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  It would appear Premier Gallant has pulled off quite the coup in landing a new health care funding arrangement with Ottawa, on the heels of a failed conference between the federal government and the provinces to do just that. That’s...
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  I got serious about following American news a few months back, first following the Democrat and Republican primaries and then the election campaign and then the aftermath. It got so bad I was routinely PVRing the three network’s evening newscasts...
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  First some context. I have been going to political leadership conventions since the 70s, most of those as a journalist but over this past weekend simply as an observer. In fact I was probably the only one in the whole...
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  Many of the problems and criticism of the Brian Gallant government seem to be rooted in two shortcomings. First, policy decisions that don’t seem to have been well thought out, and second, poor communications.  And often, the two are linked,...
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  Back when the intended sale of NB Power to Hydro Quebec was the sole focus of discussion at the legislature, the government could easily sense it was losing ground. It was at the height of this debate that then Premier...
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  It was around 1979 or early 80’s perhaps. Early June I think. The New Brunswick legislature was in session with added evening sittings, trying to work through a number of bills before breaking for the summer. There’s no air conditioning...
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It is a reality of the Internet that there’s no filter. People are free to display their ignorance and hate to their heart’s content, never having to fuss about accuracy or fairness. The wildfires that forced the evacuation of Fort...
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Like so many Canadians, I have been following closely the news around the Fort McMurray evacuation. It goes without saying that one can’t help but be moved by the dramatic video, the tragic losses, the personal stories of adversity, the...
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  My initial reaction to the Gallant government’s announcement of free tuition for low-income students was extremely positive. I saw it not only as an excellent investment in our future but even more than that, a giant step toward breaking the...
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  WTF Republicans? Why can’t you be like our Conservatives? Watching the presidential race unfold in the United States I get the distinct impression I am a witness to history.  But not in a good way because it definitely could end...
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  When it was elected, the Gallant government went to great pains to say it would make the tough choices necessary to right our seriously sinking financial ship. Many of us applauded that, knowing it is most definitely necessary. Then we...
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  I don’t know if it is just that the times have changed, or that Americans are that different than we Canadians, but I am watching the political battles playing out south of the border with a disbelief, a sadness, and,...
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For weeks, even months, the Gallant government has been floating trial balloons, conditioning us for some tough measures in tomorrow’s budget.  Like Mike Babcock said when he took over as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, determined to bring them...
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Talk about your showdown at the OK Corral or in this case, at the New Brunswick legislature.  It will be interesting to see how this goes. On the one hand we have Auditor-General Kim MacPherson saying she is giving notice,...
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  There’s a principle in communications that when there is a void, it will be filled. There is a void as wide as a Mack truck in the curious case of Dr. Eilish Cleary and there has been no shortage of...
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The government of Brian Gallant will have to muster up more backbone than it has shown so far, if it is to realize the 500-600 million dollars it needs to bring us back from the financial cliff. The reaction to...
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  As could be expected, the Paris attacks have heightened the public debate over the Syrian refugees. That debate has been burning up social media as it puts on display both the best and worst of our collective character. It is...
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Now that the dust is starting to settle on the election, a few thoughts. First and foremost, while not everyone will agree, it was a good day for the country. Stephen Harper, with his dictatorial leadership style and unethical tactics,...
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I can’t say I am disappointed to see that the longest election campaign in Canadian history has morphed into the Stephen Harper farewell tour. Even in the unlikely scenario that he wins, it would be a minority, and he would...
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  With the election campaign finally into its last few days, it’s interesting to look at what strategies worked, what ones failed, and what ones failed so badly they actually backfired. We won’t know for sure of course until we see...
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