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Getting the job done and the Trump effect: Politics 204 for May 10


Quote of the day

  • The election of  Wab Kinew in Fort Rouge was one of few brights spots for the NDP on election night. (The Sou'wester)

    The election of Wab Kinew in Fort Rouge was one of few brights spots for the NDP on election night.

    "The door is open now. If we can inspire young indigenous people in any way I would hope we inspire them to know that whatever aspirations they have for themselves to change their world for the better they can achieve them. They can play a part in that." -- Wab Kinew who was sworn in yesterday as the MLA for Fort Rouge.

Getting the job done

  • Manitoba Conservative leader Brian Pallister looks up from a conversation with MLA Ron Shuler prior to the election call in March. A healthy democracy relies on healthy opposition.

    Manitoba Conservative leader Brian Pallister looks up from a conversation with MLA Ron Shuler prior to the election call in March. A healthy democracy relies on healthy opposition.

    Importance of opposition: A potent group of 40 Tory MLAs will take their seats in the legislature on Monday, squaring off against 14 New Democrats and three Liberals. It will be the first opportunity to observe the new political constellation in action. The governing Tories will be expected to find their way quickly, but the opposition, too, will need to get up to speed if it is to perform its vital duties as watchdog and critic. That’s tomorrow’s editorial. Meanwhile, Opposition leader Flor Marcelino names her shadow cabinet this afternoon.
  • Job assignments: Two more members of Premier Brian Pallister's caucus received job assignments Tuesday morning. The caucus announced in a news release the appointment of Wayne Ewasko, MLA-elect for Lac du Bonnet, as caucus chair, and Cliff Graydon, MLA-elect for Emerson, as caucus whip.
  • Building standards: City hall is getting tough with property owners who allow their buildings to deteriorate. The planning department is proposing a series of amendments that will plug gaps in the exiting bylaws that do not apply to non-residential buildings. The changes will help the city enforce building standards on heritage buildings, with the goal of keeping them viable and prevent their demolition.

The Trump effect

  • Rodrigo Duterte's strongman swagger has earned him the nicknames Duterte Harry and The Punisher. He was elected president of the Philippines.

    Rodrigo Duterte's strongman swagger has earned him the nicknames Duterte Harry and The Punisher. He was elected president of the Philippines.

    Philippines presidency: Gwynne Dyer says that Filipinos may come to regret electing “Duterte Harry” – a man who can’t open his mouth without threatening to kill someone. He’s been called the Donald Trump of the Philippines. Among the things he said in his campaign was that if Congress gets in his way, he’ll mount a “revolutionary government”. That sounds like code for dictatorship.
  • Hope for Americans: A new dating website matches Canadians up with Americans fleeing from the States if Donald Trump is elected. Let’s see how Tinder, Lavalife and Match deal with this one.

In case you missed it

  • Brandon-Souris MP Larry Mcguire

    Brandon-Souris MP Larry Mcguire

    Get with it: Conservative MP Larry Maguire used some strange logic to fight against a wording change for Canada’s national anthem. Perhaps he needs a history lesson?
  • Bokhari wasn’t pushed: Rana Bokhari said Monday her decision to step down as leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party was her own and she wasn't pushed. Bokhari, who announced late Saturday her plans to quit and return to practising law, spoke to the Free Press after a closed door meeting of the party Monday night at Liberal headquarters on Broadway.
  • Saul: John Ralston Saul presided over the citizenship ceremony at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights yesterday. In an interview earlier in the day, Saul pointed out that Canadians could learn a lot from indigenous people and how they took care of newcomers to Canada.

Today in history

  • The Childhood Denied, Indian Residential Schools and their Legacy exhibit in the Canadian Journey's Gallery at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in May 2015.

    The Childhood Denied, Indian Residential Schools and their Legacy exhibit in the Canadian Journey's Gallery at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in May 2015.

    Settlement: On this date in 2006, cabinet approved a $2 billion deal to compensate former students of Indian residential schools.

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