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NDP urged to include menthol in flavoured tobacco ban

Premier Rachel Notley has said her government will review menthol exemption

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/ndp-urged-to-include-menthol-in-f...

NorthReport

NDP exploring options to boost rural bus service Smile

NorthReport

Does it ever occur to any of these representatives of the rich and powerful that Canada like most countries has way too many stores, hotels and restataurants? Maybe if the market wasn't so oversaturated paying decent wages would not be such an issue. Maybe municipalities need to put the brakes on the number of shops they license to operate within their jurisdiction.

Minimum wage, maximum hyperbole: What you need to know about the NDP's minimum wage hike

 

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Minimum+wage+maximum+hyperbole+What+need+...

 

NorthReport

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman announces the province will ban menthol tobacco products starting September 30

 

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/05/31/health-minister-sarah-hoffman-anno...

NorthReport

Absurd comments from right-wing think tank who represents the one percenters 

Rent control will be a disaster

http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2015/06/01/rent-control-will-be-a-disas...

terrytowel

Ezra Levant just called the new NDP Health Minister "Morbidly Obese"

I think he is just looking to make headlines, so get more hits on his website

So we should just ignore him.

Brachina

 I think Ezra's point is that she's being Hypocritical, I don't think Ezra cares about her weight. As an obscene person myself I agree, I have no right to dicate morality on others in reguards to others what they consume, and niether does Sarah Hoffman. Heck even if She was skinny she's in the wrong and Ezra used a medical term instead of an insulting one, for Ezra that is restraint.

Misfit Misfit's picture

Actually Brachina, I disagree with you. Large people do not need to be addressed as so called medical conditions, and some of these medical terms used against people have never been properly challenged within the medical community. It is archaic terminology with no scientific basis and is based on social values and not scientific fact. Morbid means on the verge of death. Morbidly obese implies that someone is so large that death is imminent, which is a false depiction of large people, and especially in regards to the Minister of Health. Gay people resent the term homosexual for legitimate reasons, and large people resent being medicalized with false terminology for no justifiable reason as well. It's rude, it's insulting, and it's degrading. Instead of attacking the issue with facts, he attacked a woman's size just like some in the MSM did to Pat Carney and Monique Begin (sp?), a former federal Minister of Health in Pierre Trudeau's cabinet. Too many people feel too comfortable in making nasty attacks about female politician's size and appearance and this needs to stop.

NorthReport

School boards "happy" with NDP decision to restore funding

http://www.coldlakesun.com/2015/06/01/school-boards-happy-with-ndp-decis...

terrytowel

Looks like Ezra not the only one

Alberta PC leader to investigate after party exec mocks weight of NDP health minister

The exec later apolgizing on twitter ""I recognize I made a dumb comment. I apologize to Sarah Hoffman and all who read it for my insensitive remark. Once again, I'm sorry,"

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/alberta-pc-leader-to-investigate-after-pa...

NorthReport

Bye, bye Conservatives!

PC’s Jordan Lien apologizes after calling NDP minister ‘morbidly obese’

http://globalnews.ca/news/2029953/pcs-jordan-lien-apologizes-after-calli...

 

 

NorthReport

Shannon Phillips is sworn in as the Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister Responsible of the Status of Women in Edmonton on Sunday, May 24, 2015.

POLITICS JUN 1

Expect new climate change plan soon, says Alberta environment minister

Alberta will have a new provincial climate change strategy by the end of the month, says new Environment Minister Shannon Phillips

 

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Brachina

NorthReport wrote:

Bye, bye Conservatives!

PC’s Jordan Lien apologizes after calling NDP minister ‘morbidly obese’

http://globalnews.ca/news/2029953/pcs-jordan-lien-apologizes-after-calli...

 

 

 I read that people are saying its because she's a woman, because heavy men don't get comments like that bullshit, do a search on rabble about Rob Ford and look at all the comments and mean things about Rob Ford's weight, do a search listen to all the jokes about Christ Christy's weight ect...

 It reminds me of people who said Olivia Chow lost because she was a Chinese Woman, ignoring all the polls that previously had her leading. There are women who have been legitimately discriminated against on the basis of they're gender, people do a disservice to these women when people cry wolf.

 

 

NorthReport

Brachina, you need to quit while you ahead, if that's what you call it, doncha think?

Conservative party executive in Alberta under fire for body-shaming ‘morbidly obese’ health minister

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/conservative-...

 

NorthReport

Maybe he has been brought in to fire the top right-wingers in the civil service. Laughing

Alberta NDP appoints B.C. ‘apparatchik’ to highly paid civil service job: critic

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/edmonton/Alberta+appoints+apparatchi...

NorthReport

Oil execs say Notley more ‘collaborative’ than Conservative government in tackling royalties  Laughing

http://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/oil-execs-say-notley-more-...

NorthReport

Sure sounds like the Alberta PCs and Liberals are in major denial.  They probably are thinking that the recent Alberta election never happened.

felixr

NorthReport wrote:

Maybe he has been brought in to fire the top right-wingers in the civil service. Laughing

Alberta NDP appoints B.C. ‘apparatchik’ to highly paid civil service job: critic

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/edmonton/Alberta+appoints+apparatchi...

The Baathist wing of the NDP finds good posts in the Alberta government Laughing 

NorthReport

Nenshi: Royalty review won't deter big investors

International energy money will keep flowing into Alberta because investors don't fear an NDP royalty review, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said after an economic mission to New York City.

NorthReport

Without Wildrose or a divided right, the Alberta NDP would have still won

http://www.threehundredeight.com/2015/06/without-wildrose-or-divided-rig...

NorthReport

'Timbitumen' fury prompts Tim Hortons to pull Enbridge ads

"Oil shaming" is now a thing. In a world of political correctness and backing down at the first sign of a consumer boycott, Tim Hortons Inc. could hardly have moved faster after some of its customers

 

mark_alfred

Found a good YouTube video that gives a decent explanation of the NDP win in Alberta:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIsXidRnaZI

mark_alfred

http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/execs+Notley+more+collaborative+th...

 

Well, surprises abound in Alberta.  Seems big oil is now fine with the royalty review and the prospect of possibly paying a bit more.

Quote:
Executives from some of Canada’s largest oil companies say Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is doing a better job engaging with the energy industry ahead of her NDP government’s royalty review than the previous review conducted under the Progressive Conservatives.

[..]

Similarly, Suncor’s chief financial officer Alister Cowan gave the NDP credit for being “very focused on jobs and driving the economy forward” while looking to close “a fairly substantial deficit.”

“I’m confident that we’ll get the right solution, that we require, after this review,” Cowan said.

Policywonk

mark_alfred wrote:

http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/execs+Notley+more+collaborative+th...

 

Well, surprises abound in Alberta.  Seems big oil is now fine with the royalty review and the prospect of possibly paying a bit more.

Quote:
Executives from some of Canada’s largest oil companies say Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is doing a better job engaging with the energy industry ahead of her NDP government’s royalty review than the previous review conducted under the Progressive Conservatives.

[..]

Similarly, Suncor’s chief financial officer Alister Cowan gave the NDP credit for being “very focused on jobs and driving the economy forward” while looking to close “a fairly substantial deficit.”

“I’m confident that we’ll get the right solution, that we require, after this review,” Cowan said.

I think they realize the public is not on their side.

 

NorthReport

And so it begins. 

Head of oil company Total SA warns Alberta NDP against tax hike

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-a...

quizzical

nr's link above had this.

 

“If we don’t have the right level of returns, we cannot do it,” Mr. Pouyanné said.

 

the right level of returns means record profits every 1/4 no matter what. if people buy into this, the rich deserve to get even richer bs, they deserve what they get.

also, if people keep caving to this kinda pressure, then we don't live in a democracy and voting exactly how corporations wanting everything want us to.

felixr

Andrew Coyne wrote:
The guaranteed minimum income has been the desideratum of generations of economists and welfare theorists, from the left and the right. The idea is to combine a number of existing income support and benefit programs into one, for which every citizen would quality as of right: no forms to fill out, no eligibility criteria, just a basic entitlement.

jerrym

felixr wrote:

Andrew Coyne wrote:
The guaranteed minimum income has been the desideratum of generations of economists and welfare theorists, from the left and the right. The idea is to combine a number of existing income support and benefit programs into one, for which every citizen would quality as of right: no forms to fill out, no eligibility criteria, just a basic entitlement.

While Andrew Coyne supports a minimum income, as I do, he is against a living minimum wage. 

Quote:

A government that wanted to help those whose lack of skills or experience left them unable to earn what the rest of us would regard as a decent level of income would therefore prefer the minimum income to the minimum wage — that is, a government that valued results, rather than just good intentions, would do so.

Indeed, it wouldn’t bring in a minimum income in addition to the minimum wage, but as its replacement, acknowledging that, just as the estimation of what is the decent minimum anyone should be expected to live on is a collective judgment, so the fulfilment of that objective is a collective obligation. It’s simply not good enough just to fix wages, cross our fingers, and hope for the best.

http://www.canada.com/news/national/Andrew+Coyne+Guarantee+minimum+incom...

Remember Coyne is a hard-core conservative. Only minimum incomes appeal to them.

Why? It provides employers, especially big corporations an opportunity to use the state to subsidize their profits.

Walmart in the US often sends provides new employees with information on how to collect welfare and food stamps, so the workers can feed themselves while increasing Walmart profits through their low wages. 

In the 1990s, a top law firm in Victoria told a law clerk who had just completed his degree to go to the welfare office to get enough money to survive. Only when this became public knowledge was the wealthy law firm shamed into paying the clerk.

As more and more young young people become interns in the hopes of one day acheiving the anointed status of employee, many firms abuse them by paying little or nothing during internship. 

A minimum income helps give everyone, including those who cannot work, an income. However, without a living minimum wage, some employers will simply use the taxpayer as a subsidy while they abuse their employees. 

 

Robo

This is the first seating plan for the current Legislature.

NorthReport

 Wildrose charges NDP energy minister's top staffer was anti-pipeline lobbyist

The Wildrose Party says it's a troubling sign that the NDP energy minister's top staffer was registered as a federal lobbyist for an organization opposed to pipeline projects proposed to ship Alberta oilsands crude.

 

NorthReport

Alberta legislature begins session under NDP, focus on money billRachel Notley

Alberta premier-designate Rachel Notley speaks to the media in Edmonton on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Amber Bracken/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

 

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/alberta-legislature-begins-session-under-...

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Alberta Communists on the CHALLENGES FACE NEW NDP MAJORITY IN ALBERTA

Naomi Rankin wrote:
Can the NDP carry out this platform? That depends on another unknown. Will the working class and its potential allies have the class consciousness to recognize and repudiate the self-interested corporate propaganda, and the militancy to demand that the reforms be carried out in spite of economic sabotage?

Sympathetic, somewhat critical.

JohnInAlberta JohnInAlberta's picture

I absolutely adore Ms. Notley and her NDP party:

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/edmonton/Banning+corporate+union+don...

The schaudenfreude I'm feeling while reading McIver's comments on Bill 1 have me doing a little happy dance in my office.  I've heard from business associates who have been absolutely apoplectic since the Orange Crush and I cannot stress just how much more delighted I get with every angry email and phone call I receive.  

NorthReport

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NorthReport

Annother brain-dead response to the 30 Surrey shootings by right-wing Mayor Linda Heppner:

Deny the victims their universal helalth-care benefits when they arrive all shot up at the hospitals. 

Come on Surrey, you can do better than continuously electiing this kind of useless politician who preys on people's emotions instead of rolling up her sleeves and doing the hard work that will create solutions to the Surrey violence.

Why do these young people have guns? How about gun control for starters?

 

NorthReport

No wonder Albertans threw the bums out - what a jerk!  Frown

NDP throne speech brings spending, taxes, and a strange PC flame-out

As the New Democrats forge ahead with their dream of a shiny new future, the deposed Progressive Conservatives continue to impale themselves on the tarnished old past.

The singular diversion of throne speech day was interim PC Leader Ric McIver’s opposition to the new bill banning all corporate and union donations to political parties.

Premier Rachel Notley’s law will “tilt the playing field” in favour of the new government, McIver said — thereby acknowledging that corporate money tilted it in the PCs’ favour for nearly 44 years.

He even claimed that confining donations to individuals will be “less transparent” than the old system of high-limit corporate and union contributions. Companies will just find ways around the ban, he said.

Then McIver denied implying they’d do anything improper to circumvent this law he hadn’t even seen yet.

There was more gasp-inducing incoherence, but Liberal Leader David Swann disposed of the matter crisply when he was asked about McIver’s statements.

“Nonsense,” Swann said. “Next question.”

The NDP’s Bill One, An Act to Renew Democracy in Alberta, will pass in the coming days with support of every party except the PCs, and take retroactive effect to Monday.

Apparently, that cuts off any chance PC riding associations will collect corporate donations pledged during the election campaign, but not yet received.

This bill is far from the only element in a short and meaty throne speech, but the most symbolically important.

Along with reforms from an all-party review of “Alberta’s approach to ethics in elections and government,” the law could finally unclog the sclerotic arteries of Alberta democracy.

PC resistance to these measures amounts to political madness, especially when the party’s nine-member caucus hasn’t the slightest chance of defeating them.

On other fronts, the New Democrats will raise taxes for large corporations from 10 per cent to 12 per cent. Small business taxes (three per cent for companies earning less than $500,000 a year) will stay the same, while individual income taxes will rise for those earning more than $125,000 a year.

 


http://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/braid-ndp-throne-speech-brings-sp...

JohnInAlberta JohnInAlberta's picture

NorthReport wrote:
On other fronts, the New Democrats will raise taxes for large corporations from 10 per cent to 12 per cent. Small business taxes (three per cent for companies earning less than $500,000 a year) will stay the same, while individual income taxes will rise for those earning more than $125,000 a year.

I couldn't imagine a more perfect plan.  It asks more of those who have (excess, some would argue) but doesn't ask any more up to a reasonably affluent level.  

Pardon the vernacular, but anyone arguing against this is simply a dick. Smile

bekayne

http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/we-went-to-an-emergency-town-hall-meeting...

Shortly after this, Ezra shocked the crowd when he pointed out that at one point Shannon Phillips, the new Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, had written for and worked with Al Jazeera. The name alone drew shudders and gasps from some audience members.

At this, the old lady behind me clicked her tongue in disapproval.

"Fucking Arabs," she muttered.

 

NorthReport

Minimum wage and the NDP drive to uproot conservatism

Wildrose calls it radical. The NDP says it’s wonderful. Nothing shows Alberta’s power upheaval more vividly than the debate over raising the minimum wage.

On Monday, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean asked Premier Rachel Notley if the NDP “is committed to radical policy actions that will simply cost Albertans their jobs.”

Notley replied, “I absolutely believe that increasing the minimum wage will lead to more jobs … When you put more money into the pockets of low-income people they spend it, and they spend it in their local economy faster than anybody else does.

“In fact, study after study show that this actually grows jobs and it grows economic activity.”

All the old truisms of Alberta political debate — business good, unions bad; spending evil, cost-cutting great — are reversed. The Ralph Klein era is no longer a memory; it’s history. The Parkland Institute stomps the Fraser Institute.

The NDP simply doesn’t buy business arguments that any extra costs will destroy jobs and hurt the economy. To this, the right splutters with outraged disbelief. Wildrose MLAs cannot fathom how the government could actually believe its own stuff.

But the New Democrats do believe it, ardently.  They were unimpressed Monday by a survey of businesses, done by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, which showed that if the hourly minimum wage goes to $15 over three years, 45 per cent of businesses are very likely to lay people off, and 57 per cent would raise prices.

Finance Minister Joe Ceci said in an interview: “We are mindful of the effect minimum wage increases could have on the business community, owners and workers alike.

“But raising the minimum wage was in our platform and I anticipate that we’ll be dealing with that in short order.”

Jobs Minister Lori Sigurdson will report to cabinet on her consultations with business by the end of the month, he said. Ceci will  pay attention, but the focus won’t be solely on business; workers are top of mind.

Like Notley, he believes more pay will bring more prosperity.

“The thing I know about low-income earners is that any increase they get, they will turn around and fully spend within our economy. This is a really good leverager of spending locally to help all businesses do even better.”

The chamber group suggests, in releasing the survey, that business people agree with a modest increase to minimum wage, but want other policy measures to help supply more take-home pay.

Essentially, they’re asking the wider public to assume part of the higher-wage burden — sort of a province-wide tipping scheme. The NDP won’t be impressed with that.

There’s also a strong gender tint to this debate. On Monday, Wildrose MLA Angela Pitt attacked the NDP for creating a ministry for the status of women, which she painted as a useless $1-million handoff to Edmonton bureaucrats.

Notley countered that Alberta’s wage inequality between women and men is the highest in Canada. The ministry will focus on that and other problems.

Recently, the Parkland Insitute published a study claiming that 15 years of flat-tax policy have severely depressed women’s pay, partly by encouraging unpaid work.

The minimum wage hikes will likely benefit women more than men, simply because more are clustered at the low end of the scale.

Beyond that, Notley hasn’t said there will be any specific measures to force more pay equity in Alberta. But it’s certainly in the air.

Through all this, both Wildrose and the PCs seem to feel the NDP is already destroying itself. The reverse may be true.


http://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/braid-minimum-wage-and-the-ndp-dr...

felixr

James Rajotte would make a credible Alberta PC leader. I hope the Alberta NDP has their eye on this. At the very least it's time to open an opposition research file on him.

NorthReport

Opposition leader Brian Jean says best bet for Alberta's right is to unify under Wildrose Party banner 

But the idea of merging with the disgraced Progressive Conservatives, well, that’s easier said than done.

“The number one thing out in rural Alberta is: Are you going to make sure those PCers pay for what they’ve taken from us?” says Jean.

“They think the NDP are scary, very scary. But they want to see the PCs go to jail. That’s in essence what they’re saying to me.

“In Calgary, the truth is they want us to unite.

“It is a bizarre scenario.”

Yes, seven of the nine remaining PC seats in the legislature are from Calgary. The Wildrose have none.

Apparently, the stench of the dying dynasty did not offend as many nostrils here.

“There is no opportunity for the PC party going forward. We can keep having these hangers-on who believe it’s going to rise again from the ashes,” says the Wildrose leader.


http://www.calgarysun.com/2015/07/18/opposition-leader-brian-jean-says-b...

voice of the damned

Rock and a hard place for Alberta conservatives right now. PCs are radically unpopular in rural Alberta, as Jean states. But Wildrose is utterly unelectable in the cities, as shown by the last two elections, and Jean is kidding himself if he thinks that their banner is the ticket to victory.

Best scenario would be for the two paries to somehow merge under a new name, and hope that no one associates that party with either the bible-thumpery of Wildrose or the sleaze of the Tories.

Other than that, just pray that the NDP winds up being so hated by Albertans, with the Liberals remaining incapacitated, that the electorate has no choice but to vote for either of the two right-wing parties to get rid of them. Probably leads to a minority government, in that scenario.

David Young

Has the date for the by-election in Calgary-Foothills been set yet, or is Premier Notley (how GREAT does that sound!!) waiting until after the NDP nominates their candidate to set the date?

 

voice of the damned

David Young wrote:

Has the date for the by-election in Calgary-Foothills been set yet, or is Premier Notley (how GREAT does that sound!!) waiting until after the NDP nominates their candidate to set the date?

 

Well, Davenerta's post on the by-election is dated July 2, and as of that time was still treating the by-election as uncalled. And he doesn't have any posts since then indicating otherwise, so I'd surmise that the date has yet to be set.

http://daveberta.ca/2015/07/gearing-up-for-the-calgary-foothills-by-elec...

David Young

Or will she wait until after the federal election to set the date (late November?)

 

felixr

She is not only waiting until after the federal election for the byelection, she is waiting until afterwards for the provincial budget.

robbie_dee

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-foothills-byelection-set-f... Foothills byelection is set for Sept. 3[/url].

quizzical

best article ever ....

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Mr. Fildebrandt’s epiphany – which is apparently taken seriously by the entire mainstream media, including the ones from Toronto who ought to know better – is that the NDP are lying bastards because they keep their promises!

The Globe and Mail featured Mr. Fildebrandt’s excited realization prominently in its print edition Friday under what surely has to be one of the standout headlines of the decade, if not the century: “NDP duped voters by implementing its promises, Wildrose finance critic says.”.....

The author of the Globe’s account breathlessly explained Mr. Fildebrandt’s explication thusly: “Alberta’s ruling New Democratic Party hoodwinked voters into believing it would lean only slightly left and is now implementing ‘hard-core ideological’ policies.” …

“The NDP platform was never intended to ever be implemented,” Mr. Fildebrandt explained to credulous journalists outside the ballroom where the premier had just spoken. It was, he asserted, “a hard-core ideological document” designed to push the then-ruling Progressive Conservative Party led by the hapless Jim Prentice “in a particular direction,” by which Mr. Fildebrandt presumably means a teeny-weenie bit to the left.

“It was never actually meant to be implemented as real policy,” he averred.

http://albertapolitics.ca/2015/10/welcome-to-the-orwellian-world-of-wild...

 

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