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