013–It’s Not News, but The Fraser Institute Doesn’t Like Poor People. At All.

There’s no way to paint the Fraser Institute as anything other than a partisan lobby group trying to pass as a “think-tank”. Trouble is, most of their reports are so blatantly one-sided that there is no “thinking” involved. They have … Continue reading

The Budget Sniff–It Stinks

Reuters Canada says that the Harper Conservatives are promising a balanced budget without a “slash and burn” budget. THIS budget doesn’t appear to slash and burn–they devastated Canada’s public sector and Canada’s vibrant research initiative last time. This time, they’re … Continue reading

The Daily Sniff for Mar. 20, 2013–ELA in Canada Deleted

The Harper government disdains any kind of research that might prove to be contradictory of their faith in resource extraction, so the Environmental Lakes Area has to die. Although Harper henchmen claim that they’re waiting to find a buyer, they’re … Continue reading