Quote of the Day
- "I am the only candidate who can actually vote in Winnipeg Centre.” -- Green party candidate Don Woodstock at a candidates debate Wednesday. His main opponents, Liberal Robert-Falcon Ouellette and New Democrat Pat Martin, live outside the riding boundaries.
It's debate time
- The economy: In what may be the most important moment in the election so far, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair go head-to-head in a nationally televised debate, Thursday. The theme: the economy. By the way, you can join us at the Free Press News Café to watch the debate with other political junkies. It all starts around 7 p.m. (CDT), but get there early, because these events fill up fast.
- The economy, part two: The NDP's “economic team” came out for a second press conference Thursday, seemingly in an attempt to attack the Liberals ahead of the economic debate. But many saw it as a step by the NDP to recover from less positive reaction to its party fiscal plan released Wednesday. The Conservatives trotted out Defence Minister Jason Kenney to attack the Liberals – once again leaving Finance Minister Joe Oliver out of sight. Meanwhile, the Liberals didn’t hold a press conference but staged a photo op of leader Justin Trudeau canoeing by himself on Calgary’s Bow River at dawn.
- Claims are debatable: Free Press parliamentary bureau chief Mia Rabson will be writing in Think-Tank Friday about the politics of fear. Just how many times can parties make up facts to scare you away from voting for their opponents? A pretty good question – and I am afraid the answer may be: As long as it works, they’ll keep doing it.
- Racial summit: Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman’s Summit on Racial Inclusion starts Thursday and runs Friday all day. Thursday night, Giller-prize winner Joseph Boyden, who wrote about residential schools, will speak.
- Not inclusive enough: Meanwhile, there has been criticism the city summit isn’t going far enough and doesn’t include enough local voices. An alternative summit will be held at the Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks Thursday night.
- Falling behind: Finance and appeals committees both meet today at city hall. Aldo Santin is trying to keep track of the many projects that are behind in terms of completion. It is becoming a very long list.
In case you missed it
- New disease: The City of Winnipeg appears to be suffering from mega-projectisis, a widespread disease where major construction projects wind up over budget, overdue and even tainted by alleged criminal activity -- and for some reason, Winnipeggers seem to accept it. The latest patient is the expansion of the RBC Convention Centre.
- Oh, Mike: Does anyone believe there won’t be a next time for Winnipeg School District trustee Mike Babinsky?
- Bit of fun: While elections can be serious things, we did have a bit of fun with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s “speed dating” for federal candidates. Mike Deal and Kristin Annable lined up the "dates."
Today in history
- In 1984, Brian Mulroney was elected as Canada’s 18th prime minister and "When Irish eyes are smiling" became Canada's defacto anthem.
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