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Politics 204 for August 26


Quote of the Day

  • Rana Bokhari, Manitoba Liberal Leader. (Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Rana Bokhari, Manitoba Liberal Leader.

    "We want to make play tax free." -- Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari announced that her party would remove the PST for all children’s sporting goods.

A four letter word:

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper (CP)

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper

    Looking for votes: Deficits are a four-letter word for more politicians seeking your votes. The issue took the forefront on the federal campaign this week, as Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said he can’t say if the budget will be balanced until he sees what kind of books the Conservatives have left, and attacked NDP Leader Tom Mulcair for the first time, accusing him of planning an austerity budget at the expense of jobs and the economy.
  • On the other side: Mulcair insists he will balance the budget by focusing on different priorities than Conservative leader Stephen Harper.
  • And what does Harper say?: For his part, Harper says Trudeau has simply given up trying to balance the budget and Mulcair is going to introduce “an avalanche” of tax hikes.

Playing around?

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks to supporters during a campaign stop in Newmarket, On. today.  (CP)

    Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks to supporters during a campaign stop in Newmarket, On. today.

    Kids in sports: Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari wants to get more kids playing sports. She told reports today that if her Liberals win the next provincial election in April that she’d remove the eight per cent provincial sales tax from all children’s sporting goods.
  • Not a time to play: Arbitration hearings between the Manitoba a government and its 14,000 unionized civil servants are set for next May. The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union applied for arbitration earlier this month after rejecting a government offer of a four-year agreement with a one per cent raise in each of the first two years, and two per cent in each of the last two years.
  • Stop making them pay: Manitoba teachers are delighted that Liberal leader Justin Trudeau promised a tax break this morning for teachers who dig into their own pockets for classroom supplies:

Too slow at any speed

  • Waiting around: There are lengthy wait lists for people with addictions looking to get into treatment services, and that is self-defeating because addictions don’t wait patiently for attention. Manitoba needs to do a better job at measuring the need here, and following a provincial strategy to ensure that supply comes closer meeting the demand.
  • Don’t go too fast: The traffic advocacy group WiseUpWinnipeg is bringing a petition to city hall demanding changes to the city’s speed limits. The group says it has an online petition with 1,600 signatures and is calling on Mayor Brian Bowman to make changes.

In case you missed it

  • Mulcair and power: Has Mulcair given into the promise of government and changed policy?
  • Self-fulfilling prophecy: Do Conservatives reap what they sow in media treatment?
  • A wasted chance: City hall is still trying to figure out how to deal with organic waste.

Other voices

  • Horrific shooting: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the shooting of a tv reporter and cameraman while live on the air, reinforces the need for stricter gun control. The story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  • From the Guardian: Cracking down on human rights organizations.
  • From rabble.ca: Ten worst social media fails from the Conservatives in this campaign.

Today in history

  • French becomes the language: Today in 1977, the- Quebec government adopted Bill 101 (La Charte de la langue française) making French the official language of Quebec.

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