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Politics 204 for September 22


Quote of the Day

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Bison Transport warehouse on Wellington Avenue in Winnipeg Tuesday. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Bison Transport warehouse on Wellington Avenue in Winnipeg Tuesday.

    "I'm used to Vic Toews." --Conservative Leader Stephen Harper after finding out he had mispronounced Conservative Elmwood-Transcona candidate Lawrence Toet's name.

Harper in the 'peg

  • Kapyong Barracks

    Kapyong Barracks

    No appeal: Prime Minister Stephen Harper said this morning his government won’t appeal the latest court decision on Kapyong Barracks. and said talks with the bands have already begun. Mary Agnes Welch covered the PM during his stop in Winnipeg, where he also pledged to create 1.3 million jobs over the next five years.
  • Playing to the base: Political sociologist Trevor Harrison says Harper’s decision to play only to his base in this campaign may backfire. As Harrison argues, maybe it’s time for Harper to broaden his message to entice new voters.
  • No love in Atlantic Canada: Dean Jobb says the Conservatives are in real trouble in Atlantic Canada, with the Liberals making impressive inroads. The Conservatives used to be quite popular there, but now may only hold three seats come Oct. 19.

Outside the campaign bubble

  • Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman listens to a session at the One Summit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.  (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman listens to a session at the One Summit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

    Racism summit panned: Brian Bowman’s first crack at racism got some poor reviews, likely because Bowman’s summit focused on Canada, rather than Winnipeg. Winnipeg’s mayor should ask, first, what he can do in the city to ease racial tension. That starts with getting to know those hard at work in the neighbourhoods where racism is felt the most. That’s in Wednesday’s editorial.
  • Aboriginal language: The federal government has not joined a vast Manitoba partnership of First Nations and education organizations to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendation to preserve and promote indigenous languages.
  • Got the shaft: Winnipeg School Division’s CUPE Local 110 is backing suspended school trustee Mike Babinsky. It says he wasn’t treated fairly.

In case you missed it

  • Sylvia Boudreau of the Indigenous Rock The Vote committee. (Winnipeg Free Press)

    Sylvia Boudreau of the Indigenous Rock The Vote committee.

    You’ve come a long way: The NDP has come far from third party status to potentially forming government. Allan Levine looks at the history of the NDP with its early roots with the CCF to now.
  • Waste of money: Tuesday’s editorial argues that the growing list of court challenges put forward by the Harper government are a waste of taxpayer’s money.
  • Get out and vote: Activists are working hard to ensure that First Nations vote in this election, particularly after the changes to the Election Act

Today in history

  • In 1992, the Canada Committee formed to support the Charlottetown Accord. It was led by Yves Fortier, June Callwood, Marc Garneau, Robert Stanfield, Ed Broadbent, Bill Davis, Peter Lougheed and Iona Campagnolo. The Accord was a package of proposed amendments to the constitution. It was put to a referendum vote on Oct. 26 and was defeated.

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