If the present election was being held next fall, Stephen Harper's name might be mud on his strongest boast: the economy.
Ralph Surette is a veteran freelance journalist living in Yarmouth County.
I've spent the week fielding an avalanche of emails in response to my column of last week. If you're not bored with the subject, let me carry on a bit more on the shaky issue of democracy.
Through a rising crescendo of deceit, manipulation, corruption and assaults on parliamentary democracy, the "that's them exactly!" of the Harper government has become abundantly clear.
Food prices are at their highest levels ever and poised to rise higher (eight per cent in Canada). This news was working its way to prominence a few weeks ago when other events washed over it.
After a three-year process to create a natural resources policy meant to bring about sustainable forestry, the NDP government appears to be sending the whole thing up in smoke at the last minute.
Drug costs are the fastest-rising part of a public system said to be heading for the rocks, but are equally tough on private drug plans, which account for over half of drug spending in Canada.
The challenge of societal and economic change -- as opposed to mindless change driven by cheap energy -- is coming down with greater and greater speed and ferocity. We have tough decisions to make.
The federal Conservatives are in turmoil over, among other things, what public infrastructure to fund across the country. The Halifax convention centre is one of those, and well it should be.
About this bust-up over cuts in education, meant to face the awkward fact that administration costs are going up while student numbers go down: perhaps a bit of larger perspective would help.
Are corporate tax cuts the sharp tooth that will finally puncture the Teflon hide of the Harper government, letting an ugly illusion bleed out?