It is horrible …

… to use the tragedy of a death to make a point, but this CTV News story angered me. Four women, all women of colour, too, from just one union, have died as a result of contracting COVID-19, almost certainly while all four were employed as personal support workers or in Long Term Care Facilities.Continue reading “It is horrible …”

There Is No Alternative

Campbell Clark, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “For much of its history, Canada has been a lucky country, sharing the prosperity of its U.S. neighbour, tucked under its security umbrella, supporting a U.S.-led world order. The divided nation to our south on view during the 2020 election campaign has to make youContinue reading “There Is No Alternative”

Getting it exactly wrong

In my arguments that try to encourage the Conservative Party to explore the possibility of a Universal Basic Income/Guaranteed Annual Income based on Milton Friedman’s idea of a Negative Income Tax, I stress that there must be one basic principle: “people who work will always make more than people who don’t.” But, as I mentionedContinue reading “Getting it exactly wrong”

A Conservative social conscience

So, yesterday I talked about using a negative income tax as the basis for a Conservative Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) or Universal Basic Income (UBI) scheme. The first problem is to persuade a large contingent of so-called Conservatives that a GAI/UBI is, in fact, a very Conservative idea. Too many Conservative Party supporters are reflexivelyContinue reading “A Conservative social conscience”

A very conservative idea (2)

I have written, more than once, in favour of some sort of guaranteed annual income based on a negative income tax system. I have called it a very conservative idea because it has been advanced by e.g. Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman … … and while I know that many so-called conservatives oppose the ideaContinue reading “A very conservative idea (2)”

Boring, but vital

There are few things more boring than discussions of tax reform. Once a year, or so, most of us grumble about how complicated the tax system is ~ I have commented on Rita Trichur’s idea about that, by the way ~ but then we forget it. Jack Mintz, writing in the Financial Post, says thatContinue reading “Boring, but vital”

New normal?

The other morning I was in my local supermarket (during the 7:00 AM “senior’s hour”) and I was chatting ~ at a safe distance ~ with one of the managers. I remarked on the rather large number of employees packing shopping baskets (three or four large green baskets in one large shopping cart) for others.Continue reading “New normal?”

A big idea

So there is some fuss on social media about Prime Minister Trudeau’s government providing $50 million to help temporary foreign workers to self-isolate. As iPolitics explains, “Ottawa is providing $50 million to farmers, fish harvesters and other food production and processing employers to cover the costs of ensuring workers arriving from abroad properly self-isolate forContinue reading “A big idea”

What are we for?

Todd Purdom, who is an editor and political correspondent for Vanity Fair, reminded us, a dozen years ago, that the Rogers and Hammerstein musical ‘South Pacific‘ had, then, some lessons for us. He reminded us, specifically, of the scene in which the American officers are trying to persuade the civilian planter, Emile De Becque toContinue reading “What are we for?”

Another kick in the groin … and we need to recover

I see an article by Robert Fife and Marieke Walsh in the Globe and Mail which says that “Teck Resources Ltd. is pulling its application for the massive Frontier oil sands mine in Alberta, citing the need for Canada to finalize its climate-change policies and determine how resource development fits within them … [and] … AfterContinue reading “Another kick in the groin … and we need to recover”