Category Archives: Archives – Old Stuff

Refusing to Pay for Legal Abortions Sets Us on a Slippery Road Indeed

[NOTE: this was posted in 2009 but due to a technical glitch, had to be reposted]   The new leader of the Wildrose Alliance in Alberta says she is a libertarian on personal issues like a woman’s right to choose abortion, and the right of gay couples to marry. In other words, she does not …

Continue reading

Ignatieff’s threat to Obama also threatens us

Michael Ignatieff is full of righteous indignation about US protectionist sentiment in the Congress. His response to what is unquestionably a serious issue for Canada, is to issue a threat. That always works well. People love to be threatened, and it never carries the risk that they will get their backs up and utter some …

Continue reading

Fighting Recession with Tax Cuts is Smartest Solution

Astoundingly, I heard the head of the Alberta Labour Congress, Gil McGowan, on CBC radio recently arguing that tax cuts would be a bad thing in the federal budget. Wait a second. A guy who says he represents ordinary working class Canadians is arguing AGAINST putting more money in the pockets of his members? These …

Continue reading

Wal-Mart Court Decision Could Threaten Entrepreneurship

The Supreme Court is considering the case of a Wal-Mart that closed its doors in Jonquiere after the employees formed a union. Workers are outraged that Wal-Mart would choose such a draconian response when they were just exercising their legal rights. There is an important principle involved here, but it isn’t one the unions think it …

Continue reading

Here’s an alternative to bailing out auto workers

Auto sector bailout money amounts to $48,780 per worker. There are better ways to spend that money than propping up an industry that obviously can’t function competitively. Let’s instead give the money to individual auto sector workers who agree to retrain for sectors that need workers and move to places that have jobs. Meanwhile, just let the auto industry collapse down to a sustainable size.

Continue reading

If we’re going to re-open the abortion debate, let’s ask serious questions

MP Rod Bruinooge wants to re-open the abortion debate. First, we need serious answers to legal questions about what it means to extend human rights to a fetus. Can we draw boundaries and limit the human rights given to one class of “person” and how long would that stand up in Court? Would mothers be charged with negligent homicide if they are careless and the fetus dies? Before the state gets in between a woman and her God, we should at least consider some legal questions.

Continue reading