June 15, 2019

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Politics 204 for September 15


Quote of the Day

  • Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press
Campaign takes flight

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and his wife, Catherine Pinhas, board the campaign plane in Ottawa Saturday. Mulcair is scheduled to make a campaign announcement today in Vancouver. (CP)

    Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press Campaign takes flight NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and his wife, Catherine Pinhas, board the campaign plane in Ottawa Saturday. Mulcair is scheduled to make a campaign announcement today in Vancouver.

    “Helping just one child with a mental illness can not only improve quality of life for that child, but also provide a lifetime of health-care savings that can be directed to helping others." -- NDP Leader Tom Mulcair announcing a $100-million mental health innovation fund for children and youth.

Outside of the campaign announcements

  • Sample ballots are shown during a media tour at a warehouse at Elections Canada in Ottawa last November. (CP)

    Sample ballots are shown during a media tour at a warehouse at Elections Canada in Ottawa last November.

    Democracy week: Given that it’s election time and given that it’s democracy week, Mia Rabson is talking with those in the know about voting and voter turn-out, including a run-down on the Manitoba ridings with the best and worst voter turnout.
  • Boundary changes: Boundary changes were announced a number of years ago, with the number of seats in the House of Commons climbing to 338 (but Manitoba’s seat count of 18 remains the same). Regardless, some of the boundaries have changed and we’ll have a look at what that means for you as a voter.

Big picture in politics

  • Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and wife, Laureen. (CP)

    Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and wife, Laureen.

    Single seniors: Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has announced a hand up for single seniors while in North Vancouver today. He’s providing a tax credit for single seniors that could help 1.6 million people.
  • Mental health: Meanwhile, the NDP has announced $100-million mental health innovation fund for children and youth. It is aimed at helping promote research and puts some money into the coffers for health-care providers and community mental health associations.
  • Radical: Some high-profile members of the NDP are taking a radical turn when it comes to the economy. This may not be the headache Mulcair needs right now.

Getting schooled

  • Winnipeg School Division trustee Mike Babinsky. (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press files)

    Winnipeg School Division trustee Mike Babinsky.

    Schooled on hydro: A Manitoba legislative committee is meeting today ostensibly to review Manitoba Hydro’s last four annual reports. But Opposition Conservative MLAs are likely to use the time with Hydro executives to grill them on everything from rising consumer rates and export sales contracts to reports of high pay hikes for the corporation’s managers.
  • Banned: Winnipeg School Division trustees have taken the extraordinary step of barring trustee Mike Babinsky for a month after an investigation showed that he repeatedly humiliated and intimidated a staff member, who filed a harassment complaint.
  • NDP Power: Four New Democrat trustees now hold the most powerful jobs on the Winnipeg School Division board. Veteran Cathy Collins was shut out, then issued an unapologetic no-offence-meant statement for hauling out a dictionary and humiliating trustee Chris Broughton this summer for his use of the word "fulsome."

Other voices

  • Sen.Patrick Brazeau  (CP)

    Sen.Patrick Brazeau

    In the Star: Richard Gwyn says this election’s over, and Harper is done.
  • Brazeau pleads: It’s a guilty plea from Sen. Patrick Brazeau today but to reduced charges of assault and possession of cocaine after a more serious charge of sexual assault was dropped because the Crown said it did not have sufficient evidence. And this guy may get his job back. His lawyers are arguing that he should get an unconditional discharge.
  • Look out Trump: Ben Carson is giving Donald Trump a run for his sizable money with new polling numbers out. From the New York Times.

Today in history

  • In 1970, Manitoba lowered the voting age to 18. And voter turnout for young people remains very poor.

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