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 reflexively … Continue 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 idea … Continue 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 that … Continue reading Boring, but vital

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 for … Continue 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 to … Continue 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] ... After … Continue reading Another kick in the groin … and we need to recover

Resetting our foreign policy

It is no secret, I think, to anyone who follows this blog that I regard Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's white paper on foreign policy, 'A Foreign Policy for Canadians,' as having been an act of policy vandalism. I continue to believe that Pierre Trudeau was driven by an intense need to find a way to … Continue reading Resetting our foreign policy

Winning without Québec

Éric Grenier, who founded the poll aggregation site threehndredeight.com, and who is now a senior writer and polling analyst for the CBC, takes a look at Conservative fortunes in Québec since confederation. His analysis is, mostly, sound but he forgets one important historical point: the North-West Rebellion (1885). I believe that the French Canadian elites … Continue reading Winning without Québec

The Precariat squared

I have written, several times before about the precariat (which is sometimes defined as a social class formed by people suffering from precarity, which is a condition of existence without predictability or security, affecting material or psychological welfare). The main problem of the precariat is the very precariousness (hence the term) of its day-to-day and … Continue reading The Precariat squared