Opinion

Clouds grow even darker over Brian Mulroney

Brian Mulroney will leave the witness box this week in worse shape than when he entered it.

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Mulroney’s legacy ruined

When he stepped down as leader of the federal Progressive Conservatives in 1993, Brian Mulroney was often called “Lyin’ Brian,” even by Canadians who had earlier helped him become this country’s 18th prime minister.

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No wonder people don’t trust politicians

I had the opportunity to watch the embattled Ruby Dhalla appear before a Commons committee for questions regarding some unflattering allegations made by former members of her household staff.

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Closing hospitals suicidal

Let’s think about the makeup of small towns in Alberta. Think particularly about the centres not too far from Red Deer. What proportion of these towns is made up of retired area farmers?

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We must fight the alien invasion – for the sake of biodiversity

Last year, customs officers at the Vancouver airport got a surprise when they checked the luggage of a woman returning from China. They found 70 live Shanghai hairy crabs!

Big land grab in Africa

In the past two years, various non-African countries -- China, India, South Korea, Britain and the Arab Gulf states lead the pack – have been taking over huge tracts of farmland in Africa by lease or purchase, to produce food or bio-fuels for their own use.

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Reaching out to moms

To a downtown Red Deer flower shop, called La Petite Jaune Fleur, for leading a campaign that saw Mother’s Day gift baskets presented to moms staying at the Central Alberta Women’s Shelter in Red Deer.

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The right to control thought

If human rights commissions have a place, it should be as public witnesses to social conduct gone awry. By examining the conduct, and the ideas behind that conduct, a human rights body can lay the issues bare for society to evaluate.

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Electoral reform overdue

Does Canadian democracy have a fatal flaw? The proponents of electoral reform say yes.

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Alberta’s Conservative cabinet is a trainwreck

Sometimes, it seems, when things start going sideways, there’s just no way to get back on course.

Public pensions costly for taxpayers

In my last entry in this space, I brought up the issue of the growing economic weapon of mass destruction that is the defined benefit pensions that are largely the luxury of public sector employees.

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No need for hog industry bailout

There’s no question that the reputation of the Canadian hog industry has been damaged by an outbreak of swine flu on a Central Alberta pig farm and concerns about H1N1 in general.

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It’s easy to promise money

The biggest investment the federal government infrastructure program must make is in a rare political commodity: trust.

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Texas junket for lucky five is inexcusable

City hall should lead by example. For many, this year will hurt more than usual as people try to get through reduced work hours, temporary layoffs, or even permanent job losses.

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Two inspiring leaders

To Lyn Radford and Madiha Mueen, two shining examples of how good this community can be.

What matters in Sri Lanka

As the 26-year war in Sri Lanka nears its end, every busybody in the world is urging the Sri Lankan government to stop.

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Seal hunt is a lost cause

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada will “vigorously” defend its sealing industry in the wake of a new European ban on seal products, but perhaps it would be better if he didn’t.

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Result of B.C. vote far from certain

Tuesday’s election is between Liberal Premier Gordon Campbell and NDP Leader Carole James, but the guy named Roberto is stealing the show in B.C. these days.

Alberta gets it right on daycare

When Kevin and Sue Preece decided to open a new daycare in Canmore, they had a decision to make. Should they run it as a non-profit or for-profit operation?

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Prepare for pandemic

Aside from the legitimate health concerns associated with the latest flu strain, H1N1 has become a touchstone for discussion on a number of fronts: politics, science, animal husbandry, economics — and preventive health measures.

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